Art Access Gallery features “Made with Paper” Exhibition


If you’re in the Bexley or Columbus area this Spring, Art Access Gallery on South Drexel Avenue is hosting the “Made with Paper” exhibition from now through June 2nd. Featured artists such as Julie AbijanacSharon DoughertyElena Osterwalder, and Nicholas Hill express various elements of life through textures, colors, and materials. 

Visit the Artist’s Reception April 25th from 5-8 pm to get a better glimpse into the minds of the artists. 


Julie Abijanac


Sharon Dougherty


Elena Osterwalder


Nicholas Hill


For more information, or to learn about upcoming shows, visit the Art Access Gallery website here.

Tony Couch Five-Day Watercolor Painting Workshop



Take a little getaway this summer, while brushing up on your brushstrokes with Tony Couch’s 5-Day Watercolor Painting Workshop in Oxford, Ohio. Oxford, the quaint home of Miami University, lies about fifty minutes Northwest of Cincinnati near the Indiana border and serves as the perfect backdrop and inspiration for painters at any level. 

Tony’s exemplary experience enables him to instruct others in the art of watercolor painting. “Anyone can learn to produce good art. ANYONE! After all, it is a skill, and skill is teachable. The first thing for you to understand is YOU can DO IT! The key is GOOD instruction, and lots of practice,” says Couch.


The workshop takes place from July 14-18 2014 at the Oxford Community Arts Center. Each of the 5-day courses are from 9 am to 5 pm. The five-day fee of $450 is due in full by June 14, 2014. 

Many surrounding hotels are offering deals and discounts to those that are traveling from outside of the area, so be sure to mention “Tony Couch Fine Art Workshop” when comparing special rates via the link below. 

Whether you’re learning a new medium or merely delving back into an old steadfast, these workshops promise improvement and debunking the “mystery” of design. Each morning begins with a full sheet demonstration, instructed by Couch, followed by ample time for an afternoon painting session, in which you discover your own hidden talents. Near the cessation of each day’s workshop, critiques are offered by fellow classmates as well as the instructor, enabling you, as the artist, to see a different perspective on your own work. The positive environment allows you to grow as an artist by seeing works through the eyes of others. 


Download the full brochure for a list of hotels and a registration form here. 

To register online or to check out more about the Oxford Community Arts Center, click here!


Harmony Project and OAL Mural


Harmony Project’s award-winning program “One Week, One Neighborhood” comes to Franklinton during National Volunteer Week.

This year Harmony Project sought out Ohio Art League in hopes of creating a collaborative art mural for the outside wall of the Boys and Girls Club and for all the Franklinton resident to enjoy.

Ohio Art league artists Jonathan Ryan and Cyrus Fire collaborated with Harmony Project’s artist Jeremy Jarvis to design the mural. During the week volunteers are able to come and paint the mural. A great activity for family and friends, the mural is paint by number. Come out and be part of the mural!

April 21-24th from 9am to 3pm DAILY for volunteers with landscaping, mulching, planting trees and flowers, building a meditation garden, and restoring some of the rooms of the Boys and Girls Club.

The rich and culturally diverse Franklinton community is celebrated as people roll up their sleeves and work with others from across Columbus to leave their community better than they found it. “For You & Me” celebrates the diversity of Columbus by uniting Franklinton residents and business owners with neighbors from other parts of our great city. It’s a chance for Franklinton to introduce itself to many who know very little about it…and an opportunity for our city to grow stronger through the bond of collective volunteer service.

Come out and lend a helping hand! Remember, its National Volunteer Week and Earth Week!

To register to volunteer, visit Harmony Project



Ohio Made 2014




The Ohio Art League, along with the Ohio Historical Society, Columbus Idea Foundry, Cultural Arts Center, and Art and Artists of 614 are proud to present the second annual Ohio Made: Celebrating Artists Now Festival. This All-Ohio Arts Festival recognizes the art of fellow Ohioans against the backdrop of the charming, historical Ohio Village. 

