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LIMA — ArtSpace/Lima announces the opening of Celebrating Heritage: Paul Huffer / Kenneth Smith on Sept. 20.

Celebrating Heritage is a two-gallery show featuring the works of two painters whose heritage is intimately bound with the Lima area. Paul Huffer, BFA from The Ohio State University and recently retired from the Smithsonian Institution, attributes the earliest stages of his mastery of painting and design to two art teachers in the Lima school system: “namely, Miss Leahy of Lima Central Junior High School and Mrs. Kirk of Lima Senior High School. Through their influence, encouragement, and dedication to the fine arts during my formative years, each put me on a path to my dual careers as a painter and museum professional.” Huffer’s work, a series of large abstract paintings, will be mounted in the Ellen Nelson Gallery.

Kenneth Smith is an important name in the early annals of the Lima Art Association, later ArtSpace/Lima. He was among the early founding members of the association, serving as a member of the Board of Trustees, heading up committees, and winning prizes in exhibits, all while maintaining his day job as a designer at Lima Neon Products. In his late teens, Smith took classes at the Chicago Institute of Art, from which experience he developed a range of techniques, producing art in oils, watercolor, pencil, colored pencil, and pastels. His work is realistic in style with a careful attention to detail.

There will be an opening reception for Celebrating Heritage from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Sept. 20. The exhibit runs through Nov. 2.

ArtSpace/Lima is a not-for-profit arts organization with a mission to promote the arts in northwest Ohio and to provide artists with a venue to present and to sell their work. ArtSpace/Lima is supported in part by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council. For further information on Celebrating Heritage or information regarding other ArtSpace/Lima programs, please call Bill Sullivan, Operations Manager, at ArtSpace/Lima 419-222-1721.


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