So much to say and do this weekend. As always, our city and surrounding areas are the bomb for art, donating art supplies and so much more! Clintonville Arts Guild: Holiday Show and Sale Art Supply Drive Whetstone Community Center Friday 5-8 … Continue reading
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
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:
You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Room
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
CIF Meetup and Holiday 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
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
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:
INSTRUCTOR/NEW INSTRUCTOR MEETING
Interested 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:
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_____”
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.
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
Saturday, September 27th, 2014
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.
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:
Patrick Wayner aka “Patch Wrk”
Christine Guillot Ryan
Edwin John Yang
Cassandra and Lindsay Blusiewicz
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…
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…
Julie 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.
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!
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.
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’
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.’
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 🙂
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.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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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!
AND check out one of my featured artists, Ralph Corriveau, at Illuminating this Sunday in German Village’s Gallery 831.
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!