The Ohio Craft Museum's new exhibition of fine craft is particularly fine.

In fact, the exhibition's juror considers it the Best of 2018.

The 76 works in clay, glass, metal, wood, fiber and mixed media were created by 51 artists and selected as part of the 35th annual members competition organized by Ohio Designer Craftsmen.

The exhibition runs through June 24 at the museum, 1665 W. Fifth Ave.

Kathryn Gremley, director of the Penland Gallery and Visitors Center at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, served as this year's juror.

"We arrange to have our jurors from all over the country," museum Director Betty Talbott said. "We've had jurors from California, Oregon, Washington state, Kentucky and Pennsylvania. It gives us a fresh perspective for each year's show."

Each juror "brings a different set of criteria that they are looking for," Talbott said.

Gremley said she chose works that displayed "innovative use of traditional materials, explorations with new techniques and technology, provocative and timely narrative works and remarkable skills in craft media."

"These artists are working in traditional media, but they are doing it in such a cutting-edge way," Talbott said. "They are really pushing the boundaries with their work. It's exciting to see."

The works spotlighted in the exhibition fit seamlessly as a collection, she said.

"As we were setting up the exhibition, we noticed how one piece seems to complement the next one," Talbott said.

Fifteen of the pieces in the exhibition were selected for special recognition with awards.

The honorees include "Dandelion Aureole" by metals artist Rachel S. Smith of Stow. Her piece received the $1,000 Challenge Award for Excellence, the exhibition's top prize.

Columbus glass artist Michael Hric received the Watkins Printing Poster Award and Yassenoff Family Award for Excellence for "Hyacinth Rotation."

At the exhibition's opening reception May 6, the Ohio Designer Craftsmen Outstanding Achievement Award was presented to artist and Ohio University professor of ceramics Brad Schwieger.

Throughout the exhibition's run, visitors will be able to bid on more than 200 pieces in a silent auction.

The auction items on are display in a new space at the museum.

"They are items representing all sorts of fine craft and include pieces from some of our Best of 2018 artists, from our Winterfair and from some of our member artists," Talbott said.

The Ohio Craft Museum again will offer a summer series of art camps for youngsters and workshops for teens.

However, most of the art camps, which are open to students in grades 1-6, are already full, education coordinator Phyllis Walla-Catania said.

Several slots remain open in "Where I Live," a camp that will be held July 23-27.

"That camp's theme will relate to the exhibition we will have starting in July in the museum that will have artists responding to issues of shelter through their works," Walla-Catania said.

As part of "Where I Live," students create habitats that will be displayed on a 3-D map, she said.

The teen workshops offer students in grades 6-12 an opportunity to tackle more-complex craft projects, Walla-Catania said.

While the youth summer camps last five days, the teen workshops are offered in separate morning and afternoon sessions for three days.

Teens can attend one or both sessions on any given day.

The fee is $65 for each half-day session. Teen workshops will be held June 6-8 and June 25-27.

For more information about the summer art camps and teen workshops, visit ohiocraft.org.

The craft museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 4 p.m. weekends. Admission and parking are free.

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