The Way Gallery, located on the lower level of Way Library, is an easily accessible public venue that is open during regular library hours. Way Library presents exhibits and displays of paintings, photography, sculpture, and other art works throughout the year with the purpose of providing educational and cultural enrichment.
The gallery is curated by a volunteer group of four accomplished artists: Cindy Doner, Amy Fell, Mary Jo Bailin, Sharon Johnson; Way Library liaison, Lisa Richard.
The Way Gallery: The Artists Behind the Scenes
May 15, 2019 – July 7, 2019
This special exhibit features works from each of the four artists who operate “behind the scenes” of Way’s Gallery.
Cindy Doner is a local Perrysburg artist. She is mostly self-taught from an early age and paints in various mediums, including watercolor, oils, encaustic, acrylic (brush and pours), and alcohol ink. She gets her inspiration from nature. Her favorite artists are Monet, Manet, and other impressionistic style painters. Cindy likes to experiment with different painting styles and methods and is not afraid to try something completely new and different. She and her husband love to travel and often her art is inspired by her trips around the globe. The expansive gardens, Koi ponds, and gazebo on her wooded Perrysburg property are also frequent sources of inspiration.
Amy Fell is a distinguished retired art teacher for Northwood Local Schools and other area art institutions, author and illustrator of five children's books, and creator and publisher of the former ARTaFacts Magazine. Currently, Amy is pursuing interests in fiber arts and is experimenting with painting, dyeing, and fusing a variety of fabrics. Some of her art work is created by embellishing fabrics with a variety of mixed media, and then forming the fabric into different 2D & 3D shapes. Some forms are stitched or adhered using hand or machine stitching and then decorated with beads or other accents.
Mary Jo Bailin has been creating framed art featuring vintage jewelry from her Perrysburg home since 2016. She was first inspired by her mother's jewelry and used it to design vintage jewelry Christmas tree frames as keepsakes for her two daughters. Discovering that she had a passion to continue working with jewelry, she created more jewelry-studded Christmas trees, snowmen, angels, florals, and even Halloween scenes. Mary Jo scours estate sales, resale shops, eBay, and even flea markets for jewelry and frames which she sells in local antique shops and online. Mary Jo also enjoys creating custom designs for others using their own keepsake jewelry.
Sharon Johnson is an award-winning Perrysburg quilter and photographer. She has been quilting for over 25 years, creating special keepsake quilts and other projects for family and friends. As a member of the Kaleidoscope of Quilts Commission and MBCQG, she enjoys sharing her love of quilting with others and values the friendships and inspirations they bring to the quilting community. Sharon is also interested in photography, especially when hiking and traveling with her husband, Terry, an accomplished photographer. They are members of the Topics Camera Club, which meets at Way Public Library. Both creative outlets give her the opportunity to discover new and interesting ways to grow as an artist.
Fiber Art by Fiberforum
July 10, 2019 – August 30, 2019
Fiberforum is an over 40-year-old northwest Ohio art group whose members use a wide variety of fiber media and techniques to create individual and collaborative works. Fiber techniques are used by the artists in the group as a means of personal reflection and as ways to express what it means to exist in the world today. Fiberforum encourages the appreciation of traditional techniques as well as ways in which these techniques can be expanded. Whether woven, stitched, tied, or pieced, fibers form a common thread expressing our cultures and ourselves. The members often work on collaborations, where each artist adds to or modifies the others’ work in a communal manner or otherwise produces art as a group.
A Window into Perrysburg Invitational Exhibit
September 6, 2019 – October 25, 2019
Community members are invited to enter Way Library’s invitational exhibit A Window into Perrysburg. This is a non-juried show. There is no fee to participate. All artistic media is welcome including photography, pottery and clay, ﬁber, glass, jewelry, acrylics, watercolors, markers, pen and ink, bronze, mixed media, oils, pastels, etc.
Heart and Soul: A Veteran’s Vision
4th Biennial Veteran’s Art Exhibit
November 9, 2019 – January 4, 2020
The 4th Biennial Veterans Art Show of Northwest Ohio is a two-month exhibition organized by Way Library to showcase the talents of all honorably discharged Veterans who have served our country. This is not a juried exhibit but an exhibit to highlight the talent and artistic abilities of veterans while honoring them for their service. This venue for artistic expression will also feature works by family members who wish to honor a relative who is a veteran.