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Any Day Now: The Paintings and Drawings of William Mancuso and Melissa Eddings

Any Day NowSince its beginnings, ArtSpace/Lima has promoted the work of local, northwest Ohio artists. In exhibits like the Photography and Spring juried shows, which draw from a 100-mile radius around Lima, and the Kewpee Show, which invites entries from an eleven-county area, ArtSpace is a venue for local art. It’s even in one of its mission statements: “to provide an exhibition space for the display and sale of local art work.”

That tradition continues in the first half of the summer of 2010, when ArtSpace/Lima will host “Any Day Now: The Paintings and Drawings of William Mancuso and Melissa Eddings.”

Any Day Now opens with a reception for the artists on Sunday, June 6, from 2–4 p.m. art the ArtSpace gallery. The exhibit runs through July 24.

Mancuso and Eddings are both professors in the Department of Art & Design at Ohio Northern University and both have shown at ArtSpace in the past—in particular in the joint Ohio Northern faculty exhibit in the Fall of 2006, “ONU: Then and Now.” As recently as 2009, Melissa Eddings was curator for “Under Cover: 6 Artists, 24 Books” at ArtSpace held this past October. Although both have been active in showing their work, this is the first time together as co-exhibitors at ArtSpace.

Melissa Eddings is associate professor in the department of art & design at Ohio Northern University, where she is also director of the Elzay and Stambaugh Studio Theatre galleries. She holds a BFA degree from Ohio University in Athens and an MFA degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

The show’s title, says Eddings, refers in part to the expectant tenor that emerged in her most recent work, a sense of waiting which complements her main interest in “design and visual language. “As I slowed my pace throughout the days of a recent sabbatical,” explains Eddings, “I became acutely aware of how much of my time was spent waiting for something. Although the thrust of my painting and drawing lies in the attraction of inherent design and visual language, an expectant tenor emerged from these recent images. Any day now, I’ll understand the reasons behind these images.”

William Mancuso has an MFA degree in painting from SUNY-Buffalo and a BFS in studio art from SUNY-Brockport. He annotates his work as follows: “For me, being involved with the process of art is about seeing. Seeing the interconnectedness. Seeing the invisible behind the visible… I’m hoping that any day now, more and more people will recognize that we are not separate bags of skin, the myth of the ‘individual’, but are totally interconnected and dependent, woven into the fabric of all that nature and the experience of life offer.”

Admission to the Ellen Nelson Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10a.m.–5p.m., Saturday, 10a.m.–2p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday. Please contact ArtSpace for additional information (419.222.1721).

ArtSpace/Lima is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the visual arts in the Northwest Ohio region. ArtSpace/Lima is supported in part by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council. Its organization occupies a turn-of-the-century three-story brick building in the North West quadrant of Town Square in Downtown Lima, Ohio.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Fish in Stairwell (Mancuso) and Swim Lesson I (Eddings).