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Taylor Elchert Photography

Meet Taylor Elchert Harrison, owner of Taylor Elchert Photography, located at 113 Melmore St. in Tiffin. Taylor began taking pictures as a hobby, and nine years ago, at the age of 15, launched her own business out of her parents’ home.

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“It was fun,” she said. “My parents were very supportive, and I was so young I didn’t have that pressure to make money.”

Taylor’s family is no stranger to entrepreneurship – her father is the owner of Fort Ball Pizza. Though they have two very different businesses, Taylor said she learned about owning a business watching how hard her dad works at it. “I am inspired by my dad,” she said.

Taylor decided while going to college that she wanted to make photography her profession. “At first I was planning on doing it on the side,” she said. “When I decided it was a full time career, I got serious about it. I needed a storefront.”

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The studio space allows her more freedom in her photo sessions and props. Her building houses a plethora of props, and there is always a seasonal set in place. “The set is real, that’s really important to me,” she said. “It’s all about the experience for the client.”

Taylor specialized in capturing “milestone” moments in peoples’ lives. Her services include photos for maternity, family, births, newborns, and children.

One unique aspect of Taylor’s studio is the finished product and her push away from digital files. “Digital doesn’t last forever. I provide my clients with wall art, and a variety of other tangible products,” she said.

Check out Taylor’s work on her website or Facebook.

Red Raven to display world-famous art installation this April

Frankie San Flier (version2)Red Raven Tattoo and Art Gallery will hold the opening of their new gallery installation, “The Frankie San Collection” Saturday, April 16, from 6-10 p.m. The event also includes a meet and greet with collection curator Rev. Kyuzo Miyaishi.

Miyaishi, also known as Frankie San, worked in South Carolina corrections facilities for 40 years and continues to visit and assist in prisons today. Over a lifetime of working with death row and maximum security inmates, Miyaishi collected more than 250 works of art created by the inmates. Each piece is a unique view of not only the prisoners’ artistic abilities, but also of their psychology and experiences.

Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1929, Miyaishi joined the Japanese Imperial Navy at age red raven 3.2315. In 1961, he came to America, where he studied religion and was ordained by the Lutheran church in 1973. Miyaishi first began visiting prisons in 1963 while a student of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. He retired in 2001 and now shows the art that he collected during his years working with inmates.

About Red Raven

Established in 2013 and featuring two floors and over 7500 square feet of imageexhibition space, the Art Gallery at Red Raven is a unique destination for art lovers. The first floor gallery encompasses a rotating selection of pieces from local artists, while the second floor gallery offers 3500 square feet of adjustable space that can accommodate larger pieces, interactive artwork, or larger art exhibits. Our historic high ceilings in the upper gallery provide the flexibility to display large installations and the screening of locally produced films. The Art Gallery at Red Raven also provides art workshops that are offered free to the public.

The Poignon Project

PoignonMeet Ryan Poignon, founder and owner of The Poignon Project, an art studio and gallery located at 227 E. Perry St. in Tiffin. Ryan and his wife moved back to Tiffin from Pennsylvania 4 years ago and opened the Retro Rabbit to save up for The Poignon Project. “It’s affordable to have a business in Tiffin, and there are so many resources available,” Ryan said.

Ryan specializes in glassblowing, which he does in the shop, as well as screen printing, woodworking, photography, cremation jewelry, personalized journals, art made of repurposed items and much more. His wife also makes home decorations and custom orders. They also display pieces created by local artists.Through their Etsy store, the Poignons sell items in all 50 states and internationally.

Recently, they started offering painting classes with Chelsea Bickelhaupt. Ryan said he would like to expand the classes and include glassblowing. They are always working on new projects, like noise instruments for a music circle, and a special Ouija board.

The Poignon Project is open Thursday 12-8, Friday 2-9, and Saturday 12-8.

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Tiffin Art Fair & Art Walk this Saturday

2015_08_07 - Art Walk Map The Tiffin Summer Art Walk is this Saturday, August 8, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., in conjunction with the Tiffin Art Fair at the courthouse green space and the Tiffin Art Guild. In addition, the Seneca County Farmers Market on South Washington Street will be extended until 4 p.m.

Throughout the day, walkers can visit Tiffin museums and galleries to view exhibits, take tours, create crafts and enter into drawings for door prizes. There are also 15 downtown businesses participating, with free live music, art displays and demonstrations, and tours.

The following museums and galleries are participating:

Along with the following businesses:2015_08_07 - Art Walk Guide

For a complete map and more information about the museums, galleries and businesses, click here.

Downtown Tiffin mural underway

Mural StartWork has begun on a new downtown Tiffin mural, located in on the north wall of the Supance/Howard building 84 South Washington Street, facing city parking lot 7. The mural depicts three arches, with a picture taken in the 1950’s facing south at the corner of South Washington Street and Perry Street in the middle arch, and tributes to the City of Tiffin and state of Ohio on either side.

Artist Kymberlee Wood is painting the mural. Wood was apprentice to Eric Grohe, who painted the mural titled, “Liberty Remembers” in Bucyrus. She graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design with a bachelors’  degree in fine arts in 2003. Since then, her positions have included lighting designer, interior designer, art instructor, freelance artist for the Franklin Park muralConservatory. Her current services include interior design, graphic design, murals, pottery, drawing, painting (oil and acrylic), jewelry and face painting.

Leadership Seneca County commissioned the mural as part of the Tiffin Downtown Strategic Plan, and two-thirds of the funding for the project came from private or corporate donations. The mural is expected to cost $21-24,000, depending on the costs of paint required and what work will need to be done to the bricks. The mural should be completed in July.

Tiffin Music and Art Festival this weekend

TMAF flierThis weekend, June 12-13, the fourth annual Tiffin Music and Art Festival will be held at Hedges-Boyer Park in Tiffin. This year will be the biggest yet, with 73 performances scheduled on five outdoor stages, a beer garden, vendors and workshops, and tons of events for children and adults. Headliners are the Tom Frietchen Band on Friday, and Shrub and Hawthorne Heights on Saturday.

Also new this year is the TMAF Scholarship, which will provide $500 each to at least two Tiffin area high school seniors planning to pursue education in performance or visual arts. Proceeds from the event will go toward funding the scholarship.

Founded in 2013, the Tiffin Music and Art Festival is a non-profit event staffed by community volunteers. It was created to raise awareness for the arts in the greater Tiffin area and benefit the surrounding community. Events and attractions for children and adults have included live music, fire performers, magicians, clowns, food vendors, glass blowing, a wide variety of workshops, an interactive ice cream stand, interactive kids’ zones and bouncy inflatables.

Festival admission is free, however there is a charge for access to the beer garden.

Check out the video below for more information about this year’s Tiffin Music and Art Festival.

Indie art show in Tiffin tomorrow

Local gallery to donate proceeds to art festival, scholarship

Art Gallery 4Local body and visual arts studio Red Raven Tattoo Gallery  will host this Saturday the latest in a series of indie art shows highlighting the creative talents of up and coming local artists. This Saturday’s show will display 21 works in the skateboard art genre by 12 area artists.

The show will run 6 to 9 pm, auction off the pieces, and proceeds will benefit the scholarship of this year’s Tiffin Music and Art Festival (June 12-13). In addition, 125 other art works will be on display and for sale. Separate donations to the TMAF Scholarship will also be accepted.

Tiffin’s vibrant arts scene is beginning to become more well known. Other arts offerings in Tiffin include: