St. Patty’s Day Weekend is Full of Art…Green and Otherwise!

Being part  Irish myself, I always look forward to this holiday and the wearin’ of the green and festivities that surround it.  This year, I am busily getting my house ready to put on the market so I can make … Continue reading

March Roars in with ART!

March starts with a roar!  So much to do this weekend and the sun is supposed to be shining so no excuse for cabin fever. Get out there and support the arts and support local…GET YOUR ART ON! Thursday…  Rebecca … Continue reading

Shop Your heART Out Again This Weekend and Before!

Once again, this weekend is brimming with art to see and purchase.  Lots of holiday jamming going on so get out there, SUPPORT LOCAL AND GET YOUR ART ON! Fresh A.I.R. Gallery: Opening Reception Cathy Jeffers, Revealed Wednesday 5:30-7:00 p.m. … Continue reading

The Fun Starts Tonight and Goes on ALL Weekend!

My oh my!  This weekend is chock-full of  art, shopping local, music, theater and holiday fun!  Not only can you see some pretty talented artists’ works but you can shop, support local and get gifts for those special people on your list that are unique and more meaningful that the imports you can buy at national chain stores.  I am flummoxed because I don’t know what all I can fit into my schedule this weekend, but I’m gonna try to get to a lot of these events…Take a break from the mall mentality and get your art on this weekend!!!

S.Dot Gallery Presents:

Chad Cochran

 You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Room

Chad getting started

Chad getting started

The show is up! The gallery is offering the complete works “box set” for sale until December 13th for $350. It includes the entire works (minus one piece that is part of the S.Dot permanent collection) and the carrying case box Chad also created. If the box doesn’t sell by December 13th, the gallery will open individual pieces up for sale. S.Dot Gallery

Chad's show in S. Dot

Chad’s show in S. Dot

CIF Meetup and Holiday Party

7-10 p.m.


December 10th…Tonight!

CIF party

Tonight is  Columbus Idea Foundry’s December 3D Printing Meetup and Holiday Party!
Come down to the Columbus Idea Foundry and help them celebrate five years of monthly meetups!
In addition to the usual bots and banter, they are holding their annual ornament contest. There will be snacks and beverages (please feel free to bring something to share).

Upper Arlington Concourse Gallery

An Introduction to Appaloose Genetics

5-7 p.m.


December 11


Exhibition Runs: December 5, 2014 – January 2, 2015
Reception: December 11, 2014 from 5–7PM

Artist: Ashley Shellhause
Curator: Michael May

Through this intriguing and illuminating exhibition, An Introduction to Appaloose genetics, the viewer will be guided through the role research plays in the art of creation. The artist, Ashley Shellhause, took her three main interests, art, horses and genetics, and combined them to create an exhibition that allows viewers of all ages to connect with her work. It also provides an introduction to genetics of the Appaloosa horse through art. Curated by Michael May, a faculty member at Columbus College of Art & Design and Ohio Art League member.

“The idea for this series of paintings began as I was searching for a way to make abstract art more accessible to a wide audience. My solution was to use my paintings as maps,” Ashley explained. “My hope is that everyone who walks through this exhibit will connect with the work in some way. It could be through viewing and appreciating the art itself, or through reading and learning more about genetics and horses.” Continue reading

This Town is Hopping for the Holidays!!!

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:



7 P.M.


instructor CIFInterested 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:!instructors/c13lh

2 weeks until Alternative Fashion Week 2015 designer apps go out!!

Are you a designer that would like to apply?? Go sign up to “Become a Designer” at 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_____”





6-9 P.M.

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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.

For more information please visit,, For all inquiries please contact

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! Continue reading

A Light But Worthwhile Weekend Before the Holidays!

