As the holidays and a new year approach, there is plenty to do in our fair city! First off, a couple o business matters with CIF and AFM:
INSTRUCTOR/NEW INSTRUCTOR MEETING
Interested in teaching at Columbus Idea Foundry? This is the meeting for you! If you’re a new or prospective instructor and have questions about teaching classes or workshops, need to see spaces or need help developing a new class, nailing down dates, etc. this is a good place to start! There will be a general meeting and then Casey McCarty will be happy to meet with you as needed!
For more information about teaching at the CIF, please visit their instructor page:
Are you a designer that would like to apply?? Go sign up to “Become a Designer” at www.AlternativeFashionMob.org to be notified when apps are released!
Next, let the supporting local artists and their art begin (or continue!!!) with the following events:
I am soooo very excited to say that not only will I be attending the ‘Woman As__’opening at Tacocat this Thursday, I will have a piece in it!!! My very first show! I am beyond psyched to be part of this collaborative effort between CAW, Tacocat and the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio. Read on to learn more about the show. I hope that you will come out to support the phenomenal artists who will be featured here (including me…hehe!) and this worthwhile organization!
Passion for Empowering Women Evident in New Exhibit “Woman As_____”
I’m so excited to be part of this show!!! This will be my first exhibition of my mixed media art and is for a great cause…I hope you will come out and see the talent of the CAW members who will be participating!
“Woman As___” runs from December 4th 2014 through January 18th 2015 at TacoCat Cooperative Studios and Gallery, 937 Burrell Avenue ColumbuS OH 43212.
The opening reception will be on December 4th 2014 6:00-9:00pm with a special performance by artist Heidi Madsen between 6:20 and 6:45pm. The exhibit is curated by member artists Catherine Bell Smith and Mollie Hannon.
The Creative Arts of Women (CAW) and the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio have teamed up to present “Woman As__” a provocative new exhibit that explores gender, identity and womanhood. The exhibit will feature over 100 original works by members of the artist collective CAW representing diverse mediums such as painting, installation and performance. The centerpiece of the exhibit will feature a collaborative mosaic created by member artists that addresses theme of “Woman As____.”
CAW and the Women’s Fund are compatible organizations with the same goal of empowering women. CAW is a group of professional artists representing a wide range of disciplines including: performance, sculpture, installation, photography, ceramics, painting, and printmaking. As one of the premier women’s arts groups in Columbus, CAW is committed to being a safe place for women to be nurtured in their artistic goals. CAW has also had a notable history of community involvement starting with the 2011 exhibit “Strands” which featured visual and performance art about hair, fibers, DNA and other “strands.” The proceeds of the exhibit were donated to the Hair Theater Fund, which helps patients experiencing hair loss due to chemotherapy buy wigs or hats. In 2014 CAW members embarked upon a three month partnership with Fort Hayes High School art students. The mentorships between CAW’s professional artists and Fort Hayes students resulted in the powerful exhibit “Exchanges” which blurred the lines of the mentor/mentee dynamic.
The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio is a public foundation that transforms the lives of women and girls by mobilizing the collective power and passion of all women working together. The Women’s Fund creates gender equality and influence through its research and collaborations, promotes social change by growing women’s philanthropy, and by making grants to programs that raise awareness and educate on issues affecting women and girls.
After the opening, Tacocat’s Gallery is open on Sundays, from 12p – 5p, or contact one of the CAW hosts to schedule a personal tour!
UP TO DATE MAMA’S HOLIDAY BAZAAR
CENTERPOINT LEWIS CENTER
THURSDAY DECEMBER 4TH
Help the Delaware Hunger Alliance and get your shopping done at the same time!!! Lots of great artisans, including one of my favs, MJWax (my go-to lady for great candles!!!)
If you haven’t been able to attend any of hAYLEY’S Saturday evening Artist Opening Receptions then this is your chance because today is a RARE Thursday opening. Come see the remarkable work of Melodie Thompson and Ryan Orewiler in their show “Street Level” opening TONIGHT at 5 pm. A portion of the proceeds of tonight’s sales benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital!
THE GRAND ILLUMINATION
It’s time to mark your calendars for an evening of celebration, giving and holiday cheer! Join Mayor Michael B. Coleman to celebrate the City’s greatest holiday tradition, the Grand Illumination, on Friday, December 5 in Bicentennial Park. The Scioto Mile features over 200,000 holiday lights as well as dynamic seasonal imagery projected onto the Scioto Mile Fountain, creating a one-of-a-kind visual experience, each night through January 25.
This year’s ceremony will feature traditional carols performed by the Columbus Children’s Choir, a stunning light show illuminating Bicentennial Park and the Scioto Mile, and sweeping views of Santa and his reindeer as they fly across the Columbus night sky. After the ceremony, Santa will visit with children and share a special gift while attendees enjoy complimentary holiday treats and hot cocoa.
