Franklinton Rings in the New Year This Weekend

First kudos to some pretty talented and amazing ladies for getting recognition in The Columbus Dispatch for their shows:

Ashley Pierce at Lindsay Gallery….

ashleyAnd Tona Pearson and Angela Jann for the upcoming Amazing Cat Show:

angela and tona

Now on to events and a call for designers….

Can’t think of a better way to start the new year in an artful way than with the many events occurring during Franklinton Fridays:


The Amazing Cat Show

400 West Rich

January 8- Friday

7-10 p.m.

cat show

400 West Rich will be filled with cat art made by people from all over Franklinton, Columbus, and beyond!
OPENING January 8th 7pm-10pm
ON VIEW Every Saturday in January 11a-3pm (Jan 9th, 16, 23, 30)
There will be floor to ceiling paintings, drawings, photos, videos, installations, and sculptures of our favorite felines. There will be funny cat art, flash eye cat art, hang in there cat art, quiet cat sleeping art, and more.
The show will be donating half of all sales to Colony Cats, the nonprofit catch and release program for the feral kitties in F-ton! Colony Cats will humanely catch, spay/neuter, give a rabies shot, treat for parasites, and then return the kitties to their territory after recovery for ongoing supervision by their caregiver.

I Like Cats: Jen Wrubleski and Mary Barczak Opening

Rehab Tavern

7-11 p.m.

i like cats

The cat inspired artworks of Jen Wrubleski and Mary Barczak will be opening this Franklinton Friday! Come join in as  everyone gets wild and crazy with cats and these two crazy cat ladies that love them.

10: Cyndi and Lou Celebrate 10 Years of Love and Art

The Vanderelli Room


7-11 p.m.


On the evening of December 16, 2005, two artists, Cyndi Bellerose and Lou McAfee were married. On January 8, 2016, The Vanderelli Room will host the opening reception for an exhibition of works by Cyndi Bellerose and Lou McAfee from 2005 to 2015 in celebration of their 10th Wedding Anniversary.

Glass Axis Kennedy Galleries

This Leads to That: Juried Exhibition

Opening Reception


6-8 p.m.


Sometimes, it starts with lyrics from a song… or maybe a line from a poem, another work of art that speaks to you, a news headline, or something you saw on vacation. Maybe it’s a title that inspires a piece that hasn’t even been made yet. One thing leads to another. Glass Axis will be showcasing glass art inspired by “something else.” This juried exhibit “This Leads to That” will take place from January 8 – February 20, 2016. All art submitted must have either been inspired by glass or resulted in a piece comprised of at least 50% glass and must have been made within the last 3 years.
This exhibition will be held in The Kennedy Galleries at Glass Axis, a 417 square foot exhibition space in our newer facility in Columbus, Ohio.
Refreshments will be included.

129 Studios:All Styles Show

129 McDowell St.


8 p.m.hakim this week

All Styles! Great art and live music in Franklinton Friday

And, at the Cultural Arts Center

Closing Reception

Whiteness of the Whale


6-8 p.m.


This is the final chance to see the “Whiteness of the Whale”, an exhibition which challenged 9 artists to interpret “Moby Dick” into visual art statements. Curated by Molly Burke and Andrea Myers.
The Hard Tackers are a Sea Shanty Crew based in Columbus, Ohio. They sing songs about seas, lakes, rivers, canals–anything wet.
They were founded in 2009 as the official Shanty Crew of the Santa Maria, a full-size replica of Christopher Columbus’ flagship that was docked on the Scioto River in downtown Columbus.
Since that time, they have performed before thousands of people in the U.S. and Canada at events ranging from intimate house concerts to major Tall Ships and music festivals.

And then Saturday...

Wild Goose Creative Gallery Night

Amy Turn Sharp: Basically Its Like This

January 9th
6 pm: Members-only Preview
7 pm: Open to the public

Amy Turn Sharp

This show will be on exhibition for the month of January.
Amy’s artist statement:
I’ve been writing my poems on bar napkins and post-its since college. Giving them away like sweets. I started creating poetry art last year with vintage books and then with screen printing and I’ve found that people like to see words come out of books, unfold from bar napkins and love on walls. People need reminders. that’s what these are. Little reminders of life. The little truths we all may or may not want.
A rough idea of what will be shown: I’m exploring larger art + poetry pieces mixed with the small vintage pieces. the opening will feature a desk and typewriter where people can commission poems about them, on the spot written by me, Amy.

BUT WAIT, There’s more going on…check out Sunday

Pop Up  Market Sunday

Roosevelt Coffeehouse


10 a.m.-2 p.m.

not your mama

Not Your Mama’s Craft Market and nonprofit Coffee shop Roosevelt Coffeehouse (A coffeehouse built to fight the worldwide & local injustices of hunger, unclean water, sex trafficking, and slavery) have paired up to bring you an exciting event!
300 E Long Street- Columbus, Ohio
5 vendors will be sharing their creative presence for a fun and relaxed local shopping experience. And really who doesn’t want to drink great coffee and shop local?
This Sunday kicks off the first of many Pop Up Sundays for 2016! Not Your Mama’s Craft Market will showcase new vendors the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month at The Roosevelt!
Don’t miss it!

And, a call for designers…


Calling all Glass Designers!
 Glassquerade and the fashion show are coming up in 2 short months!!! This year there will be a prizes awarded for the top looks that our panel of judges will choose.
Glass Axis is offering free studio time and limited supplies to help make your designs come to life. You may come in at anytime to use the torches, stained glass, and fused materials, but kilns will be run as needed when classes aren’t running.  However, they are also having group work days where artists can all help each other and have the glory holes running.
 Please let Alex know which of the listed group dates you may come in to work and what area you’ll be using (hot shop/ warm shop/etc) so  enough equipment is available.
 From 4-8pm on:
Mondays Jan. 11, 18, 25
Mondays Feb.  1, 8, 15, 22
Thursdays Feb. 11, 18
 We would love to have you take part in our event! I know the public are excited about it. Please let me know if your interested in participating in the fashion show so I can let Aveda know how many stylists we’ll need.  As we will be having Aveda Institute doing hair and LaRue FX doing airbrush makeup on the models. 
The theme is Fire & Ice this year but your design doesn’t have to involve it, but may help for inspiration! Remember glass is everywhere even in recycled and ready made items like mirrors and beads! Look at images from the past two fashion shows on Glass Axis Facebook page to see what other artists have made. If you would like to make an outfit and not model it, they can help find one for you! Interested in modeling? Let him know!
Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!
 Alex Fresch

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