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GSVA welcomes Lee Anne Faler as new Executive Director!

Miss JennThe GSVA Board of Directors and I would like to welcome Lee Anne Faler as the new Executive Director of GSVA. As many of you know, Lee Anne was instrumental in the launch of GSVA and has stayed involved as a consultant and volunteer throughout the years. Lee Anne is truly dedicated to the GSVA mission and building on our successes going forward. I personally am thrilled to have Lee Anne join our team in the Executive Director position. Her unique skill set, as an accomplished artist and collaborative leader and manager are just a few of the reasons that make Lee Anne the ideal person to lead GSVA forward. I will continue my role as advisor to GSVA’s national programs and will re-join the GSVA board.

Please join me in welcoming Lee Anne Faler in her new role as Executive Director.
Annie Cacciato

A message from Lee Anne:

“I am VERY excited to have the opportunity to return to GSVA as the Executive Director. My continued involvement since GSVA’s inception has allowed me to stay connected with their philosophy and to witness GSVA’s maturity and growth over the last 8 years. I’m thrilled to be a part of this amazing organization as we continue to strengthen the creativity of our local community and beyond”. Lee Anne Faler

To read Lee Anne's bio click here.

YMCA Camp art shows at Ohio State Fair & OSU-N

Miss JennAre you planning on going to the Ohio State Fair July 23-August 3? The YMCA campers who joined us here at the studio for 3 weeks will have their artwork on display at the DiSalle Creative Arts Center! Once admitted into the fair, visits the arts building to see our display.

Following the fair, the exhibition will travel to OSU-newark's campus, on the main floor of the John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center located at 1179 University Dr. Newark,OH 43055. Join us for the official opening, August 7th, from 4:30-6 pm; This show will remain on view for 1 week.

The Granville Studio of Visual Arts presents “Hive Culture”, one of the many themed programs in our Orange Couch series, a creative education program designed to be a unique blend of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) concepts and art. Orange Couch “Hive Culture” series is designed to explore the plight of the common honeybee. In fact, hundreds of species of bees are responsible for pollinating the essential food sources that fuel our local agriculture. Upon this theme, GSVA developed the Orange Couch program to encourage young artists to share their story with the world through creative art making experiences.

For 3 weeks, The Licking County Family YMCA, a local organization, visited the studio for Hive Culture. Each week, a new set of campers participating in YMCA’s Summer Day Camp, joined the art studio daily as an extension of their daily camp programming. Ranging in ages 1st-7th grade, campers learned about the importance of bees and the role they play in our food systems. Our goal, as both artists and designers, was to bring awareness to the alarming decline of bees in the past several years.

A special thanks to our official sponsors: Licking County Family YMCA, Abercrombie & Fitch, The Alford Foundation, and The Ohio Arts Council

GSVA Mural Camp Series June 2014

Miss JennJune 27th concluded our week long 3rd annual public mural series camp! Students ages 1st-6th designed and painted a large scale mural that will be part of the Granville community! This large scale mural is based around Ohio animals, inspired by the late Ohio artist Charley Harper.

We would like to welcome and thank Granville Exempted Village Schools and school board Superintendent Jeff Brown and GHS science teacher Jim Reding for welcoming our mural to the Granville High School Gardens. This partnership and new location expands the opportunity for continuing education and appreciation of the relationship between art and science, as well as supporting local community and school efforts such as the 'Fresh Food Program', a student-focused food service that provides local, healthy,and fresh food all while reducing lunch waste. This initiative and partnership is something we hope to further bring attention to with our beautiful large scale mural, which promotes the importance of nature,community,and supporting local!


The original plan to install the mural at Raccoon Valley Park was cancelled by Granville Recreation District, Director Andy Wildman, due to a misunderstanding of the actual mural location. However, we look forward to partnering with GRD in the future.


The mural unveiling will be Sunday, August 17th at 2:00 pm. Refreshments and fun immediately to follow until 4 pm.

 Free and open to the public.




 Miss Jenn

Dear GSVA families, friends, and supporters:

After a wonderful five years at GSVA, I am saying my goodbyes (for now!). I have decided to take a sabbatical, the time I am going to be gone is unknown. Just as I encourage all of my students to think big and to follow your dreams, I will be going on a backpacking adventure, beginning in Central America! I hope to make my way around to many countries and continents in this next chapter of my life.

As most change can be bittersweet, I am looking forward to my new journey but will be leaving behind a place that a big piece of my heart belongs. The fantastic place that is GSVA has easily inspired me to take bigger risks and enjoy life to the fullest. The joy I have experienced the past 5 years is irreplaceable. GSVA will always be a part of me and I will continue to be involved, even if it's from a distance.

It has been so great getting to know everyone over the years and seeing these young artists grow. I am overwhelmed by the love this community has for the arts and support they have for this organization. It will be hard to say goodbye, but please stop in the studio before August to give me a high five;)

Paul Hamilton, my teaching partner-in-crime, and the rest of the GSVA family will continue our mission of providing quality arts education opportunities for you and your children. In addition, Lee Anne Faler and Susanna Snyder will be joining our team this year. The details and timing will be announced in late July.

Thank you for everything. I am honored to have been part of this wonderful organization.

Jenn Pentecost, GSVA Studio and Programs Director

 Miss Jenn

One From The HeartGSVA will be back for the 2014 Granville Art Affair and Wine Festival right on the lawn of the Bryn Du Mansion on Saturday 6/14/14 from 11 am-3 pm. Join us for a free art-making experience that is not only fun, but educational! We will be integrating a STEM twist within the art-making, bringing awareness to the importance of bees! Along with the art-making, President of The East Central Ohio Beekeepers Association, Mike Albaugh will join the fun!

Hope to see you there. This activity is fit for all ages.


For ten weeks this past year, GSVA teamed with Welsh Hills School right down the road to implement our signature Journey programming. On Wednesdays and Fridays, two groups, ages 1st-8th grade participated in either ‘Journey, The Art of the Self-Portrait’ or ‘Journey, DreamWorlds’. It was a blast meeting and creating with 20 new students, who celebrated their success with an end-of-the-year art show in their library! Congratulations, artists!


This past school year, GSVA collaborated with The Yes Club high school for the 2nd year in a row to help students to fulfill their STEM requirements, integrating art. This years STEM theme was the importance of bees and the role they play in our food systems. Students learned about bees native to our area and what function they serve locally, nationally, and globally. Bees affect our food systems drastically, the problem being that, the bee population is rapidly declining. Students explored these systems, created effective solutions, and most importantly, decided how to bring awareness to their surrounding community

Hope to see you there. This activity is fit for all ages.

The final project, being a mural was unveiled on 6/4/14, which is installed permanently on the YES Clubs building. The mural will be a gateway to bring awareness into the community. You can visit the mural at 100 E. Church St. Newark, Ohio 43055.

Congratulations to all of the participants in creating a beautiful mural for the community to enjoy. Special thanks to The Licking County Foundation, Mike Albaugh(President of the East Central Ohio Beekeepers Association), The Ohio Arts Council, and Fred Abraham of Abe's Body Shop.

See The Newark Advocoate Article here:

See the YouTube video of the unveiling here:



As the 2014 spring session wraps up next week, we are getting ready for our 2014 Student Artists Exhibition on Sunday, June 22nd from 2-4 pm. This exhibition features artwork from the classes this past session, ages PreK-High school. As always this is free and open to the public! Refreshments provided.

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