Area man starts local art league

Wednesday,  February 18, 2009 2:45 PM

By DAVID J. CROSS
ThisWeek Staff Writer

A German Village man is in the process of forming a local arts group dedicated to helping artists thrive — both young artists and those who are more established.Area resident Ryan Orewiler, who paints cityscapes, has begun forming the German Village Art League. The group will open its first exhibition May 22 at Caterina Ltd.

“With all these artists in the community they don’t really know each other and I thought it would be a good idea to connect,” Orewiler said.

Since Orewiler began forming the league in November, more than 30 people have joined the group, including several from outside the state.

He said the league will accept anyone interested in the arts.

“Not just visual arts – it could be performing artist and so on,” Orewiler said. “I don’t know anything about performing but I’m willing to learn.”

Orewiler said one of his goals is to raise awareness.

“We do have a couple of galleries but we don’t have as many events or publications of some sort to let everyone know what kind of arts we have,” he said.

After graduating from Columbus College of Art and Design, Orewiler struggled as a professional artist. He wants the art league to be a mechanism to support creative minds.

“It’s intriguing to meet someone who is working hard but they don’t know exactly where to go,” Orewiler said. “When you are an artist and not surrounded by other artists, it’s hard to continue to create. When you surround yourself (with) other artists who have ambition, you keep producing and the quality of your work goes up.”

Among the goals Orewiler has is to hold two to four juried exhibitions a year, which would include “Best in Show” and “Villagers Choice” winners. He wants the league to eventually have its members teach art classes.

Orewiler said the league is accepting pieces for its inaugural show May 22 until mid March.

The cost of membership is $10 a year. There is no entry fee for league members; the entry fee for non-members is $15.

Orewiler said the league is currently in the process of electing board members.

‘Unify’

The newly formed German Village Art League will hold its first exhibition at the end of the month.

Titled “Unify,” the exhibit will run May 22 through June 30 at the Caterina Ltd., 571 S. Third St.

Ryan Orewiler, founder of the league, said the exhibit’s goal is also its namesake.

“Basically it’s to unite all the artists in the area,” he said.

Orewiler said there will be more than 50 piece of art on display, with at least one piece from every member of the group.

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