“The Hive”

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We would like to congratulate OAL member, Walter Herrmann, on his very successful solo exhibition “The Hive” which was shown at the Cultural Arts Center.

The show is now over but if you missed it you can read about it on Columbus Live or at the Ohio Crafters and Artisans WordPress!

Check out his website here

Once again, congratulations to Walter on a very excellent show!

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Collusion Exhibition at the Cultural Arts Center

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Collusion: Works of Voice

Cultural Arts Center

Exhibition Dates: March 13-April 10 

Artists’ Reception: March 13, 6-8pm 

Conversations & Coffee Art Talk: March 19, 12-1pm 

OAL member, Chad Cochran, and Brian Reaume have collaborated on the show along with Eric Rausch–the curator.

Statement from Chad:

I first saw Brian’s work at the CAC, during his solo exhibition, Shelter Series: Coastal Refugees. I was immediately drawn to his vision and concepts tied to providing voices to shelters because my thoughts align. As I capture the decaying and vanishing structures throughout Ohio, I hope to not only provide documentation but also to initiate conversations about the homes and those who inhabited them. There are stories that were told within the walls and they remain captured there. With my photos and assemblage pieces, I hope to provide the viewer a way to connect to those stories which gives them a chance to find a new home.

In my photographs, Brian has found characters. Ones he will converse with, study, understand and express. We work to provide new meaning, hope and voices to these “vaporizing” structures.

Statement from Brian:

Through the use of mixed media we give voices to forgotten, lost Ohio shelters of past. Each work will begin from a current photograph, from this image the works are reinterpreted through painting, sculpture or assemblage.

The purpose of having a two person show as opposed to a solo exhibit is to express the idea of our multi-layered vision. The challenge is to create from another’s work and tell a story from a different perspective, using my intention and delving into Chad’s vision of history in Ohio. By changing the everyday reality of passing these relics without notice; instead putting purpose to stopping, looking and listening to these forgotten shelters, we can map rural and urban decay for future generations. The personal challenge for me is spending time with each photo and listen to them intently to retrieve their story as opposed to painting/sculpting from the feel of actually being at the location. I have found this to bring an intimacy with each work that is not forced, instead being a seamless transition from print to painting or 2d to 3d once I learn to listen to the subject.

Statement from Eric:

I have come to know Brian and Chad as artists; these two are overcome with a need to document their world. Through their experimentation and documentation they create beautiful works of art that are engaging to a viewer and professionally finished. When I heard that they were working together to collaborate on a show, I was instantly interested to hear more. Through our ensuing conversations we formed a partnership that included me as their curator.

There is a link between their artwork in visual appeal, and together they have created an exhibition experience for the viewer. The show includes 2d and 3d works in various sizes and price points. Each piece is finished to a high standard of professionalism, from framed photographs, wall hanging and pedestal sculptures to a large installation piece in the gallery.

The installation will include large “vapor shelters” which will have the look of porcelain with minimal color and texture. Varying in size, these shelters will be installed in the center of the main gallery so the viewer can walk around each one and may be able to see inside but will not be able to enter. The area around the grouping of shelters will have elements of scattered debris including chairs for the viewer to sit and contemplate. The structures will have the feeling that they are visions of what once stood in what is now debris. Elements of light and sound will be used to illustrate the life that these shelters housed and the stories that are contained within.

For more information check out the article written by (614) Magazine

The Cultural Arts Center of Columbus is located at 139 W Main St., Columbus, OH 43215

March – April Workshops at the Cultural Arts Center

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Red Hot Raku

Raku firing’s unpredictability and intense process have allotted for it’s popularity over the years. Western rake firing is a procedure in which work is removed from the kiln at bright red heat and subjected to post-fire reduction. Instructed by well-known Columbus artists Sandy Lang and Walter Weil.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

12:30 – 5:30 PM

$78

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Blacksmithing 101

A hands-on workshop directed for beginners only, Blacksmithing 101 will teach students basic forging techniques such as building and controlling a coke fire and how to use a gas forge. Participants will make several pieces during the workshop. Instructor Paul Ailing has been blacksmithing for over 30 years.