 There may not be as much going on this weekend as last because of Thanksgiving but what is out there is sure to provide LOTS of inspiration, shopping opportunities and fun!
I wish I could go to all of them, but due to some health issues, I have to lay low Friday night…so bummed!!!!  I hope that my readers get out there and make a point of enjoying what is being offered in my stead and get back to me with pictures!!!
Ethical Artists Collective
Franklinton Fridays
4-8 p.m.
Join the members of the collective and friends as we present our creative approaches to making the world a more beautiful and interesting place!400 farmers' market
The second to last 400 Farmers Market of 2014 is nearly here! Come out to 400 West Rich next Saturday, November 22, and the Explorers Club Food Truck, and George Brazil spinning some tunes and aerial artistry from Movement Activities Aerial Dance in addition to our vendors!Shady Grove Farms || Cooke Forest Edibles and Medicinals
PoorBoyz Produce || Urban Farms of Central Ohio
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams || Vivre La Vie
Team Wearbear || Phyllis & Hazel || Bud Whitley’s Garage
Novo Terra Farm || Candle with a Cause || potsbydi
Etsy Team Columbus (ETC) || Fincachocolate.
Splash of Sherri || Sharon’s Delicious Bread
The STEAM Factory || Root Dub || Soaps and Suds
Boline Apothecary, Limited || Deconstruction Empire
Kevin Russell Ceramics || Columbus Idea Foundry
Actual Roastery || Britt’s Sweet Shop
teresa braceletChristmasFair is a holiday market featuring 150 artists (including Teresa Morbitzer of Vintage Vamp) and crafters with unique, handcrafted items….pottery, folk art, paintings, stained glass, jewelry, photography and much, much more. 2014 is the 28th year for ChristmasFair! It’s the perfect place to find unique, made in America gifts and items for your home.
Holiday Shop Around
Grange Insurance Audubon Center
Scioto Audubon Metropark
Saturday 10-5
Sunday 11-3
shop around
Please come out for a weekend of shopping, art, crafts and more!  Join ReJen Recycled Arts, Spinfire Studios, June in July and many more artisans in the Scioto Audubon Metro Park at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center’s Holiday Shop Around. This is their 5th year, and to celebrate,they made it TWO days! Saturday, November 22 from 10am – 5pm AND Sunday November 23 from 11am – 3pm. You will find an amazing variety of high quality, local, one-of-a-kind and eco-friendly products from central Ohio to help you get a jump on your holiday shopping or buy a special treat for yourself! There will be over 30 artists, artisans and vendors, with items to suit everyone’s gift list! Added bonus: kids can enjoy activities while you shop and you can explore the fabulous Scioto Audubon Metro Park!
Hollowform: the Space Within
6-8 P.M.
hollow form friday
Artists’ Reception 6-8 pm for this fabulous exhibit, free to the public curated by Devon Palmer

Enclosed vessels carry such a rich history in both their contents, their creation and the reflections of the society that created them. Devon seeks to further understanding of the “format” across mediums – shape, texture, primary mass, usability, ceremony, rhythm, shoulder, mouth, and lid – the common language of the hollow vessel.

With this event, it is the curator’s hope to tie together wood, glass, and ceramic by the common language they speak; Form. Since these genres share so many ideas, designs, inspirations, it seems appropriate that they share an exhibit. Devon is hoping this also fosters networking and connections between disciplines that will add more value to each artist’s work and create opportunities for collaboration, promotion and elevation of value in their collective work.

Thank you to the sponsors, Glass Axis, Buckeye Ceramic Supply in Hilliard, and Devon Palmer Woodturning

And if you want to head to the Chillicothe area…

Downtown Chillicothe Christmas Open House

November 21-23

Ring in the start of the holidays in historic, downtown Chillicothe! The Downtown Associates present their annual Christmas Open House with festivities happening throughout the weekend. November 21st – 23rd Friday.  Participating shops open until 8:00pm 6:00pm- Tree Lighting Ceremony (Yoctangee Park entrance) Renaissance Singers will be performing following the lighting ceremony Santa…  for more info:

Jewelers Trunk Show at PVG Artisans …Tess Snyder, Krystyne Hubay and estate/vintage jewelry
Jingle Bell Wine Tasting and Art Show
The Grand Tavern
12-4 p.m.
wine tasting
Jingle Bell Wine Tasting and Art Show Saturday 11/22 at The Grand Tavern Restaurant in Waverly Noon to 4pm. Tickets $15 at the door

How about a quiet afternoon of wine and art to kick off the holiday season?

