Great local artwork was on display at Destination Artists in New Richmond

Fiber artist Patricia Statzer, left, and Mary Mark, pose with Statzer’s art dolls and hand stitched prayer flags at Mark’s studio.
By Art Hunter

Artists from across southern Ohio displayed their work at various locations in New Richmond during the seventh annual installment of Destination Artists.

This year’s event featured painters, quilters, a photographer, fiber artists, and more.

David Johnson, one of the Destination Artists organizers, said that the event is really fun and a great opportunity for people to get our and see the work of a variety of talented artists.

Johnson and his wife, painter and linoleum block cut print artist Mary Mark, once again opened their studio located in the former church on Walnut Street in New Richmond. Johnson and Mark have lived and worked in the renovated church since 1987.

This year, Mark invited fiber artist Pat Statzer, of Delhi, to be a guest artist and show her work at her studio.

The work Statzer displayed included cloth art dolls and prayer flags.

Statzer embroidered the prayer flags with the names of the children killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting. In addition to the name of a child killed in the attack, each flag includes the school’s colors, and some words said about the children at their funerals.

“I needed that relief,” Statzer said. “This was the way I was able to get through it.”

Other artists displaying their work at Destination Artists were photographer Linda Franklin, painter Virginia Hall, painter and gourd carver Nancy Swats, and water color painter Bernard Gleason.

Destination Artists will be held again next year on the weekend before the Super Bowl.

For more information about the event and links to the artists’ websites, visit