Saturday and Sunday

9 AM – 3 PM

Choose from these Sessions: March 14 & 15April 18 & 19May 2 & 3, or May 30 & 31

Calligraphy: It’s Not Just for Bibles Anymore

Participants will learn the fundamentals of the foundational style of lettering, and try their hand at the graceful form of art. Students are asked to bring Speedball C-3 Nib, Pen Holder, Black Ink (Higgins, Pellikan Fount India), Ruler, Pencil, Notebook. Instructed by calligraphers Carol Kimball and Sandy Schaadt.

Saturday, March 28

10 AM – 1 PM

$20

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It’s Always the Write Time: Creative Writing Workshop

This fun and creative journey into the world of creative writing will get your ballpoint pen rolling. Taught by Mimi Chenfeld.

Saturday, April 18

10 AM – 2 PM

$15

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Winsor & Newton Artists’ Oil Colours

Winsor & Newton offers the world’s most diverse range of professional products, including oils and acrylic colors, innovative mediums, and a revolutionary range of painting tools. Big plus: participants receive samples of Winsor & Newton Artist Materials (hooray!)

Saturday, April 11

1 – 4 PM

FREE DEMO! (limited to 30 participants)

Register Now

 

Pick up the perfect gift at the CAC Annual Studio Art Sale!

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Original art from the students and faculty of the Cultural Arts Center, that are hand selected by the staff, act as perfect, one-of-a-kind gifts for anyone you know (that deserves a present, anyway).

The Annual Studio Art Sale at the CAC takes place on Friday, November 14 from 5 – 8 pm, and Saturday, November 15 from 10 – 2pm.

The countdown begins! Only 23 days stand between you and the perfect gift! Don’t stand in line at stores or settle for mediocre presents; put some thought into those gifts!!

To find out how to be part of the Art Sale, stop in the Cultural Arts Center and ask the Front Desk for info, or visit the CAC website.

 

Hollowform: Call for Entries

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Enclosed vessels carry such a rich history in both their contents, their creation and the reflections of the society that created them. The Cultural Arts Center seeks to further understanding of the “format” across mediums – shape, texture, primary mass, usability, ceremony, rhythm, shoulder, mouth, and lid – the common language of the hollow vessel. Sculptors, this means you!

Deadline for submission is October 18!

With this event, CAC hope exhibit hollow vessels (literal or interpretive) in wood, glass, or ceramic mediums. Hollowform will provide networking opportunities and connections between disciplines that will add more value to artists’ work and create opportunities for collaboration, promotion and elevation of value in their collective work.

Hollowform will be exhibited from November 21 to December 27, 2014 in the Cultural Arts Center Main Hall Gallery. An Opening Reception is to be held on Nov. 21 from 6 – 8 pm.

Use your imagination to interpret to viewers the best use of negative space. Find out more, or apply today!

A Beneficial Affair: Cultural Arts Center, Glass Axis, and You, of course!

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Come out to support your local gaffing station, Glass Axis at the Cultural Arts Center’s Beneficial Affair!

Tonight (Sept. 4th) from 5:30 to 7 in the evening you may enjoy the provided live music while strolling the CAC’s main exhibit. Admission is free (donations support the Glass Axis move and are greatly appreciated) and attendees have the opportunity to purchase art from the exhibition Converging Boundaries, mixed media art by OAL member Christine Guillot Ryan. As if that’s not enough, Glass Axis artists will also be providing a limited selection of Glass Art for sale and fund-raising.

The Cultural Arts Center is located at 139 W. Main St., and proceeds from the event will aide Glass Axis’s relocation and glass art programming.

Don’t miss out!

Christine Guillot Ryan to Exhibit at the Cultural Arts Center

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“Perception is reality, and I am fascinated how people gather fragments of what they decide is true and important– memory, stories, cultural influences, experiences, ideas and beliefs– and shape them into personal world views. I take fragments of the external world and weave them with invention and paint to create new morphing realities,” states OAL member Christine Guillot Ryan of her upcoming exhibition.

