This past Saturday we held a workshop called Masonry with Larry Vance: Tuckpointing in Historic Homes: Mortar and Materials. Larry Vance is a skilled mason and the owner of Historic Masonry Restoration. Vance showed our attendees how he is currently maintaining and restoring the brick and mortar at the Reese-Peters House, as well as giving them tips on how to maintain and restore their own historic homes. Andy Vernoff of Ohio History Connection said, "Not having the construction background that other participants had, I enjoyed Larry Vance’s workshop because it introduced me to terminology that masons use. The workshop was even more valuable because it pretty plainly communicated what one should do to repair vintage brick structures and what one should NOT do. I don’t expect that I’ll be a mason, but the workshop will make me a better judge when I evaluate repointing projects to historic buildings."
If you missed out on this workshop, there is still time to get in on the action. We will be having plenty of exciting and educational workshops throughout the summer. Check our website under the Program, Classes, and Events tab for more details and to sign up!
This past weekend the Decorative Arts Center hosted a special preview event for our new exhibition, Three Voices: Conversations on Life and Conflict, for our current members. Members were able to see the exhibition on Friday night before it officially opened Saturday. Attendees enjoyed refreshments from Kater to You designed around the theme of three and live music from Kelly Vaughn. Our members also had the amazing opportunity to meet with two of the exhibition artists, Carol Snyder and Judy Brandon, and ask them questions about their works.
If you wish to become a member and gain access to these exclusive events, just go to the Membership page on our website and fill out the online form to join!
If you didn’t have a chance to see the exhibition this weekend you still have plenty of time; the exhibition runs until August 13th and admission is free.
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Yesterday the Decorative Arts Center welcomed representatives from Fairfield National Bank, as a part of their FNB Cares program. These representatives helped plant the beautiful flowers we now have scattered throughout the grounds. Kim Sheldon of FNB said, “the bank wants to support the community and believes in volunteering and they give us the opportunity and time to do this.” We are very thankful for the good work that FNB is doing to help us and the rest of this community.
Drop on by to see these beautiful flowers in person, and while you’re at it take a look through our new exhibition, Three Voices: Conversations on Life and Conflict, which is opening Saturday, May 20th.
On Monday we were lucky enough to have the Interact Club from William V Fisher Catholic High School come to the Reese Peters House and help prepare our garden for a new array of flowers. The Interact Club is a group of high school students who do good works in the community. Elizabeth Vigue, of the club said “It was a ton of fun planting the flowers and weeding with my friends and helping preserve the beauty and history of the Decorative Arts Center! We are thankful for all of the opportunities the Interact Club gets to give back to the wonderful community we live in!” We look forward to working with this group again.
FNB Cares from Fairfield National Bank will be here this afternoon to plant some more flowers around the grounds!
We're grateful for both of these group's efforts in getting the grounds ready for summertime. Come see both of their efforts around the Reese Peters House and enjoy the wonderful grounds!
Meet the newest & tiniest member of the Decorative Arts Center Team, Tiny Jane!
Tiny Jane is based on Jane Jacobs, an inspirational woman who lived in the mid-20th century and dedicated herself to the historic preservation and planning of buildings and communities. Tiny Jane is more than just cute; she also gives back. By purchasing a Tiny Jane we are contributing to causes such as Rust Belt Coalition to help fund a scholarship program for emerging preservation professionals to attend the National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference. Tiny Jane will be making appearances on our social media, so watch for her as she takes in the beauty of the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio.
To learn more about the Tiny Jane Jacobs project, follow the link down below to the official website. Tiny Jane makes the perfect gift for those who are passionate about preservation, planning, or architecture. http://preservation.designinglocal.com/tiny-jane/
Check out our Instagram to see more of Tiny Jane's adventures around the Reese Peters House!
We hope our members are getting excited for our upcoming exhibition, Three Voices: Conversations on Life and Conflict. Even more exciting, our Member's Opening Reception right here at the Reese Peters House! All three exhibited artists will be in attendance.
We're also excited to announce that Kelly Vaughn will be performing that evening!
We hope our members will be able to attend.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Three Voices: Conversations on Life and Conflict is an all-Ohio, all-women exhibition featuring artists Judith Brandon (Cleveland), Leslie Shiels (Cincinnati) and Carol Snyder (Columbus). The exhibition, presenting works in watercolor, oil and porcelain, will be on display at the Decorative Arts Center in Lancaster, Ohio, from May 20 – August 13, 2017. Admission is free.
LANCASTER, OH—April 25, 2017—The Decorative Arts Center will feature Three Voices: Conversations on Life and Conflict, an exhibition by watercolorist Judith Brandon, oil painter Leslie Shiels and sculptor Carol Snyder. Each artist’s unique style and point of view, when experienced alongside the others, contributes to a multi-layered conversation that invites patrons to join in.
Says Elizabeth Brown, acting co-director for the Decorative Arts Center, “Together, Judy Brandon’s emotional, weather-inspired watercolors, Leslie Shiels’ maximalist, place-based paintings, and the orderly balance of Carol Snyder’s white porcelain vessels create a rhythm and a voice that patrons cannot help but engage with.”
While each artist’s work is incredibly different, the passion that drives them is similar. “My work is a lot ‘louder’ and more intense than I am personally,” says Brandon. “I prefer it that way, and I think that’s the same approach Carol and Leslie have.”
Says Shiels, “All three of us have separate, yet synergistic voices; we just choose different vehicles to translate what we have to say.”
The tenor of the conversation, says Snyder, is what the viewer makes it. “Our work is portraying an experience or emotion—that’s what artists do. And it speaks to the viewer more than anything.”
