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

Starting Tonight…More Shopping, More Art!!!

Still lots going on for shopping and getting you art on before the holidays.  Support Local artisans and support your city’s art scene!!
BUT before you do that….Help save the art programs in Ohio.  Your voice is critical at this time!!
If you want to know about the positive effect of art programs in our local schools, check out a feature from Channel 6 News last featuring my friend and amazing art teacher, Rachel Murdock and her students at Brown Elementary School In Hilliard!
If you want to save the arts and so much more in Ohio Schools, you need to make your voice heard NOW!  Although the School Board states that this will give local districts more say in how they allocate their funds we all know that it will mean the elimination of many art programs, nurses, etc. in the school districts that need them the most!  We can’t go backwards and we need to let the board know that we will NOT sit back and let them take us back to the dark ages in education….too much has already happened in this state to set us back.  PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW!
arts rule in schoolsThe state school board just voted 14-5 to take steps toward eliminating the longstanding “5 of 8” rule – a rule requiring schools to have at least five student support personnel from eight categories for every 1,000 students.Those eight are: elementary art, music or physical education teachers, school counselors, library media specialists, school nurses, social workers and “visiting teachers.”The vote (after three hours of debate) isn’t final, though. State law requires two administrative reviews of the change before the board would take its final vote on the change again next year.So – let’s make our voices HEARD before the FINAL BOARD VOTE!

Art teachers (as well as the other seven categories of support personnel) are licensed professionals, experts in their fields with specific, authentic training related to their work. They are essential components of a student’s education and are indispensable – not “extras” or “specials.”

Please send snail-mail to the state Board of Education. Send art, send letters, send tangible items. Communicate the importance of the arts in schools.

Send your mail to:
Director, Office of Board Relations
25 S. Front Street
Mail Stop 703
Columbus, Ohio 43215

More info about the state Board of Ed can be found here:

TONIGHT!!!mireya 12-16
Arepazo Tapas Bar Grille special Art Exhibition by Mireya Schoo. Wine tasting is optional, you can enjoy the exhibit from 7:00 to 10:00pm

Rivet Gallery

Project Wall Series

Now through December 31

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Solo exhibition featuring the original gouache work of Ohio artist Johnny Yanok. This will be the artist’s fourth time exhibiting with Rivet.

Adding to the holiday cheer, we will begin the first of our Project Wall series shows. This show will feature the watercolor small works by California artists Dan Goodsell and Michael Fleming. This will be Dan’s third time showing with Rivet and Michael’s second.

This exhibition will be on display through December 31. Perfect opportunity to find some holiday gifts for family and friends.

Roy G Biv

Small Works Exhibition

December 6-27th

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Exhibition Dates: December 6–27, 2014 (Closed December 24–26)

ROY G BIV Gallery presents its annual Small Works Exhibition for the month of December. The exhibition fills the gallery with works of art smaller than 1 ft. x 1 ft. x 1 ft. Showing around 100 works by 60 of ROY’s member artists, the exhibition features a wide variety of styles and mediums.

All artwork is priced to sell at under $500, giving visitors the opportunity to buy affordable, hand-made holiday gifts.

Sean Christopher Gallery

December 6- January 31


Kim Webb’s #holidayhop Opening Reception for her solo show, “ditched” was a great success on December 6th. We hope you’ll join Kim and Sean Christopher Gallery Ohio for an additional Artist Reception during our January 3rd Gallery Hop, 6pm-10pm!

This exhibit continues thru January 31, 2015 during our regular gallery hours ( and visits are always free to the public.

Kimberly M. Webb is Gallery Manager at the Fresh A.I.R. Gallery in downtown Columbus. She received her MFA from the Columbus College of Art & Design (May 2014) and was recently selected for a 2015 Artist Residency in Spain with financial support from the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC). Webb has also agreed to be our February 2015 “Young Hearts 4th Annual Exhibition” Guest Juror, selecting current CCAD BFA & MFA student submissions for this yearly favorite.

“ditched” is a series of sculptural works which are a natural outgrowth of Webb’s MFA thesis research entitled “Consider the Lump.”

[“Consider the Lump is a body of sculptural (de)compositions that regurgitates a daily life that is loud, immediate, fragmented. The work is reactionary in content, form, and process. Value is found through the practice of slowing down to collect what is often disregarded: detritus along the road side, the abandoned table in an alley, the lump of plaster in the bottom of a bucket. These remains are broken down then materials such as resin, epoxy, tar, latex, and mud are pushed and poured to adhere these ruins to create new forms. Inspiration is drawn from chance, the states of things often held together by tension and vulnerability, moments of absurdity. Coming out of a conversation of sculpture from Arte Povera and Dada to Pop and Postmodern, Consider the Lump are siphoned assembled moments.

