Another Emerging Artist: Ashley Martin and Ash Woodworking

This summer I met a talented and personable young  woodworker named Ashley Joseph Martin and his girlfriend, Paige at the first summer edition of Crafts Gone Wild. Our booths were next to each other’s so we struck up a conversation. … Continue reading

November Starts with ART!

OMG…this weekend (and into next week) is packed full of art, shopping, shopping and art. Get started on your holiday shopping, get ideas for decorating, support local artists and have fun!!! It starts Thursday… Feather Your Nest Start the Season … Continue reading

Dana Lynn Harper and Gabe Michael Kenney: An Up and Coming Couple in the Columbus Art Scene

Dana Lynn Harper and Gabe Kenney were resident artists at Brown Elementary School this spring working with my dear friend, Rachel Murdock and her art students.  I was lucky enough to volunteer in Rachel’s class during their time with the … Continue reading

Looking Forward to a Happy Artful 2015!!!

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Christine Guillot Ryan Photo courtesy of DeDe Parker

As I sit in a McDonald’s in Florida writing this (don’t ask! LOL), 2014 is coming to an end.  I wanted to say thanks to all of the wonderful artists that I have had the privilege and pleasure to interview during the year:

Brian Hyrne, Larry Doyle, Ashley Pierce, Andrew Lundberg, AJ Vanderelli, Tracy Leinbaugh, Stephanie Rond, Christine Guillot Ryan, Brian Williams, Lisa Horkin, Pamela Ashton, DeDe Parker, Jill Latas, Jayne and Isaac Barnes, Carrie Turner, Lisa McLymont, Julie Macala, Tina Carnes Kelsey,  Deborah Wright and Deanne Arnold, Gavin Bruce, Joy Selby Cain,Derek Stewart,  Celeste Malvar-Stewart, The Alternative Fashion Mob, Bobbi Jo Gonzalez, Randi Channel, W. Ralph Walters, Christopher Burk,Dayna Melton, Donna McCarty Estep, Tona Pearson, Amy Leibrand and Jim Parker….whew!!!  I hope I didn’t forget anyone!!!!

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AJ Vanderelli

I have learned so much, had the opportunity to become friends with some of these talented people and had fun in the process!  My blog keeps evolving to not only feature artists but also to promote their events and shows, local galleries and class offerings. I am always open for suggestions on how to improve or add to this!

Brian Hyrne

Brian Hyrne


Bobbi Jo Gonzalez


Ashley Pierce

In addition, I feel blessed that I have had the opportunity to join CAW (Creative Arts of Women) and participate in their most recent show at Tacocat…Woman As_____________ (my first showing of my art! WOOT!)

Brian with his Roomie, Jasper

Brian with his Roomie, Jasper

2015 certainly holds lots more chances to meet creative people, attend local events and promote away.  I already have several artists on tap for interviews and hope that all of you will continue to contact me with area happenings.  I also encourage anyone to contact me if you are interested in being featured!!!

Thanks to all of you who made this blog a reality and for your patience during the interview process.

picture by Tony Bentivegna

The Alternative Fashion Mob picture by Tony Bentivegna


Gavin Bruce

I cannot say enough about the art community in and around Columbus…YOU ALL ROCK!  Make it an artful 2015 and stay tuned for more from me both here on the CAW blog (yep, I’m lucky enough to have beome a writer for this group, too!)



DeDe Parker Certainly Does Snap!

dedeThere are so many talented photographers in this city and photography has been a passion of mine forever so I am always pleased to learn more about these artists and their process.  Previously, I interviewed photographer Jim Parker and, in the process, found out his wife, DeDe Parker, is also a creative soul.  So why not interview her?
DeDe Snaps is the name of the website she created in September 2012
(  When she first started shooting, she had a little Fuji point-and-shoot but when hubby upgraded his camera, he passed on his Canon Rebel T3i and she began to get serious!
Tona Pearson

Tona Pearson

Although she doesn’t have any ‘official’ training in photography, she has learned a lot through experimentation.  She states that everything she has learned was because she wanted a certain effect, didn’t know how to do it and played around till she got what she wanted.
Over the last year, she has become obsessed with portraits, capturing people at their most authentic.  Eventually, she may move on to something else but right now, she’s pretty happy with what she’s doing.  She enjoys looking at things in a different way.
Photography isn’t an easy art form to get right, there are so many people out there shooting flowers, mountains, sunsets, models.  Anyone can do that; the challenge is to shoot something to make people think about it differently, to make them say “Wow”.  I get the best results without using a lot of effects.
A lot of the  feedback that I get is comments like “How did you do that?”  or ‘what filter did you use?”, but the most effective shots that get the best feedback are the ones that have little or no editing.



Working from home doing technical support for a major technology company, she doesn’t really consider herself to be very creative but I think those that know her would disagree. Every once in awhile, she is inspired about a project and it may take forever to get it shot due to her battles with fibromyalgia.  That means she doesn’t shoot very often or have tons of models but when she has the ability to create, she encourages her subjects to contribute to how they want to be portrayed.  Requesting that they bring different clothes, props and ideas with them for the shoot so that she can build open those.

Brian Hyrne

Brian Hyrne

Originally, from rural McConnellsville in Southeastern Ohio, DeDe grew up on about 10 acres of farmland about 30 miles from Zanesville.  where she spent LOTS of time exploring nature: watching insects, climbing trees, playing in streams and, just generally enjoying mother Nature.  Her 8th grade class only had 10 kids…the epitome of small town/rural living!  “I remember watching storms rolling in and was always outside to watch the sunset.  I studied astronomy and would always make sure that the planets and constellations were where they were supposed to be.”  From childhood, photography was a passion.  Even though her family was poor, she was always able to get her mom to buy and process film for her (going to the pharmacy to pick up her photos was her second favorite thing…going to the library was first!)
Roman of Roman and Jennifer

Roman of Roman and Jennifer

When I first started shooting seriously a couple of years ago, I had no interest in working with people. After all, bugs and sunsets don’t care if you need to reschedule.  It didn’t take long for for me to realize that I could get much better work from people-but I didn’t want typical models or fashion shoots.  I didn’t want to do standard portraits.  I wanted to capture something specific to them to learn their stories and shoot that one moment of authentic feeling.  I have no interest in typical selfie-style posed smiles; you can see those anywhere.  My most popular series, My Favorite Things, was born out of desire to take a nude  and make it completely non-erotic, but still make the shot entirely about that person and their story.  Each of the eight models posed with their favorite toy from when they were a child. I’ve received so much great feedback on them.  You can see them in my Wix website and on Facebook.
My Favorite Things Aeryn with Voltron

My Favorite Things
Aeryn with Voltron

Although she doesn’t paint or draw, she does like to refinish wooden furniture when possible. Other than editing photos, one of her favorite things to do is stripping, sanding and staining a chair or table to bring it back to life.  Currently, she has several busted chairs in the garage waiting for some TLC.  She’s also a voracious reader and usually reads two or three books a week because it’s something she can enjoy no matter what her fibromyalgia is up to…reading is one way she can interact with the outside world, when she can’t physically do it.  Having fibro myself, I SOOOO understand!  Plus “You can go anywhere in a book; to other planets, other times, inside the human soul and learn about yourself in the process”.

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Christine Guillot Ryan

 Although DeDe doesn’t shoot often, her work is truly like looking into the soul of her subjects and for that reason, I am sure that we all wish that she shot more often!  Hopefully, that will happen in the coming years.
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Pumpkins, Costumes, Things that Go Bump in the Night and Stephen King…EEEK!!!

Halloween is one of my absolute favorite holidays because I love all things that go bump in the night, American Horror Story, Stephen King, costumes and the chance to get creative!!  This year there is a veritable plethora (how do you like those big words?) of things to get into so no one in our city should be left out of the festivities or be bored.

The city starts jumping tomorrow night and continues through next week so get your arty party on!!!

Check out these events:

 Glass Axis Pumpkin Patch

Friday through Sunday 

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Curious to how the new Glass Axis space is coming along? Still haven’t found that fall glass gift yet? Make sure you come to our Annual Pumpkin Patch. You can be part of it being their best Pumpkin Patch to date!!

Oct 24-26, Glass Axis will have a sneak preview of their new site and their annual pumpkin sale. They will also be offering first come-first serve classes in hot and warm glass.

Highball: On the Rocks Celebrating the Big 80’s

6 p.m.- 1:00 a.m.

