events & exhibits
the 2021-22 exhibition season is supported by:
the miriam g. knoll foundation, pnc bank,
and the middletown community foundation
Current & Upcoming EXhibits
65th Annual Student Exhibition
Sponsored by Suzie & John Bennett in memory of Jay Wright
May 20, 2022-June 30, 2022
Main Exhibition Hall
Preview Event: May 20, 6:00-8:00pm
Celebrating area artists and their award winning work will be extra special at the Middletown Arts Center this spring. The Annual Student Exhibition reaches its 65th anniversary this year and the MAC will salute its current vibrancy and rich history with the community.
Middletown Arts Center offers art education in Painting, Drawing, Glass, Ceramics, Photography, Fiber, Enameling, Metalworking and more.
The talented MAC instructors help hundreds of students each year to develop their artistic skill. They encourage students to learn new techniques, explore the confines of their mediums, and to realize their artistic vision. Our annual exhibition showcases the best of the best of our students' work.
Pictured - Plums, Helen Morgan. 2021 Best of Show.
Thoughts, Visions, Mindfulness, and so on...
Thursday, April 14th, 6-7:30pm
Often motivated from a genuine love of nature and keen fascination for cityscapes and architecture, Wendy’s creativity is also inspired by photos taken by her husband, Ken Hinkel. “We spend the summer and autumn in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan where the play of light and water and land offer spectacular creative opportunities,” states Eisner. Retired from the University of Cincinnati as a professor of environmental science, Wendy specialized in Arctic research for 30 years. She often found herself entrenched in sketches of trees, plants, and pollen grains in order to understand plant anatomy and climate change. Prior to her research endeavors, her artistic outlets were primarily photography and needlework. Today her creativity has blossomed into the works being displayed in our lobby gallery.
Her complete artist bio will be on display alongside her exhibit in our lobby gallery.
You can learn more about her work and view Wendy's website here: https://wendyeisner.com/
A meditation workshop will be held by Wendy in connection with this exhibit. Click here for more info
Pictured: Work by Artist Wendy Eisner
The Art of Bruce Peters: A Look Back
06/01/2022 - 07/27/2022
Curated and Directed by Sam Ashworth
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 11 from 1:00-3:00 pm. Free and open to the public.
This retrospective collection demonstrates the evolution of Peters’ artistry during his lifetime. The exhibit will be a journey through time and talent, beginning with award winning oil paintings completed during his studies at the School of Dayton Art Institute, and progressing to his familiar lively watercolors that brighten the walls of countless local homes.
An accomplished artist, Peters was a member of several prestigious artist societies and his works are represented in over 130 businesses and museum collections. His artwork has garnered over 40 awards, was shown in 58 multi-state exhibitions, and two of his works are published in “Exploring Color”, an instructional watercolor book now in its third printing.
Peters retired as the Director of Advertising and Creative services at Armco. His employer encouraged employees to become active in the community, making Middletown a better place to live and work. A true Middletonian, Bruce was a long-time community activist serving on numerous committees and boards, but made no bigger impact than on the Middletown Arts Center, having contributed over 100 paintings during a 30-year period to the MAC’s fundraising art auctions.
Continuing Peters’ legacy to safeguard the health and vitality of arts and culture in the Middletown community, the Peters family elected to donate the exhibited works, previously held in private collection, as a fundraising effort to benefit the Middletown Arts Center.
The highly collectible works are available for purchase online, and at the Middletown Arts Center, June 1 through July 27 via www.32auctions.com/brucepetersartauction.
The public is invited to a free opening reception on Saturday, June 11 from 1:00-3:00 pm. The exhibition may be viewed during regular business hours through June 1 through July 27, 2022.
Pictured: Bayberry Cove by Bruce Peters, Watercolor, dated 1981