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“Random Acts of Art” A new Art Exhibit Now Open at the Sam B’s Restaurant Gallery in Bowling Green. 

A new fine art exhibit called “Random Acts of Art,” displays quality diverse works by local artisans.    The new display found in the Sam B’s Restaurant Gallery at 163 S. Main Street in Bowling Green, Ohio will be on display thru August 18, 2019.  

The collection of over 150 pieces of Fine Art and American Craftsmanship features several new artisans, as well as local community favorites.  An Opening Reception to see the new collection as well as meet many participating artists with FREE appetizers and drinks will be held on Thursday evening May 23, 2019, from 7-9 p.m. in the backbar area of the restaurant.   

New artists to the gallery space included Suzanne Cook; custom jewelry design, Bill Thien; Oils and Watercolors, and Thomas Dunaway of Thomas Wood Designs.    

Dave Wisniewski
Midnight Cowboy
Oil on Canvas

Suzanne Cook started collecting beach glass pieces along the shores of Lake Erie many years ago.  She was fascinated to find pieces of irregular broken glass in a rainbow of colors eroded by the water into soft translucent shapes.  Among the sand she recognized pieces of wine, beer, and soft drink bottles as well as occasion pieces of Depression glass, insulators, china, and canning jars. Once she collected the bits and considered their potential as raw materials she started designing custom jewelry for friends and family.  Her hobby turned into a passion, and today she sells her designs to customers who have fond memories of beach days.  Her collection on display in the exhibit is a welcome addition for summer gift giving.   

Library House Gallery in Grand Rapids, Ohio is introducing another artist they represent to the public through the Sam B’s Gallery exhibit. Bill Thien was born in Cincinnati and graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Art.   Over the years he also studied with other successful artists including Jackson Grey Storey, and Paul Chidlaw while also teaching night courses in Art at Ohio State.  In his professional career he worked as a design artist for several advertising agencies and marketing studios, eventually becoming the art director of several including Container Graphics in Toledo for over ten years.  Bill has mastered many different Medias over his lifetime, exhibiting a tendency toward a soft impressionist style.  On display Bill has a variety of sizes for every budget including florals captured in Oil on Canvas as well as soft watercolor landscapes.

Thomas Dunaway began woodworking as a hobbyist creating woodwork keepsakes, furniture and cabinetry for family and friends in his spare time.  Many happy friends later he made the decision to offer his work for sale. His designs incorporate different varieties of quality hardwoods carefully finished to accentuate the grain, color and texture of each wood.  Favorite designs are custom clocks, and cutting boards large to small.   Each gift is labeled with care instructions to prolong the life and service of each item.   Another featured woodworker in the exhibit is Perrysburg resident Dave Grabarczyk whose one of a kind wood jewelry boxes are works of art as well as treasured storage units.  Dave cuts many of his band saw boxes without a specific pattern in mind making each one unique and randomly different from another one.



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