September 10, 2012

Owens’ Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery Presents ‘Steel’ Artistic Welding Student Exhibition, Sept. 18 – Oct. 19

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College students will have the unique opportunity to showcase their artistic welding talents in Center for Fine and Performing Arts as the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery serves as host to the first-ever artistic welding student exhibition titled “Steel”, Sept. 18 – Oct. 19.

In addition, the College will host a free reception for the exhibit on Friday, Sept. 21 from 6-8 p.m. in the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery. Artwork will be on display both within the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery and in the outside courtyard adjacent the Center for Fine and Performing Arts. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

“The Owens Center for Fine and Performing Arts is proud to partner with the College’s School of Technology and showcase the artistic talents of our students,” said Wynn Perry, Owens Coordinator of the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery. “Attendees will be amazed at how materials, such as a piece of steel, can be transformed into a masterful work of art through the use of various welding techniques.”

Owens students and alumni of the College’s artistic welding classes displaying their artwork include Jim Van Brandt of Ottawa Lake, Mich., Pamela Reithmeier of Monclova, Todd Kime of Toledo, Toni Lucadello of Fostoria, Robert Krohn of Perrysburg, Beth Scheffert of Toledo, Robert Garcia of Toledo, Marie Brown of Napoleon, Jody Smith of Grand Rapids, Joanne Juan of Perrysburg, Mia Thomas of Toledo and Donald Cole of Napoleon. The College’s artistic welding classes are taught by nationally-known sculpture artist and Owens Adjunct Instructor of Manufacturing Technologies James Havens of Gibsonburg. Havens will also showcase artwork as part of the exhibition.

The exhibition features over 40 pieces of metal artwork ranging from abstract to the figurative. The College’s “Introduction and Intermediate Artistic Welding” courses focus on the creative and practical aspects of the welding processes through TIG, MIG and Arc welding. Students receive experiential learning specific to the proper use of welding equipment necessary to create sculptures and other artwork.

Artistic welding classes are taught in the College’s new $1.1 million Welding Design Center on the Toledo-area Campus. The state-of-the-art educational center features the latest in technological and academic resources specific to welding for several degree and certificate programs.

Admission to the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. For additional information about the exhibit, contact the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2721 or (567) 661-2721.

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

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