Gallery Owner Planning to offer One-Stop Creative Arts Center

Facility to offer after-school activites.

BYLINE: Katherine Ullmer DAYTON DAILY NEWES
DATE: November 18, 2000
PUBLICATION: Dayton Daily News (OH)
EDITION: CITY
SECTION: LOCAL
PAGE: 3B
MEMO: * Contact Katherine Ullmer at 225-2341 or e-mail her at katherine_ullmer@coxohio.com

CENTERVILLE - 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 and gifts.
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."

Copyright, 2000, Cox Ohio Publishing. All rights reserved.

Illustration: PHOTO:
KEE HEE LEE, owner of the Wind Fine Art Gallery, plans to construct
a creative arts center that will be an art school, gallery and
studio, and teach language arts and math. She plans to open the new
facility April 15, 2001.
CREDIT: RON ALVEY/DAYTON DAILY NEWS