By Linda Dillman
The arts are coming to Canal Winchester’s municipal complex following an agreement reached between the city and the Canal Winchester Art Guild.
The arts organization will provide the city with a permanent hanging system for guild artists to display their work in the municipal building gallery space throughout 45 E. Waterloo St.
In turning to the city for gallery space, guild treasurer and artist Carolyn Sittler said the group wanted a permanent location—a place they could call home—to showcase its member’s work.
“We originally presented the idea several years ago when the city announced its plan to buy the Bob McDorman Building,” said Guild President Sue Finch. “We plan on having the first work installed in early January. The exhibit will feature 2D work of the entire membership. We may feature particular artists, or themed work of the entire membership.”
Guild members previously displayed artwork at 1 N. High St., a tearoom formerly located at 25 N. High St., Brew Dog, the Francis Steube Community Center, and in mural form on buildings throughout the city.
“We plan to continue the mural program, as it is favored by the public and city,” said Sittler. “The first murals were installed the summer of 2015 and every year since except for 2020, the year of COVID restrictions.”
According to the agreement, CWAG will select the artwork. Prior to the display, pieces selected for exhibition will be approved by the city or its representative. The guild is solely responsible for installation, maintenance and removal of exhibited art, which will be rotated every three months.
The guild currently has 26 members and was organized in 1998 by a group of local artists. Its mission is to stimulate interest in the visual arts throughout the community of Canal Winchester and to aid in the promotion of local artists through exhibits and programs.
CWAG provides opportunities for its members to grow in their own artistic development and to encourage others as well. Sittler reported the only requirement for membership is to have an appreciation for art or desire to be an artist.
Guild members hear guest speakers on art related topics and engage in workshops and Plein air creative sessions. Venues are provided for artists to sell their work and members help young artists throughout the Canal Winchester school district.
“The guild has guided many individuals on how to connect with their untapped creativity,” said Sittler.