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

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

Let the Holiday Crazies Begin!

My fingers (and brain!) are literally hurting from typing about all of the things that are going on this weekend starting tomorrow night….get ready to begin your holiday shopping, support the arts and more!!! Making it Merry Party! Feather Your … Continue reading

Get Ready for Cinco de Mayo with Art

Hard to believe but May is just about upon us!  As you get ready to celebrate May Day and Cinco de Mayo, why not take in some art?  Listed below are events occurring throughout Central Ohio.  And, oh, don’t forget the Short North Gallery Hop!!

Fresh A.I.R. Gallery

Celebrating 10 Years!

Opening Reception

Wednesday April 29th

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Come out for the Opening Reception Wednesday, April 29 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and live music by the band Trial & Error.

Fresh A.I.R. Gallery’s 10 year Anniversary Exhibition presents new work by 32 artists who have previously exhibited at Fresh A.I.R. Gallery (Artists in Recovery). The artists represented range from the inaugural exhibition to the most recent. Fresh A.I.R. Gallery met a milestone in 2014 by celebrating 10 years as a nonprofit art gallery with a mission to exhibit the works of individuals affected by mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Our mission is through art, we educate the community and work to break down the stigma of mental illness and/or substance use disorders by bringing focus to the artistic vision. Since opening our gallery doors in September 2004, Fresh A.I.R. Gallery has shown 60 exhibitions, displaying the artwork of over 200 artists, sold more than 250 pieces of artwork totaling over $60,000. All of the sales of artwork go directly to the artists. Fresh A.I.R. Gallery does not take a commission or charge any fees. Many exhibits demonstrate the courage and struggles of the artists as they combat stigma and address social issues. Fresh A.I.R. Gallery is a project of Southeast Inc., Healthcare Services, a comprehensive provider of mental health, chemical dependency, physical healthcare, and homeless services serving Columbus and six surrounding counties since 1978.




May 1st

6-9 p.m.


For the month of May, Tacocat has created an open call for entries, asking artists to submit the piece of artwork they define as their best. The juried exhibition will be a highlight of the best work of artists in their own eyes. Explainations from each artist will accompany each piece for viewers to become aware of the reasoning each artist finds the individual works to be their best. Continue reading

Lots of Art to See This Weekend and Through the Month!

From Here to There: Bev Darwin

Black Creek Bistro

Through Februaryblack creek 2While enjoying the delicious and uniquely prepared fare at Black Creek Bistro on Parsons Avenue, check out the works of Bev Darwin, painter and member of CAW (  It will take you on a journey that you won’t forget!

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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.

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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!


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


60 South Sandusky Street

4-6 p.m.

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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.


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

Get Your Art on This Weekend!!! (AND Next Wednesday)

POSTPONED!!!!raw 2

Due to recent looming weather, the RAW: Columbus showcase launch has been POSTPONED.

We have rescheduled for Wednesday, February 26th, 2014.
Same time, same venue. 

Once again this weekend there is lots to see and lots of talented people showing their works…and next Wednesday lots of wonderful art to see/buy at the first RAW!

stone village art

On Saturday, February 1, Stone Village’s art gallery welcomes local artist, Arlo Moon, and his amazing art pop exhibit, 181 pop ecl-8. The exhibit focuses upon modern pop art from a cultural anthropology aspect, utilizing mixed media as a means of interpretation.

139 E. Second Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 5:30-8:30

We hope you will join us in celebrating art!

More about Arlo Moon

I am a self taught visual artist working in different mediums and processes to convey a visual connection. The styles I really enjoy are modern pop art and prior to that non-objective abstract painting. Although seemingly different each contains its own unique communication which I really enjoy. Contrary to what I have read and have been told as far as living life, personal evolution is the true process that is hidden behind a artist’s daily life rather than a destination concept. The current work as of the end 0f 2013 deals mostly with modern pop art almost from a cultural anthropology aspect ( as in I would love to document in my own way each popular person and or thing in the 20th century plus) not just make the most popular people to sell a piece. I also dream( how ever lofty this may seem) that as I do a lot of mixed media a hybrid froms of all styles/processes that it could be possible in the future to invent something new through hybrid. Even though the concept of the “new” is disputed by many that I know I can let that go in thinking there could be a new sunset in visual art in the future as in a mixing of all the styles and process to a new form something like hip hop or early rock n roll or others in music.

artists reception

Amber Groome and Chas Ray Krider work in media that could not be more different. But there is something about Amber’s tough yet lovely doll sculptures that resonates with Chas Ray’s cinematic fashion and erotic photography. Both are intuitively modern, use dreamlike tones and are undeniably fetishistic.  6:00pm until 9:00pm

986 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201

roy g bivOPENING: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1 2014 @ 7:00 PM
ROY G BIV Gallery presents the work of Megan Mosholder and Mark Reamy from February 1–22, 2014. Join us during Gallery Hop on Saturday, February 1st, for an opening reception from 7–10 p.m. The exhibiting artists will participate in an artists’ talk on Saturday, February 22nd, at 2:30 p.m. As always, admission is free and open to the public.

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RAW:Columbus will be launching the first RAW showcase Wednesday, February 5th, 2014!
30+ local artists!

VENUE: Skully’s Music Diner

Host: Tim Fulton

((There will be a $5 surplus charge for anyone under 21 in addition to the $15 dollar ticket purchase.))

Cocktail Attire

For tickets and more information on the event, check out:
Tickets: $15 online presale / $20 at the door
Support your local artists by purchasing a ticket from one of our amazing artists!

Featured Artists Include:

::Performing Art::
Aneaj Deletra

Laur’e Pen

::Visual Art::
Phoebe Kellerman
Evens Joseph
Quinn Kellogg
Derek Stewart
Alfredo Weeks
Jean Paul Senior
Jovanni Luna
Charles Slater
Adam Hernandez
Joss Parker
Kasey Winterbotham
Dan Sarhad
Andrew and Ashley Lee of Arrowood

Nevin Price-Meader
Sara Smith
Gabrielle Shamon
Kelly Hall

Satynne Sheldon

Sydney Tayloe
Amber Preston
Maria Crews
Deborah Brommer

Martine Clark of gabsandreese
Katie Guagenti of Poor Sparrow
Lara Al-sudani of Kokoshae
Maddie Etter of Phylls and Phyllis & Hazel
Laura Stith of Creux Poche