PIQUA — CSX won’t be the only trains traveling through Piqua from May 10 through May 24, as the Piqua Arts Council hosts its Model Trains and Train Artwork Exhibit.
The exhibit will run weekdays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 509 N. Main St. in the Schmidlapp Free School Library building. Several evening presentations will be held, as well.
The exhibit opened in conjunction with Mainstreet Piqua’s Taste of the Arts event on May 10 and features model trains in various scales along with scale models of area landmarks by individuals from the area.
The first presentation will be Tuesday, May 14, starting at 6:30 p.m., and will feature Dick Strous building a suitcase layout. Strous originally got into his now 30-year hobby with his sons. He is retired from the Air Force where he was an Aircraft Electrician Instructor.
The second presentation will take place on Friday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m., and will feature Marilyn Kosier from the Bradford Railroad Museum. Kosier will be talking about the museum, which was founded in 2002, along with the history of the railroad and their upcoming Railroad Heritage Festival.
Jim Marks is a train historian and will be giving a presentation on Tuesday, May 21, at 6 p.m., on the History of the Railroad in Hammond, Indiana, his hometown. Marks is part of several model train groups in Dayton now, and has been involved in the hobby for many years.
On Thursday, May 23, and Friday, May 24, Mike Reedy will be talking about his obsession/hobby that he’s been involved in since he was two months and 24 days old. Reedy will present at 6 p.m. on Thursday and 1 p.m. on Friday.
During all of the presentations, the models will be on display and available to be viewed. Models on display are from John Grill, Gregg Mitchell, Gail Stickleman, Clint Myers and Van Via.
Artwork on display during the exhibition is from Tom Sorrell, Emerick Malogorski, Marsha Elliott, John Rausch, Judy Belvo, Chuck Clevenger, Meghan Hager, Charles Wright, and Libby Rudolf.
More information about the Model Train and Train Art Exhibition can be found on the Piqua Arts Council’s website, at www.PiquaArtsCouncil.org/train-exhibition.html, or by calling the Piqua Arts Council, at 937-773-9630.