Heavens to Betsy! What An Artful City We Have!!!

I have so much to say after attending 7 opening receptions for shows in this artful city!!! WOW!

Last Friday evening, I managed to make my way around to each of the ladies’ whose shows started that night.  I had to do some running but I did it!

First, Ron and I went to Ashley Pierce‘s show at Lindsay Gallery.  My oh my, “this girl is on fire (thank you Alicia Keyes!!) Her first solo show was a runaway success with ALL of her pieces sold within the first hour…do you believe it???  The place was packed and her work was beyond words.  The detail and uniqueness to each page had me awestruck.  I wished that I could have purchased about 10 of the pieces she had already sold.  Here is the lovely Ms. Pierce next to one of her works…you go girl!ashley

I was also fortunate enough to meet Duff Lindsay…what a guy!  I hope to feature him sometime in the future, especially since he is the Conference Committee Chairman for the upcoming Folk Art Society of America’s 27th Annual Conference to be held HERE October 9-12th and my understanding is that Ashley will be a featured artist there!!!  I am beyond excited for this talented lady!

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Ashley Pierce

From there, Ron and I made our way to the Shot Tower at Fort Hayes (her alma mater!!) for the opening of  Stephanie Rond’s opening of Dangerous Impermanence and Tiny Out Loud.  Once again, the gallery was packed and what a show!!! Not only did Stephanie have her art on the walls, she had her doll house galleries including her first, S. Dot Gallery, which was featured in the documentary of her trip to NYC, Tiny Out Loud.  It was fascinating to watch the movie and see the reaction of people in Central Park to her little gallery.  And her artwork and doll houses were phenomenal!  Not only did she show her own works but true to Stephanie’s personality, she featured the works of so many other artists in her doll houses and on the walls of the gallery.  A true tour de force!

This show runs through October 24th so you MUST make the trip down to the gallery to appreciate Stephanie’s unbelievable talent.  And to top it off, I got to reconnect with Betsy DeFusco,  member of CAW and artist who had her own opening on Sunday at the German Village Meeting Haus (I’m so sorry that I missed the opening reception but hope to make it down to see her work before the show closes).

Ron posing in the little house the was used for Tiny Out Loud interviews

Ron posing in the little house the was used for Tiny Out Loud interviews

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Stephanie Rond

Stephanie Rond

We were having such a great time checking out all there was to see at Stephanie’s show that we totally lost track of time. OMG, I thought I was gonna miss Christine Guillot Ryan’s opening!  We dashed to the car at about 8:20 (Christine’s reception was supposed to close at 8:30) and were lucky enough to get a parking place easily.  As we hurriedly made our way to the entrance of the Cultural Arts Center, who should be coming out but Christine herself!!  I was so excited that she escorted us back in and the folks running the reception were kind enough to let us browse her works.

Christine Guillot Ryan

Christine Guillot Ryan

Once again, I was in awe!!!  Three such talented women that I have had the luck to meet, get to know and interview for my blog!  Converging Boundaries was absolutely amazing!  I loved everything and wished that I had a wallet (and  a house!) big enough to buy EVERYTHING!!!! Christine’s mixed media pieces are beyond description.  Ethereal, flowing, inspiring.  The colors, the details…WOW!  She inspired me to get to work on creating my own pieces (although I can’t imagine I will ever create anything of her caliber!!)

My favorite piece

My favorite piece

This show runs through October 4th so get it on your calendar NOW!

her fav!

her fav!

I had such a wonderful evening that I just didn’t want it to end so we made our way over to Strongwater for a night cap…but that was only the beginning of the weekend!!!

Chad Cochran

Chad Cochran

20140906_183004Next day…had grand plans to go to the Honeyfest and see Honeyrun Farm‘s Barnes family but we were so tired we just couldn’t drag ourselves out until the evening.  At which time, we headed down to the Short North for Gallery Hop and the opening of Chad Cochran’s ‘ten rooms‘ at Stone Village Church‘s gallery.  Another awesome talent…Chad’s new mixed media pieces were wonderful and a portion of the proceeds go to an organization that is near and ear to his heart, Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps.  Chad has been inspired by their work to assist the rural poor in Appalachia with medical help and so much more.  He and his wife, Lee Ann, feel very strongly about the organization…so much so that the pastor at Stone Village Church, John Wooden, has climbed aboard with matching donations!  I love Chad’s photographic style and his dynamic personality (his sense of humor is also a hoot!) so it was easy for me to find a print to add to my collection:)  My love of biking lead me straight to the photo he took with the bikes dangling…and wouldn’t you know, it was taken in Marietta OH where I lived for 8 years!  So, it was a no brainer that it would be a new addition to my home.

