Commercial Arts Guild

New Group To Promote Commercial Artists
You see and hear advertisements everyday, but do you every stop to think about the people that create them, and the talent it takes to do so? To skillfully create the advertising art that you may take for granted takes a talented group of individuals, who finally have an organization to enhance and develop their skills among their peers.
The Commercial Arts Guild was formed in April as a non-profit organization whose mission is to “to present, promote and support the commercial arts and arts education” as well as provides a meeting place for commercial artists to come together, learn and gain support from old and new friendships. The guild, however is not just to benefit local commercial artists; it is also to encourage the people in the Northwest Ohio area to be aware of the many talented commercial artists who live among them. 
Each month, the guild offers meetings featuring an art related program or demonstration which is open to the public.  Other activities of the Guild include special speakers and workshops and Guild members are available to speak at school or club functions. Currently the C.A.G. has a Commercial Arts show scheduled in conjunction with the Findlay Art League from July 11th to August 2nd. 
According to C.A.G. President, Tom Harmon the idea for this organization had been around for a while. “I’d wanted to start a group like this for years to help the artists that work with me [in the Marathon Petroleum Graphic Services Department] network and get outside ideas from other creative professionals.” The guild allows us to discuss ideas with people from other in-house art departments, advertising agencies and printers. The Guild’s Vice President, Curt Harris agreed. “My advertising department [at Great Scot Community Markets] only consists of two people including myself, and we’re the only two Apple Computer users in the company. Just having someone locally who is in a similar situation is a benefit."
The next meeting of the Commercial Arts Guild will be at the Findlay Art League, 117 West Crawford St. on June 19th at 5:30pm. All are welcome to attend as guests, although memberships are available to both artists and supporters of the commercial arts.  Yearly dues are $30.
For more information visit the Commercial Arts Guild website at

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