Unique Talents to be Demonstrated at Taste of the Arts

Terrific opportunities to observe and learn artistic techniques will again be provided at this year’s 22nd annual Taste of the Arts event on Friday evening, May 20, 2016 in downtown Piqua when six richly diverse and talented artists will demonstrate their talents as they take up residence in businesses in the downtown, demonstrating their skills at no charge to anyone who wants to learn.

Glass blowing artist and instructor Dennis Walker, owner of Studio 446, a working glass-blowing studio established in 2013 on Weber Street in Piqua by Piqua native Dennis Walker, will provide his expertise from 5 to 9 during the Taste of the Arts event.  A graduate of Piqua High School and Ohio State, Walker is an engineer by profession who has pursued art throughout his life.  His glass-blowing skills were honed through classes at the Springfield Museum of Art and the Glass Axis in Columbus where he also served as an instructor before opening his own studio in Piqua in 2013. The tools used in glass blowing, videos of the process involved and samples of his beautiful glass creations will be shared by the artist during the Taste of the Arts Event.

Walker loves to share his skills and provides many opportunities at his studio to teach others as well – from full one-on-one instruction by the hour  for those interested in becoming professional glass-blowers to popular classes offered with instruction to create a small glass-blown item to small groups of friends who want to spend a fun evening learning and creating.  He also welcomes the public to see his working studio and a time can be established by e-mailing  Walker at dwalker@446studio.com or at httpws://www.facebook.com/446studio/.  A special class will be announced to take place soon after Taste of the Arts and registration payments will be accepted by the artist during the evening. These classes fill rapidly, so be sure to register during the May 20th Taste of the Arts.

Sharon Stolzenberger of Kettering, Ohio returns to Piqua as a demonstrating artist for Taste of the Arts.  She will be working in watercolor, with her art focusing on animals and wildlife.  Sharon graduated from the Dayton Art Institute and began her career in art with Gibson Greeting Card Company where she was an illustrator, then art director.  Now self-employed, she devotes full time to painting, teaching and exhibiting her work in shows throughout the country. She is also a volunteer at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Stolzenberger holds elected memberships in Ohio Watercolor Society, currently serving on the Board of Trustees, the Society of Animal Artists and the Western Ohio Watercolor Society, past Vice-President, Program Chairperson.  She has been the invited juror for several arts organizations including Central Ohio Watercolor Society, Southeastern Ohio Watercolor Society, Fairfield Glade Art Association in Tennessee, Cincinnati Women’s Art Club, Shelby County Arts Council and more.

She has conducted and participated in workshops and demonstrations throughout Ohio including the Ohio Watercolor Society, Mentor Senior Community Center, Lima Area Watercolor Society, Fort Wayne Watercolor Society, Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptors, Middletown Arts Center, Cincinnati Women’s Club, Medina County Art League and Columbus Watercolor Society.

Her art works have been displayed in many exhibits and publications   and during the month of May  one of her paintings can be viewed at the Piqua Public Library during the exhibition of the Ohio Watercolor Society’s Travel Show.  Be sure to stop by to meet this incredibly talented artist as she demonstrates her watercolor paintings of animals and wildlife during Piqua’s Taste of the Arts taking place on Friday evening, May 20, 2016 from 5 to 9, sponsored by Mainstreet Piqua.

Mainstreet Admin