The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio to Host Celebration Nov. 11

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The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio (DACO) is pleased to host a community Veterans Day celebration featuring a tintype portrait event and a children’s art project from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 11, 2017.

Photographer Stephen Takacs will offer complementary tintype portrait sessions for military veterans employing his unique16x20-inch format studio camera. Tintype is an early form of photography that produces an image on a thin sheet of metal.

“I know that serving our country can be a thankless and sometimes traumatic experience,” says Takacs. “These portrait sessions are my way of saying thank you and giving back a little bit.”
DACO Art Teacher Lisa Schorr will lead children of all ages in creating a relief print of an American flag and/or a folded 3D star. She also will discuss the role of artists in the armed services.

Additionally, Takacs will photograph the general public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on November 18 and December 16 for his installation, The Operating Room, which is currently on display at DACO as part of the exhibition In Our Own Image: The Genesis of Photography and the Contemporary Eye. After the tintypes are processed, they will be added to the installation.

“This is a unique opportunity for the public to become part of the installation. This is also a chance to see how a photograph was made in an early time and to have a different photography experience than we are used to,” says Takacs. “It’s very different than an iPhone photo.”

For information about exhibitions, programs and classes at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, visit or call 740-681-1423.

The Decorative Arts Center is housed in the Reese-Peters House, a Federal/Greek Revival masterpiece at 145 E. Main Street in Lancaster’s Historic District. Admission is free Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.