But Wait! There’s More Art This Weekend!!!!

You didn’t get your shopping done yet and you still want to support locally based art and artists???  No worries!  There are plenty more opportunities to do just that in the coming week.  The merriment begins Wednesday! Tacocat Wednesday-Friday-Sunday A … 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:


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

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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_____”





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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

Shop Local, Chalk and Fuses…What More Could You Ask For?

As my cat, Niles, ‘helps’ me type (ha!), I am posting about 2 events that I am looking forward to this weekend… the second year of Ohio Made at Ohio Village and Easton’s Chalk the Block!
Make sure to get out during this gorgeous fall weekend and check both out…
Ohio Made: Celebrating Artists Now
Saturday, September 27th, 2014
10am-6pm @ Ohio Village
Ohio Made logoohio madeThe second annual  Ohio Made: Celebrating Artists Now Festival is unique because it provides all Ohio artists and crafters with a marketplace to sell and showcase their work. Paired with demos, installation works, and a juried exhibition, this festival celebrates both local and statewide artists
This year the fest is sponsored  by the Ohio Art League, Ohio History Connection, Columbus Idea Foundry, the Columbus Cultural Arts Center, and Art and Artists of 614.-2 +

There will also be a celebration of  two veterans in the arts community:Barbara Vogel and Kojo Kamau at 4 p.m. at an awards ceremony.


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Chalk the Block is a recurring event that features temporary artist creations and live music and  is an event managed by littleINDUSTRIES in association with Easton Town Center.  Come see these talented artists as they use their chalk to create phenomenal art on the sidewalk!
Chalk the Block is back for its third year at Easton Town Center!

Chalk the Block is a two-day event featuring artists decorating the square at Easton Town Center with unique and colorful temporary artworks.Saturday, Shoppers are invited to wander the square to view over 40 artists work and listen to music from a half dozen live bands. Sunday, the audience is invited back to see the finished products and see who was awarded.

This year’s event includes these artists:
Tristan Seeger
Hilary Frambes
Danielle Forbes
Tiffany Kelly
Jose Bastidas
Lori Hughes
Derrick Hickman
Adam Crum
Lea Gray
Kimberly Mullett
Patrick Wayner aka “Patch Wrk”
Christine Guillot Ryan
Chris Fry
Thom Glick
Holly Leonard
Edwin John Yang
Ira Tecson
Cassandra and Lindsay Blusiewicz
Danielle Poling
Mark Eberhardt
Mitchell Lippencott
Ira Tecson
Mandi Caskey
Larry Doyle
Mary Frey
Erik Greenawalt
Jen Kiko
Lea Gray
Erik Greenawalt
Lori Hughes
Jen Wrubleski
Chris Blain
Pamela Waclawski
Rebecca O’Neil
Candice Oates
Patrick Vincent
Jan Solari
Laurie Voland

Fuse Factory 


1-4 p.m.

 fuse factory

On September 28 from 1-4pm  the Fuse Factory will be hosting theirr first ever open house. Come meet them, learn about what they’ve been up to and what they’ll be doing for their upcoming 2014-2015 season.There will also be some visuals and some hands-on activities with contact microphones and DIY circuit blocks. Hope to see you soon!

Love Honey? Run to Honeyrun Farm!

I had also hoped to get this post published BEFORE the Honeyfest but I had unexpected company and so much going last weekend that it just didn’t happen.  My apologies to Jayne and Isaac but the good news is that you don’t have to wait till next year’s Honeyfest to get their scrumptious honey, bee pollen and all of the other wonderful things they make with honey!

So read on and find out how you can connect to these artisan bee keepers…



The Barnes Family

The Barnes Family

Do you love honey?  Well, you better read about Jayne and Isaac Barnes and Honeyrun Farm.  Jayne and I initially met through Etsy Team Columbus and then ran into each other several times especially at the Worthington Farmers’ Market.  I learned about the advantages of bee pollen and became a convert…I don’t think I have had one cold since I started consuming this every day!!!  In addition to the pollen, they have so many different types of honey that are to die for!  My fav is their Tulip Poplar but all of them are sooooo luscious! I, of course,  wanted to learn even more and interview these young entrepreneurs so here we go…

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Super Antioxidant Bee Pollen

Jayne and Isaac have been keeping bees for 11 years, started selling their honey, soap, and candles in 2007 and opened the Honeyrun Farm Etsy store in 2009.  This young couple has a quite an impressive educational background: Jane with a BS in Sociology and Master’s in Rural Sociology and Isaac has  BS in Geology and Master’s in Education.  All of this education definitely comes to play in their daily lives running a business, raising a family and keeping bees.   Their product line includes their artisan honey ,handcrafted body products (soaps, salves, lip balm) and all-natural candles.single bee

bee soap sampler

Honey Soap Sampler

What makes their products so special is what Jayne says:
We manage our hives without the use of pesticides.  Conventionally produced honey often involves a slew of chemicals used to attempt to maintain the health of a hive.  We choose a more natural way, and in turn, believe our products taste better than the honey you would find in a major grocery chain.    

Isaac in Beekeeper's regalia!

Isaac in Beekeeper’s regalia!

The decision to pursue beekeeping came after Jayne gifted Isaac with a beehive for Christmas in 2003.  Isaac had an insatiable appetite for honey, loved science and hobbies, and she thought beekeeping might be a good fit.  I wanted to give him a really creative, useful Christmas present, so I thought a beehive might be a hit.  I was right!  He really took to it and continually added more hives until our little hobby turned into a business.
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Honey Sampler

They were engaged to be married when Jayne was attending graduate school in Montana in 2004-2005.  Isaac was looking for something he could do in Montana for her final year of graduate work, and so he put an ad in the national beekeeping magazine, Bee Culture, saying he was interested in finding a job near Missoula, Montana.  Although, she didn’t think anything would come of it, it was in the cards!!  There WAS a commercial beekeeper out there looking for some seasonal help.  So he worked the bees while until Jayne graduated.
In 2006, they moved back to Ohio to live near Isaac’s family and start Honeyrun Farm. Jayne worked as a case manager at a community mental health center (2006-2008) while Isaac taught high school science for 4 years, and  worked on his family’s grain farm until they decided their business was going to “make it” and she had their first child.  He quit the other jobs in 2011 and they’ve both been entrepreneurs at  Honeyrun Farm ever since.
They now have 4 children, 320 hives and sell their products online (https://www.etsy.com/shop/honeyrunfarm) at Whole Foods, Wholly Crafts, the Greener Grocer, Better Earth and Celebrate Local as well as at the Worthington Farmer’s Market, North Market on Saturdays, Worthington Winter Market and their farm stand on Randle Road in Williamsport.
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Beeswax Candles

 Continual inspiration comes from their customers who know and appreciate the flavor of pure raw honey.  As far as making handcrafted soap, Jayne is always excited to try new soap scents, blending her favorites together to create new combinations. Just recently, she started incorporating clays as a new exfoliant/deep cleanser and loves the results.  Keeping her soap scents and exfoliants as natural as possible is critical to the quality of all that she creates and keeps customers coming back.
She also has begun to make balms and salves using their beeswax. She states that it is a very simple craft and can be done at home, infusing herbs from the garden to add scent and homeopathic properties to the finished product. She’s even recently taught a class at Whole Foods about making lip balms using beeswax.bees
As far as soap making, she believes it is important to always try new recipes, talk to other soap makers, read new books and peruse websites of other soap makers.  No matter how long you have been making soap, using a tried and true recipe, there are always new methods to try and new materials to work with… soap makers can always learn something new and be challenged by another soap making method.  That’s part of what makes her soap so special!
When asked what direction they would like to see their business go, she states:
We would love to offer more products using beeswax.  Using beeswax in our handcrafted soaps, salves, and lip balms is just the tip of the iceberg as far as what can be made with beeswax.  There are boot and leather conditioners, lotions, hair pomades, as well as many other types of candles and craft vessels that can be made with beeswax.
In addition to creating honey and beeswax products,  she coauthored a book titled, Honey Crafting, which was released in 2013. She was honored to be approached by a publishing company and asked if she would co-author a book after they had read Honeyrun’s blog.  She and fellow beekeeper, Leann Coleman, collaborated to create a book with varied projects such as candles (Jayne’s expertise), salves, soaps, lip balms, and recipes using honey.  Needless to say, she was psyched to be asked and honored to contribute!

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Honey Sticks

Every September, they participate in the Lithopolis Honeyfest (this year September 5 and 6).  This event is a non-profit with a mission to raise awareness about the importance of the honey bee on the pollination of crops, to increase the consumption of honey and to educate the public about the science and industry/art of beekeeping in addition to the great arts and crafts activities associated with honey and beeswax.
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Pyrographer, Julie Macala: Art That’s Hot, Hot, Hot!!!

julie 4Julie Macala and I first met when she participated in the 2013 Falling for Local: An Ohio Artisan Market.  I was mesmerized by her art…pyrography.  I’m sure many of you have seen the custom signs and other items that pyrographers make in places like Gatlinsburg (I have one above a couch in my family room!) but Julie’s work goes way beyond what I have ever seen.  Her designs are unique and unlike the basic wood burning I have seen before.Buddha done

Born and raised in Columbus, she was introduced to this art form by her grandmother, Maxine.  Years later,  she picked it up again because it seemed so different and wasn’t as common as so many other art forms.  She began teaching herself more skills by trial and error.   Although she has a ‘real’ job working in an allergy clinic “answering phones and other excitingly mindless tasks”,  she dreams of being able to support herself through her arts/crafts.  In September 2011, she opened her Etsy online shop, Branching Creations, to try to do just that!

After putting on calming music, Julie Macala sits down to start her wood burning for the night.  Though she has a daytime job, Julie sells her designs online and at festivals. "It's very different.  It's kind of soothing and relaxing and smells really good when you're working," says Macala.

After putting on calming music, Julie Macala sits down to start her wood burning for the night. Though she has a daytime job, Julie sells her designs online and at festivals. “It’s very different. It’s kind of soothing and relaxing and smells really good when you’re working,” says Macala.

Like many other artists I have interviewed, pyrography is not the only art form she has tried.  As she puts it:

I have dabbled in many arts/crafts.  At times I find it hard to focus only on one!  I took a potters wheel class at Clayspace almost two years ago and I have been interested in (but have definitely not mastered) jewelry making which included the use of PMC.   Photography is also something that I could see myself getting very wrapped up in.  

She categorizes her art as being very earthy with nature influencing most of her creations.  Bohemian style and Native American art also inspire her  but she finds ideas just about anywhere!  Each one of her pieces is one-of-a-kind and done by hand on wood canvases or blanks.finished

I would consider my work multi-medium.  I put artwork on many different objects such   as boxes, plaques, walking sticks, guitars, bangle bracelets, photo frames etc.  Some pieces are very basic with no finish or coloring while many include acrylic and/or watercolor, stain and gloss.  I also take custom orders that can include personal wooden objects.

A tip she offers to any artist is to not burn yourself out.  When feeling worn out or frustrated by a piece, set it aside and start work on another project leaving the frustrating one in sight.  Make sure you can see it while going about your day so that you can keep thinking about it and eventually look at it from a different perspective.  This helps decide where to ‘take it next’Comfest lot

One issue that makes her art difficult at times is finding a wood burner or pyrography unit that is suitable for her needs. The unit she is currently using is actually  from Mexico and it’s the only one she likes.  Although she has bought multiple name brands from the U.S., she was horrified by the results!  One had a pen made from metal that burnt her hand;  another was made from plastic and…. ‘You guessed it, it melted!’  with experience, she has learned that part of the problem is that she burns at higher temperatures than other artists ‘There is just something about seriously burning my designs in dark and heavy.’

Julie regularly works on her pyrography alone.  With only the occasional interruption from her dog, Rocko, she is able to focus on her artwork while her boyfriend is at work.

Julie regularly works on her pyrography alone. With only the occasional interruption from her dog, Rocko, she is able to focus on her artwork while her boyfriend is at work.

Friends and family are very important to Julie and her creative endeavors because:

I have to give a big hand to my friends and family for understanding that when festival season is approaching, you cannot get me out of my house.   Especially after working FT hours, I am a slave to my own craft and at some moments I have to remind myself that it will all be worth it.  My family deserves the biggest thanks for all the help and support they give me.  My parents and boyfriend, Ian make it all possible even though I resemble a crazed gypsy lady who smells like a fire 🙂 julie 3

So, although she has an Etsy.com online shop, she mostly enjoys selling her work at local festivals and craft shows.  She prefers this even though it may be strenuous because she can meet her customers and talk to them one-on-one.  And, because she doesn’t have a studio or storefront, this is a great way to show her collection of work to a larger audience.bonnaroo

She was uber excited to have been accepted to vend at the Centeroo of  the 13th Annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival  2014  June 12-15th  in Manchester Tennessee (http://www.bonnaroo.com/) for the first time and to  have a booth again at Comfest .  This weekend she will be selling her wares during the  Summer Jam at Westgate  11-7  and to top it off, she recently  found out that she will be at the Backwoods Festival in Thornville Sept 19-21st!!

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Shop Local, Shop Artists!

Don’t forget that Alternative Fashion Mob is sponsoring a great holiday shopping event to promote buying local and supporting small businesses today and tomorrow!  11-7 both days!  Catch me there while I volunteer for this fun event!bf 1bf2

Kristin Ellis' earrings

Kristin Ellis’ earrings

black friday collage

back friday

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AND check out one of my featured artists, Ralph Corriveau, at Illuminating this Sunday in German Village’s Gallery 831.

Illuminating Art
German Village Art League’s All-Member Exhibition
OPENING: December 1, 2013 at Gallery 831

Our fifth annual all-member holiday exhibition opens Sunday December 1, from 6-9pm! Celebrate the season with art, food, laughter, and pleasant evening strolls through German Village during Village Lights! Join us at Clayspace Gallery 831, at 831 S. Front Street, for this joyous occasion!