Port Clinton Artists’ Club art show highlights artists and Sutton Center

Jul 9, 2024 | Featured, Entertainment | 0 comments

PCAC Chair of Exhibits Judy Maher stands next to her painting, “Relaxation,” during the group’s July 6 art show at the Sutton Center. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

BY SHERI TRUSTY

Each time someone walks through the Sutton Center in Port Clinton, a hub of private and non-profit businesses and organizations, they are greeted by walls and walls of original artwork. The Sutton Center’s walls serve as the gallery space for the Port Clinton Artists’ Club (PCAC), a club that was formed in 1956 as a means to gather local creatives of many mediums and many skill levels.

On July 6, PCAC hosted an Art Show and Meet and Greet at the Sutton Center to draw attention to the gallery and to the many businesses and organizations at the center. The event featured free raffle drawings, refreshments and the chance to chat with the artists.

“We decided to do a meet and greet this summer because Port Clinton has a lot of visitors in the summer, and some of them don’t know about the Sutton Center,” said PCAC Chair of Exhibits Judy Maher.

The art that hangs on the Sutton Center walls is always for sale. Anyone interested in purchasing one of the art pieces can pay for it at Bistro 163, a pay-it-forward diner right inside the Sutton Center’s front door.

Ann Ferguson used a magnifying glass to paint the cows in this landscape painting entitled “Blue Skies.” (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

Among the art currently hanging in the gallery are three pieces by artist Ann Ferguson. All of her works are painted from her own original photographs, and many depict everyday scenes from around Ottawa County. “Keep on Truckin” is Ferguson’s recreation of a classic truck that sits on SR 163, and “Portage River Sunset” highlights a sunset behind the Portage River bridge in Elmore.

“The sunset was so beautiful that I had to photograph it, and then I had to paint it,” Ferguson said.

Ferguson was driving between Oak Harbor and Fremont when the beauty of a country blue sky inspired her to stop her car to take a photo. Recreating the scene in watercolors became a challenge, not because of the sky but because of what was underneath it – a farmyard filled with grazing cows. On her canvas, they are small, but very recognizable, spots of colors in front of a barn.

“I was painting with a magnifying glass,” she said.

A guest takes a deep look at Jan Hackett’s charcoal artwork. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

PCAC generally meets the 4th Monday of every month at 6:15 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Port Clinton, although guests should check before coming to ensure the date wasn’t changed because of holidays or other conflicts. The group is comprised of over 40 active members who represent a number of different mediums.

“We have artists who do woodworking, pottery, felting, pastels, acrylics and basketmaking. Some weave their own fabric,” Maher said. “We have about every medium.”

New members of any skill level are invited to join PCAC.

“We welcome beginners and advanced artists,” said PCAC President Patty Wildman. “Everyone can do some form of art.”

For more information, visit www.portclintonartistsclub.com.

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