‘Converging Boundaries’ will be exhibited in the Cultural Arts Center Main Hall Gallery from September 5 through October 4, 2014. 

Don’t miss the Opening Reception of ‘Converging Boundaries’ from 5:30- 8:30 pm on September 5th. 

Guillot Ryan’s latest mixed media works explore the nature of our boundaries, the relationship between the intangible and the material world. Weaving fragments of representational imagery with paint, Christine creates new worlds that are vivid and richly layered, inviting imagination and provoking conceptual discovery.

Christine exhibits locally and nationally, is a member of the Ohio Art League and CAW (Creative Arts of Women), Art and Artists of 614, mentors students at Fort Hayes, and teaches workshops at the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington and at the Cultural Arts Center. For more of her work and a schedule of upcoming exhibits, click on the link of her name at the top of the post to be directed to her website. 

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T-minus 4 days!

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Never fear! There’s still time to register for Ohio Made Vendor Booths and the Juried Art Exhibition, but you’ve only got until Sunday (Aug 3) at 11:59 pm!

Don’t miss the chance to be a part of the great celebration that is Ohio Made: All- Ohio Arts Festival this September at the historic Ohio Village. The Ohio Made Festival is not only a celebration of local art, but of art enthusiasts and patrons as well. The Award Reception for the Juried Exhibition, held the night before the festival (Sept. 26), will include catered h’orderves by Cameron Mitchell, music, art raffle, honorary awards celebration, and local artists. 

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Exceptional, local food, art, music, and atmosphere are but a few of the perks to signing up-or even attending- the Ohio Made festival on September 27. We are excited to be honoring Barb Vogel and Kojo Kamau; two accomplished Ohio artists that have been recognized as ‘elders’ in the art community. Their hard works and creativity will be credited in the VIP recognition ceremony, and if your works are chosen, you’ll be exhibiting right alongside them!

No matter what artists, demonstrators or crafters sign up for, opportunities for awards are bountiful! Notable local artists will be specially recognized and awards will be given for top entries:

  • The Artistic Accomplishments in Ohio Award
  • Juror’s Choice Awards
  • People’s Choice Award in Best Art in Exhibition
  • People’s Choice Award in Best Booth Setup

 If you’re interested in attending the Awards Reception on September 26 from 6- 9 pm, tickets and/or sponsorship tables may be purchase for the reception. We, of course, appreciate all the donations.

$60 Single Ticket/$110 for a pair with 2 drink tickets
Click the image below to visit the Ohio Made Facebook Page!
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Take a few minutes and look over the details for all the awesome stuff we’ll have going on, and sign up before August 3rd

“Strange and Wonderful” Works by Lynda McClanahan

Throughout the entire month of August the Cultural Arts Center will be hosting works by local artist Lynda McClanahan at 139 West Main Street near the Scioto River and you are invited to view it. An artist’s reception will be held on Friday, August 8th from 6 to 8 p.m featuring live jazz by Roger Hines and Richard Lopez. There will also be an, “Art, Coffee and Conversation,” gallery talk on August 21st from noon to 1 p.m.

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Ohio Made Vendor Booths and Juried Exhibition

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Don’t miss out on the celebration that is Ohio Made! Commemorate Ohio-based artists and crafters while enjoying great food, drinks, and music on September 27, 2014 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Ohio Village.

Join us for an award ceremony that will take place on September 26th from 6:30-9pm at the Ohio Historical Society to celebrate Barb Vogel and Kojo Kamau, elders in the community,and recognize award winners. The Award Ceremony / Reception will be catered by none other than Cameron Mitchell Catering!

It’s not too late to register for a Vendor Booth or to enter for the Juried Art Exhibition! Visit the Ohio Art League Ohio Made page for details and to sign up!

Here are a few of the vendors that have already signed up!

Eric Shook with Madtinkerer

Madeleine Etter with Phyllis and Hazel

Charles Smith with Choxley

Rebecca Rea/Spinfire Studios

 Marang Studios