Highball, CMoA Grand Opening, Shopping and More This Weekend

Last week was filled with all kinds of fun activities but thanks to having the flu, I didn’t get to post about them OR partake. Fortunately, I am beginning to feel like a human again and can tell you about all of the informative and artful events going on this weekend.  Of course, there are a few pre-Halloween celebrations, most notably Highball.  So, let your creativity roar and get out this weekend…I sure am gonna try!!

First, on Thursday head north to Delaware…

Todd Gordon Talk and  Reception

Ross Art Gallery



7- 10 p.m.


This Thursday, at 7:00pm, Todd will give an illustrated talk about his artwork currently on display. The talk will be just south of the museum, in Room 312 of the R.W. Corns Building, then back to the museum to see the artwork in person, and enjoy a reception for Todd until 10 pm!

Then starting Friday, get your creative juices flowing for costume time!

Highball 2015

Friday and Saturday

6 p.m.-1 a.m.

high ball

Join 30K of your best friends on the street in front of the Greater Columbus Convention Center for the nation’s fiercest costume party.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23: 6:00PM – 1:00AM
HighBall: On The Rocks is our annual tribute concert honoring fabulous fashion. For HighBall: On The Rocks MICHAEL JACKSON, grab a fab leather jacket and moonwalk to High Street to hear bands cover your favorite songs by the King of Pop, headlined by the ultimate Michael Jackson tribute band, Who’s Bad. Thrilling fans for over a decade, Who’s Bad has celebrated his iconic 20+ years of music in over 1,000 power-packed performances all over the world.
Hosted by Nina West and Johnny DiLoretto, dress in your favorite fashion inspired by Michael Jackson, and hear MJ covers and originals by local favorites The Floorwalkers and Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons. During the HighBall: On The Rocks Public Costume Contest, show HighBall what you’ve got, and compete for a cash prize.

On Saturday, the night will kick off with hosts Nina West and Johnny DiLoretto, and performances by MojoFlo and The Girls!, followed by the Costume Couture Fashion Show, with 32 mesmerizing, over-the-top designs. Then, HighBallers, step out on the stage for the Public Costume Contest to win cash prizes.
For hotels, VIP packages, general admission, drink tickets, and more information, visit www.highballcolumbus.org.
Proceeds from HighBall go to support the Short North Alliance (SNA), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving both the property owners and business owners of the Short North Arts District.

BITE Halloween Contest



10 p.m.- ?


Join the 17th annual Halloween Contest BITE with over $2000 in cash and prizes.
Judging from 10pm-12:30am, winners announced afterwards. Nina West and Virginia West host the crazy after Highball Contest.
Buy your tickets here:

Start your Saturday with an informative and delicious talk/discussion, get some holiday shopping done and then get your costumes ready again for more fun in the evening…

Soapbox 614 Presents:

The Art of Eating Books

Roscoe Room


10 a.m. – noon

art of eating

This month, the group will talk to Rebecca Ritchey, the creator of The Art of Eating Books, a literary food blog:
“I like books. And food. I will happily read The Divine Comedy while glossing over that whole storm of putrefaction in the third circle of hell (conflict of interest.) This blog will chronicle my attempts at combining said interests in the form of literary inspired edibles. It will also showcase my affinity for expensive things that I don’t need and my eternal conflict of toeing the line of superficiality with my nerdish leanings.”
Read more about her blog here: http://www.theartofeatingbooks.com/
Rebecca also started The Literacy Project, a young professionals club that promotes literacy awareness and raises funds for Columbus Literacy Council. She manages the Council’s social media through her nonprofit marketing company, 61Forward Media.
She will be sharing more about these projects and how pursuing a philanthropic life can motivate and inspire your creativity.
UPDATE: She will also be unveiling a new project, Swill Merchants Literary Magazine. This online collaboration between writers and artists will culminate in a year-end gallery show. If you’d like to participate or learn more, be sure to join us!
10 am – 10:30 am: Arrive, grab some coffee/light eats, mingle…toast and jam provided by Dan the Baker!
10:30 am – 11:30 am: Discussion with Rebecca
11:30 am – Noon: Leave inspired and refreshed
This event is free and public ($5 suggested donation)
***50% of the collected donations will go to the Columbus Literacy Council: http://www.columbusliteracy.org/about/
A big THANKS to sponsors this month:
Greater Columbus Arts Council, Prestige Dining Club, Dan the Baker, Upper Cup Coffee, The Roscoe Room

