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Teacher, student art to be showcased

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The work of both teachers and students will be on display at the Dublin Arts Council's latest show.

The exhibition of the metalsmith group, "The Soul of Objects," will be on display at the DAC, 7125 Riverside Drive, Nov. 13-Dec. 21.

Professor Cynthia Cetlin has been on the staff at Ohio Wesleyan University for 26 years. She teaches metals, 3D design and art education.

This won't be her first time working with the DAC.

"The show was called 'Gifted' and it was me and three other metalsmiths," she said.

The upcoming show came about when Cetlin received a call from DAC executive director David Guion.

"He asked if I'd like to mount a show of my work and my students' work in November," she said. "I've had, over the last two or three years, some wonderful metal students and some wonderful pieces have come out of my metal classes."

In fact, one student who was given her own show will have work on display, in addition to Cetlin, a student from Dublin and others.

"I chose what pieces I felt were most successful in terms of design and in terms of craftsmanship, originality and creativity," Cetlin said.

Good craftsmanship isn't easy when working with metal, Cetlin said.

"Craftsmanship is very difficult in metal," she said. "It takes a lot to master metal."

Artwork for the display ranges in size.

"Some students have made metal boxes, some have made long necklaces, another student is putting the final finish on a piece that's sat around for a year. They're cufflinks," Cetlin said.

"Work ranges in size and ... goes from a little ring for a woman's finger to larger piece like boxes and larger pieces of jewelry," she added. "Most isn't very large because of the nature of the techniques."

Some work won't include metal, though.

"Wearable art is often not made of metal any more," Cetlin said. "We encourage them to use other materials. You'll see anything from a little bird's egg to handmade felt to painting techniques, enamel (and) fur. People use all kinds of materials. It's nothing like you see in a jewelry store."

Cetlin herself isn't working in metal any longer and has been crafting work out of felt.

"Strangely, my work is not meta. For the past couple years, I have been working in a new medium," she said, adding that she's done metalsmithing for about 40 years.

"Now I'm trying a completely new approach and have been working with felt," she said.

Although some work in the show comes from students, Cetlin said it's very professional.

"By the time our students graduate, they have their (Bachelor of Fine Arts)," she said. "By the time they graduate, they are making fine, high-quality professional art. The work in the show is very high quality. I"m excited and the students are excited."

A reception for the artists is slated from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 13 at the DAC. The reception is free and open to the public.

The show will be on display through Dec. 21 and is open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays.

For more information, look online at dublinarts.org.

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