Downtown Greenville hosts Jordan Agency Artisan Stroll on Aug. 5

GREENVILLE— Stephanie Schieltz-Lowder has been creating art for as long as she can remember.

As a kid, she was always drawn to the crafts and projects she would make in school. It wasn’t until the 4th grade that she had her first art class, but the impact was one that stayed with her. Around that time, Schieltz-Lowder remembers creating a still life watercolor painting that wasn’t quite perfect.

To her surprise, she realized that she was fine with the imperfection in her painting. Right then, she realized that the point of art is not perfection, but improvement.

From there her interest and skill grew. Schieltz-Lowder – one of the many artists scheduled to appear at Main Street Greenville’s Jordan Agency Artisan Stroll on Aug. 5 – has continued refining her artistic abilities throughout life.

In college, she majored in art education with a specialization in painting and ceramics. Schieltz-Lowder believes being a “life-long learner” is extremely important to anyone in any career, art being no exception. Currently, Stephanie teaches art at Tri County North to middle school and high school students. She strives to facilitate an environment where students not only learn about art, but enjoy creating it as well.

Nature has always been one of Schieltz-Lowder’s biggest inspirations when creating artwork. She is drawn to the naturally occurring patterns found in the outdoors. She often integrates organic and unique forms in her pottery. Schieltz-Lowder said it is easy to find inspiration because of the natural beauty near her home in this part of Ohio.

Sharing her creations with others brings Schieltz-Lowder joy, that’s why she is a staple at the annual Jordan Agency Artisan Stroll. This year, Schieltz-Lowder will be exhibiting her pottery and a few paintings. Schieltz-Lowder greatly enjoys displaying her artwork at the Artisan Stroll, and is looking forward to participating once again on August 5th .

The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. in downtown Greenville. Artists interested in registering for the event can download an application at mainstreetgreenville.org.

In addition to the Jordan Agency, the Artisan Stroll also receives generous financial support from the Darke County Endowment for the Arts and Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln.

Vendors will be set up on the sidewalks in front of downtown businesses to showcase their items. The list of items offered include paintings, ceramics, jewelry, drawings, re-purposed home decor, photography and more.

In addition to the art on display, many activities and demonstrations will take place throughout the evening such as live music at multiple locations.

The Artisan Stroll volunteer committee, led by event chair Susan Fowble, has donated their time to work with Main Street Greenville to create the event.

“The Artisan Stroll is one of our most anticipated First Friday events. The volunteer committee has spent countless hours planning another wonderful Friday night in downtown Greenville for all ages to enjoy” said Greg Billing, executive director of Main Street Greenville. “We appreciate all their hard work behind the scenes and look forward to seeing everyone downtown on August 5 for another great First Friday event.”

Main Street Greenville is also pleased to announce the return of the art contest to the Artisan Stroll. This juried contest is open to all accepted participants of the Artisan Stroll, although participation in the contest is not required to display your work at the Artisan Stroll.

The theme of the contest is “Celebration.” Artists are encouraged to submit pieces which celebrate the variety of hues, intense saturations, and unique light quality that the summer season brings. Pieces of all mediums will be accepted for participation in the contest and artists will have a chance to win cash prizes of up to $200.

The First Friday Artisan Stroll is kindly sponsored by the Jordan Agency. Their team of insurance professionals has years of collective industry experience writing both personal and commercial insurance policies designed to fit your needs. Jordan Agency’s friendly staff will work with you on a one-on-one basis to develop not only the perfect policy, but a lasting relationship. You can reach them at www.jordanagencygreenville.com or 937-548-1606.

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in Historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more about the organization, visit www.mainstreetgreenville.org or call 937-548-4998. You can also like the organization on its main Facebook page or its First Friday page to receive updates on a regular basis.

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