Beginnings” opens “Art at the Mill” Season
An exhibit dubbed “Bright Beginnings” will open the new season of art
shows at historic Bear’s Mill. Featuring blown glass created by
Cedarville resident Jim DeLange and the “Rhythms of the Earth”
paintings of Rusty Harden, the show opens on Friday, March 30 with a
reception offering light appetizers and wine from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
“Both of these artists produce joyous, brilliantly colored works which
will provide an appropriate celebratory effect to kick off our new
season,” said Julie Clark, retail manager and gallery coordinator for
Jim DeLange, who grew up with an interest in stained glass, worked as a
free lance photographer for twenty years. The Iowa native developed a
passion for blown glass after taking a class at the Springfield Art
Museum in 2007, where he was drawn into the endless possibilities
offered. “Each time I sit at the bench, I am mesmerized by the beauty
and power of this magnificent medium,” the artist stated. “Jim’s
gracefully elegant pieces take many shapes and forms and encompass all
the colors of the rainbow. His luminous work will beautifully enhance
our rustic gallery,” Ms. Clark remarked.
Color and texture energize Rusty Harden’s “Rhythms of the Earth”
series, which the Miami Valley painter describes as “a loose
interpretation and abstraction of minerals.” She says that she
appreciates the translucent quality of water media, and even when
working in oils, she chooses paints that are water soluble. “The works
in this show demonstrate where life takes my art, and are inspired by
the earth’s minerals, bubbles, and other quirky twists of nature,” Ms.
This exhibit will continue through Sunday, April 22. “Art At the Mill”
is on view during regular Mill store hours, 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. daily.
Bear’s Mill is operated by Friends of Bear’s Mill, a non-profit
organization, and is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Road about 5
miles east of Greenville. For more information, contact Bear’s Mill at
937-548-5112 or www.bearsmill.com.