“Places and Spaces” A new Art Exhibit Now Open at the Sam B’s Restaurant Gallery

Eye On Art  |  09/04/2019 10:00 am

A new fine art exhibit called “Places and Spaces,”  has now opened at the Sam B’s Restaurant Gallery in Bowling Green.  The collection of over 150 new pieces features work by three artists who are new to displaying in NW Ohio as well many favorite local artists. Works in the exhibition will be available for viewing or purchase through December 1st.   An Opening Reception to see the new collection and meet participating artists will be held in the back bar area of the restaurant at 163 S. Main Street on Thursday evening September the 12th from 7-9 p.m.  Free Drinks and appetizers will be served. 

New featured artists for this exhibit include Jonathan Apicella, fine art photography;  Austin McGrath, Acrylic Paintings; and Rick Bailin, hand crafted writing instruments. 

Jonathan Apicella in his short twenty years has always looked for the next adventure whether it be star gazing, snowboarding or traveling the US or abroad.   He views being able to escape from the noise of day to day complications as an opportunity to grow intellectually and spiritually.  He states, “Each photo I am displaying has its own unique extension of my self-growth, and I hope that persons viewing them can learn from my experiences and better their life.”   Through his lens Jonathan takes us to stunning places around Italy, Arizona and Northwest Ohio.  He enjoyed including local shots due his belief that no matter where you live there is always beauty and it is up to the individual to seek and find that for themselves.  His reasonably priced photography is featured on professional papers such as lustre and metallic.

Austin McGrath was born in southeast Ohio and moved to Bowling Green in 2014 where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in philosophy in preparation for a teaching career.   In his younger years he attended art school, and paints with the goal of making something he feels is worth looking at.   He seeks to remind viewers that the world can be beautiful even when observing details.   Austin uses photos taken on walks around NW Ohio as reference material for his acrylic paintings.  Among paintings on display is moments he captured of Slippery Elm Swamp, a passing train, and a wind turbine.  The north room at Sam B’s features a collection of Austin’s acrylic paintings which capture “the Spaces” of BGSU.   Among the details of campus are the rocks next to the observatory, the benches in front of the Wolfe Center, a campus light on McFall, a graduation tent on the quadrangle, and the supply-transport vehicle for the chemistry department. 

Rick Bailin features a collection of hand crafted writing instruments made with exceptional skill and craftsmanship.  With various exotic woods and acrylic materials he fashions one of a kind pens, and pencils.   He is a retired psychologist living in Perrysburg with a love of woodworking.  He has over 45 years of experience in a number of artistic modalities such as cabinetry, furniture making, stained glass and wood turning.  Rick enjoys sharing his knowledge with woodworkers of all levels and currently works part-time at Woodcraft in Toledo. For many years Rick owned his own construction company which involved building custom homes and remodeling.  Rick creates handmade gifts, toys for his grandchildren and furniture for his home.

Viewers of the exhibition will also enjoy revisiting places of the past a time when life was perhaps less complicated and people entertained themselves with simple pleasures and hobbies. Artist Randy Bennett displays such scenes in his mixed media paintings with scenes from the 1930s.  About the current exhibit Randy stated “When Places and Spaces collide with Fact and Fiction, one can never predict what the outcome may be.”  Custom Jewelry Artist Kate Argow includes vintage items such as crochet, and linens along with precious and semi-precious stones to make custom jewelry wearables. 

Back by popular demand are the vintage jewelry collages in both 2-D and 3-D designs by artist Mary Jo Bailin including seasonal and holiday themes as well as a new collection of jewelry by Mary Mascazine featuring  beautifully hand marbled papers.    

The gallery continues to display outstanding works in many different kinds of artistic medias by talented local artisans. Using exotic and local hardwoods is master craftsman Thomas Dunaway  with a collection of outstanding cutting boards and artist Dave Grabarczyk with a new collection of  wood boxes for jewelry and collectables. Also on display is the 1st Place Photography Award    from this year’s Wood County Fair, a photo of a vintage bomber from World War  titled “Tora, Tora, Tora,”  by photographer David Ridenour. 

Among the exhibition are glimpses of “Spaces” filled with beauty such as the bronze sculpture or oil painted florals of Darlene Krohn, the whimsical petite clay bouquets by Artistic License by NJA, and fused glass creations by Eagle Glassworks.   Also available for dramatic spaces are Monumental Glass Vases by artist Les Robertson, hand painted stemware by Klaire Russell, or dreamy abstract paintings by artist Melanie Stinson. 

Stop in to see additional works by many other artists, including a wide collection of affordable hand made products and Christmas ornaments from Haitian Artists who participate in The Circle of Life Project by Missions International of America.  Sales from the products made in Haiti help to educate the young students, and support the agricultural and technical training of adults to support their families. Sam B’s is proud to feature local area artists and the non-profit work of Northwest Ohio volunteers.