Art at The Wagnalls

Messenger photos by Hannah Poling
Artist Julian Cennamo created his latest painting at the Art at the Wagnalls Family Festival on Aug. 10 at Wagnalls Memorial, 150 E. Columbus St., Lithopolis. Cennamo has taught art classes at Wagnalls Memorial since November 2018. This summer he is teaching art classes on Thursday evenings for children ages 9-17 from 5-6 p.m. and for adults from 6-7 p.m. For information on Wagnalls Memorial call (614) 837-4765 or visit


Actress Carol Gaal portrayed Mabel Wagnalls Jones at the Art at the Wagnalls Family Festival. In 1925, Mabel Wagnalls Jones dedicated The Wagnalls Memorial in honor of her parents, Adam and Anna Willis Wagnalls. Adam was the co-founder of the publishing giant, Funk & Wagnalls. Gall is standing in the library discussing Wagnalls and her husband, Richard Jones, and the letters they received from their close friend, Harry Houdini and The Society of American Magicians. Wagnalls Memorial will host tours of the Library and viewings of the Houdini letters on the second Wednesday of each month starting in September at 7 p.m. Below, Nick D’Andrea (left) and George Barrie right) of the Smokey Dogs perform at the Art at the Wagnalls Family Festival on Aug. 10 .The Smokey Dogs are based out of Columbus. They played a combination of original songs and covers at the event.

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