Findlay Art League President Janealla Killebrew, front, and member Amy Brooks hang the Founders Show in the art league gallery. The show honors founding and longtime members who were instrumental in the life of the art league, and an opening reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday. (Provided photo)

Findlay Art League will host the opening reception for its Founders Show from 6-8 p.m. Friday in the gallery, 117 W. Crawford St.

The Founders Show is a special exhibit honoring founding and longtime members who have been instrumental in the life of the Findlay Art League. The nonprofit Findlay Art League was founded in 1947 by a group of enthusiastic visionaries, and is the longest continuously operating visual art organization in the area.

Longtime contributing members will be recognized during Friday’s reception. Scrapbooks of past events will be available for viewing, biographies of the artists will be shared, and some of the art on display will be for sale.

According to show organizer Janealla Killebrew, “The Art League owes a great debt of gratitude to these talented and hard-working people, whose sacrifices of time, talent and finances have made the league possible. They overcame struggles and organized, developed and promoted Findlay Art League. More importantly, they persisted and encouraged each other, and kept the group going. They deserve to be honored.”

Honorees (some posthumous) include Virginia Ayers, Ruth Balcomb, Alex Baluch, Jeanne Butler, Judy Dennis, Phil Gerstner, Dolores Hailey, Dottie Hedlund, Dan Lerma, Harry Melroy, Leni Mueller, Winnie Ream, Scott Sherman, Miriam Sowers and Madonna Wagner.

The show will remain in the gallery through Jan. 31 and is free to view from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays; and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

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