The Celebrating Artists Now Recognition Reception will take place Friday, September, 26th (the night before the Festival) from 6:30- 9 pm to commemorate elders in the art community and recognize the art contributions of Ohio Native Americans. Examples of recognized artists will be on display and local artwork will be raffled. Most notable artists’ works will be chosen for the Juror’s Choice Award, and their works will be on display alongside the works of the esteemed jurors, Barb Vogel and Kojo Kamau.

Join us for Ohio Made: Celebrating Artists Now on Saturday, September 27 from 10 am to 5 pm for a unique celebration of, for, and by local artists. Stroll through a marketplace of artists while enjoying food, music, and artistic demonstrations within the Ohio Village. Notable local artists will be specially recognized and a juried art show will be on display.


Deadline for vendor registration is Sunday, August 3rd at 11:59 pm. Click here to register via the OAL homepage.

For more information regarding the festival, vendors, awards, or events, visit the Ohio Historical Society website.

Group Ten Fine Art Gallery: A Call for Entries


Group Ten Gallery, a new contemporary artist-run gallery located in the heart of downtown Kent, Ohio, is hosting its first juried exhibition to kick off the summer. Jurors for the show are Christine Havice, the Director of the School of Art at Kent State University, and Lou Zona, the Director of the Butler Institute of American Art.

Artists living within 125 miles of Kent are eligible to enter and must hand deliver their artwork to the gallery between May 29- 31. Two-dimensional artwork created within the past two years, including painting, drawing, collage, and mixed media, must be suitably framed and ready to hang. Photographic images will not be accepted. 

Judging takes place the week of June 2 

The $35 non-refundable entry fee which must be paid upon delivery of artwork to the gallery. Group Ten Gallery will retain a 35% commission on all sales during the exhibition. All submitting artists will be notified via e-mail or self-addressed stamped envelope after judging the week of June 2. 

The Regional Juried Exhibition takes place from June 20- July 19, 2014 with an Opening Reception and Cash Awards the night of June 20 from 6-9 pm

The gallery will accept hand delivered entries from May 29, 30, 31 at the following address:

Group Ten Gallery

138 Burbick Way (alley)

Kent, Ohio 44240


To download the prospectus and submit an entry, click here to visit the Group Ten Gallery website!


2014 Senior Art Exhibitions

Senior year of college takes a great deal out of students, but you can find out what some of them took back by visiting some of the Senior Art Exhibitions offered by universities across Ohio. Find out what scared, excited, and most of all inspired young artists in pursuit of their dreams.

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Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio displays seniors’ work every week from now until May 16, 2014. This week, stop in the Miller Gallery on Collegeview Road to get a glimpse of what senior Art Majors Haley Anne Amicon, Chelsea Musselman, Kathleen Agnes Quigley, and Liza Wilensky have been up to. The Wabi-Sabi exhibition is on display through April 17. Click here for a complete list of upcoming events in the area.

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Ohio Wesleyan University’s HAPPENINGS Senior Art Show takes place from now until May 11 at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum in Delaware, Ohio. The show combines works of various media and subject matter by senior Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts majors. For a look at the 18 artists and a preview of their works, visit the HAPPENINGS Sneak Peak page.

Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 5.12.28 PMMount Vernon Nazarene University hosts A Barely-Burning Wick, by senior artist Matthew King. The show dates are April 28- May 2, with a Closing Reception the last night of the show. Be sure to catch the Artist Talk Thursday May 1 at 7 pm. For a list of MVNU’s 2014 Exhibition Schedule, download the PDF here.


Glass Axis Presents “Student & Recent Graduate Showcase Exhibit”


Kelsey Finnie, a 2013 Ohio State University graduate, kickstarts Glass Axis’ “Student & Recent Graduate Showcase Exhibit” series with her Spontaneous Actions: Doodles in Glass exhibition. Finnie’s exhibit is a three-dimensional personification of the act of doodling on a page as she lets the artwork create itself. 

Kelsey explores the use of glass cane, which is traditionally used as a surface decoration in vessels, to draw through space. Finnie’s free form cane doodling leaves the margins of her notebook to create an all encompassing experience of walking through a drawing.

“Doodles are spontaneous in action. The thought is about bringing doodles to life and in the present,” addresses Finnie, “I don’t have a plan when bending and shaping them and even setting them up; it’s a very spontaneous and organic experience and form.”

