PAC Middletown News

Glancing Back — Moving Forward

Phew! What a year we had at the Pendleton in 2018! We just want to take a moment to thank all of our supporters; both local businesses and every single person that visited, purchased art, joined us for special events and First Fridays, and everyone who chose to take a class this year. We could not do what we do without our community!
Paint Pouring Palooza with Carolyn Dube
In December, just in time for holiday gift giving, Carolyn Dube paid a visit to the Pendleton Art Center!

Carolyn Dube,  who’s mission statement is to “help grown ups rediscover how to play so they can create with confidence.” was PAC’s featured guest instructor on 2nd look Saturday in December .

Glenda Miles {Creative Communion Studio #103} hosted Carolyn for a Paint Pouring Palooza on DEC 2, 2018. Over 140 canvases were created by 13 guests who traveled from Texas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana and throughout Ohio! They enjoyed learning various techniques Carolyn has perfected in her Indiana studio A Colorful Journey.

Guests enjoyed complimentary lunch from the Munchatorium and afterwards they explored downtown MIddletown meeting at Gracies for dinner on Friday AND a second helping Saturday night!

As part of the day long event they received a free online FUNdamentals of Paint Pouring to keep on creating once they got home. Just in time for the holiday’s, the Palooza manifested we heard that insta-gifts for loved ones and beautiful home decor. Two of the guests shopped at The Junkin’ Gypsy for frames for their favorite masterpieces!

Carolyn is beloved online instructor and rarely teaches in person so we are so lucky she’s returning to the PAC in 2019 on Saturday April 6th for a Wear Your Art experience! For information on that event […]

By |January 16th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Glancing Back — Moving Forward|

Meet Our Artists — Maura Lisa Studios

Today lets meet Maura of Maura Lisa Studios

How long have you been at the Pendelton?
I celebrated my 3rd Anniversary at the PAC in October of 2018. Formerly, my working studio and gallery space was located at Loveland Studios on Main.
Tell us about your studio.
I am in a working studio. My mess is in my studio and my art is on the walls.

I am an abstract artist working with plaster, acrylics, and mixed medium.
How long have you been creating art?
I have been painting for as long as I can remember. I first became interested in Japanese painting using ink and water color when our family hosted Masako, a foreign exchange student, when I was very young. Her mother sent my mother beautiful artworks and made dolls for my sister Diane and I that had everyday kimonos and formal kimonos for us to play “dress up”. Later, I was probably around 7 years old when I made those first paintings.
What inspires you?
The might of nature and the wonder of color that natural light produces.
Are there any artists that have inspired you? Who?  Why?
The olde masters, Rembrandt, for example, and their command of light, even in the darkest recesses of their work. Monet, Manet, Van Gogh, Picasso and Miro and their view of the world and subject matter. Chihuly and his use of color, movement and every separate piece having a role to play in the completeness of the whole. And, the ever-expanding circle of artists that move into my life with wonder, technique and expression.
What part of creating art do you like the most?
The seeing of the details, the sketching of the minimalist lines/differentiation that exist, the planning of the composition and implementation and adaptation to […]

By |November 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Meet Our Artists — Maura Lisa Studios|

Meet Our Artists — The Junkin’ Gypsy





Today we meet Lori of The Junkin’ Gypsy.

How long have you been at the Pendleton?

Since August 2017

Tell us a little bit about your studio.

It’s mostly about refreshing, refurbishing & renewing things. You could say it’s a bit hippie/gypsy, a bit eclectic, vintage & mid modern century.

How long have you been creating art?

I’ve been doing this for about 5 years now.

What inspires you?

Everything! Looking at something and figuring out what I can do with it, how can I make something that is not so desirable into something that is desirable.

Are there any artists that have inspired you? Who? Why?

The artists at the PAC. They are all fantastic.

What part of creating your art do you like the most?

Being in my studio, in my own little world. The finished product.

What part of creating art do you like the least?

To be honest, there isn’t anything I dislike about any of it.

How did you learn to create the art that you specialize in?

Trial and error. Not being afraid to try something different.


Do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do with your free time, away from the studio?

Spend time with my family. Swimming, I love the water.

Do you have any pets at home?

LOL! . . . Yes! 6 dogs & 5 cats.

