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Spotlight on Mid-century Tea at Decorative Arts Center of Ohio

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The tradition of serving tiny pastries, little cookies, and miniature sandwiches alongside warm tea (and perhaps hotter gossip) in an elegant display in the afternoon among a collected group of often female friends dates back to early 19th century Britain. At that time Anna Russell was the Duchess of Bedford, and she found that she… Read More

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200 Years of Valentines at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio

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Among the vast collection of holiday associated decorative art that makes up the collection of George and Jeannie Johnson is a 175-year-old Valentine that could have been penned by a frustrated, toxic young man in the present. Dated 1845, the imported British Valentine (which would have been exceedingly expensive in the mid-1800s) was sent from… Read More

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Decorative Arts Center of Ohio’s ‘Ohio Presidents: Surprising Legacies’

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Eight U.S. Presidents hailed from the Buckeye State: Ulysses Grant, Rutherford Hayes, James Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Howard Taft, William Henry Harrison, and Warren G. Harding. September 21, 2019 through December 29, 2019, the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio (145 East Main Street, Lancaster OH) will host an exhibition celebrating all of those Presidents… Read More

Decorative Arts Center of Ohio to Feature Pizzuti Collection Through Aug. 18

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May 25 through August 18, the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio will feature “Selections from the Pizzuti Collection.” The exhibition is broken up into portraiture, abstract art, landscape, and still life artwork in a myriad of artistic mediums. Check out some images of the work on display in the exhibition below, and listen to WOUB’s… Read More

Decorative Arts Center of Ohio to Spotlight Tella Kitchen’s Art March 17

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On Sunday, March 17, starting at 2 p.m., the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio (145 East Main Street, Lancaster, OH) will feature a special presentation by Ed Kitchen, the grandson of Tella Kitchen, an acclaimed folk artist whose work is currently on display in the Decorative Arts Center’s lower gallery. Attendance costs $5 for members… Read More

Speak With Lilly Martin Spencer in Lancaster March 3

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On Sunday, March 3, visitors to the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio will have the opportunity to “speak” to artist Lilly Martin Spencer, who is the subject of the museum’s latest exhibition, “Lilly’s World.” Spencer herself passed away in 1902, but Robin Schuricht, an Education Specialist at the Ohio History Connection, will act as Lilly,… Read More

Decorative Arts Center of Ohio Examines Everyday Beauty With ‘Lilly’s World’

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Lilly Martin Spencer’s works were among some of the most popular of the mid-19th Century. She was a genre painter, meaning that the works she created depicted scenes from everyday life, and her work often focuses on common, working class human situations: cooking for your family, taking a break from your studies to play with… Read More