Initially shown at the Canton Museum of Art in a more traditional, white-walled gallery setting, the Three Voices exhibition will take on a new context among the Federal/Greek Revival decor of the historic Reese-Peters House. That is something Shiels, for one, looks forward to. “With the history of the Reese-Peters House, there will be more than just three voices in the exhibition. There is also the voice of the family who lived in the house, the Decorative Arts Center that now has the building, and even the ‘voice’ of the crown molding in the room. It’s just molding, but it makes a noise.”
In conjunction with the exhibition the Decorative Arts Center is planning a weekend of programming July 8-9 that further explores themes of hearing and expressing women’s voices. Art historian and sculptor Carol Boram-Hayes, Ph.D., assistant professor at Columbus College of Art & Design, will offer the keynote address for this limited-space event, while other programming will encourage patrons to express their own voices through poetry, painting and other means. For information about programs and classes associated with this exhibition, visit www.decartsohio.org or call 740-681-1423.
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About Judith Brandon: Judith graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1987 with degrees in drawing and enameling. Enameling techniques along with layering opaque colors were the foundation of her paintings. Brandon has had several solo shows and has been invited to participate in shows across the country from California to New York. Her current works are abstract landscapes that explore environmental issues, particularly concerning changes in weather. Oceans, rain, mist and ice, water in all of it's forms and locations are an endless source of inspiration for her. The tides of the ocean, the power of a tsunami or hurricane, the calm of a wetland—each event and waterscape is an opportunity to explore the earth's beauty and fragility.
About Leslie Shiels: Leslie Shiels grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has been painting for most of her life. She received her training from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning where she earned her BFA in 1974. She has exhibited her work in galleries and museums throughout the United States. Her work has become part of numerous corporate and private collections, most of which are located in Cincinnati. Art critics have described her paintings as lush, powerful and skillful works of art. She has used her painting as a vehicle to solve problems as they relate to life experiences. She has traveled and painted in many locations, some of her favorite spots being France, Colorado and Connecticut. The artist currently works out of her studio in the West End.
About Carol Snyder: Carol Snyder currently lives and works in Columbus, Ohio. She uses porcelain for its unique qualities as a clay body—its whiteness and translucency can give the sense of texture and patterning without the addition of glaze color. Her minimal approach allows for light to become part of the pieces. All her sculptures are wheel-thrown and hand-carved. The patterns and textures used within her work resemble nature and are abstracted to become one with the form. She emphasizes the craftsmanship of each work and believes that through this, the true beauty of form is revealed. Overall her work is created to express a sense of quiet, balance and ties with the natural world.
The Decorative Arts Center is housed in the Reese-Peters House, a Federal/Greek Revival masterpiece at 145 E. Main Street in Lancaster’s Historic District. Admission is free Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.
Larry Vance, owner of Historic Masonry Restoration, is doing restorations around the Reese-Peters House.
Here's what he's done:
Here's what he's planning next:
How neat is that?!
Come see Vance lead a workshop that'll give participants "an education in pre-1930s masonry while offering an up-close view of the restoration currently underway at the Reese-Peters House."
"Soft mortar is a world away from hard," says Vance. "There are few of us left who can repair it properly."
This workshop will take place May 20 at 10AM, at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio. Tickets are $25 for members, $28 for non-members.
For more information about the workshop or to inquire about tickets, visit us here or call 740-681-1423.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio presents a Historic Masonry Workshop with brick restoration expert Larry Vance on Saturday, May 20. Tickets are available.
LANCASTER, OH—April 14, 2017—In honor of National Historic Preservation Month in May, the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio will feature “Tuckpointing in Historic Homes: Mortar and Materials” on Saturday, May 20 at 10 a.m. Larry Vance, owner of Historic Masonry Restoration, will lead a workshop that gives participants an education in pre-1930s masonry while offering an up-close view of the restoration currently underway at the Reese-Peters House, home to the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio.
Vance will share his insights on the difference between bricks and mortar used in the late 19th and early 20th century—handmade and baked in a coal-fired kiln near the construction site—versus the manufactured bricks and stronger mortar used in the 1930s and later. “Soft mortar is a world away from hard,” says Vance. “There are few of us left who can repair it properly.”
He hopes the workshop will raise awareness of the issues that can arise with older masonry and empower homeowners to seek contractors with experience. “There are a lot of things a homeowner can do to prevent the kinds of problems I see,” says Vance, noting issues like leaking gutters and downspouts that dissolve mortar and lead to water damage.
As a part of the workshop, participants will venture outside to view the work Vance has completed on the Reese-Peters House, a Federal/Greek Revival home on the National Register of Historic Places. His work includes removing hard mortar added during a previous renovation and replacing it with a compatible soft mortar that matches the color, bearing strength and texture of the original bricks. “If I’m good at my job you won’t even know I was there when I’m done,” notes Vance, who will also bring a variety of cooked soft bricks for participants to experience—including a handmade brick imprinted with a cat’s paw.
“This special workshop is a great opportunity to learn about historic masonry preservation. Attendees will come away with a better understanding of the important techniques needed to prevent long-term moisture issues and damage to historic masonry,” says Nate Stitzlein of Crow Home Inspection and board member of the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio. "I highly recommend any homeowner or person interested in historic architecture to attend. You will never look at masonry the same way again."
Tickets are $25 for members, $28 for non-members. For information about the workshop or to inquire about tickets, visit www.decartsohio.org or call 740-681-1423.
The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio is housed in the Reese-Peters House, a Federal/Greek Revival masterpiece at 145 E. Main Street in Lancaster’s Historic District. Admission is free Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.