Creative Arts Center Being Built in Centerville

CENTERVILLE-BELLBROOK TIMES
JUNE 6, 2001
VOL. 20, NO. 19
BY: TODD CIOLEK

When driving through town, many a Centerville resident may fall to notice the Wind Fine Art Gallery at 7300 Far Hills Avenue. However, the gallery, which offers an array of exquisite paintings for sale, recently began construction on a Creative Arts Center certain to attract the attention of anyone interested in learning about the fines arts.
Though the lot adjacent to the Wind Fine Arts Gallery currently contains only construction equipment, it will eventually be home to the Creative Arts Center.
Designed by Y. Y. Bryan Choi of Architects Associated, Inc, the center will contain classrooms capable of hosting a variety of art courses, studio areas where painting and pottery may be produced, and exhibition areas to showcase the work of both professional artists and students of the center.
According to Kee Hee Lee, owner of the Wind Fine Art Gallery, plans for the new arts center have been germinating for some time, prompted by the gallery's increasing need for teaching areas. The gallery presently hosts Kee Hee's School of Fine Art, but space for the art students and their works is limited, as paintings by internationally known artists will occupy much of the gallery.
With the establishment of the Creative Arts Center, Lee intends to expand both the size of art classes and the materials available to aspiring artists. In addition to the exhibition area and classrooms within its walls, the center will feature a sections dedicated to selling art supplies and equipment. Lee hopes that this store will foster the buildings' growth into a "one-stop" location for local artists.
The gallery boasts the work of internationally respected painters such as Theo Tobiasse, Eric Waugh, and the highly unique David Schluss, who paints by using his fingers in lieu of brushes.
While Lee admits to being particularly fond of modern art, she ensures that the gallery has numerous examples of classical painting on display.
Jeff Vaughan of J & E Custom Homes, the Washington Township construction firm building the hart center, estimates that the Creative Arts Center will see completion some four months from now.
The cost of the center, as estimated by Lee, will be approximately $880,000. Several new staff members will be hired to work at the center, thou Lee intends to share classrooms with local instructors such as those from Kumon Math and English program.
"The new building will say 'modern, contemporary artwork,'" describes Lee, who has lived in Centerville for 25 years and found the community to be highly conducive to art sales.
"You can get everything here," she points out.
As construction ensues next door, Kee Hee's School of Fine Arts will continue at the gallery, offering classes to aspiring artists of all ages.
Those wishing to learn more about this art school may do so by calling the Wind Fine Art Gallery at 291-4383.

(L-R) Art Consultant Barb Claudepierre, Jeff Vaughan of J&E Custom Homes, Gallery owner Teddy Wu, Centerville City Council member Douglas Cline, gallery owner Kee Hee Lee, Jack Vaughan of J&E Custom Homes, and building architect Y.W. Bryan Choi conduct the ground breaking ceremony for the new Creative Arts Center at 7300 Far Hills Avenue. The center will serve as an addition to the Wind Fine Art Gallery next door.