By collecting I stop a disappearance, I retract the unconcerned detritus and retain something. I find collage/assemblage the quintessential way of reflecting the world. Confronting a chaos with a hodgepodge of fragments from whatever I come across. The remix.”]

CS Gallery

End of the Year Sale

Thursday- Saturday

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 Let CS Gallery and Cobenick Studios help with your last minute Christmas shopping! Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during regular gallery hours and Saturday from Noon to 5pm Daniel and others will have art from local Columbus artists as well as Cobenick Studios paper and book products priced to move. Come here for unique gifts. Come on Saturday between noon and five for extra discounts.

Brick Box Studio

Pop Up Shopping Event

4-9 p.m.

Thursday December 18th

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Come to BrickBox Studios for your last minute holiday shopping!! It will take place on a THURSDAY so you don’t have to worry about horrible mall parking or traffic.
Go to the website to see samples of some of their very talented artists.
Come and support local artists at this little even… there will be many local talented artists and craftsmen that are residents of BrickBox Studios.
The studio will be have three special artists having their own special Studio opening’s. SOO if you are not coming out for the holiday shopping just come out to socialize, celebrate and meet local artists.
Also special guest Vivian Von Brokenhymen will be there in her special attire. Be sure to run up and snap a photo with her,
PLUS a special Holiday photobooth, an event photobooth, a DJ and did I mention EGGNOG!!!! With FREE PBR!!!
An  open photoshoot for #SelfieRespect will occur during the event!

Come out and celebrate the holidays in style!

Pop-Up Holiday Art Sale

10-4 p.m.

Saturday December 20

1156 Oakland Park Avenue Columbus, OH 43224

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Handmade local art and craft
Oakland Nursery (Education Center)
Shoppers are eligible to win a $25.00 Oakland Nursery gift card with purchase.
Participating Artists:
Lisa Horkin – Blown glass
Mary Ann Crago – Mixed media assemblage
Lisa McLymont – Coppercurious
Catherine Bell Smith – Seed mosaics
Marie Haines – Upcycled bags/pouches
Devon Palmer – Woodcraft, wood-turned bowls
Adam Brouillette – Illustrated prints
Allison Buenger – Ornaments and cards
Meagan Alwood-Karčić – Paintings
Kat Firor – The Simple Siren Organics Herbal Beauty products

OSU Urban Arts Space

Artist Reception for Graduating BFA Students

3-5 p.m.

Saturday December 20

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Refreshments provided, come see the work of the Ohio State graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts class 2014.

Aaron Thompson
Ty Carroll
Justin Deuel
Tristyn Lyon
Derrik Pritchard
Alex Smith
Carson Wedlake
Lori Chi
Rachael Fultz
Alexandra D’Astolfo
Andrew Slack
Summer Stowe
Ariel Taylor
Tala Kanani






1-3 P.M.


Join the Buxom Babes of Columbus and a metric ton of sweet treats at this body positive meet-n-greet! How does this work, you ask?

1) Bring a sharable portion of your favorite goodie – cookies, brownies, cupcakes, whatever you think is yummy. How much you bring depends on how many friends you want to make. 🙂

2) Bring your own plate, cup, fork, and spoon. Think green so we can love the planet while loving ourselves!

3) Check your judgment at the door! Let yourself eat, meet, and greet joyfully with a minimum of baggage.

We welcome body positive people of all sizes to come and snack with us. If you’re new to the idea of body positivity, check out this site to get a quick primer:

The Buxom Babes of Columbus is a group of body positive artists, dancers, poets, yogis, and organizers looking to create fun events, safe spaces, and powerful experiences for the plus-size community. Stay tuned for upcoming events, including a plus-size clothing swap and full-figured dance party!

Rivet Gallery

Annual Cookies and Beer DIY Gatherin

7-10 p.m.

Saturday December 20rivet


It’s getting cold and that means it is once again time for Rivet’s annual Cookies & Beer DIY Gathering.

Need a break from the stress of the impending holiday? This year there will be painting the newly released Jason Freeny Dissected Gingerbread Man. Cost to participate will be $15+tax which is the cost of figure.

Bring a plate of your favorite cookies and wear an ugly holiday sweater if the mood hits. We will be providing the drinks including delectable brews complimentary of The Actual Brewing Company with music, cookies/treats, and paint supplies compliments of Rivet. If you have some paint or paint brushes that you prefer to use, please bring them along.

Enjoy the new Cookies & Beer image created by Aaron Kirchmaier. Thank you, Aaron!

RSVP with Laura at Rivet: 614-294-8697 or

Hayley Gallery

Jewlery Trunk Shows

Saturday and Sunday

December 20-December 21


Just in time for the holidays, join jewelry artists Catherina Bishopp and Kristin Ellis at the last two shows of the year. Catherina’s show is Saturday, Dec. 20 from 2:30 – 8:30 and Kristin’s is Sunday, Dec. 21 from 1 to 4 pm.

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