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Downtown gains new art gallery

Renovation of downtown property aided by $10,000 in grants

TIFFIN, OHIO – January 30, 2019 – Modern artist Tom Hoffman has announced plans to open a new art gallery, Court Street Gallery, showcasing his work and that of other artists at 33 Court Street in downtown Tiffin’s historic district. Hoffman previously had a gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is excited to offer his gallery vision to residents of Seneca County and Northwest Ohio.

“I wanted a place to showcase my art and show other artists eventually,” Hoffman said. “I love Tiffin and think it’s a really great town; it’s blossoming, and I want to be part of that,” he added.

Hoffman has a degree in architecture from the University of Illinois and was first an interior designer with a thriving business and a move to Tiffin prompted him to put his art to the forefront. Hoffman is to use part of the renovated storefront for a gallery space and art studio, and he is to live in one of the upper apartments.

Andy Faber, partner with building owners Tiffin Capital Investments LLC, purchased the building in March 2017, said the renovation was a new experience for the group and thanked Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and guidance from other property owners and their bank as they updated the storefront and five apartments.

“The four of us just did this. We’re four buddies who started this over a beer. We looked at other properties and this one made the most sense,” Faber said. “We’ve really resurrected a building down there. It’s crazy to look back, seeing people living there and making it a home is absolutely awesome.”

In 2016, the previous owner received a $10,000 Façade Enhancement Grant that was used for repairs to slate, masonry, windows, cornices, roof, and dormers, as well as painting. In August 2018, Faber and his associates started the process on the Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) for tax abatement, which is awaiting approval upon completion of renovations.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said he is excited about the project. “It is great that the city of Tiffin will have another attraction in its downtown, and we are pleased to see that a historic building has been brought back to life by members of our community.”

The Diane Kidd Gallery on the campus of Tiffin University will host “Evolving,” an exhibition of abstract paintings by Hoffman through February 21, 2019.

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at

Tiffin Art Guild to celebrate move with grand opening, exhibition

TAG Grand Opening PosterOn June 3, from 4-6 p.m., the Tiffin Art Guild is holding an open house celebration to welcome friends and members to their new location at 130 S. Washington St. The free event will include tours, refreshments and door prizes, as well as an exhibition.

The celebration will feature local fused glass artists “Three Artisans,” Elaine Bast, Jill Groves & Fran Jackson as their present their latest uniquely designed art glass creations . The Exhibition will remain on display until June 23.

About the Tiffin Art Guild
The Tiffin Art Guild & Gallery was created in 2006 to bring new and varied artwork to the Tiffin Community and surrounding communities. We offer varied art classes for both children and adults and are always looking for teachers and new ideas on classes to offer. We provide a place for artists and those who appreciate art to gather and display their artwork. We also need more members and volunteers in order to continue and expand on our mission.


Red Raven to display world-famous art installation this April

Frankie San Flier (version2)Red Raven Tattoo and Art Gallery will hold the opening of their new gallery installation, “The Frankie San Collection” Saturday, April 16, from 6-10 p.m. The event also includes a meet and greet with collection curator Rev. Kyuzo Miyaishi.

Miyaishi, also known as Frankie San, worked in South Carolina corrections facilities for 40 years and continues to visit and assist in prisons today. Over a lifetime of working with death row and maximum security inmates, Miyaishi collected more than 250 works of art created by the inmates. Each piece is a unique view of not only the prisoners’ artistic abilities, but also of their psychology and experiences.

Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1929, Miyaishi joined the Japanese Imperial Navy at age red raven 3.2315. In 1961, he came to America, where he studied religion and was ordained by the Lutheran church in 1973. Miyaishi first began visiting prisons in 1963 while a student of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. He retired in 2001 and now shows the art that he collected during his years working with inmates.

About Red Raven

Established in 2013 and featuring two floors and over 7500 square feet of imageexhibition space, the Art Gallery at Red Raven is a unique destination for art lovers. The first floor gallery encompasses a rotating selection of pieces from local artists, while the second floor gallery offers 3500 square feet of adjustable space that can accommodate larger pieces, interactive artwork, or larger art exhibits. Our historic high ceilings in the upper gallery provide the flexibility to display large installations and the screening of locally produced films. The Art Gallery at Red Raven also provides art workshops that are offered free to the public.

The Poignon Project

PoignonMeet Ryan Poignon, founder and owner of The Poignon Project, an art studio and gallery located at 227 E. Perry St. in Tiffin. Ryan and his wife moved back to Tiffin from Pennsylvania 4 years ago and opened the Retro Rabbit to save up for The Poignon Project. “It’s affordable to have a business in Tiffin, and there are so many resources available,” Ryan said.

Ryan specializes in glassblowing, which he does in the shop, as well as screen printing, woodworking, photography, cremation jewelry, personalized journals, art made of repurposed items and much more. His wife also makes home decorations and custom orders. They also display pieces created by local artists.Through their Etsy store, the Poignons sell items in all 50 states and internationally.

Recently, they started offering painting classes with Chelsea Bickelhaupt. Ryan said he would like to expand the classes and include glassblowing. They are always working on new projects, like noise instruments for a music circle, and a special Ouija board.

The Poignon Project is open Thursday 12-8, Friday 2-9, and Saturday 12-8.

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