August 8, 2012

Owens Findlay-area Campus Library Gallery Presents ‘Off the Hook’ Art Exhibit, Aug. 20 – Sept. 27

Hammer Baker Artwork

Owens’ “Off the Hook” exhibition will feature such artistic expressions as Sharon Hammer Baker’s untitled fiber artwork on the College’s Findlay-area Campus.

FINDLAY, Ohio – Owens Community College Findlay-area Campus opens the 2012-13 arts season with an array of hand-woven fiber artwork depicting nature by fiber artists Sharon Hammer Baker and Janice Ryan as the Library Gallery presents “Off the Hook”, Aug. 20 – Sept. 27.

In addition, the College will host a reception and gallery talk for Hammer Baker and Ryan on Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 6-8 p.m. The reception and lecture are free and open to the public and will take place in the Findlay-area Campus Library. Owens is located on Bright Road in Findlay.

“Owens Community College’s Findlay-area Campus is excited to showcase such a unique exhibit by extremely talented local fiber artists,” said Gail McCain, Owens Library Manager for the Findlay-area Campus. “Each artistic piece exhibited by Sharon Hammer Baker and Janice Ryan at the Library Gallery is hand hooked, which involves pulling fiber loops one at a time through a backing fabric with a hook. Exhibition visitors will certainly enjoy the amazing colors and textures found within their work.”

Hammer Baker and Ryan, both Findlay residents, have garnered regional and national acclaim for their fiber artwork and have been featured in numerous exhibitions throughout the region. Approximately 20 featured artistic pieces, made of both traditional and non-traditional materials and inspired by nature, will be on display in Owens’ “Off the Hook” exhibit.

Admission to the Findlay-area Campus Library Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information, contact the Library at (567) 429-3088 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 3088.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit