It's only May, but the Ohio Craft Museum already is celebrating the best 2017 has had to offer.

"The Best of 2017" is the museum's 34th annual members show.

"It gives our members the chance to share their work and the community the opportunity to see the diversity in fine craft art," said Betty Talbott, the museum's director.

The exhibition opened May 7 and will run through June 18 at the museum, 1665 W. Fifth Ave.

All of the artists featured in the show are members of Ohio Designer Craftsmen. The nonprofit organization, which operates the craft museum, has more than 2,000 members.

The show was juried by Bill Griffith, an artist, educator and administrator at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

"We have a different person select the pieces for our member show each year," said Leigh Evans, registrar and gift-shop coordinator at the museum.

"Each year, we typically pick someone from outside of Ohio to jury the show, she said.

Having someone from outside the museum and Ohio helps bring a different perspective to the task of choosing the works for each year's member show, Talbott said.

"Each person has something different -- some quality or characteristic that catches their eye," she said.

This year's exhibition features 70 works in clay, glass, metal, wood, fiber and mixed media created by 51 artists. The pieces were selected from among more than 200 submissions.

"There are some veteran artists who have had their work at our museum many times," Talbott said. "But there (are) always new, younger artists who are bringing a fresh voice to fine craft art.

"It's really exciting to see these new artists who are helping to keep fine craft art alive and evolving," she said.

The Ohio Craft Museum also will offer a series of summer programs for youngsters and teens.

The Young Masters Summer Day Camp offers weeklong programs for children in grades 1-6.

Participants can attend a full-day camp from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays or a half-day camp from either 9:30 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3:30 p.m. The full-day cost for each weekly session is $195. The half-day program costs $110.

This year's programs include:

* Natural Wonders, June 12-16

* Be an Apprentice, June 19-23

* Art in Motion, July 10-14

* Be an Apprentice 2, July 24-28

* Recyclart, July 31 to Aug. 4.

"The nice thing about our camps is that they are small in size," Talbott said. "Children really get the chance to interact with each other and with a professional artist.

"They can experience working in media and do projects that they aren't usually able to do in a larger classroom setting at school," she said.

Each Friday, youngsters will be able to select one of the pieces they created that week for an art show their parents can attend when they come to pick them up, Talbott said.

"They get to create an artist's statement and stand up and talk about their work," she said.

Teen summer workshops also are offered for students entering grades 6-12.

Morning workshops offered June 5-7 will include Denim Do-Over and Paper Arts. The afternoon workshops are Furniture Re-Do and Felting 101. Workshop times are 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:30 p.m.

The second session of workshops will be held 9:30 a.m. to noon June 26-28. The activities will include Needle Works, 3-D Mashup, Leather Craft and On the Loom.

The cost is $65 for each 2.5-hour workshop.

Registration is available at ohiocraft.org or by calling 614-486-4402.

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

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