arts

Tiffin Art Guild to celebrate move with grand opening, exhibition

TAG Grand Opening PosterOn June 3, from 4-6 p.m., the Tiffin Art Guild is holding an open house celebration to welcome friends and members to their new location at 130 S. Washington St. The free event will include tours, refreshments and door prizes, as well as an exhibition.

The celebration will feature local fused glass artists “Three Artisans,” Elaine Bast, Jill Groves & Fran Jackson as their present their latest uniquely designed art glass creations . The Exhibition will remain on display until June 23.

About the Tiffin Art Guild
The Tiffin Art Guild & Gallery was created in 2006 to bring new and varied artwork to the Tiffin Community and surrounding communities. We offer varied art classes for both children and adults and are always looking for teachers and new ideas on classes to offer. We provide a place for artists and those who appreciate art to gather and display their artwork. We also need more members and volunteers in order to continue and expand on our mission.

 

Poignon invests in business, holds community art event

poignon ownersRyan and Monica Poignon, owners of the Poignon Project, located at 227 East Perry Street, have invested into their small business by purchasing the building they were renting. The previous owner had held the building, which at one time was a grocery store and a barber shop, since 1972.

“The past five years, moving back to Tiffin was the greatest thing I ever did,” Ryan said. “There is so much support here.”

Ryan said this was the next step in his plans to grow his business as well as the art community in Tiffin. Motivation to purchase the building also came from the Poignons’ investment in express yourself dayscustomizing their shop. Ryan said the glassblowing equipment alone is worth $20,000, and there is another $20,000 invested in the building. Ryan’s next step will be moving his glassblowing equipment to a different part of the building to expand classes and workshops. Along with art education for adults, he is also looking to expand into art camps for children.

In addition, starting July 16-17, the Poignon Project will be hosting “Express Yourself Days” to support the local art community and raise donations for local charities. The July event will feature live music, art vendors, food vendors, live chainsaw art, live glassblowing and more. There will also be a cardboard house building contest to help grow awareness of homelessness in Seneca County.

Ryan’s efforts to extend opportunities in the arts to the community stem from seeing the need in the Tiffin community. “When I was in high school, we didn’t have a lot of opportunities in the arts. I never imagined that I would be sitting here in front of my own building,” he said. “This is something for everyone to learn: don’t give up.”

Ryan recently published his own motivational book featuring his works called “If You Do Nothing You Are Nothing,” a motto he certainly lives by.

For more infomation, visit www.thepoignonproject.com.

 

Downtown lands new boutique shop

Simply Susan’s, a “unique boutique,” to open downtown

Simply Susan'sTIFFIN, OHIO – June 5, 2015 Scrap Happy owner Susan Wilkinson has announced she will be opening a new store, Simply Susan’s, at the former location of Hey That’s My Stuff in downtown Tiffin. Wilkinson hopes to open the store at 70 South Washington Street in early September.

Wilkinson said she wants to make Simply Susan’s a “unique boutique” and gift shop. Offerings will include chocolates to be made in-house, customizable sugar cookies, craft supplies, scrapbooking basics and possibly apparel. The business will also include arts and crafts classes, a room available to rent for parties and events, and live Disney princesses for store events and private parties.

Though Wilkinson owned Scrap Happy, a scrapbooking supply shop, for nine years, this will be her first downtown venture. “This is a great time to open a store downtown, the passion is there. There’s a group of people there that are excited and they want to help you,” Wilkinson said.

She is also excited to be located next to Bailiwick’s Coffee Company. “The two businesses complement each other well,” Wilkinson said.

Susan’s is part of a growing resurgence in art for downtown Tiffin, joining businesses such as Bailiwick’s, Red Raven, the Tiffin Art Guild and The Ritz Theatre in offering visual and performance art opportunities through education, supplies and events.

Wilkinson is currently updating the interior of the store space and also plans to take advantage of the Façade Enhancement Program to repaint the building’s exterior.

About SIEDC

Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.