Westerville Central Arts and Craft Bazaar

Central High School


10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

buy local

Fun, Funky & Fabulous is how Westerville Central Arts and Crafts Bazaar has been described! Come shop among the 120 inspiring crafters, that offer you stylish and contemporary items for you, your home and family! Our bake sale is not to be missed, we feature homemade pies each sold in a glass pie-plate.
The show space is light, bright, spacious and clean. No steps – easy access. Admission is $3, children are free and strollers are welcomed!

Partners in Charms Trunk Show

Mary B.’s Gift Shop German Village


11:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

mary b

Get some holiday shopping done now at Mary B.s.  The artisans have this to say about their show:

“The jewelry we make is special. Every piece is hand made by us using our unique design and style. All of our pieces are created as either unique one off pieces or made in very small quantities. Because everything is custom, some minor variations from our pictures is to be expected from any piece that there is more than one of. To craft our jewelry we utilize a wide range of techniques, from metal stamping, to resin work, to forging in silver clay. We do take special requests, such as personalized gifts or even bridal jewelry.”

Witches & Brews

Hot Head Salon


7-10 p.m.

hot head

Join the fun on October 24th for Witches and Brew 4, at Hot Head Salon, this year 25% of sales will go to the I HAVE A DREAM pet rescue. for more information on their mission, you can visit them at http://www.ihadro.org/list of participating artist to be release soon,

Marcus Blackwell: Black Plum Scrawl


Five Point Fit


5-9 p.m.


This is Marcus’  first solo art exhibition. I began taking myself as an artist and my art seriously in 2006. The show is a retrospective of works from the past ten years.
“Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and the desire to hide.”
― D.W. Winnicott

The Creative Plug

Horror on High


7-11 p.m.


On Saturday, October 24th at The Creative Plug will have a night of art, music, and Halloween festivities!
Artwork by Brent Elam, Arlo Moon, Jen Bodine, Derek Stewart and Tona Pearson
Music by Brian Salyer and Nolan Barrett
There will be fun prizes for best costume, an art raffle showcasing work from our featured artists, food trucks and drinks from 7-11 pm!

Costume Party

The Vanderellli Room

7 p.m. – midnight


Join a celebration of  the fusion of performance.
Musical performances by: Jae Esquire, Senseless, Negus Justice, FleauxChild, Lena and the Damn Goods.
Fire dance performance by: Cadence Crawley.
Painting performance by: Cory Davidson, Zakary Burgess, and Sergeant Bombstract (Jonathan Ryan) and hosted by the dopest female you know…. Mrs.Annie -Ann

Of course, the festivities don’t end there!  Sunday has quite a few things to keep you busy with shopping, meeting and taking in some art….

Invasion of the Killer Crafts



11 a.m.- 5 p.m.


Get creepy for Halloween with a craft show dedicated to the darker side of the creative mind. Presented by What the Rock?!, Invasion of the Killer Crafts! will feature an infection of vendors offering an array of handmade items in the holiday spirit, including jewelry, comics, plushies, clothing and original artworks. While perusing various forms of monsters, skulls and other things macabre, guests are invited to play games like “Pin the Arm On the Zombie” for prizes from local businesses with proceeds going to a local charity. This year’s Killer Craft Show takes place at Skully’s Music Diner on Sun., Oct. 25, 11am to 5p.m. Full Bar and Full Menu! Freaks of all kinds are welcome, and admission is FREE.

