Despite the cold weather, I am happy to be back home so that I can once again get out there and see all the creativity this town has to offer. I have had a spectacular weekend, getting together with the ladies of CAW for their Pink Crow Party, stopping by The Vanderelli Room, Ethical Arts Collective and the Winter Market at 400 West Rich before heading to Bexley to check out the new shop featuring local artisans, Urban Emporium.
The Pink Crow was a hoot! 20+ wonderfully talented women, some I know already (some I’ve already featured here on my blog) and some I am just getting to know. We had a fun time with a twist on a White Elephant gift party where we actually got to vie for art from each attending member. It was so much fun to steal from others, hear about the art and come home with an amazing piece of art titled “Tangled” by one of the new members (I’m a newbie too!) It was great fun with lots of giggles and often times raunchiness!!! A wonderful springboard for the weekend!
Saturday was eventful with a trip to Franklinton first. I stopped by The Vanderelli Room first to take in the “It’s Saturday Morning Somewhere” exhibit before it is taken down. Loved it!!! (https://www.facebook.com/thevanderelliroom)Ran into AJ Vanderelli, Ralph Walters, Amy Leibrand, Jenn Brewster and Pigrim Heidi Kambitsch. The exhibit was phenomenal!!!! Such creative takes on cartoon characters with a true variety of mediums. I was thrilled that I got to see it as I missed the opening and chance to wear PJ’s last weekend:( They even had cereal left! While there, we got really crazy and decided that the restroom needed a name (now called The Poopington) complete with all types of art and including AJ’s catch from last night’s Pink Crow, an old telephone re-created into a REAL conversation piece by Pilgrim Heidi.
Five of us had our pics taken on the porcelain throne while talking on said phone (I even got to have AJ’s dog, Harley, join me!) It was unanimous…The Poopington will now be a ‘reservations only’ facility so make sure you call ahead before making the trek to the gallery!!! HeHeHe!!!
From there, I made my way over to peruse the events and vendors at the Winter Market at 400 West Rich. Great event! Lots of unique vendors with food for both humans and doggies available along with jewelry, candles, art and more. Plus they had an art table where you could sit and create.
Sara King was hosting a modeling gig complete with several photographers and make up artists, including Jim Parker and Bobbi Jo Gonzalez (both previously featured artists). (https://www.facebook.com/sarakingbeautymua?fref=ts)
Got a chance to talk to Bobbi Jo and watch some of the action there before hitting the Peace Love Bling jewelry sale in another studio/office where I got to meet co-founder/Creative Director, LeAnne Johnson Absalom. (https://www.facebook.com/PeaceLoveBling)
I was very impressed with my conversation with her and learning more about the company that she co-founded with Kimberley Todd.The company’s premise is that every woman deserves to wear genuine jewelry for less than the cost of the ‘fake stuff’ while creating dignified job opportunities for women globally. LeAnne has an extensive background in corporate sales and marketing management and has lived in London, New York and Miami.
We are lucky that she recently settled into new digs here in Columbus and opened their international office in The Ethical Arts Collective. Not only do they want to make beautiful jewelry affordable, they support Dress for Success and the Ohio Domestic Violence Network as well as other humanitarian efforts that are close to the hearts of their customers. Purchases of Peace Love Bling designs support women business owners and artists as well as causes that help disadvantaged women find stability and dignity for themselves and for their families. WOW! She and I discussed an interview in the near future so stay tuned!
Last but certainly not least, was a trip to Bexley to check out friend and artisan, Jen Roy‘s new shop, Urban Emporium (https://www.facebook.com/ShopUrbanEmporium). She and three other artisans began planning this small but classy boutique last fall and had their grand opening on Thursday evening. Located 2 doors up from the Drexel Theater, this little gem features all local artisans’ work ranging from hair adornments, jewelry and scarves to glass pieces, soaps, cosmetics and clothing. Formerly a jewelry store, Jen and her partners jumped at the chance to secure this prime location and have turned it into a stylish boutique that I hope is around for a long time!
She and her partners have also agreed to meet with me so stay tuned for more info about them in the coming months. But in the meantime, make a trip to the east side and check out the store!
Although I didn’t attend the first Basic Sewing class at the Fabric Resource Center taught by Alternative Fashion Mob’s Kelli Martin, I heard it was also a huge success! More classes and a variety of get-togethers are on tap for this new addition to the Columbus Idea Foundry/ Franklinton Arts District so check them out for more info: https://www.facebook.com/AlternativeFashionMob
The rest of the day was spent lazing at home, reading with the company of my critters and resting up for all the fun things that are coming up next week….stop back in a few days to read about upcoming events and learn more about another talented lady, Tammy Perakis Wallace!