Blockfort’s Grand Opening Highlight of the Weekend

The big news for Central Ohio this weekend is the opening of Blockfort, Central Ohio’s new art gallery and resident artist studios.  Join some of the previous tenants of Tacocat as they celebrate their new space! Read more about the … Continue reading

February Continues to Deliver Art from the Heart!

This weekend isn’t as action packed as last weekend but there’s still plenty of art to take in so get out there and get your art on! Mac Worthington Gallery of Contemporary Art A Night of Enchantment Friday 6-9 p.m. … Continue reading

Valentine’s Day Got a Little Darker This Year

Sorry this post is a little late been that kind of week… but better late than never! Dark Love IV: Spells & Hexes is the theme of this year’s Vanderelli Room’s Valentine’s themed show.  The is just one of many things happening … Continue reading

The Inauguration is NOT the Only Thing Happening Friday (or during the weekend!)

Not as crazy busy this weekend with the arts but still lots of talented artists in several shows opening this weekend so get out there and celebrate local artists!!! Wildlife Photography Talk: Christopher Brinkman Crowne Plaza Hotel Dublin Thursday 7-9 … Continue reading

Oh, The Weather Outside is Frightful…BUT Not the ART♥

December is upon us and, of course, that means Winterfair, Short North Holiday Hop, and so many other venues that provide a way to support local artists and artisans by gifting those on your list with inspired pieces! Let’s get … Continue reading

I ♥ Columbus!!!



Sunday afternoon and into the evening were packed with fun for me and my sweet girl, Aroon.  We headed down to Whetstone for a nice long walk along the river and saw tons of folks out riding their bikes, running, walking and just enjoying a spring day…finally!!! Got to see lots of nature, too…I love trees so I had fun playing with photos while we strolled.IMG_20140406_093140


From there we went to the Crimson Cup to meet a friend and Aroon got a cup of whipped cream filled with biscuits…she was in seventh heaven!  After visiting for about an hour while sitting outside, we made our way up to the High Road Gallery for their artists’ reception.  Of course, my girl couldn’t come in…no, she sat in the car and barked!!! YIKES!…but I did a quick sweep of the gallery and was amazed at the talent there.  Best of show went to artist Deane Arnold, who will be featured in my blog in the near future.  I was also amazed at the sculptures that resident artist, Mike Tizzano, is working on(I hope to feature him soon, too!) and Gary Hovey‘s made from silverware were beyond words.  I definitely will be contacted him for an interview!  I wish I could’ve stayed longer but I didn’t want my girl freaking out or disturbing everyone in Worthington!

Deane alongside his painting

Deane alongside his painting



Next we headed home but my day of art and amazingly talented people was not complete!  After reading for a while, I headed back out to Grandview to take in the AAAO (Art and Artists Of…) Inaugural Show at Tacocat.  This included artists from the 614, 419, 740 and 216 area codes encompassing a good portion of our Buckeye State.  Not only were the entries phenomenal, the show was very well attended (I was logged in as the 229th visitor and many more came after me!) for a Sunday evening.  Entries were 3D, 2D, fiber, mixed media, photography…the entire gamut of artistic mediums.  IMG_20140406_094355IMG_20140406_094814IMG_20140406_094543

My time there started when Walter Herrmann was explaining about the exhibit and the upcoming mixer for 614 artists at the main library.  I just happened to look to my left and, what do you know, I see someone I was friends with in Vaude-Villities a million light years ago!!!  OMG…what are the chances?  We hadn’t seen each other in years and now she has a 12 and 16 year old daughter!  YIKES!  What a great way to start the evening!!!

From there, I took in the art throughout the gallery, spoke with Walter, Ralph Walters, Christopher Burk, introduced myself to many other folks and then spent some time getting to know Adam Brouillette better.  He and I discussed his upcoming shows and wedding and his construction of a table and chairs for his apartment.  In the months of May and June I will be featuring him and the other artists who inhabit the studios of Tacocat in preparation for their one year anniversary…I am super psyched!  Cannot wait to learn more about these talented people and get a chance to promote their work and their gallery!!! Woot!IMG_20140406_095009

I ended the evening with a heaping serving of the best fries in town from That Food Truck.…scarfed those babies up on the way home feeling grateful for the many people I have met over the last year, the diversity of our artistic community and the direction that 614 is going in the future.  I am truly blessed to live in this Queen City and to have the opportunity to see its artisttic explosion!

Jazz and Rib Fest—Musical and Culinary Arts This Weekend and So Much More!

There is quite a bit happening in the Cowtown this weekend so let’s take a look at some of the events I know about!


The Hot Jazz and Cool Ribs Fest is happening at the riverfront again this weekend.  I have loved this event for years!!!  Great music and yummy food.  Although I am a veghead and don’t do the ribs portion of the fest, there is still lots of delicious food available for me to sample like roasted corn and, hopefully, Whole World Pizza’s broccoli burgers (gastronomical delight!!)  I know that  Tammy Perakis Wallace (artistic lady!)  will be singing at 9 p.m. on Saturday with Honk , Wail and Moan at the Jazz Cafe.  For more info:  Be there or be square!!

The Columbus Idea Foundry (CIF) will be hosting their Summer Open House on Sunday from 1-4. Join them for tours, live demos, make-and-take projects, and a showcase of artwork, craftsmanship, and special projects by the talented CIF members & studio residents. Meet instructors, check out up coming classes, and mix & mingle with fellow Makers over complimentary refreshments.casey at CIF
Hands-on projects include woodturn & laser engrave your own pen ($25), carve your own pewter-cast trinket ($5), or build a gorgeous living terrarium ($25).
Plus demos of their new 3D printer from IC3D printers and demos of our laser cutter & engraver, CNC, and plasma cutting!   And the public debut of the “shy” robotic flower interacive sculpture by Jennifer Deafenbaugh of the Itty-Bitty Studio. CIF open house 7-13

The Open House is free & open to the public, though RSVPs are requested, visit

The CS Gallery in Old Town East will also have an artists’ reception/opening for the Alchemical Show celebrating the art of metal working from 7 p.m.- 10 p.m.  Join owner, Daniel Colvin, for a fun evening of perusing art and more. Featured Artists: Roger Williams, Rick Salazar, Todd Garland, Eric Shook, Marty Johnson, Whitney Dirks-Schuster, Malcolm Hicks, Abigail Mae and Nate Burns.  Elevator Beer on tap!
CS gallery