What else would you like us to know about you, your art & your process?

I love what I do. No matter what I’m working on, my whole heart goes into it.


You’ll find Lori in studio #106 on the first floor of the Pendleton.

By |November 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Meet Our Artists — The Junkin’ Gypsy|

Meet Our Artists — Sarah C. Maxwell Fine Art Co.






Let’s meet Sarah of Sarah C. Maxwell Fine Art Co.

1. How long have you been at the Pendleton?
“I have been at the Pendleton since June 2018, so I’m very new to all this.”

2. Tell us a little bit about your studio.
My Studio is a tiny little studio that has glass walls. People can look in can see all the new merchandise I have been making, like paintings, t-shirts, magnets, enamel pins and stickers.”

3. How long have you been creating art?
“I have been drawing almost my whole life, and drew a lot in high school but didn’t think about going to art school until my first-year college art teacher said I had a lot of potential and should go to art school. I decided to go to art school after that and started to create art back in 2012.”

4. What inspires you?
“Animals are my biggest inspiration. I always think about extinction and how serious it is to our world that the animals stay alive, and I want people to realize that all life should be respected and protected. I also find inspiration in everything, like color, illustration, Japanese Shintoism and even things like my dyslexia.”

5. Are there any artists that have inspired you? Who? Why?
“I love to look at artists from the renaissance, like Michelangelo. The way they can tell a story and fit so much in a still image is amazing and inspiring. Some contemporary artists I love are Adonna Khare, an animal artist, and Shane Wolf, a realistic drawer and painter. These artists make me want to improve my work more and more every day.”

6.What part of creating your art do you like the most?
“When people can see my art and can get […]

By |November 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|1 Comment|

Meet Our Artists — JellyDoodles

Today we’re meeting Cassie of JellyDoodles:Cassie Dyer (aka JellyDoodles)

1. How long have you been at the Pendleton?

I moved in June 2016 just to work somewhere that wasn’t my kitchen table. Then it completely spiraled out of control and became my full time job in February 2017.

2. Tell us a little bit about your studio.

I wanted to have my own whimsical place that’s purely me. There’s a little bit of everything there: paintings, figures, buttons, stickers, prints, ornaments, books… I’m always thinking of the next thing to work on.

3. How long have you been creating art?

I started doodling in 2010.

4. What inspires you?

Passionate people inspire me. Even if their passions aren’t linked to art, I’m always inspired by people who work hard to achieve their goals.

5. Are there any artists that have inspired you? Who? Why?

Natalie Dee was the first artist that inspired me. She created a daily webcomic I followed in high school, and she made a career as an artist even though her work wouldn’t be viewed as “fine art.” Her work was simple and funny, I always liked that.

6. What part of creating your art do you like the most?

I love making art that makes people smile. Especially adults! It’s a great feeling seeing a kid light up when they step into my studio, but seeing an adult grinning at a painting of a unicorn? Priceless.

7. What part of creating art do you like the least?

The carpal tunnel that came with it.

8. How did you learn to create the art that you specialize in?

We live in the most amazing time where you can learn how to do ANYTHING without leaving the house. 100% of what I do,

I learned from either the internet […]

By |November 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Meet Our Artists — JellyDoodles|

Meet Our Artists — Jewelry by Maggie

This is the first in a series of posts allowing you into the inner sanctum of our artist’s work, their inspirations and processes.

First up is Maggie of Jewelry by Maggie



“I’ve been at Pendleton Middletown for 3 years now. I’ve been creating for as long as I can remember. As a kid living in the far north, where the Inuit lived, I remember seeing the lovely things made with tiny beads and being amazed that someone could make those itty-bitty things into a piece of jewelry or art. It started my fascination with how things went together.

As I got older, my interests appeared to have vastly shifted, but they really hadn’t. I enjoyed my studies in calculus, physics, chemistry and biology. I majored in pre-med with a focus on biochemistry. If you think about it, my fascination with the composition of things never changed.

My art reflects this interest in a number of ways. First, I use reclaimed items. Found items, recyclables, lids, broken mechanisms, etc….. I see components, not garbage. I see beauty and harmony where others see broken or useless or damaged.