Our fabulously freaky vendors for 2015:

Nix Comics nixcomics.com
What the Rock?! whattherock.etsy.com
The Art of Bryan Grey www.facebook.com/bryangreyart
Evette Makes Things evettemakesthings.com
Ms. Skull www.etsy.com/msskull
Memoire Arts http://www.facebook.com/memoirearts/
Bearer’s Carny Critters www.facebook.com/WeirdWorldCreationsCarnyCritters
Royal Forest Candle Company www.facebook.com/RoyalForestCandle
Crime Cats http://crimecatsbooks.com/purchase/
Old Man Withers www.oldmanwithersjewelry.com
Sugar Kitty Corsets www.etsy.com/shop/sugarkittycorsets
Gloomy Bunny www.gloomybunny.com
Branching Creations www.branchingcreations.com
Inked Earth inkedearth.com
Koko Kreepies http://www.kokokreepies.com/
Kellagh Koi https://instagram.com/kellaghkoi/
Can Do Creations www.facebook.com/candocreations1
Sweet Stella Designs www.sweetstelladesigns.com
Logan Scmidt Illustration loganschmitt.com


Cap City Creatives

October Meeting

Rehab Tavern


4-6 p.m.

cap city

Cap City Creatives has finished up another busy festival season! This meeting will be casual. Bring something you’re working on to share. Please invite a friend as they are welcoming new members!
They will be discussing leadership roles and  goals for 2016 as well.


Columbus Museum of Art

Grand Reopening


10 a.m.- 5 p..m.


Celebrate this Sunday October 25 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the free Community Grand Opening of the new Walter Wing presented by PNC Arts Alive.

  • Discover inugural new wing exhibitions Keeping Pace: Eva Glimcher and Pace Columbus and Imperfections by Chance: Paul Feeley Retrospective, 1954-1966
  • Join in the family-friendly dance party with music by Transit Arts, and a Dead Artist Dance Battle (1:00 PM -5:00 PM)
  • Look for the return of favorite works of art including Spirit by Mel Chin; Endeavor by Lino Tagliapietra; Nocturne Navigator by Alison Saar; Morning Sun by Edward Hopper; and more. Plus you can discover nearly 3 dozen works never before displayed at CMA.

Parking is free in the CMA lot, as well as, neighboring lots. See the parking map for details. Let us know you’re coming. RSVP on Facebook.

Share your pictures of the day: #newcma @columbusmuseum. We’ll share our favorites!

[Photo by Brad Feinknopf]

Furnishing the Suite

The Vanderelli Room

Opening Reception


7-9 p.m.


Furnishing the Suite- A Collaborative Exhibition Project Conceived by Carol Griffith Furnishing the Suite is an exploration of the secret life of furnishings. Where did they come from, what happened along the way and, sometimes, where do they end up? The show explores the life cycle of furnishings through the imaginings of a variety or artists. Carol Griffith’s Statement The imagery in the seven print suite at the core of Furnishing the Suite is a fictionalized “narrative” of my own late 70’s experience of furnishing my first apartment. What struck me was that every furniture piece I added to that apartment had a history and that history continued as I eventually “recycled” those pieces, in a variety of ways. I proposed to the other artists in the show that they pick up those objects from before or after my supposed use of them and insert them into a new setting and storyline.The Furnishing the Suite will gather those artworks into an expanded timeline seen through the imaginative personal lenses of the individual participants.

Works by: Carol Griffith, Gordon Lee, Anita Dawson, Kathy McGhee, Michael May, Tamara Peterson, Josh Jordan, Christopher Maslon, Laurie Ihlenfield, Alicia Jean Vanderelli, Chris Tennant, Adam Crum, Haeni Lee, Kyle Duncan, Victoria Lavorini, Lara Nguyen, Patrice Kroutel, Ron Kroutel, and Gary Pettigrew

Oct. 25 -Nov. 2, 2015
The Vanderelli Room
218 McDowell St
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Opening Reception Oct. 25 @ 7:00-9:00 PM

Also traveling to ArtSpace
Nov. 8-Dec. 23, 2015
ArtSpace/Lima 65-67
Town Square
Lima Ohio 45801
Opening Nov. 8


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