A ComFest Weekend, Art Shows, Hops, Parties and Tacocat

As usual, our awesome city is rockin’ this weekend with lots to do for fun, appreciating wonderful artists and getting your groove on!  Actually, the weekend starts tonight with some opening receptions for amazing shows.  Then the weekend gets into full gear on Friday with ComFest at Goodale Park.

There’s no reason to be bored or boring this weekend!  Check them out:

Rivet Gallery

6-8 Thursday

1200 North High Street

rivet this weekend

Kidrobot has unearthed a long-lost chapter from sun Tzu’s military classic! 14 artists each tackle an aspect of warfare in the latest, martial-themed Dunny series… Art Of War.

Artists in this series include JPK, Kano, Colus, Devious, ilovedust, Igor Ventura, Frank Kozik, Shok-1, Sam Fout (OHIO artist), Luihz Unreal, Huck Gee, DrilOne, Sergio Mancini and Patricio Oliver.

This release will be available in-store on Thursday, June 26 beginning at 6PM. The Dunnys  will be released for sale online at 11am EST on Friday, June 27.

Purchase a case of this new Dunny series and receive a DrilOne A10-Tank Destroyer Dunny figure FREE. While supplies last and limited quantity.

This will also be the kickoff of Rivet’s Community Board. This board will allow  customers access to trade figures in store with others collectors. So this is a perfect time to bring along your blind box figures to trade! Any blind box series acceptable and DOES NOT have to be just Dunny.



Columbus Museum of Art
 6:00pm – 8:00pm

gcac visual artsThe Columbus Museum of Art presents The 2014 Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) Visual Arts Exhibition, on view June 27 through September 28. The reception is free and open to the public, RSVP at: https://members.columbusmuseum.org/GCAC2014

Highlighting the outstanding talent and ability of Columbus artists, the exhibition includes work by the recipients of the 2013 GCAC Individual Artist Fellowship Awards : Shannon Benine, Clara Crockett, Evan Dawson (Evan Christopher) and Shane Mecklenburger. Two others, Kaveri Raina and Laura Alexander, were awarded GCAC residencies in Dresden, Germany this year.

These artists represent a diverse range of practices fostered within Columbus’s artistic community. Clara Crockett’s pencil drawings of human and canine figures are both sensitive and surreal, while Shannon Benine will show her compelling, somewhat mysterious photographs of Molokai, Hawaii. In his video works, Shane Mecklenburger creates weightless fields of computer-generated diamonds, while Evan Dawson’s sculptural gestures begin with the material circumstances of daily life. Laura Alexander cuts intricate patterns into layered sheets of paper, and Kaveri Raina’s vivid abstractions are painted with materials like turmeric, chili powder and cinnamon. Each with their own niche, together these artists demonstrate the region’s vibrant artistic ecology.

Easton Art Affair

June 27-29, 2014
 Easton Town Center
easton art
Part gallery. Part street fair. One hundred percent fun. This juried fine art show offers everything from paintings and photography to sculpture and hand-made jewelry.2014 Hours are as follows:

Friday, June 27: 4PM – 9PM
Saturday, June 28: 11AM – 9PM
Sunday, June 29: 11AM – 5PM

Check out examples of artwork at:

EastonWay.com under the “Event” tab
Pinterest.com/EastonWay in the board “#EastonEvents: Easton Art Affair”

Grandview Hop


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The Grandview Hop is a half-mile stretch of Grandview Avenue buzzing with live music, shopping,art and activity the last Saturdays from May through September. Stop into the independently-owned Grandview Avenue shops that stay open late, and explore the eclectic array of sidewalk merchants. You’ll find unexpected gifts like hand-crafted clothing and jewelry, handmade paper and leather goods, savory foods, funky accessories, home decor, and art galore. The Hop takes place along Grandview Avenue between 1st and 5th Avenues, from 5 to 9PM.


AND OF COURSE!!!!  One of my fav events…a party with a purpose!… of the summer is this weekend and will feature so much art, music, food and fun that I cannot list it all here.  But you can check out these links for more info!

I do know that Julie Macala of Branching Creations (my next featured artist!), Katie Guagenti of Poor Sparrow (soon to be featured!), Wholly Craft, and Kelli Martin of anti.label ( Alternative Fashion Mob’s diva and featured last year) will be selling their wares along with so many other creative folks so get on down to Goodale Park for the festivities!!


Friday- Sunday

Goodale Parkcomfest 2013

Love, leaf and labor are at the center of ComFest’s theme of “Harmony and Humanity” this weekend.

The 42nd annual community festival, known to be the largest volunteer-run and administered fest in the United States, is set to occupy Goodale Park Friday through Sunday.Comfest017comfest pic 1

The festival’s zeitgeist this year is defined by marriage equality (love), marijuana legalization in Ohio (leaf) and the revival of the labor movement (labor). Not only will the slogan plaster the back of T-shirts and beer mugs at the festival, but it will also provide as the “spirit and purpose” for many of the speakers set to lecture.

Eight stages and venues within the festival, including the “Bozo Stage,” “Gazebo Stage,” “I Wish You Jazz Stage,” “Offramp Stage,” “Solar Stage,” “Live Arts Stage,” “Healing Arts Tent” and “Peace Village,” will host musical performances, workshops, speakers, comedy and dance throughout the festival’s entirety.

Food, beer and wine and craft vendors will be sprinkled throughout the festival grounds. Funds from sales that aren’t used to offset the festival’s cost are spread throughout community programs. Alcohol not purchased at the festival is prohibited on the grounds. Coolers are also prohibited.comfest1

ComFest runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m Sunday. Alcohol sales end 30 minutes before closing each night. Admission is free. For more information and a schedule of the performances, visit ComFest’s website. (taken from Danielle Seamon, The Lantern (OSU Newspaper)

Do’s and Dont’s for the event:


burlesqueThe Columbus Burlesque Collective will be the only burlesque officially represented at the 2014 Community Festival at Goodale Park.

Please join us on Friday, June 27th at the Live Arts Stage from 9:00 – 9:45pm, with love.

Performances by members of the Columbus Burlesque Collective. 
MC: Paul Bearer

 Hayley Gallery

 New Albany

Tom Radca Opening Reception


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Opening night for “A Passion for Fire,” the raku gallery exhibit featuring Tom Radca.

There will be have music by Allen Schwartz and you can meet Tom in person on opening night!

Catering will be provided by ella.

See more of Ton’s work at the website:

Art Party Gathering

art party gathering

Art Party monthly gatherings are 18 and over.
Please feel free to bring a snack/dish/beverage to share, or not.
Bring some art to work on or just show up and talk about art.
Hope to see you there!

For more info, click on this link:


And to cap of the weekend, head over to Grandview’s Tacocat for more art, music and food!




party instinct

Blissfully aware of the true cyclical nature of work these two artists Katie Batten and Natalie LeRoy have been invited to virtually collaborate. Prompted to complete the task of their dreams; Inspired by the chance to cut loose and make work the way they play.

Come by Tacocat after ComFest, to meet these two fantastic out of town artists. Music provided by GIMME.


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