Monday, November 7, 2016


The final “Art At the Mill” exhibit of this year will feature pottery by The Millrace Potters along with the creative photographs of Margie McCullough and fascinating multi-media paintings byher husband James. The exhibit opens with an artists' reception at historic Bear's Mill on Friday, November 11. Entitled “Seen and Unthrown”, the display in the Mill's Clark Gallery will include decorative and functional claywork not created on a potter's wheel along with hand-colored black and white photographs and colorful canvases filled with abstract images. Sweet and savory finger food plus drinks will be offered from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.; the artists will speak about their work, methods, and inspiration at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. The exhibit, on display during Mill store hours, closes on Sunday, December 31.

“This exciting show offers something for everyone,” said Marti Goetz, Executive Director of Friends of Bear's Mill. “Jim McCullough's stunning work focuses on the square and can be bright and bold or textured and subdued in a fascinating array of colors, while Margie's photographs evoke warm feelings of wonder and nostalgia,” Ms. Goetz stated. “And of course, The Millrace Potters' diverse creations always attract deserved attention with their graceful shapes and striking colors,” she concluded.

James and Margie McCullough maintain studios in Beavercreek, Ohio and New Smyrna Beach, Florida, depending upon the season. Margie started taking photographs at age nine, and has a life-long love affair with black and white photography. Although she works with different photographic processes including manipulated color digital work, she will be displaying photographs taken in black and white and then hand-colored to achieve an appealing effect. Using bright and bold colors, Jim develops abstract paintings that contain an element of tension or playfulness using a variety of paints including oil, acrylic, automotive paint, and industrial inks and dyes. Juxtaposing bright colors with subdued hues and matte surfaces with high gloss, he sees an endless number of variations to his basic theme.

The Millrace Potters Collective artists Julie Clark, Rita Wiley, and Loretta Wray were inspired by the challenge of “Unthrown” to make objects from clay using only simple hand tools. According to Ms. Clark, handbuilding is the oldest, most basic and versatile way to make clay objects. No-wheel techniques such as pinching, coiling, slab-building, carving and sculpting create endless possibilities for the potters, good friends who share technical information, research, labor, and at times studios. Items on display will include bottles, trays, vases, mugs, and candleholders, as well as Julie Clark's new line of black porcelain jewelry.

Teapots and other vessels created by The Millrace Potters along with the mixed media photographic overlays created by Celina resident Virginia Burroughs remain on display in the Clark Gallery until November 5. Bear's Mill is open 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

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