Sound good? Then the 17th annual Wine Tasting and Art Show set for Nov. 22 at the historic Grand Restaurant and Tavern in Waverly might be for you.

The doors will open at noon offering award-winning wines from Ohio wineries, complimented by cheeses, luscious desserts and fruit. This year’s offering features several wineries not previously showcased at this event, which organizers think will add some extra allure for returning patrons.

The art portion of the day will be presented by the Pike Art Guild and is an annual feature that organizers say seems to get better every year. The art will be presented for sale and can be viewed throughout the day. Attendees can cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award and then see if their pick wins.

Don Perry, from the Cleveland area, will perform his bluesy sounds of saxophone and song. His renditions of old and new favorites and some of his own compositions will add to the atmosphere of the day.

Visual Arts, Self Publishing, Fundraisers, AFM and More Starting Tomorrow

What do I love about Columbus and Central Ohio?  That it is NEVER boring around here!!!  There is always something artsy, educational and fun happening on the weekends and during the week.  This week the art starts tomorrow night with a couple of art shows/openings, goes through the weekend with fundraisers, art shows, art openings and continues on Monday night for Alternative Fashion Mob‘s first movie night at their new FABRIC Resource Center on the second floor of Columbus Idea Foundry.  So, don’t complain that there is nothing to do around here…GET YOUR ART ON!!!





77 South High Street, First Floor

Opening reception



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Christopher Burk is excited to be part of this upcoming curated exhibition with a total of sixteen artists from the entire state at the Riffe Gallery –




6-9 P.M.


big local

Big Local Arts is hosting a one day Art show at 400 West Rich and Strongwater Food and Spirits. Come see some amazing local art and help support local artists as well as Big Local Arts. There will be a large mix of 2-D and 3-D art available for purchase.

Big Local Arts supports local artists by giving them the opportunity to showcase their work to the thousands of people who come to the Columbus Arts Festival. In addition to The Arts Festival we will also be hosting a gallery show to continue to showcase local artists and to help make the Big Local Arts Tent better each year.

So come out for a night of great art and have a drink at Strongwater Food and Spirits. There will also be a raffle



1-9 P.M.

FRIDAYhayley gallery


Yes, it’s been 7 years since Hayley Gallery opened  their doors in New Albany. To celebrate this milestone, please join them for an Open House on Friday, November 7 from 1 to 9 pm. The gallery will be offering special discounts in honor of their 7th anniversary and one lucky person will win a piece of original art.




LCC gift fest

Friday, November 7th (3:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Saturday, November 8th (9:00 am – 2:00 pm)

Come shop for a great cause and have fun too!
Linworth Children’s Center will hold it’s 12th Annual Holiday Gift Fest & Craft Show November 7th & 8th. There will be 60+ vendors/crafters selling unique items, a lunch and bake sale, silent auction for themed baskets and a Santa’s Workshop for children. All proceeds benefit the LCC Scholarship Fund.




5:30-10 P.M.

FRIDAYfresh air


The Art of Recovery is an annual benefit supporting Fresh A.I.R. Gallery’s mission. Fresh A.I.R. Gallery (Artists in Recovery) creates a venue for public display of work by artists affected by mental health and/or substance abuse issues. The gallery exhibitions feature the courage and struggles of the artists. Exhibitions combat stigma and address social issues. Southeast has created the Fresh A.I.R. Gallery solely for the benefit of the artist and does not accept commission from the sale of artwork. Artists throughout the community recognize the importance of having Fresh A.I.R. Gallery and supporting artists with all backgrounds.

The support of wonderful partnerships and our community allow our mission and programming to happen – THANK YOU!

This year’s Art of Recovery will be held on Friday, November 7 from 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm at the Hilton Columbus Downtown.

Live and Silent Art Auctions featuring original art from over 90 artists
A unique menu created especially for the event by Hilton Columbus Gallerie
Live art demonstrations

Individual tickets are $75 or $125 per couple. Contact the Fresh A.I.R. Gallery at 614.225.0980 x1206 or to purchase tickets and/or sponsorship opportunities.