Featuring Kenny Alan Cramer’s Santa set for Grand Illumination. Kids will sit in the “sleigh” to have their picture taken (actually just a background and a custom cut standee… people will sit in between the two pieces)
In the spirit of giving, support the Empty Bowls project by purchasing a piece of handcrafted pottery and receive a bowl of hearty chicken and dumpling soup compliments of Milestone 229 (link to their website). All proceeds benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
Showing: December 1st – 5th
Artist Reception: Friday, December 5th, 6-9PM
CCAD Photography senior thesis show.
Ohio State Fairgrounds
Friday. Saturday and Sunday
Rhoads Farm Market
1051 St. Rt. 56, Circleville, Ohio
Join the Oak Room in celebrating “Souled World: Personification in Small Artwork” curated by Nicolette Swift.
We often find that we project human qualities on to inanimate objects such as toys, animals, personal belongings to imbue them with a sense of personality. Through this process these objects engage with the world through a form of empathy. The imaginative process of personifying objects allows us to understand humanity’s place in the world.
Artistic works chosen for this exhibition explore new ways of communicating the human experience though the inanimate. And through this communication, we learn more about ourselves, the human condition.“The things which personify humans are encompassed in the way we make our homes, the way we perceive death, the things we covet, and the way worship our gods.” –Vicki Bennett.
What is the condition of humanity today, a day in which mobile barriers separate us from the person at arm’s length away? What do our environments, perceptions, desires, and ideas of the spiritual experience tell us about humanity?
curated by Nicolette Swift
Featuring works by
Michael Anthony Carrol
STONE VILLAGE CHURCH
On Saturday, December 6, ‘Ways Through’ a new exhibition by local artist Sonya Lucas opens at Stone Village Church Gallery.
In Sonya’s own words: ‘Ways Through’ is an exhibition cataloging a year of contemplation. The painting “Ways Through” for which the show is titled, is the second part of a narrative painting from last December’s show “Ways Forward”(found on my website sonyalucas.com). The new works are about everyday life, spiritual transformation, death, and disappointment. In keeping with my larger body of work the paintings are personal illustrations and narratives about what it means to be.
All of my paintings use coal dust as pigment for the dark tones and black within the images. Why coal dust? It is a bit of Appalachian alchemy. I have always been attracted to the timelessness of symbolist art. The symbols in these paintings are projected from my personal perspective as a woman, a feminist, and a native of West Virginia.
WHAT THE ROCK?!
LOCAL DESIGNER/JEFFEREY STEELE
The Short North Holiday Hop! What the Rock?!will have local designer Jefferey M. Steele from the Alternative Fashion Mob selling his awesome one of a kind clothing. He will be set up from 4 until 10…stop by and check out these fantastic fashions. You won’t find these in any mall or big box store, that’s for sure!!
STRONGWATER FOOD & SPIRITS
“WE’RE HAVING A P/A/R/T/Y
Come drink and dance with us in celebration of five years of Flea and over $25K in donations to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank! Jams provided by DJ’s George Brazil and Nathan Snell. PLUS! Enjoy a little photo-booth fun c/o Aperture Photography.
Oh yeah, and it’s FREE (because we love you)!”
Oh and it doesn’t stop with the weekend!!!! Fun continues into Monday and Tuesday at these events!
Alternative Fashion Mob
Gift Making and Wrapping Mixer
FABRIC Resource Center
Join the mob for gift making and frivolities!!! Learn how to make a t-shirt scarf, bring presents to wrap in their fun wrapping paper or just come to hang out. Snacks and beverages provided! AND bring one or more canned good(s) for the Franklinton Food Bank…it’s bound to be a blast so come on out and get your art on.
COLUMBUS IDEA FOUNDRY
FAMILY MAKER NIGHT
The Columbus Idea Foundry is pleased to present Maker Family Date Night: Enjoy a family-friendly Maker project with some foodie fun at the world’s largest Makerspace! For December, join award-winning mixed media artist Kate Morgan for an evening of Batik & Tie Dying. Batik is a centuries-old technique of decorating fabric with a wax-resist before dye is applied. Tie dying is a modern counterpart which uses rubber bands and creases and folds to prevent dye from reaching parts of the fabric.
Each family will get 5 colors of dye sufficient for up to 12 tee-sized items, plus all materials for Batik, bands, and gloves and a flour sack towel or pillowcase for experimenting & practice. Just bring tees, tanks, tea towels, scarves, pillowcases or other silk or cotton clothing or linens you wish to dye. Makes for great handmade holiday gifts!
For dinner, make your own brick-oven style pizza fired up right in front of you! Choose from a variety of ingredients. There will be a vegetarian option, along with assorted sides and beverages.
Your tickets covers project materials referenced above plus dinner for two adults and two children. You can purchase additional child or adult meals at the event for an additional $5 per person.
Please feel free to email Casey@columbusideafoundry.com with any questions.
***Allergy warning: dishes may have been prepared in kitchens that may also prepare nut-containing dishes. If you have special dietary considerations, please feel free to email before purchase to see if we can accommodate.