Second, I mix my own colours. When painting, I only use red, yellow, blue, white and indigo. That’s right. No black and no pre-mixed. Black as most people think of it – it doesn’t exist in nature because physics is our colourful friend. Everything we see has colour.

Third, in jewelry making (my first artistic love), good jewelry isn’t just nice to see on the display. It should feel like it belongs on you. A necklace should embrace the curves of your neck; not fight with them. Earrings ought to utilize the currents of air you create as you move, […]

By |November 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|1 Comment|

Shopping in a Small Town

What’s it like, . . . shopping in a small town? What? You’ve never done that? Sure you have! Haven’t most of us stopped in a small town somewhere on vacation?
We’ve All Experienced the Small Town Feel
Eaten at a little Mom & Pop restaurant on the road. Stopped into that kitschy little gift shop in the mountains and found that perfect one-of-a kind gift for Dad. Shopping in your own hometown is like that, only better! The shop owners are your friends and neighbors. The other shoppers are too! No need to be on vacation. Stop by Downtown Middletown any day of the week and discover that you have many Mom & Pop restaurants to choose from, as well as those interesting gift shops and more!
A ‘Hidden Gem’ in Middletown

Pendleton Art Center is a large ‘hidden’ gem in the middle of it all. Did you know—there are 20+ artists all conveniently located in one warm, dry building? It’s true. Our artists create those amazing one-of-a-kind pieces that make the perfect gift for everyone on your list! We have traditional artists creating landscapes and realistic paintings in oil, acrylic, and watercolor. There are talented abstract artists, if that’s what you love. Some paint signs, and some create dazzling jewelry. We have our very own children’s author/illustrator! We have photographers, an artist who helps you preserve memories and tell stories with art. Let’s not forget the fiber artists, creating art you can wear and hang on your wall! And there’s more—many of our artists are also instructors, offering classes and workshops to spark you own creativity! Oh, yeah—we also have a brand-new food artist! Take a break and try lunch or a treat from the new […]

By |November 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Shopping in a Small Town|

Best Art Gallery in Middletown: And More!

If you haven’t visited the Middletown Pendleton Art Center lately, you’re missing out! The Pendleton was recently voted Best Art Gallery 2018 by popular vote on The Best of Middletown Facebook page, created by Middletown Young Professionals. While the Pendleton is the Best Art Gallery, we are so much more than a gallery!
More Than A Gallery!

There is an amazing energy in the building; it’s a great place to just hang out. As always, the Pendleton houses lots of talented artists, who specialize in an amazing variety of art. Many of our artists are in their studios whenever the building is open, and are happy to have visitors in their studios. We love chatting with patrons and answering questions while we work! We also have multiple artists hosting workshops, classes, and painting parties; both inside the building and out in the community. Make sure to check our calendar–and discover a variety of scheduled workshops.
Join Us For a Wicked Good Time!

Besides participating in the traditional Downtown Middletown First Fridays, the Pendleton (PAC) is now scheduling PAC-wide events with many studios participating. We are so excited to host our first PAC-wide event of the season on October 20th—A Wicked Good Time. This is a free event, and begins at 6:00, following a free glass painting event hosted by Positive Vibe Studios. At this event, costumes are encouraged! We are having a pumpkin carving contest, live music, frightful live-painting demonstrations, a spooky selfie station, zombie ancestor cards, and most studios will be open and offering spooky snacks! We are also scheduling psychic readings $25.00 for 20 minutes.
Destination: Middletown!
While Pendleton Art Studios is a destination in and of itself, don’t think for a moment that you’ll have to leave […]

By |October 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Best Art Gallery in Middletown: And More!|

Call for art 2018!

The Art Central Foundation and Pendleton Art Center are pleased to announce the following calls for art and gallery exhibits for 2018! Scroll down for details and application form.

By |April 21st, 2018|Events|Comments Off on Call for art 2018!|

People’s Choice Award Winner

Congratulations to Pendleton Art Center artist Ariel Lusco (Annex building, Studio #10, Cincinnati Pendleton Art Center Location.) Ariel’s piece won the $100 People’s Choice award in the Seasons show on display during December 2015 at the Pendleton Middletown location, 1105 Central Ave, Middletown, OH. The piece is still on display and for sale at the Middletown location through January 8th, 2016.

By |January 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on People’s Choice Award Winner|