Creative Arts Center Opens

TIMES COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER
JUNE 5TH 2002
BY: TODD CIOLEK

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 elements.
"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 art scene.
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.

Painter Simon Bull directs a young artist as he applies a few touches to one of Bull's paintings. An exhibition of Bull's work accompanied the opening of the Centerville Creative Arts Center at 7300 Far Hills Avenue. (L-R) Y. W. Bryan Choi of Architects Associated, painter Simon Bull, Centerville Deputy Mayor C. Mark Kingseed, gallery owner Kee Hee Lee, Tay Wu Lee, Barbara Claudepierre, and Centerville City Manager Greg Horn cut the ribbon for the Centerville Creative Arts Center on Far Hills Avenue.