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Sky scrapers made from Legos by OhioLug.  
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Gateway Arts Council Newsletter



Vol. 2                                                                                                                           June 2016

Gateway Arts Council Announces
“It’s All About that Brick”
Lego® Design Challenge and Exhibit
Gateway Arts Council is bringing back its Lego® Design Challenge and Exhibit, “It’s All About That Brick”. This event is both a design competition that promotes the creative and imaginative use of LEGO® bricks and an exhibit featuring the remarkable LEGO® creations of the Central Ohio Lego Users Group.  Gateway Arts Council’s Executive Director, Ellen Keyes said, “We wanted to have an event in our gallery that would be fun and appealing to the entire family, especially the kids.  Legos just seemed to fit that bill.” 
The first part of the event is an exhibit provided by OhioLUG. The club (OhioLUG) is a group of adults that have (re)discovered the joy of building creations out of the popular LEGO® brand building blocks. The members come together at display opportunities, and combine their individual LEGO® creations into an integrated LEGO® experience. These displays feature little people, medieval castles, skyscrapers, and many more designs both big and small, all made of LEGO® bricks. Several members focus on other LEGO® creations to supplement the layouts, and have built 5 foot tall skyscrapers, all sorts of automobiles, and even spaceships.

The non-profit club participates and organizes displays of creations made of the popular LEGO® brand building bricks. Currently, the club has around 20 adult members. Although the majority of the members reside in the greater Columbus area, the club serves the entire state of Ohio with some current members residing in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Dayton. For each show, the clubs' members plan a layout of the creations and the individual members who own the various creations come together to set-up the displays.

OhioLug's colorful layouts have been shown throughout the state of Ohio and well beyond. Over the course of the last year, OhioLUG has displayed eleven layouts varying in size from 90 to over 600 square feet. Most of the displays were done as part of train shows, but displays have also been held at a shopping mall, the Cleveland Science Center, COSI Toledo and as far away as Belleville, IL and Washington D.C. Through these shows,OhioLUG has become known for its relatively large and unique LEGO® creations, quite a few of their buildings exceed 5 feet, and took as many as 150 hours to build.

The creations by the club members vary from boats to chickens and from spaceships to forests. A single creation can consist of only a handful of individual pieces to as many as 100,000 bricks. Some of the creations are scaled replicas of existing buildings while other models are purely fantasy-based. Examples of scaled model replicas range from old steam trains to Columbus skyscrapers such as the LeVeque Tower and the Huntington Banks building that are built in 1:100 scale.

The second part of this wonderful event is a Lego® Design Challenge that kids of all ages can participate in.  Anyone is eligible to participate in the 2016 “ It’s All About That Brick” LEGO® Design Challenge. 

The exhibit will open to the public with a free reception from 6 to 8 p.m., June 18.  Regular hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Evenings and weekends are by appointment.
You might find something familiar at this year's exhibit.
Setting up the 2016 Lego Display.
Dan Knepper Wins Best of Show
  At Spring Fling 2016

Gateway Arts Council announced the winners of the Spring Fling

Exhibit  during the exhibit’s opening reception.

"What’s in a Name " by Artist Dan Knepper of  Jackson Center won the

Best of Show Award for his watercolor painting.  The award was

presented by Behr Design, Wilson Hospital, Allison’s Jewelry,

Creative Marketing Strategies, The Spot Restaurant, and the Miami

Centre Mall.

Gateway Arts Council’s Executive Director, Ellen Keyes said, “We would

like to take this opportunity to share our deep gratitude to our sponsors.

Their support has helped us bring this superb exhibit to Shelby County

for almost 18 years.

Top honors among the categories are as follows:

Watermedia: First Place (The Huffer Chiropractic Award) – Dan Knepper of

Jackson Center, Color and Light. Second Place – Kathy Moeller of Sidney,

Looking In. Third Place  – Rosemary Kienle of Piqua, Savannah In the

Late Afternoon

3D: First Place (The Doris Allenbaugh Memorial Award) – Rick Paldino of

Troy, Large Bucket.  Second Place – Gary Hovey of New Knoxville,

Whoos Hungry.

Third Place– Butch Emswiler of Fletcher, Rollin Pin.

Miscellaneous Art: First Place (The Sidney Electric Company Award) –

Jan Lendino of Troy, O Happy Day.  Second Place– Michelle Geissbuhler

of Worthington, Tied to the Land. Third Place – Annie King of

Bellefontaine, Young Ones.
Drawing: First Place - (Ron & Nita’s, Tom and Polly Watkins Award) –

Isaac Smith of Bowling Green, Turned. Second Place– Kathy Moore of

Casstown, Nestled and Tucked Still Life.  Third Place– Phillip Erbaugh of

Brookville, Brake Time.

Oils and Acrylics: First Place (The Mary Beth Milligan Memorial Award) –

Steven Walker of Columbus, Back Alley Blue. Second Place– Barbara

Carruthers of Worthington, Last Snow.  Third Place– Audrey Moody of

Columbus, Almost Harvest.

Photography: First Place– Jeff Doseck of Wapakoneta, The Roxie.

Second Place– Cathy Huber of Lima, View from Guinness Storehouse.

Third Place – Jodi Knoch of Wapakoneta, Untitled.
This year’s exhibit included 160 pieces submitted by 60 artists. The

exhibit, which is free and open to the public May 6 through June 10,

helps to make the arts available to as many people in Shelby County as

possible. The hours for the exhibit are Monday through Friday 10:00 AM

to 4:00 PM.  Weekends and evenings are by appointment.

The “creative awareness” brought by the arts can be vital to the quality of

life in people and in the community.  It helps to encourage

communication, teamwork, expression, sense of community, and

creativity and imagination.  The arts are a reflection of life, and therefore

make for common ground, spanning every kind of gap between people.

They are a universal language among people, and give us a better

understanding of our world.  
Art by Steven Walker
Copyright © 2016 Gateway Arts Council, All rights reserved.

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