Fifth annual OLAH Art Show showcases local artists

EVART — The public is invited to view an exhibit of paintings, stained glass and photography showcased in the fifth annual Osceola League for Arts and Humanities Art Show.

The collection is on display from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Saturday, Oct. 5 through Friday, Oct. 11 at the Kettunen Center in Tustin in the lobby of the Main Lodge.

The show features more than 50 works of fine art by a dozen local artists from Evart and surrounding communities including Tustin, Reed City, Chippewa Lake, Marion and Cadillac.

Among exhibit highlights are oil paintings by Susan Edwards of Chippewa Lake, including her pastoral scene “Summer Pond.”

Renee Tolgo, of Tustin, offers intricate stained glass creations, including her striking 20-inch-by-12-inch creation “Joe’s Dream Truck,” depicting a stylized 1940 red pickup truck.

Evia Neuman, 12, of Marion, is the youngest participant. The seventh-grader will show examples of her creative photography.

Visitors cast their ballots for outstanding exhibits and the winning artist receives the People’s Choice Award ribbon. There are also ribbons for second and third place winners.

Art lovers who stop by the exhibit from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, have an opportunity to mingle with the artists and meet league members at the Meet-the-Artist reception. Admission to the exhibit and reception is free.

Edwards, a league board member, participates to encourage others to be creative.

“I think it’s interesting to share my art work with other people and motivate them,” she said. “I have often heard people say they can’t do anything artistic, but if they try, they can discover their own talents.”

“We encourage members of the community to come out to the art show and see how much talent there really is in Osceola County and the surrounding areas,” said league secretary Tolgo. “Maybe they’ll be inspired to take one of the many classes we offer such as painting, pottery, mosaics, needle felting, sewing, beading and other arts and crafts.”

The Kettunen Center is a full-service conference center and retreat facility located among the rolling hills, woods and sparkling lake which form the scenic grounds of its 160-acre site near Tustin. For directions and map, visit the website at or call (231) 829-3421.

The Osceola League for Arts and Humanities operates a studio and gift shop where artists display and sell their work year-round at 207 N. Main St. in Evart. For more information about classes and studio and gift shops hours, contact Tolgo at (231) 388-5749 or go to