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

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:

CIF

INSTRUCTOR/NEW INSTRUCTOR MEETING

7 P.M.

TUESDAY

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:

http://www.columbusideafoundry.com/#!instructors/c13lh

DESIGNERS GET READY!!!
AFM
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 www.AlternativeFashionMob.org 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_____”

OPENING RECEPTION

DECEMBER 4TH

THURSDAY

TACOCAT

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 www.cawcolumbus.com,www.womensfundcentralohio.org, tacocatcooperative.com. For all inquiries please contact info@cawcolumbus.com.

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

Heavens to Betsy! What An Artful City We Have!!!

I have so much to say after attending 7 opening receptions for shows in this artful city!!! WOW!

Last Friday evening, I managed to make my way around to each of the ladies’ whose shows started that night.  I had to do some running but I did it!

First, Ron and I went to Ashley Pierce‘s show at Lindsay Gallery.  My oh my, “this girl is on fire (thank you Alicia Keyes!!) Her first solo show was a runaway success with ALL of her pieces sold within the first hour…do you believe it???  The place was packed and her work was beyond words.  The detail and uniqueness to each page had me awestruck.  I wished that I could have purchased about 10 of the pieces she had already sold.  Here is the lovely Ms. Pierce next to one of her works…you go girl!ashley

I was also fortunate enough to meet Duff Lindsay…what a guy!  I hope to feature him sometime in the future, especially since he is the Conference Committee Chairman for the upcoming Folk Art Society of America’s 27th Annual Conference to be held HERE October 9-12th and my understanding is that Ashley will be a featured artist there!!!  I am beyond excited for this talented lady!

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Ashley Pierce

From there, Ron and I made our way to the Shot Tower at Fort Hayes (her alma mater!!) for the opening of  Stephanie Rond’s opening of Dangerous Impermanence and Tiny Out Loud.  Once again, the gallery was packed and what a show!!! Not only did Stephanie have her art on the walls, she had her doll house galleries including her first, S. Dot Gallery, which was featured in the documentary of her trip to NYC, Tiny Out Loud.  It was fascinating to watch the movie and see the reaction of people in Central Park to her little gallery.  And her artwork and doll houses were phenomenal!  Not only did she show her own works but true to Stephanie’s personality, she featured the works of so many other artists in her doll houses and on the walls of the gallery.  A true tour de force!

This show runs through October 24th so you MUST make the trip down to the gallery to appreciate Stephanie’s unbelievable talent.  And to top it off, I got to reconnect with Betsy DeFusco,  member of CAW and artist who had her own opening on Sunday at the German Village Meeting Haus (I’m so sorry that I missed the opening reception but hope to make it down to see her work before the show closes). Continue reading

Friday is Ladies’ Night! And Then Some…Read On

September is starting off with a BANG!  Three local female artists are having openings this Friday night along with Ladies’ Night at Sweet Simpliciteas!  … the sweetness continues on Saturday with the Honeyfest and the Gallery Hop. And Sunday there is a flea market and another female artist opening in the downtown area.

I think I’m gonna be a busy woman Friday -Sunday.  I hope you all will join in the celebrations of women’s art and so much more this weekend!

Ross Art Museum

Delaware

60 South Sandusky Street

4-6 p.m.

ross art museum

Starting at 3:10, both of the artists featured now at the Ross Museum will be speaking in Edgar Hall, Room 121 (Just across the street) to be followed by our first reception of the Fall Semester! Live music provided by Richard Kolb, live food & drink, live people….Please come!

Sweet Simpliciteas

South 3rd Street

Ladies Night

6-10 p.m.

sweet simpliciteas ladies night

Shot Tower Gallery

546 Jack Gibbs Blvd.

Opening Reception

6:30-9:30 p.m.

Friday

tiny out loud movieStephanie Rond, graduate of the first class of Fort Hayes High School, is proud to bring the exhibition Dangerous Impermanence to her alma mater. Rond is a street artist, curator and gallery owner.

Dangerous Impermanence is an exhibition that questions the concepts of scale, environment, equality and gender roles. Art work will include installations, a documentary and a solo exhibition of Rond’s “ghost girl” paintings.

created by Doug Fordyce of Studio Fordyce

created by Doug Fordyce of Studio Fordyce

There will be a screening of the short film Tiny Out Loud, a documentary by filmmakers Andrew Ina and Dan Gerdeman. The film, bridging Rond’s street art and her dollhouse galleries is created in support by 122 Kickstarter crowd-funders, the Greater Columbus Arts Council and a team of artists including writers, art administrators, musicians and visual artists. Continue reading

Have Dremel, Will Create: Ashley Pierce

I am pleased to be featuring some amazing woman artists in the next few weeks because they all are having solo show openings on September 5th…the first to be featured is illustrator/artist, Ashley Pierce.  Soon to follow will be Stephanie Rond and Christine Guillot Ryan!ArtistPic

Walter Herrmann has so often been my go-to guy for the names of movers and shakers in the Columbus art scene.  So when he told me that I should interview Ashley Pierce, I thought I better jump on it!  Then it seemed that she and I kept running into each other at local events and a friendship began. And since she is having a solo show in the fall, this seemed like a great time to feature her!

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