>“ART AT THE MILL” FEATURES PAINTINGS, CERAMICS, AND RUSTIC FURNITURE

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Porcelain, bone china, and stoneware vessels created by internationally- known ceramicist Bill Hunt and one-of-a-kind furniture pieces crafted by his wife, Liz Hunt, will be paired with paintings by Belgian-born artist Micheline Daemen for the upcoming “Art At the Mill” exhibit opening Friday, April 29 at historic Bear’s Mill. An opening night artists’ reception will be held from 6:30 p.m. till 9 p.m.; the exhibit will continue through Sunday, May 22.

Bill Hunt, editor of Ceramics Monthly magazine for 22 years and currently teaching at Columbus College of Art and Design, believes that function and aesthetics are equally important to the success of each piece he creates. He also knows that ceramics works live on for thousands of years past the lifetime of the artist. “Large bowl forms that can be hung on the wall or used on tabletops find themselves in the center of celebrations and family gatherings,” the artist states. “To think that my work could find appreciation during such events for another forty or fifty thousand years not only inspires but also motivates my work,” he concluded.

Having grown up on an Ohio farm, Liz Hunt says that the furniture she creates is a collaboration with nature which seems innate to her. “Connection with the natural world was a part of everyday life for my entire family, and this has always shaped the way I look at objects and interact with them,” the artist explains. Her favorite materials are personally harvested; she uses willow, walnut, wild cherry, and oak for her unique creations. The Ohio State University graduate has worked as a visual arts teacher for the past twenty years, currently teaching for Hilliard City Schools, while maintaining her studio career.

Micheline Daemen arrived in the United States in 1986, accompanying her husband to his latest corporate assignment. The couple enjoyed this country very much, and after a short stint back in Europe, returned to Troy, Ohio, in 2005, where they say they intend to reside “forever.” Micheline’s art education began in her native Belgium when she was just 15; the painter has earned numerous awards in Belgium, France, and the United States. “I share with viewers the memories of homes that I have had and the many countries that I have had the privilege to visit,” Micheline stated. She uses a variety of figurative styles to beautifully recreate her diverse memories, evoking nostalgia and longing in those who view her work.

Paintings by Dayton area artist Anita Tresslar and glass creations from Neptune Hot Glass owners Berry Davis and Collette Fortin, plus jewelry crafted by Fortin remain on display at Bear’s Mill through May 22. “Art at the Mill” is on view during regular Mill store hours – 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and Sundays, and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bear’s Mill is operated by the Friends of Bear’s Mill, a non-profit organization, and is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Road about 5 miles east of Greenville. Construction work impacting access to the bridge just north of the Mill will continue for several weeks; however, the bridge is currently open on weekdays after 3 p.m. and at all times on weekends. Access to Bear’s Mill from Route 571 is not affected by work on the bridge. For more information, contact Bear’s Mill at 937-548-5112 or www.bearsmill.com.

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