The Central Ohio Branch of The National League of American Pen Women is planning a traveling exhibition of combined arts. It will appear first at The Works – Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology in 2018. At least two, possibly three, of my works will be displayed, including Best of Ohio II and my short story, “Kentucky Wonder Beans.” I visited The Works along with other NLAPW Ohio Branch members to see the gallery space where our pieces will be. We also toured the facility.
I was amazed and delighted to find such a fabulous place in the heart of Newark, Ohio. In the early1990s, Howard LeFevre assembled a group of local citizens interested in preserving Licking County’s industrial past, and The Works is the result. My husband’s family has a connection with Newark. His grandfather, Red Layman, was the general manager of Stewart Bros. Furniture Store in Lancaster, Ohio. The original store was located in Newark. Red got his start with the company early in the 20th century as a youth riding around the area on a bicycle, collecting payments so that customers would not have to make the trip into town. Newark was a thriving city with many successful businesses, including the A. H. Heisey Glass Company. I have a small collection of beautiful Heisey glass, some of which belonged to Red and his wife, Mary.
Visitors can view Heisey pieces along with many other fascinating historical and educational displays at The Works. There is also an expansive area with creative, interactive activities for children, a glass-blowing studio, and of course, the gallery space. An on-site restaurant offers soups, salads, sandwiches, and chili. A visit to The Works is well worth the drive.
The Works is an official Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and a member of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC).