PIQUA – Opportunities to observe and learn artistic techniques will again be provided at this year’s Taste of the Arts event on Friday, May 20, when six diverse and talented artists will demonstrate their talents. As part of the 22nd annual celebration sponsored by Mainstreet Piqua, the artists will take up residence in businesses in the downtown, demonstrating their skills at no charge to anyone who wants to learn.
Dennis Walker, a Piqua native and owner of Studio 446, a working glass-blowing studio on Weber Street, will provide his expertise during Taste of the Arts. A graduate of Piqua High School and Ohio State University, Walker is an engineer by profession who has pursued art throughout his life. His glass-blowing skills were honed through classes at the Springfield Museum of Art and the Glass Axis in Columbus, where he also served as an instructor before opening his own studio in Piqua in 2013.
The tools used in glass-blowing, videos of the process involved and samples of his Walker’s exquisite glass creations will be featured. Walker loves to share his skills and provides many opportunities at his
studio to teach others as well, from one-on-one instruction by the hour for those interesting in becoming professional glass blowers to classes for small groups of who want to spend a fun evening learning and creating. He also welcomes the public to see his working studio. Visits can be arranged via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through www.facebook.com/446studio/.
A special class will be announced to take place soon after Taste of the Arts and registration payments will be accepted by the artist during the event. These classes fill rapidly, so be sure to register during Taste of the Arts.
Sharon Stolzenberger of Kettering will return as a demonstrating artist for Taste of the Arts. She will be working in watercolor, with her art focusing on animals and wildlife. Stolzenberger graduated from the Dayton Art Institute and began her career in art with Gibson Greeting Card Company, where she was an illustrator, then art director. Now self-employed, she is devoted full-time to painting, teaching and exhibiting her work in shows across the country. She is also a volunteer at the Cincinnati Zoo.
Stolzenberger holds elected memberships in Ohio Watercolor Society, currently serving on the Board of Trustees, the Society of Animal Artists and the Western Ohio Watercolor Society, past Vice-President, Program Chairperson. She has been the invited juror for several arts organizations including Central Ohio Watercolor Society, Southeastern Ohio Watercolor Society, Fairfield Glade Art Association in Tennessee, Cincinnati Women’s Art Club, Shelby County Arts Council and more.
She also has conducted and participated in workshops and demonstrations throughout Ohio including the Ohio Watercolor Society, Mentor Senior Community Center, Lima Area Watercolor Society, Fort Wayne Watercolor Society, Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptors, Middletown Arts Center, Cincinnati Women’s Club, Medina County Art League and Columbus Watercolor Society.
Stolzenberger’s works have been displayed in many exhibits and publications. Next month, one of her paintings can be viewed at the Piqua Public Library during the exhibition of the Ohio Watercolor Society’s Travel Show.
In addition to highlighting area artists, Taste of the Arts offers live music, taster-size portions of popular menu items from local and area restaurants, children’s activities and more. For more information about the event, call Mainstreet Piqua at (937) 773-9335.