The New Albany Art League is holding its first show and will begin partnerships with local businesses and organizations within the next two months.

The New Albany Art League is holding its first show and will begin partnerships with local businesses and organizations within the next two months.

The 1-year-old organization's first show features Todd Camp, who works in mixed media; Nathaniel Edwards, a painter; Mollie Hannon, a photographer; Arden Kozeny, a photographer; Robert Metzger, a photographer; and Dorenda Crager Watson, a painter.

The show begins Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center in Worthington, and it runs through Nov. 6. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, with an artist meet-and-greet session at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13.

Edwards, a New Albany resident who helped found the arts league, said the league's mission includes supporting art and promoting visual arts. When he was contacted about the potential for the league's first show, he said, he contacted artists to participate. Some of the artists involved are from the New Albany community and others have ties to it. For example, Camp, a Marne resident, is the artist-in residence for the New Albany Symphony Orchestra. Camp created a piece of art for the symphony that will be used in all its promotional materials.

At the Oct. 13 meet-and-greet session, Camp "will be giving a demonstration through producing a live painting using en caustic, which is a form of wax," Edwards said. Other artists in the show will provide demonstrations and talk about their work, providing an "opportunity for the public to connect with the artists," Edwards said.

The two other projects being organized through the arts league are art workshops for children with special needs and a revolving art show at a New Albany business.

"Part of our mission is to support education initiatives and to be part of our community," Edwards said.

The art workshops are in collaboration with New Albany Special Connections, a group that supports children with special needs in New Albany; VSA of Ohio, the state's organization to empower people with disabilities through the arts; and the Lori Schottenstein Chabad Center of New Albany. Edwards said they are coordinating workshops to be taught by Candace Mazor Darman of Sunbury for children in kindergarten through 12th grade. The first workshop is slated for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Lori Schottenstein Chabad Center on Dublin-Granville Road.

Edwards said the first part of the workshop would be devoted to young people with special needs in grades six to 12. The latter part of the workshop would be devoted to special-needs children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

"We found an art instructor who has a lot of experience," Edwards said of Mazor Darman. "These are creative, performance-based workshops."

Final details are still being arranged. Edwards said the workshops would be held the third Sunday of each month. Registration, which will be accepted starting next week, will be through

The second program is a partnership with Johnson's Ice Cream in Market Square to display a different artist's work each month in the ice cream shop. Edwards said the first artist is Charlotte McGraw of Hilliard, who is a painter and a client of the Goodwill studios. Her work will be on display through the end of September.

"They (Johnson's Ice Cream) were kind enough to allow us to have some meetings when we first organized," Edwards said.

Edwards said the owners were enthusiastic when he asked if the business would be willing to display local art.