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Artists sought for studio in Miamitown By Tina Emmick | Midwest Art Consortium

Artists sought for studio in Miamitown By Tina Emmick

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A former church in Miamitown has been transformed into an art studio with spaces available for area artists to create and display their work.
Retired Harrison High School teacher Rick Gajus and pottery restoration expert Teddy Lape have founded the Midwest Art Center in the former Miamitown United Methodist Church on Mill Street. The building is owned by Lape who operated an antique store there until last year.
When Lape retired from the antique business, she continued her sideline of restoring and repairing fine-art pottery at the church, said Gajus. Gajus is an acquaintance of Lape and agreed to help establish the studio and attract artists, he said. Lape is vacationing in Mexico and could not be reached for comment.
Wanting to work alongside other creative people, she decided to turn the church into a studio where artists could create and display their art, said Gajus.
The building has been divided into 12 large, open areas that are available for rent. The spaces vary in size and rent ranges from $100-200 per month with a six-month commitment, said Gajus. More than one artist can split the cost of a space, he said.
The studio is now occupied by Lape, Gajus, and another painter, said Gajus. Spaces are available in the former sanctuary and in the basement.
Rent includes utilities, an alarm system, parking, a large kitchen and around-the-clock access. The church is located in a well-lit, secure area about one-quarter mile from Interstate 74, he said. Artists who rent space will be featured on the art center’s Web site www.midwestartcenter.com.
Renting studio space can be advantageous for many reasons, said Gajus. Working alongside other creative people can provide a camaraderie that is absent when artists work in an isolated atmosphere, he said.
“A studio provides an environment that is conducive to work,” said Gajus. “Artists can get feedback, suggestions and the critique of others.”
Artists often rent studio space and work away from home so they can spread out and make a mess without disturbing family members. Some artists cannot work at home due to a lack of space or the bothersome nature of their medium, said Gajus. Some mediums such as oil paint give off unpleasant aromas that can be irritating, he said.
Working at a studio allows artists to create without the distraction of family or household demands, he said. Artists can stop and resume working without the bother of having to put materials away, said Gajus.
Gajus compares creating art in a studio instead of at home to joining a fitness center instead of exercising in a home gym. People usually have a more serious and disciplined attitude toward their art if they work in an environment that is separate from the comfort zone of their home, he said.
Lape and Gajus hope that enough artists join the studio to warrant having monthly art exhibits to showcase their work. The widow of deceased Miamitown artist Phil Foster has agreed to display her husband’s work and Gajus is hoping other artists will want to display their work at the studio.
Gajus hopes to eventually offer drawing and painting classes. He taught art at Harrison High School for 27 years and was head of the art department. Gajus enjoys photography, watercolor painting and hopes to resume painting with oils, he said.
“I haven’t done oil because there was no place to work,” said Gajus. “I also love to do batik and plan to use the big kitchen area for that.”
Batik is a medium that uses dye and wax to create a pattern on fabric.
During his teaching career, Gajus also coached golf and baseball, and was the high school’s athletic director for six years. Gajus retired in 2005 after 30 years with the Southwest Local School District. He was an assistant principal at the high school during his last three years with the district.
Artists do not have to rent space at the studio to join the Midwest Art Center and artists can join for a small monthly fee. Members are welcome to share photographs of their work on the Web site and to network with other artists.
To visit the studio or rent space contact Gajus, 703-3876.