Greater Columbus Convention Center (outside)



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HighBall: On The Rocks is our annual tribute concert honoring fabulous fashion and transformational music. HighBall: On The Rocks features regional bands and national headliners performing original and cover songs that pay homage to artists or genres of music that have inspired fashion and design throughout the ages. This year’s totally awesome theme is THE BIG ’80s. Dress in your most righteous ’80s look, and hear bands cover your favorite songs from the decade that was defined by big hair, big shoulder pads and big stars.

Join ’80s pop icon Taylor Dayne and hear The Wet Darlings, the fabulous Johnson Brothers MoJoFlo Lydia Loveless play the songs you know and love as well as some killer ’80s covers.

Tickets $5 at the gate…or you can purchase in advance Thursday through Sunday at Highball Headquarters
$50 VIP tickets while they last.
(another invite is going out for Saturday night for the Costume Couture Fashion Show.





Arts and Crafts Bazaarteresa

Join Teresa Morbitzer of Vintage Vamp and many other artisans at Central High School in Westerville this Saturday for their Arts & Crafts Bazaar!


Harvest Market

400 West Rich


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 400 Farmers Market’s kicks of it’s winter season with a fabulously fall Harvest Market on October 25!

Come celebrate the Farmers Market returning to the inside of 400 West Rich and have get into some shenanigans with a glass pumpkin patch from Glass Axis, trapeze arts, yoga, kids area, and these vendors:

Fincachocolate. | Root Dub | My Mushroom Store
Soaps and Suds | Boline Apothecary, Limited
Team Wearbear | Cooke Forest Edibles and Medicinals
Columbus Clay Works | Shady Grove Farms
Bud Whitley’s Garage | Jamara | Columbus Idea Foundry
The STEAM Factory | The Smoking Loon Smokery
Splash of Sherri | Sharon’s Delicious Bread
Swainway Urban Farm | PoorBoyz Produce
Novo Terra Farm | Candle with a Cause | Vivre La Vie
Urban Farms of Central Ohio | Potsbydi | Phyllis & Hazel
Actual Roastery | Peace Love and Freedom Gardens LLC

Keep an eye out for updates to this event page as we share more of our plans with you!



9 P.M.-2 A.M.


Three Nights. Three Themes.
Thursday October 30th – Circus
Friday October 31st – The Ward
Saturday November 1st – Masquerade

Costumes are mandatory, Theme is optional.


Greater Columbus Convention Center (outside)

6 p.m.-1:00 a.m.

Saturday highball

HighBall is the nation’s fiercest costume party. Staged in the fashion capital of Columbus, this yearly event for the Halloween season bridges runway style with the culture of the Short North Arts District. Be a part of the HighBall street spectacle and model yourself on High Street. At HighBall, you are what you wear.highball-9

Tickets $5 at the gate…or you can purchase in advance Thursday through Sunday at Highball Headquarters
$50 VIP tickets while they last.

Hail to the King

Stephen King Themed Art Show and Costume Party

Rehab Tavern


7:30-1:00 a.m.hail to king

w/ SK-themed ART by: Bryan Moss, Donna Estep, Derek Stewart, Ralph Walters, Dan Gerdeman, Samantha Knight, Mylesant Lopez, Katie Golonka, Quinn Kelogg, Joss Parker, Arlo Moon, Alan Reeve, Brent Elam, Daisher Rocket, Chad Kessler, Ellen Knolls, Quinn Kellogg, Nick Cline, Kristina Fendt, Roger Kent Grossweiler Jr., Albert Gray, Ken Mosley, Robyn Edwards and Michelle Amos!

Also MOVIES, COSTUME CONTEST (not necessarily SK-themed), PRIZES and MORE!

For something less haunting  in a scary kinda way!  Make a trip to Lancaster Saturday or later in the year!

Decorative Arts Center

Lancaster Ohio

Beginning this Saturday- December 31st

decorative arts show

Campana Brothers: Brazilian Design Now is a rare opportunity to view a diverse assortment of designs created by South America’s premier contemporary designers, Fernando and Humberto Campana . The artists describe these pieces as “functional sculpture.”  But these furnishings and accessories are often described as “fresh and fun” and “playful and outlandish.”  Exhibition visitors will see chairs made of fuzzy stuffed animals, a steel and canvas sofa whose surface is embellished with 18 inch alligator dolls hand-made out of leather.  There is also a large cabinet covered with the tanned skins of the largest sustainably-farmed fresh water fish in Brazil.  In contrast, there are chairs covered with disks of felt and foam that imitate the colors and shapes of sushi – part of the Japanese cuisine brought to Brazil by immigrants.

