Tuesday, April 5, 2016


Historic Bear's Mill will open a new season of art exhibits in the Clark Gallery with the colorful work of painter Donna Pierce Clark and glass blower Jack Pine on display from Friday, April 8 through Sunday May 8. An informal opening night reception offering hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be held on April 8 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., with the artists speaking about their work, methods, and inspirations at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. “We are thrilled to be greeting the arrival of Spring with the vibrantly beautiful art of Donna and Jack which will enhance the natural beauty that surrounds the Mill in this season of renewal,” said Marti Goetz, Executive Director of Friends of Bear's Mill.

According to Ms. Goetz, “Art At the Mill” annually presents the work of some of the best area artists; each show usually features two complementary artists, one who creates two-dimensional work and one whose output is three-dimensional. “Bear's Mill has always been a gathering place where people feel welcome to explore or just relax and spend time chatting with old friends and making new ones,” Ms. Goetz stated. “'Art At the Mill” offers the opportunity to enjoy an uplifting cultural experience in a relaxed, friendly environment, and perhaps discover a piece of art that would fit right in at your home,” she concluded.

Jack Pine grew up in Circleville, Ohio, home of the largest pumpkin show in the nation, perhaps explaining his creation of dazzling blown-glass pumpkins that are among his most popular items. He has spent the past twenty years perfecting the art of glass blowing with the objective of creating organic art forms in a unique style. The glass artist, whose studio is located near the Short North district in Columbus, experiments with a large variety of precious metals, layering them on top of each other to create his richly colored work which is displayed in homes and galleries around the world. “Not only his lovely rainbow-hued pumpkins, but also has “Rainbow Vases” and “Rainbow Floppy Bowls” will astound you with their awe-inspiring beauty,” Ms. Goetz remarked.

Following high school, Donna Pierce-Clark completed a degree in Art Education and immediately began teaching art, an occupation which she has pursued for forty-five years, currently instructing adult students at Hayner Cultural Center in Troy, Ohio. Her life-time love of painting inspires her work, which includes graceful florals and still lifes, striking landscapes and seascapes, and evocative portraits, as well as some abstract expressionist pieces. “Most of the undulating shapes and lines of my landscapes are in direct response to exploring hills, meadows, forests and mountain ranges across the United States,” the artist explains. “Travels to the American Southwest jump-started my love of abstract/expressionism; but in all my work, there is always a spiritual connection between the painting and my own spirit,” she states.

“Art At the Mill” is on view during regular Mill store hours, 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 p.m. till 5 p.m. Sundays. Historic Bear's Mill is owned and operated by 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. For more information, contact Bear's Mill at 937-548-5112 or www.bearsmill.com.

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