News briefs – July 18


2 ALUMNI TO JOIN HEIDELBERG BOARD OF TRUSTEES – Two successful Heidelberg University alumni – one in healthcare administration and one in campaign management – are the newest members of the university’s Board of Trustees.

At its June meeting, trustees appointed Van Wert native Gary Duncan, ’67, retired president and CEO of Freeman Health System in Joplin, Mo., and Steven Marin, ’90, president and CEO of Marin and Sons, a full-service campaign management company based in Miami, Fla., to three-year terms on the board.

“Gary and Steve are quality individuals who will add extraordinary expertise, leadership and energy to our board,” said Heidelberg President Robert H. Huntington. “I look forward to the contributions they will bring to the board and the value they will add to our ongoing efforts to move Heidelberg forward.”

CHAINSAW-WIELDING FINDLAY ALUMNS’ WOOD SCULPTING BUSINESS GROWING – The rural intersection of Ohio 235 and 103, located east of Bluffton, is consistently loud during the day. Loud not just because so many semis and motorcycles and muffler-less pickups roll up to the four-way stop, brakes screeching and engines roaring, but also because John Guagenti is often there too, plying his trade.

On a recent muggy morning, he stepped out of the former one-room schoolhouse that he’s renting, fired up a chainsaw and began methodically slicing into a log he had vertically positioned outside. After some angled chops here and chunks cut from there, it quickly began to resemble an eagle.

On Track Carvings, LLC is the name of Guagenti’s two-year-old business. The University of Findlay alumnus is a one-man show, but his work is quickly gaining a regional reputation. Some pieces have travelled as far as California and Florida.

MODERN INTERPRETATIONS OF BELOVED FAIRY TALES DEBUTING AT LEA GALLERY – A traveling exhibition featuring modern interpretations of fairy tales is enjoying its debut at The University of Findlay’s Dudley and Mary Marks Lea Gallery in the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion.

Titled “The Enchanted Brush: Classic Fairy Tales Interpreted by Modern Masters,” the collection includes 14 striking works by 10 artists. Made from different media, the pieces pay respect to such tales as “Pocahontas,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Snow White.” Artist Aaron Miller’s light-infused “Rapunzel” has a glowing, ethereal quality. Chris Seaman’s stained glass and character depictions in “Sanctuary” are breathtakingly detailed. Elizabeth Martin’s tiny hats elicit smiles.

“As children, fairy tales introduced us to faraway lands, dastardly villains and a host of unforgettable artistic images,” explained Dan Chudzinski, artist and exhibit founder. “For many of us, these stories served as our earliest sources of inspiration and a catalyst for creative expression. ‘The Enchanted Brush’ exhibition features the original works of ten renowned artists who have been asked to interpret their favorite fairy tale characters in their own unique styles.

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