Into The Arts
A great time was had by all as we celebrated another Evening with the
Arts at Wagon Wheelers Hall on March 22. The theme for this years
event was Spring Into The Arts. Considering the long and nasty winter,
folks were eager to get out of the house and party.
Setting the perfect mood with music over the decades and a focus on
Motown were Columbus pied piper Arnett Howard and friends Bob Davis
and Mike Roberts. Even our own Josh Willett grabbed his blue trumpet
and joined the men for a couple of songs. Toward the end of the evening,
it proved impossible to keep folks in their seats with Arnett weaving
such musical magic. The Auctioneers area turned into a Dance Floor.
Thanks to Arnett for making this evening so special. Of course, big
thanks go to Dr. Jill Neff, of Hometown Pediatric Care, whose generosity
made this performance possible.
Thanks also go to Seth Michael who graciously donated his time and talents
to conduct the Art Auction. We were thrilled to find so many wonderful
pieces in a wide variety of media snapped up by our friends.
A tip of our collective hats to these dazzling artists for their donations:
- Mary Ann
Allard: hand turned bowl
Blanton: Colored Pencil of her daughter leaping from one big round
hay bale to another
- J. R.
Bradley: inlaid wooden box with drawer and an Intarsia Nativity
- Paul Brown:
oil painting of a Cactus Rose, his mothers favorite plant
- Al Burger:
watercolor with pen & ink of a pink chair filled with flowers
Chapin: Still Life pastel in pointillism
- Kit Dailey:
acrylic painting along a south seas shore
- Bob Eisnaugle:
highly glazed ceramic abstract showing the Fletchen Benton influence
- Beth Frazee:
delicately carved jewelry set of soft pink dogwood
- the late
Byron Kohn, thanks to dear Millie Kohn: a watercolor of startling
clarity of Devils Canyon
Markley: an origami bird that took flight in her imagination
Michael: an oil painting of tulips sitting on a lace covered table
- Jill Neff:
a hand knit shawl of cashmere and silk with Murano glass beads
Pierson: watercolor of a sweet trio of trespassing hens in a barnyard
and Chuck Shumate: a triumph in stained glass: a Tiffany style dragonfly
lamp with water lily base. Chuck carefully assembled 371 pieces of
hand cut glass. It was the top seller of the evening and now lives
in the home of Alan and Jeanine Terry.
Stewart: an oil painting in the impressionist style of blooms and
- Mary Lynn
Vititoe: an oil painting of a special clown
- Mary Wile:
an acrylic on paper of a Winter Walk at Lake Katharine
You cant party hardy without something to eat. After the untimely
passing of Clara Stevenson, we were most grateful to DeClaires
for honoring their commitment to us. These gals rose above their grief
to ensure we were all well fed. Thank You Dee!
The Jewelry Treasure Chest is always a high point of the evening. Folks
who bought keys were invited to come put it in the lock of a display
case filled with three spectacular diamond pieces donated by A. L. Terry
Jewelers. Alan and Jeanine and Alex Terry had just returned from the
National Jewelry Show in Houston and brought diamonds in black and white,
chocolate and white, and blue and white. This years key holders
were Greg and Kay Ervin, Maxine Plummer, and Cora Willett.
It could not have been a more fitting time for Maxine to win the jewelry.
She has been the Chairwoman and Mastermind of this event since its inception.
She announced that this would be her last year as Chair. Taking her
place next year will be Phyllis Michael and Heidi Vititoe. They presented
Maxine with a dozen long stemmed roses in gratitude and the audience
rose as one in a standing ovation for Maxines tireless service
over the years.
Kathy Miller, Mandy Wechter, Sherry Betschel were able to collect the
most amazing items for this years Silent Auction. Young Landon
Bailey impressed us with not one but two floral photographs. Sherry
Betschel also worked in pairs. She donated two acrylic paintings. Gerry
Bowman gave a stunning Erickson Glass Bowl.
Jackson High graduate Jamie Callahan is now designing shoes for Sketcher.
He donated a pair of his latest design. Karisa DeLay was generous enough
to donate an autographed copy of her novel Crystal Gate
and an acrylic painting. Jim Hazelrigg gave an outdoor American flag
with 6 pole. Michelle Martin Hisnay, a former Board member now
living in Cincinnati, presented us with a beautiful hand made pottery
casserole dish. Pam and Jim Jacobs teamed up for their gift. It was
a quilt with a musical theme on a display ladder.
Steve Pritchett, of Jones-Stephenson Insurance, bleeds red and white.
He gave an Ohio State University print. Attorney Joe Kirby donated an
Art Set. Jen Paul, another former Board member now living in Cincinnati,
used her creativity to make a purse. Samantha Wechter donated a signed
Frederick Warren glass piece. Sandra Wilkin and sisters from The Emporium
gave a Fenton vase with stand in pink glass. Sandra added another Fenton
piece in the form of a silver basket. Kelley Wiley made the cutest Lottery
Bunny. We havent heard yet how lucrative that bunny was.
The most delicious part of the Silent Auction was courtesy of Chef Mary
Reynolds of Flutes & Peppercorns. Famous for the goodies that roll
out of her oven, Mary baked a sugar-free cherry and two delectable peach
The Match Pack Raffle was a ball this year. Committee members had scoured
the countryside to come up with 314 prizes. By the time they were all
lined up on the Prize Table, it was a sight to behold. No one who played
this game went away unhappy.
Curt and Judy Wiggins circulated the room throughout the evening selling
Split-the-Pot tickets. Cindy Rice was the lucky winner. And Lady Luck
found her again later in the evening, when her name was pulled for the
Door Prize, a $100 gift certificate to A. L. Terry Jewelers, courtesy
of Southern Hills Arts Council.
All in all, this was a great way to shake off winter blues, leap into
spring, and benefit the Markay. Thanks to all those helped make it a
great success. Committee members who worked diligently to ensure this
success were Chairwoman Maxine Plummer, Susie Blanton, Gerry Bowman,
Paul Brown, Debbie Crawford, Maria DeCastro, David Furbee, John Lewis,
Megan McKee, Phyllis Michael, Kathy Miller, Clarence Rice, Barbara Summers,
Heidi Vititoe, Brenda Weber, and Josh Willett.