TROY — The effort of local artists to lend their support to the Health Partners Free Clinic’s Healing Jar Gala and Art Auction set for May 17 continues to grow. Their works will help offset operating costs for the free clinic.
The Eighth Annual Healing Jar event serves as a major fundraiser supporting Health Partners, located in Troy, Miami County’s lone free medical health clinic or the past 19 years. The event will be hosted at the Cedar Springs Pavilion in Tipp City beginning at 7 p.m.
The artwork from area artists and others has been through a collaborative effort with the Piqua Arts Council.
Among the local artists are two men who provide unique artwork for all walks of life. Dan Knepper of Jackson Center and Jeff Doseck of Wapakoneta are both donating their works because they support the mission of Health Partners.
Knepper is a well-known artist throughout the U.S. and is represented by five art galleries nationwide. They include Greenwich House Gallery in Cincinnati.
Originally from Amherst, Ohio, Knepper taught art in grades 1-12 in Jackson Center and Botkins, for 26 years. He is now a full-time artist residing in Jackson Center.
Well-known for his work in watercolors, artist friends have inspired Knepper Jane Paul Angelhart, and Christopher Leeper. He also studied with Mary Whyte and James Toogood.
His work has won many local, regional, and state competitions. He created a 32-foot mural for a new school building in Botkins, and a five-panel pictorial history of Ferguson Construction in Sidney.
Knepper, who has conducted demonstrations and spoken for many art groups, is a member of the Western Ohio Watercolor Society, the Ohio Watercolor Society, and the Portrait Society of America.
In 2016, he organized the successful Airstream Fine Art Invitational. In 2017, his works have been published in Outdoor Painter and Fine Art Connoisseur magazines.
Jeff Doseck, a lifelong resident of Wapakoneta, said his exploration of the area of photography, began when he was young. He began taking pictures with a film camera around 11 years of age.
Now retired after 22 years at Honda of America, Doseck strives to create a work in which the light, lines, and color all come together. He feels this is reflected in the subject matter of his work.
Doseck said he is mostly self-taught, first from books and more recently through the Internet. Until a few years ago, his creativity was limited to photography, but with the computer he is now able to use his photography to create new works.
His art has appeared in many area photography exhibits as well as mixed media shows, and he has won many awards for his artistry. His art can be seen at “From My Eyes to Yours, Photography by Jeff Doseck” on Facebook.
Coby also reported that in 2016, the clinic treated 911 unduplicated patients, which equated into 3,406 physician appointments. Coby also noted the clinic provided some 2,393 patient lab/diagnostic tests; and 8,431 clinic-dispensed free prescriptions valued at nearly $1 million. Overall, the clinic provided $5.55 in medical services for every $1 spent.
The Rev. Sherman Bradley of New Life Covenant Church in Cincinnati will be the keynote speaker.
Individual tickets are $80 each with a table of eight tickets being $550. For ticket information, contact the clinic at (937) 332-0894 x208, or by email at Justin@healthpartnersclinic.org. The clinic website is www.healthpartnersclinic.org; and can be found on Facebook at www/facebook.com/healthpartnersfreeclinic.