Enchanted Brush Exhibition Public Reception @ Mazza Museum
Jul 18 @ 5:30 pm

The fourth annual Enchanted Brush Exhibition has returned to the University of Findlay, featuring the theme “Maidens of Myth.”

The event will run through Aug. 10 in the Dudley and Mary Marks Lea Gallery within the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion.

A free, public reception will be held Wednesday, July 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the Mazza Museum. Giving a presentation will be Ed Binkley, whose work has appeared on dozens of book covers and magazines, and in numerous issues of “Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art.” A 6 p.m. gallery tour of the exhibition will be led by Daniel Chudzinksi, museum curator and exhibition organizer.

The Enchanted Brush Exhibition is an event that showcases works by some of the most acclaimed artists in the industry.

The Lea Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. All exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Rawson Proud Craft Show @ Rawson
Jul 21 @ 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Rawson Proud is seeking local crafters and vendors for the town festival craft show, scheduled for 2-9 p.m. July 21.

The fee is $20 and includes a 10-foot by 10-foot space. There will be no duplication of vendors.

Email RawsonProud@yahoo.com or message RawsonProud on Facebook to sign up.

Summer on the Farm @ Brugeman Lodge at Riverbend Recreation Area
Jul 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“Summer on the Farm” will be the third painting event in the 2018 Hancock Park District seasonal painting series about the outdoors.

The event will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday in Brugeman Lodge at Riverbend Recreation Area.

Awakening Minds Art staff will provide step-by-step instructions on how to paint a summertime farm scene. Supplies, including an 11-inch by 14-inch stretched canvas, will be provided and light refreshments will be available.

The program will be held with a minimum of five and a maximum of 30 participants, who must be at least 16 years old.

Register, with $30 per person, by 1 p.m. Tuesday online at www.HancockParks.com under “Programs & Activities.” Call the park district administrative office, 419-425-7275, to register or for more information.

“Hands” Opening Reception @ Findlay Art League
Aug 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Findlay Art League will display a solo show titled “Hands” by member Jennifer Sowders during the month of August.

An opening reception will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at the Art League, 117 W. Crawford St.

The show is an offering of two veins of thought: mixed media paintings with an underlying spiritual theme and mixed media photo transfers on copper of the artist’s interaction between hands and nature. The exhibit is kid-friendly and interactive, with extra content accessible via tablet or smartphone.

5th Congressional District Libertarian Nominee Meet-the-Candidate Event @ Schroeder Center for the Arts
Aug 17 @ 6:30 pm

Don Kissick, Libertarian candidate for U.S. representative for the 5th Congressional District, will hold a meet-the-candidate event at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Schroeder Center for the Arts, at the northeast corner of Main and Walnut streets in Ottawa.

Republican Women of Hancock County @ Hancock Historical Museum
Aug 28 @ 11:30 am

The Republican Women of Hancock County will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W. Sandusky St.

Heather Shock will speak on the Cuddler Program at Blanchard Valley Hospital and Dr. Susan Grace will talk about the effects of opiates on babies.

Lunch will be catered by Bistro on Main. For membership and reservations, call 419-348-3354 or email RepWomenHC32@gmail.com.

“Nice Dreams” Opening Reception @ Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion’s Dudley and Mary Marks Lea Gallery
Sep 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

“Nice Dreams,” an art exhibition by fine artist Brandon Briggs, will take place at the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion’s Dudley and Mary Marks Lea Gallery from Monday through Sept. 14.

A reception will be held Thursday, Sept. 6 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Briggs is a full-time instructor in drawing and painting at Bowling Green State University. His current work is focused on all things quiet.

The Lea Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. All exhibitions are free and open to the public.

First Friday @ DOCK at St. Marks United Methodist Church
Sep 7 @ 11:30 am

Several candidates are expected to speak this week at the First Friday lunch hosted by the Hancock County Republican Party.

Reservations are due by noon today. Call 419-422-5946 and leave a message.

Cost is $10 for lunch. There is no charge to hear the speakers.

Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon. The event will be held at The Dock, behind St. Marks United Methodist Church, 800 S. Main St.

Candidates expected to speak are state Sen. Rob McColley; Jon Cross, candidate for the 83rd District seat in the Ohio House; and uncontested Hancock County candidates: Tim Bechtol for county commissioner, Charity Rauschenberg for county auditor, and Jonathan Starn for judge of Hancock County Common Pleas Court.

Chalk-A-Walk @ Downtown Findlay
Sep 15 @ 9:00 am – 7:30 pm

Area artists are being sought to create sidewalk art on Main Street in Findlay on Sept. 15.

Chalk-A-Walk, sponsored by the Findlay Art League, is intended to be a fun event where teams of artists decorate the sidewalks downtown. Completed drawings will be judged and a $100 cash prize will be awarded in each of the following categories, including high school, college, business, friends and family, church and youth groups.

Interested artists must assemble teams of three to five people and register at the Art League, 117 W. Crawford St., or online at findlayartleague.org. The cost is $10 per person. Registration and payment are required by Aug. 24.

Teams may supply their own chalk or purchase chalk from the Art League. Participants must bring their own wipes, towels, water and other beverages, and be prepared to provide their own lunch. Several downtown restaurants will be offering Chalk-A-Walk specials.

Participants should arrive at the Art League at 9 a.m., when they will be assigned a spot to draw. They may work until the contest ends at 6 p.m., then return to the Art League at 7, when awards will be announced.

Professional chalk artist Jodi Hubbard will be giving classes Sept. 1. She will discuss introductory sidewalk chalk drawing from 10 a.m. to noon. A class on advanced drawing for ages 16 and older will be held from 1-3 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Registration is also required for the classes.

Businesses may also co-sponsor the event. The deadline for registration is also Aug. 24.

For more information, call 419-306-5720.

“Your Vote, Your Voice” with Mike Brickner @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary, Room 254
Sep 17 @ 7:00 pm

Voting rights expert Mike Brickner will be speaking Monday at the University of Findlay in celebration of Constitution Day.

He will give a free, public talk, titled, “Your Vote, Your Voice,” at 7 p.m. in Winebrenner Theological Seminary, Room 254.

Brickner will discuss U.S. Supreme Court cases involving voter purges, partisan gerrymandering, how you can protect your vote, and how to encourage others to cast ballots.

He serves as the Ohio director of All Voting is Local. He was previously the senior policy director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, where he led the organization’s policy, advocacy and legislative work.

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