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      Maumee Bay inspires art at Owens

      The nature of Lake Erie and the Maumee Bay provided the inspiration for the exhibit.

      Owens Community College will open the 2012 exhibition season with an array of artwork that showcases the beauty and science of Northwest Ohioâ??s Maumee Bay ecosystem as the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery presents the exhibit titled "Maumee Bay", Jan. 10 - Feb. 10. The Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery is located in Owens' Center for Fine and Performing Arts on the Toledo-area Campus in Perrysburg Township.

      In addition to the exhibit, Owensâ?? Center for Fine and Performing Arts will serve as host to a lecture presentation about the impact of industry, agriculture and waste disposal on the Maumee River watershed by Lake Erie Center Director Dr. Carol Stepien on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 3:30 p.m. in the Water E. Terhune Art Gallery. A free exhibit reception will also take place on Friday, Jan. 20 from 6-8 p.m. in the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery.

      "Owens Community College is excited to present such a unique exhibition that explores Maumee Bayâ??s ecosystem through fibers, photography, ceramics and mixed media," said Wynn Perry, Owens Part-Time Coordinator of the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery. "Drawing on research and data gathered by Owens students in the College's Introduction to Ecology class for the Ohio Scenic Rivers Program and the University of Toledoâ??s Lake Erie Center, the marriage of visual arts and science provides an in-depth look at the impact of industry, agriculture, climate and non-native species on the Maumee River watershed."

      Admission to the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. For additional information about the exhibit, contact the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2721 or (567) 661-2721.