The Press Newspaper
Oak Harbor residents can now enjoy and purchase exquisite artwork, thanks to Jackie Bodnar, who recently opened Fine Art Creations for Community Causes at 136 W. Water St.
A two-day opening March 29 and 30, inviting browsers to check out the studio. According to Bodnar, the response from the community has been quite positive thus far.
“We had a nice turnout,” said Bodnar, an Oak Harbor native. “I had thought about doing this (for a while). I had been painting at home and doing a lot of art as a hobby. When my kitchen and living room started to become covered with art supplies, I thought, ‘I really have to do something.’
“Plus, working online just wasn’t enough,” she said. “It’s so much better for people to come in and see what you have than (to offer) online. It’s not the same to see it online.”
The studio offers a wide range of wall art, including oil paintings, pastel work, sketches and photography – some of which is done by Bodnar. Art is also accepted on consignment.
Meeting and vendor space is available for $20 per hour for luncheons, presentations, demonstrations, seminars, etc. It should also be noted that payments for the artwork can be taken in installments, if needed.
Bodnar is also considering hosting a few book clubs as well, including one featuring books written by local authors. Currently on display right now is “Toussaint’s Blue Water,” a novel written by Oak Harbor author Dale “Pep” Noggle.
Bodnar holds two degrees, one from Youngstown State University in Labor Relations and another in Spanish Translation from Kent State University. Most recently, she taught Spanish for seven years at Horizon Science Academy in Toledo.
“I was trying to figure out what to do, so I decided to take my teacher’s retirement and open (the shop),” she said. “I’ve always had art as a hobby and I liked it in high school.”
The name of the store, Fine Art Creations for Community Causes, is emblematic of what it stands for – 10 percent of each sale is donated to a local non-profit organization, including Relay for Life of Ottawa County, which will be holding its premiere event at Oak Harbor High School next month.
“In the beginning of May, Relay for Life will be setting up some of its artwork here,” Bodnar said. “The artwork will be auctioned off at the Relay for Life event at the high school, but the show will start here.”
The studio is open Tuesday and Wednesday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment on Sundays and Mondays.
The studio features the works of about a dozen area artists, among them Carol Swope and Doreen Kirk. Works range from paintings to ceramics to photography. There are, among other things, aerial photographs of Oak Harbor and photos of area landscapes.
Bodnar’s artwork is available for viewing at http://jackie-burns.fineartamerica.com/. Her website includes numerous pictures of the items in her studio as well as a short bio.