My two Chad Cochran pieces!

My two Chad Cochran pieces!

From there, we headed to High Street, took in the fun, galleries, people watching, etc. although it wasn’t as busy as usual thanks to the 8:00 Buckeye game.  We ended the night at Hubbard Grille for drinks, sweet potato fries and crunchy brussell sprouts…yum!

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OK, the next day we took a break from galleries and did the TJ Evans bike trail…30 miles of huffing and puffing to work off those fries and sprouts!  We did get to take in art of another kind along the way with a fun stop at a car show in Granville.  We both love vintage cars so I guess you could say we continued to get our art on!20140907_145908

Back to reality, work, etc. for a week but another Friday brings more art openings!!!20140912_193446

First on the docket this week was The Art Access Gallery on Drexel Avenue in Bexley.  From Italy featuring art by Joe Lombardo, Frank Hobbs and Rosallina Avoscan was wonderful and so was the venue.  Their works fit perfectly with the painted brick walls of the gallery.  Frank and Rosallina are married and live in Delaware and I just happened to see Tammy Perakis Wallace (soon to be featured here) who just happened to be sitting with Rosallina!  We struck up a conversation about Italy (my absolute favorite place in the world), painting, etc.  I hope to be able to interview these two talented artists in the near future, too.  If you love all things Italian, you have to stop in and see these vibrant pieces.  A lovely beginning to the evening!20140912_190844

Rosallina Avoscan

Rosallina Avoscan

From there, I followed Broad Street to CS Gallery on Parsons Avenue for NX Gallery Presents Tom Baillieul.  While perusing the paintings, I was greeted by the artist himself.  We discussed his inspiration for this collection, his art, his wife’s art and so much more.  I was really enthralled by his work and the message that it sends.  Another must see (and maybe another interview…I’m gonna be busy!)

The final stop for the evening was the OSU Adjunct Professors‘ opening at EASE Gallery on W. Woodruff.  After getting lost in the maze of campus traffic and construction, I was pleasantly surprised to see Christine and David Ryan who had been to FIVE OPENINGS!!!  A diverse collection of work ranging from ceramics to paintings to mixed media.  All unique and worth stopping by to check out. Phew! another Friday night filled with art…I love it!

Saturday was taking in the artisans who were part of the Worthington Market Day...several of whom will be joining me at the Falling for Local: An Ohio Artisan Market on October 19th 12-5 at Franklin Park Conservatory (I am the coordinator of that event)  Check out the Falling for Local page here for more info!

Kristin Ellis won best booth at Wooster Arts and Jazz Festival

Kristin Ellis won best booth at Wooster Arts and Jazz Festival

nick and Karen

Nick and Karen

And seeing that my friends and artisans Kristin Ellis and Karen Buoncristiano and hubby Nick Singer of Crafty by Nature won awards at shows where they sold…yipppeee!!!  AND that Todd Camp‘s painting raised $945 for Art for Life…WOOT!!!todd piece“We are thrilled to announce Art for Life raised over $500,000 for AIDS Resource Center Ohio (ARC Ohio) and the fight against HIV/AIDS in Ohio!”

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The weekend ended with attending another Country Living Fair at Ohio Village. This brilliantly crisp autumn day was perfect for taking in tent after tent of unique wares…some vintage, some country, some home goods, food and more.  My absolute favorite were Earth Angels and Sisters by the Fly.   Earth Angels’ tent was filled to the brim with various artists’ wares from throughout the country who show and sell their work at Earth Angels Studio.

Jen O'Connor and me in her booth

Jen O’Connor and me in her booth

While there, I was lucky enough to meet it’s founder, curator, accountant, Jill of all trades, Jen O’Connor….we clicked immediately!  And on top of all of that, she has worked with Jo Packham of Where Women Create (one of my fav magazines!)  Everyone of these artists’ creations was phenomenally unique and the tent was the largest there with lots and lots of shabby chic items for the home, hair and jewelry, too much to list here.

There were numerous Ohio artisans vending here as well as folks from all over the country.  I was also thrilled to meet Amy Gantt of Lula Bell Art & Designs from Dayton and purchase one of her adorable prints…stay tuned as I plan on interviewing this lovely lady soon!

There was so much to take in and I loved every minute of it!  I’ll let the pics of all of the gorgeous art and vintage items speak for themselves!PicMonkey Collage420140914_131611PicMonkey Collage 2

 

All in all the last two weekends have been a whirlwind of art, artisans and glorious weather!!!  Next weekend, catch me screen printing at Independents’ Day for Alternative Fashion Mob on Friday and then who knows what else I will get myself into!!!

 

 

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