The exhibit is presently on display in the massive Glass Axis art center through April 26. Whether you are a fellow alumnus of Finnie, want to show support for young adults expressing their ever-expanding ingenuity, or care to explore the adventurous talent of the artist, the enthralling Spontaneous Actions: Doodles in Glass is sure not to disappoint. 


For more information on Kelsey Finnie, click here to check out her website

For details on the exhibit or information about upcoming events, visit the Glass Axis homepage.

Columbus International Film + Video Festival Call for Entries


The Film Council of Greater Columbus was founded in 1950 by Dr. Edgar Dale, professor of educational media at The Ohio State University, and other media professionals interested in promoting the use of 16mm motion pictures. Three years later, their efforts grew into the Columbus Film Festival, and today the Festival is known as the Columbus International Film+Video Festival, or the CIF+VF. The Festival has been going strong ever since, making it the longest-running film festival in North America!

Through the years, the CIF+VF has honored thousands of films, filmmakers and producers. The Chris Award, the top honor, is proudly displayed in production offices around the world. The Festival’s awards remain a revered prize for industry professionals, but the organization is equally passionate about supporting independent film. The juried competition focuses on rewarding the world’s best films, regardless of origin, while the Festival serves to promote and screen more and more films every year.

With divisions like Animation, Experimental Short, Narrative, Educational, Social Issues, Arts, and Science + Technology (to name a few), video artists may find a comfortable niche or expand their horizons into the unknown genre. Try your hand at multiple divisions, as each has its own jury. 


Deadline for submission is July 1!

For more information on Rules and Regulations, how to enter, or just more details about the Festival, click here to view the PDF form.


Check out some of the handsome awards:



Please make check or international money order payable to: Film Council of Greater Columbus

Send fees with TWO entry forms for EACH entry and your entry to the:

Columbus Film Council

1021 E. Broad Street Columbus, OH 43205

PromoWest Productions: A Call for Entries



The Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) in collaboration with PromoWest Productions has announced a call for entries for an annual art exhibit to feature artists, designers and photographers residing in Franklin County. The theme for the 2014 exhibition will be PromoWest Productions 30th Anniversary Celebration, and the selected pieces will become part of the company’s commemorative portfolio!

Work should celebrate the history of PromoWest and its Columbus venues (Newport Music Hall, Polaris Amphitheater, The LC Pavillion, The Basement and the A&R Music Bar) and can depict artists, concerts and/or the venues themselves. A review committee of community and Arena District business representatives will select up to 20 artists for public voting on the project website. The public will select four finalists whose work will be displayed on the south side of A&R Music Bar in the Arena District.


Use this opportunity to show your appreciation for the PromoWest venues, express yourself, or as an excuse to go to more concerts! 



  • The four selected artists from the public vote each will be paid a $500 honorarium by the Arts Council.
  • Entrants must be residents of Franklin County.
  • Any artist and /or photographer, or team of artists and/or photographers or designers is eligible.
  • Only one design per artist/team is allowed, and previous PromoWest concert or venue posters are NOT eligible for submission.


Applicants must register and apply online via the PromoWest Art Exhibit website by May 15, 2014 at 5 p.m.

Shop at Kroger and Support the OAL!



Kroger Community Rewards Program makes it easy to donate to your favorite organizations, like the Ohio Art League. By saving money at Kroger and swiping your Kroger Plus Card, you can help the OAL stick around for another hundred years!


It’s easy for members to enroll or re-enroll in Kroger Community Rewards. If you’re a first time user, click here to be directed to the Kroger Community Rewards website, click on Columbus, OH, then Enroll. If you are re-enrolling in the Kroger Community Rewards Program, go to the website and Sign In

By participating in this Program and selecting the Ohio Art League as your nonprofit organization of choice, a percentage of your Kroger savings will assist the OAL in coming up with new and exciting opportunities for members, unifying our great state of Ohio through the visual arts, and giving back to the community. 


Even if you signed up for Kroger Community Rewards in February or March of this year, you must re-enroll after April 1st to continue earning rewards for the OAL during the coming year!


As always, thanks to all of our members and benefactors for your support through the years!