This international exhibition from the Pizzuti Collection opens in
Lancaster October 25 and in Columbus February 7.
For more information please visit

Return of the Killer Crafts D.I.Y. or Die


Garden Theater


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Get creepy for Halloween with a craft show dedicated to the darker side of the creative mind. Presented by What the Rock?!, Return of the Killer Crafts! will feature an invasion 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, and listen to spooky tunes spun by DJ Raymond T. Vinyl while enjoying a beverage in Ethel’s Stage Left Lounge. Freaks of all kinds are welcome, and admission is free. Held Sun., Oct. 26, 11am to 5p.m. at The Garden Theater 1187 N High St.

The Devilish Vendors!

3rd Dimension Studios
Back Porch Comics
Bearer’s Weird World Creations & Carny Critters
Calaveras de Azucar
Cave Bear Studio
Creux Poche
Crime Cats
Donald T McCullough
Evette Makes Things
Get Your Gun
Jennifer’s Custom Designs
Memoire Arts
Nix Comics
Red Panty Designs
Sandrandan on Etsy
Squids ‘n’ Squirrels
SugarKitty Corsets
What the Rock?!
Wolf and Hammer


Pumpkin Smash

CIF and The Art and Artists of 614

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Join The Art and Artists of 614 on Sunday, October 26 from 1:00-7:00 pm at the Columbus Idea Foundry for an eventful day celebrating the art of pumpkin carving!
Pumpkin Smash features more than 40 invited artists engaging in the creative challenge of pumpkin carving. Carved pumpkins will be auctioned off during a silent auction. The event also features an artist mixer and roasting of pumpkin seeds. Refreshments will be available.

1:00 – 4:00 pm: Carving by invited artists
4:00 – 5:00 pm: Artist social mixer
5:00 – 7:00 pm: Silent auction bidding on carved pumpkins

***After party begins at 7:00 pm at Land-Grant Brewing Company located at 424 W. Town Street, Columbus.

I am constantly amazed at the ways in which so many people in our fair city find to be creative….this event is already sold out but I can’t wait for the next one!!! What a an awesome idea!!!  Who is in with me for the next foray into not so ordinary drinks?????

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At any given moment, Annie Williams has cocktails on the brain. On Oct. 26, The Sycamore bartender and cocktail consultant will share her latest creations by way of new pop-up speakeasy Four Thieves Thirst Parlour.

The concept is straightforward: Just like a pop-up restaurant, Williams and partner Luke Pierce will run a cocktail bar for one night at The Kitchen in German Village. The drinks? Not so straightforward. Order a Manhattan, and you’ll get a Manhattan trio of three mini Manhattans, each showcasing a different whiskey and bitter. Ask for a gin and tonic, and you’ll have a choice of three gins and three tonics, each tailored to pair with a specific gin. Williams also promises a mezcal offering and several carefully crafted nonalcoholic drinks.

The inaugural pop-up will be ticketed; for about $30, guests will receive sit-down service with a choice of two cocktails and a bar snack (think charred peppers and deviled eggs). Advance tickets will be available on Four Thieves’ website.



the journeyA Columbus International Film + Video Festival Early Bird Screening Event

La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus
72 minutes
Mark Kendall

Tuesday, October 28
Drexel Theatre
2254 East Main Street
Columbus, OH 43209

Every day dozens of decommissioned school buses leave the United States on a southward migration that carries them to Guatemala, where they are repaired, repainted, and resurrected as the brightly-colored camionetas that bring the vast majority of Guatemalans to work each day. Since 2006, nearly 1,000 camioneta drivers and fare-collectors have been murdered for either refusing or being unable to pay the extortion money demanded by local Guatemalan gangs.This film follows one such bus on its transformative journey: a journey between North and South, between life and death, and through an unfolding collection of moments, people, and places that serve to quietly remind us of the interconnected worlds in which we live.

Admission is FREE, donations encouraged.




Watch Broad & High to learn about featured artist Jim Arter at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center.   On the next episode of Broad & High, deer sightings along the downtown riverfront and a man who has lived his life within art and has been an advocate for children in art and education. Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m., only on WOSU TV. See a preview at :