- A one-stop creative arts center is coming to Centerville.
Kee Hee Lee, the owner of the
Wind Fine Art Gallery and School of Fine Art, 7266
Far Hills Ave., Centerville, plans to build a creative
arts center that will serve as an art gallery and
studio for teaching art as well as language arts and
math. The center will be located in a 5,850 square-foot
colonial-style, two-story brick building, to be constructed
on a half-acre lot just south of her existing gallery.
"I want this to be a total educational program,"
said Lee, who prefers to go by Kee Hee. "It can
be a one-stop place for parents who are looking for
something after school for their children. They will
be able to read a book in a safe place. They can explore
the fine arts and take a class in painting or drawing."
The Centerville Planning Commission gave the go-ahead
for the center at its Tuesday meeting.
Lee said she hopes to have the center built and open
by mid-April. J. Michael Joly of Centerville, who
designed the structure, will build it also, she said.
The new center will feature contemporary and traditional
art work and also include a commercial and residential
art consulting service as well as classes in various
languages and math, Kee Hee said. The current gallery
will be maintained in the existing building, but it
will also feature some local artists' work, she said.
Kee Hee, who is of Korean descent, is a professional
artist specializing in Chinese brush painting. She
and her husband Tay Wu have three children. A 25-year
Centerville resident, she also is president of Jade
International Imports and owns the Jade Gallery at
the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek, a retail
store specializing in oriental art, furniture, accessories
She opened her Centerville gallery four years ago,
originally calling it The Jade Gallery. The school
of fine art has about 80 students a week who learn
drawing and painting, she said.
The expanded center will offer a full range of art
classes at all levels and in all media, she said.
It will offer classes in ceramics, sculpture, pottery
and photography. An open studio area will operate
like a spa. You can sign up for class or come and
go as you wish, she said.
Kee Hee said she plans to invite world renowned artists
she knows to show their work and visit during shows.
"My ultimate goal is to allow the people in Centerville
to make connection with the world-renowned artists,"
she said. "I have a lot of new plans coming for
the new school."
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