GUEST SPEAKER:  Brad Pauquette
CIF workshop
Because writers are Makers too! Explore the DIY side to publishing at this free special guest lecture by local entrepreneur and Columbus Creative Cooperative Director, Brad Pauquette.The event is free, but RSVPs are appreciated!
Learn the 5-steps to producing a professional self-published books. Brad Pauquette, an experienced publishing consultant and the CEO of Columbus Publishing Lab, will explain the process that traditional publishers use to produce books, and how you can emulate those steps to produce a great book that readers will love. The seminar will take you from a finished manuscript to a self-published title available for sale from all major retailers, both as a paperback book and an e-book.
Erica Ott is having her first solo show, “Things That Shine” during the month of November at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center‘s 3rd floor Loft Gallery. On November 8th,there will be an artist’s reception.
All works are fine art paintings and are available for purchase. In addition, there will be fine art prints for sale of selected pieces from the show.
6-9 P.M.
A solo exhibit of Ralph Corriveau‘s amazing photography….”While some of the images are from the Central Ohio area, most were made during my motorcycle travels across the United States”
 A trip to Chillcothe is in order!!!
available light
24 Hour Theatre is the drag racing of the theatre world. It’s short, furiously intense, and something might explode.Thirty artists, spanning the breadth of the Columbus theatre community, will create five brand-new short plays in just 24 hours. Starting at 8pm on Friday night, names are drawn, teams created, plays written over night, and rehearsals completed in 8 hours, all in time for opening night at 8pm on Saturday.Recommended if You Like: Jack Bauer, 24 Hour Comics, the distinct possibility that someone will fall flat an their face.JOIN THE PERFORMANCE on NOVEMBER 8 at 8 p.m.Presented by LEIGH HOUSEHOLDER & JOE WEBER
Lindsay Gallery
Ohio Self-Taught Show
Champagne Brunch Reception
1-3 p.m.
lindsey gallery
Presenting an exhibition of work by Ohio folk and self-taught artists from yesterday and today.Featuring:
William Hawkins
Joey Monsoon
Ashley Pierce
Amber Groome
Morris Jackson
Wallace Peck
Janis Price
Popeye Reed
Elijah Pierce and many more.Our friends at Sherrie Gallerie and Brandt-Roberts galleries are having their openings at the same time.
3 galleries, 3 different show, 1 afternoon.

Alternative Fashion Mob

First Movie Night

7 p.m.

Columbus Idea Foundry

movie mixer AFMCome have a movie night with the mobsters!

They will be showing the movie Unzipped (

There will also be:
90s pop culture trivia for prizes
Snacks and Beverages (BYOB)
And Columbus for a Reason and Fashion Capital shirts and swag for sale

Also, bring a food item for Franklinton Food Bank and maybe you’ll get a lil’ somethin’ extra.

So bring some popcorn and a snuggly blanket and watch Unzipped with the Mob!

Mini Maker Faire is Just One of Many Things to Do This Weekend

Once again, there is plenty to do this weekend so how about making a trek to Marion first to see Christopher Tenant’s closing and then come back to Columbus or go to Bay Village or Cincy????




6-9 P.M.

THURSDAYChris t receptionDuring the months of September and October The Kuhn Fine Art Gallery will be exhibiting 12 new pieces by Chris Tennant.

There will be a Closing reception from 6-9 on October 9 at the Kuhn Gallery at the OSU campus in Marion. During this time light hor d’oeuvres served as well as a meet and greet with the artist. Anyone attending the event will receive a complementary show print of the painting All The Teeth.

400 DAYS


6-11 p.m.


400 daysThe artists at 400 West Rich  loved the spirit and energy that happened in Franklinton during the Independents’ Day Festival, and enjoyed their show so much that they wanted to keep them going and do something new for October.

Come and join them on the second Friday in October for a tenants show and upstairs open studio event not to be missed!

In the name of community and diversity, the art will be taken out of the “main gallery space” upstairs and will be used to cover every other nook and cranny upstairs with glorious art. Take a look around and find hidden gems all over, and while you are upstairs, check out some of the wonderful artists at work, in their own studios!

