Art On The Beach paints the lake with talent


On Saturday and Sunday, Old Field at Indian Lake was filled with artisans ranging from pottery makers to metal sculpture artists.

The art festival, which started in the morning, had various exhibits and demonstrations from local and regional artists. They showed their paintings, drawings, jewelry, photography, pottery, glass, metal art and more.

This was the 20th annual Art on the Beach festival.

Deb Gardner, owner of the Cracked Pot Studio in Bellefontaine, had a booth at the event. She had many pieces of work on display including mugs and vases made by one of her students, local potter and artist Doug Warner of Bellefontaine. He was actually “throwing” (forming) clay on the pottery wheel at the event. Warner took third place at the Logan County Fair and has earned several best of show awards in recent pottery judgings.

Artist Diana Zimmerman of West Liberty displayed her many works of art. Zimmerman has only been painting for four years and this was her first exhibit.

Zimmerman only paints acrylics and many of her pieces project an environmental message. Most of her works focus on orcas (killer whales) and the oceans they live in. “I spent three months of my life living in a tent in Alaska tracking and studying orcas near Alert Bay. Shortly after that I began painting,” she said.

She also paints murals on the walls of her two children’s rooms (son Tristen, age 6, and daughter Elliana, age 9). “I painted ‘How to Train a Dragon’s Toothless’ on Tristen’s wall and ‘Castles’ in Elliana’s room,” adds Zimmerman.

Renowned local artist and metal sculptor Richard Garland had a large booth at the festival showcasing many of his metal sculptures.

Garland has been doing metal art for 16 years. “I worked in manufacturing all my life and was making a good living but had three heart attacks and was diagnosed with diabetes. I quit my job, started doing what I enjoyed, which was metal art. I’ve not had a heart attack since, my blood sugar went down and I’m making more money than I ever did before. I couldn’t be happier,” said Garland.

Garland placed second at the Cincinnati Fine Arts Show and had a Best of Show in Tiffin.

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Deb Gardner, Cracked Pot Studio owner and instructor, watches as pottery student and local artist and potter Doug Warner creates a work of art.
http://www.weeklycurrents.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2017/08/web1_Cracked-Pot-Studio.jpgDeb Gardner, Cracked Pot Studio owner and instructor, watches as pottery student and local artist and potter Doug Warner creates a work of art. Ron Brohm | Contributing photographer

Gary and Lacy Cron display wooden puzzle figurines cut and made with a bandsaw and Dremel tool. Inside each wooden figure is a hidden surprise. In the photo, Gary Cron holds a rabbit figurine and Lacy Cron holds the carrot that was hidden inside.
http://www.weeklycurrents.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2017/08/web1_Cron.jpgGary and Lacy Cron display wooden puzzle figurines cut and made with a bandsaw and Dremel tool. Inside each wooden figure is a hidden surprise. In the photo, Gary Cron holds a rabbit figurine and Lacy Cron holds the carrot that was hidden inside. Ron Brohm | Contributing photographer

In the photo above Richard Garland engages art connoisseurs Rhonda Ghassabian of Asheville, North Carolina, and her daughter Soliva.
http://www.weeklycurrents.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2017/08/web1_Richard-Garland.jpgIn the photo above Richard Garland engages art connoisseurs Rhonda Ghassabian of Asheville, North Carolina, and her daughter Soliva. Ron Brohm | Contributing photographer

Debra Tolley and her husband, Frederick B’ar Tolley, operate Mad River Joys, which features hand-made jewelry and photographs.
http://www.weeklycurrents.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2017/08/web1_Tilley.jpgDebra Tolley and her husband, Frederick B’ar Tolley, operate Mad River Joys, which features hand-made jewelry and photographs. Ron Brohm | Contributing photographer

Artist Diana Zimmerman of West Liberty displays her many works of art.
http://www.weeklycurrents.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2017/08/web1_Zimmerman.jpgArtist Diana Zimmerman of West Liberty displays her many works of art. Ron Brohm | Contributing photographer

By Ron Brohm

Contributing writer

Ron Brohm is a regular contributor to this newspaper.

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