With a ceremonial
ribbon-cutting and a display of visual artistry, the
Centerville Creative Arts Center official opened on
Saturday, June 1.
Located at 7300 Far Hills Avenue, the new building
features an art gallery as well as classes for everything
from sculpture to calligraphy, according to Kee Hee
Lee, the owner of the newly constructed center.
"Mainly, we'll have international renowned artists
in the gallery," Lee explained.
The first such artist hosted by the gallery is English
painter Simon Bull, who visited the center to take
part in its opening festivities and give a brief lesson
to its students. Shortly before the grand unveiling
of the building, Bull let a group of children try
their hands at touching up on of his paintings.
After Bull departs, a number of his creations will
remain in the gallery, forming the first of what exhibitions
by revered artists.
The need for the Centerville Creative Arts Center,
Lee elaborated, arose from the limited space provided
for the variety of classes she organized through her
Wind Fine Art Gallery. With the construction of the
new center, at an estimated cost of $850,000, Lee
now expects to have adequate space for courses that
include cartooning, ceramics, sculpture, l photography,
art appreciation, and, of course, painting.
Y. W. Bryan Choi, AIA, NCARB of Architects Associated,
Inc. designed the center to accentuate its artistic
"An important part of the center is its art gallery,"
said Choi, adding that the large windows on the building's
façade are a key element of its image.
The Wind Fine Art Gallery, which sits directly next
to the Creative Arts Center, will henceforth host
the creation of a group of local artists known as
the Wind Fine Art Gallery Artisan Group. Their works
range fro selectively colored photographs to sculptured
boxes, and all of them are for sale.
"We like to say we have the best of the local
artist at the Wind Fine Art Gallery and the best international
artists at the Creative Arts Center," stated
Barbara Claudepierre, who assists Lee in the management
of the gallery.
Ultimately, Lee hopes that the Centerville Creative
Arts Center will become a permanent fixture of Dayton's
At the opening ceremony, Centerville City Manager
Greg Horn welcomed the center's creation, stating,
"The city is just elated to have a facility like
this. It's an asset to the community."
Activities at the center will continue on the following
Saturday, June 8, with an art show, an awards ceremony,
and an auction featuring works by the center's students.
An Asian Cultural Festival will be held from 3 to
6 pm, featuring a calligraphy course, a fan dance,
a martial arts display by the Asian Arts Center, face
painting, and art demonstration.
On Saturday, Jun 15, the center will conclude its
grand opening festivities with a congregation of the
Wind Fine Art Gallery's Artisan group as well as drawing
contests, a student concert, and an outdoor sculpture
demonstration. For more information, call the Centerville
Creative Arts Center at 291-4383.