Light refreshment provided!

One Night

Ohio Art League

Strongwater Food and Spirits

6-11 pm


one night

Join OAL this year for their annual One Night fundraiser with this years theme being ‘Tribute’. They will  pay tribute to their past, present, and future member artists of the Ohio Art League, without them, OAL  would cease to exist.
This unique event will feature Ohio’s leading contemporary, professional artists’ work in a silent and a live auction.
One Night supports the state’s premier, visual arts, member service organization—the Ohio Art League, working on behalf of artists for over 100 years.

Tickets can be purchased here:

If you’re in the Bay Village area…

Chad Cochran Photography

52nd Annual BAYarts Juried Show!

Opening Reception Friday, October 10 from 7-9 pm

bay artschad in bay arts


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Franklinton THE Place to Be This Weekend

This weekend the place to be is Franklinton for Independents’ Day, 400 Days, Alternative Fashion Mob’s Fashion Show (and more!) and Columbus Idea Foundry’s Open House…so much to see and do!!!  There is more than enough to keep you busy ALL weekend.

Oh and in addition to all of these fun happenings you can still take in Christine Guillot Ryan’s Converging Boundaries at the Cultural Arts Center; Stephanie Rond’s Dangerous Impermanence at Fort Hayes’ Shot Tower Gallery and Ashley Pierce’s show at Lindsay Gallery in the Short North.

independents day

Independents’ Day

Friday Saturday and Sunday

Friday, September 19: Preview Event: 6:00- 12 or later!
Saturday, September 20: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sunday, September 21: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Intersection of Town St. and Lucas St. in East Franklinton
Columbus OH 43215

There will be: 5 stages of music and performances; films; Street Food Fair; Ohio brews, wines and Brothers Drake MeaderyStrongwater Food & Spirits (a full restaurant and bar located at the center of the festival! Stop in for a meal or a drink anytime during the day!);  Rehab Tavern (offers a full food menu and an extensive draft list!);  soon-to-open Land Grand Brewery will be offering samples of their beer throughout the day on Saturday, and Actual Brewing’s pop-up coffee shop(open at Dinin’ Hall, located at 400 West Rich, throughout the festival); a fashion show and more from Alternative Fashion Mob; a chef competition, Craft Alley featuring tons of talented folks and their wares…holy moly, check out the website to see all the fun there is to be had!!!

For more details:

Bring a canned good or non-perishable food item to donate to our beneficiary, The Gladden Community House. Also support the Franklinton Gardens by purchasing fresh vegetables in the heart of the festival!



400 days
On the weekend of the 19th-21st, Join the tenants of 400 West Rich Street for a whole floor art show on the 2nd level! They will have art all the way from the tenant’s lounge, through the entire open area of the second floor.On your way down the hall, stop in the studios with open doors to interact with the artists and learn more about their processes and adventures at 400.All art in 2nd floor show areas will be available for purchase during the event! cash/card accepted.Light refreshments provided!There will be a TON of stuff going on in and around 400 this weekend. Come and check it out!AFM at independents day


 Friday and Saturday


The Alternative Fashion Mob will also be screen printing T-shirts on Friday from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday 1-5 with a fashion show featuring local designers at 7 p.m at the ramp on West Chapel.  They will also have a booth selling AFM decals and shirts to raise money for their soon-to-be FABRIC resource center in Columbus Idea Foundry.  Catch me screen printing on Friday evening!!

more info at:


Columbus Idea Foundry 

421 West State Street

Open House

Saturday and Sunday

fall open house at CIF

The Columbus Idea Foundry will be open to the public during the Independents’ Day Festival, now held in Franklinton! Check out this great community festival and stop Saturday noon-9 pm and Sunday  noon-6 pm. Our artists, artisans, and entrepreneurs will be showcasing and selling the work they make and do, there will be special Independent’s Day programming by the Alternative Fashion Mob upstairs, check out the facility, watch tool station demos and make-and-take activities, meet instructors, register for classes, and even check out our version of a carnival game… with drones.