Gallery in the Loft
The Wagnalls-Jones family appreciated visual arts and included in the Wagnalls Memorial a room in the Tower dedicated to the art of artist, John Ward Dunsmore. In keeping with that appreciate and the desire for the people of Lithopolis and Bloom Township to have opportunities to experience art, the Wagnalls Memorial Foundation has designed a gallery on the second floor above the library, fondly known as the Loft.
The Wagnalls Memorial Foundation appreciates Julian Cennamo, a local artist, who has volunteered his time to curate our gallery. Art shows and exhibits will change every six to eight weeks typically. Shows and exhibits can be enjoyed during normal library hours. The gallery also doubles as an event space, so please consider calling ahead to be sure you will be able to visit the gallery when you visit Wagnalls.
Artists who sell their works graciously offer commissions to the Wagnalls Memorial supporting our mission.
The Wagnalls Memorial welcomes David Walker to the Gallery in the Loft. David is a 1979 graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelors in Fine Arts (BFA) in arts and art history. He works in all types of medium including acrylics, watercolors, inks, and pencils. He is in several art leagues and has won awards in many shows as well as having art in such publications as the Dinosaur Times and tee shirt designs for various sports events. Retired from the U.S. Post Office, he currently lives in his home town of Gahanna with his wife, son, and various other creatures, devoting his time to his studio.
About the Show and Art: The theme of this show is Stories. They can be from literary works or life events. My goal is to provide as little as I can in the title and no explanation of the scene. I want the viewer to use their imagination and form their own narrative. All works in the show are acrylic paintings. The final results of some are from using color glazes as opposed to solid pigment; therefore, in various lighting, the painting’s under layers will show up more often changing in different lighting.
I spentmany years rug hooking, fusing glass and painting with watercolors. I wasexperimenting with oils and pastels until I started felting. I just love thetextured affect and how the color of the wool fibers blend. To me felting islike combining what I love about rug hooking and painting with watercolors.
Inspiration has been found while backpackingand bicycling the United States and Canada. The self contained bicycle tripfrom Glacier National Park to Denali National Park proved to be the mostinspirational of my many adventures. The trip gave me the unique opportunity toview nature on the most primitive level. It also allowed me to view the artof the local residents and to understand how environment can affect the choiceof subject and medium. It has become important to share these experiencesthrough art.