Founded in 1984 with a mission to promote community involvement in the arts and preserve the Greek Revival mansion in which it is housed, the Pomerene Center began operating with a strong neighborhood coalition and a few dedicated volunteers.
Throughout our years of operation the Center has been renovated to provide 4 formal exhibition galleries, the tented Saba Terrace that opens onto the spacious lawn & garden (amenable for use from May into the fall). The Bachert Studio, a large garage at the back of the property was upgraded in 2018 to include a glass garage door for natural light, water hook up and a heating system to allow for year round use. In 2013 the Pomerene Center became owners of a derelict 1/2 acre lot in the center of downtown Coshocton for the purpose of developing an artPARK. The artPARK was officially opened in 2017 as an open and accessible public space for creative engagement.
The center is an ADA facility and is able to provide ASL interpretation upon reservation.
Bambi Zinkon, President — affiliation: Major Unusual Incident Coordinator/Advocacy Advisor, Coshocton County Board of Developmental Disabilities,
I am a firm believer that creativity breeds creativity. As cliche as that sounds it’s important to me to be creative-at work, home and play. To be creative is to learn and experiment. In doing so you grow. You have fun. You push the limits and rebound from making mistakes. Promoting the Pomerene is one way to share creativity with the Community. I am passionate because our community not only needs a place for people to create, perform and entertain but it needs a safe place for people to come learn, grow and enjoy.
Carlye Shaw, Vice-President — affiliation: Reading Specialist, Coshocton Elementary School
I have a deep love and commitment to keeping art alive and thriving in Coshocton. I grew up taking art classes with the Pomerene, and I want to be able to extend this service to the students and children who want to explore and create. With all amazing artists in our community, it is critical we have a place to showcase and share these amazing skills. Artists can have a chance to interact with one another, and continue to inspire and be inspired. Art is powerful and necessary in our world, and I want to keep bringing that culture and involvement into this wonderful town.
Kathy Gwinn, Treasurer — affiliation: Retired Special Needs Aid, Coshocton Elementary School
My Grandmother, Lucille Miller introduced me to the Arts. Granny was an original member of the Coshocton Arts Guild. As she shared her love of the Arts with me, I began to “see” the world in a different way. The world became 3 dimensional with vibrant colors, shades and hues. I am passionate to share this view of the world with others.
Anna Blanton — affiliation: Erwin Family Eye Care
Seeing the difference firsthand that the arts has on a rural community (providing opportunities, sparking creativity, uniting the community together). Getting to see how the arts are being integrated into the community through music, social gatherings, artist workshops, collaborations, etc.
Joshua Williams — affiliation: Graphic Artist, Joshua Cody Williams; Graphic Designer, Hasseman Marketing & Communications
I believe that the arts are a crucial way for a community to grow and thrive, and that arts education and advocacy is absolutely necessary for the creation of an effective community.
Dorothy Skowrunski — affiliation: Board Member, Coshocton is Blooming, Clary Gardens, America in Bloom National Board; retired Executive Director, Coshocton Port Authority
Pete Miranda — affiliation: Co-owner, Hannah Marie’s Specialty Bakery and Coffee Shop
Anne Cornell — Artistic Director and Community Studio Artist.
Anne came to the Pomerene Center for the Arts in January of 2000 with a background in community organizing and the arts. Recognizing the rich creative resources outside the art world, Anne has found her medium in working with diverse constituencies to translate local experience, culture and matters into art. Most notably she has led a capital project to create an artPARK in downtown Coshocton. The ART CONNECTS program is her brainchild.
Donovan Rice — Facilities and Events Manager
Donovan began his affiliation with the Pomerene as a high school senior, worked to clean the facility for extra cash while attending Ohio University, Zanesville, segued into management and has settled into overseeing our facilities and events. Donovan owns his own interior design business and is a popular performer/singer in Coshocton County.
Sara Murray — Office Manager. Sara returned to Coshocton County in 2018 after 30+ years away in the west—California, Nevada and Arizona with close ties to the arts community. She joined the Pomerene staff in 2019 .