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Women's club holds first art exhibit at MAC


A group of women who usually go there to admire the works of others were able to see their own masterpieces on display at the McConnell Arts Center last week.

The Worthington Women's Club, a community institution since 1932, held its first art exhibit April 8-13.

Works from the collections of 30 club members or past member were on display in the Schott Lobby. Some of the artists are professionals; most are amateurs; and a few entered works of family members.

Each fall, the club's art study group holds its own "show and tell." This year, they had so many interesting entries that a member who volunteers at the MAC asked if they could exhibit there.

The members said they were pleased to be invited for five days, club president Diane Selby said.

"I think it's a wonderful opportunity for the women's club," Bonnie Michael said. "This is the first time we've done something like this."

Michael, who is president of Worthington City Council, had a stained-glass box on exhibit. She made it at a class at the Worthington Community Center.

The pivotal piece of the exhibit was done by the late Polly VanArsdale, who was a longtime women's club member. The club commissioned her painting of the Worthington Female Seminary, a girls school built on High Street in 1842. The building was razed in 1963.

The VanArsdale painting is usually on display at the Old Rectory, 50 W. New England Ave.

Oil and watercolor paintings were on display, alongside cross-stitch, knitting and photography pieces.

Subjects were local, as in an oil painting of Adena Brook at Whetstone Park, by Jane Moore; and from afar, such as a vivid photograph of a robin taken in Devonshire, England, by Judie Lockwood.

Women's club member Dot Mager's uncle Hans created perhaps the most unusual piece in the exhibit. His profile of George Washington was made of red, white and blue postage stamps in the 1920s or 1930s, Mager said. He came to America from Germany, lived in Brooklyn and left the piece to her after he died.

The Worthington Women's Club official banner also was on display. The large blue and white banner was made by Donna Davis, Teresa Kendall, Jeanne Line and Fehrn Severino and was presented during the club's 1979-80 season.

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