Thursday, November 5, 2009
Jerry Treharn, Owner of J.L. Treharn & Co. and the Old Ward Bakery Building
A foundation stone rarely gets noticed, but without it a great structure would fall. At the Old Ward Bakery, the artists take all the limelight. With the excitement of our shows and the Holiday season, it is easy to overlook the person who has given his blessing to our Open House and provided our community with this valuable cultural resource.
Jerry works almost exclusively with tiger maple, a wood known to be extremely hard, stubborn and fibrous. It requires a great deal of patience, skill, determination and compassion to bring out the finest qualities and beauty of the wood. Watching slabs of rough hewn maple arrive at the loading dock, then weeks later leave as majestic cabinets has told me a lot about the spirit of this man.
In addition to maintaining his shop with its many employees and keeping the building itself in good working order, Jerry has to deal with us artists, which is no easy task. In his years as building owner he has settled many a dispute, gone to bat for tenants in trouble, showed up for late night emergencies without complaint and shown patience, care and concern for all of us here.
The Ward Bakery has provided the Art and Artisan community with affordable, quality workspace with many amenities, without which our lives, and our community would be much poorer. Jerry, all of us here at the Artists of the Mahoning Commons would like to say " Thank You!..So Very Much!"