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
While Lee admits to being particularly fond
of modern art, she ensures that the gallery
has numerous examples of classical painting
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
As construction ensues next door, Kee Hee's
School of Fine Arts will continue at the gallery,
offering classes to aspiring artists of all
Those wishing to learn more about this art
school may do so by calling the Wind Fine
Art Gallery at 291-4383.
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.