Before They’re Famous: The CCAD Spring Art Sale


Saturday, April 4, 10 a.m.
Loann Crane Center for Design

First Choice Admission 9 a.m., $50
General Admission 10 a.m., $5

Don’t miss Before They’re Famous: The CCAD Spring Art Sale—a semiannual juried showcase of works by more than 100 CCAD students, faculty, and alumni. Admissions fund student scholarships, and sales proceeds go directly to the artists.

Parking is free on CCAD lots.

MoMA Holiday Card Program 2016: a call for entries

The Museum of Modern Art’s holiday card program began in 1954 with the introduction of holiday cards created by contemporary artists and designers whose work was represented in the Museum’s exhibitions or permanent collection.

Each year, MoMA selects artwork submitted by designers and artists whose designs reflect The Museum of Modern Art, modernism, and innovation in card design. Historically, MoMA has produced holiday cards celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, and the general holiday season.

All proceeds from the sale of MoMA products are used to support The Museum of Modern Art and its programs.

All artwork must be received by April 17, 2015

Send entries to:
Karen Hernandez
Product Manager, Art Reproductions
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019

Through a selection process involving members of the MoMA Retail group, submissions are selected for inclusion in the Museum’s newest holiday card line developed each calendar year.

What to keep in mind for exemplary MoMA card designs:
-innovation in paper engineering
-new approaches to interactivity
-intelligence and sophistication
-the element of surprise
-cards that embrace the spirit of the holidays
-quality in design and production new ways of looking at imagery


Fiber Art Now Magazine: Emerging Artists


Fiber Art Now, international quarterly print and digital magazine for contemporary fiber arts and textiles, announces a call for works of fiber art by students currently enrolled in or recently graduated (no more than 2 years ago) from undergraduate or graduate programs.

Students are strongly encouraged to choose their very best work, as this call for entries has an open theme. Each submission should consist of up to FOUR images.

Fiber Art Now Magazine‘s editorial team will review all submissions received and may select YOUR image(s) to feature in the Summer 2015 issue!

Deadline for submission is Weds. April 15, 2015 via E-MAIL ONLY.

Click here for full entry details and requirements, or send submissions to


Water Street Studios: Contemporary Portraits Exhibition


Forty miles west of Chicago lies Water Street Studios, a Nonprofit Arts Center, that’s home to two galleries, 26 artist studios, three classrooms, access programs for ceramics, printmaking and welding, a visiting artist residency, and a thriving community of artists.

Anne Harris, painter, professor at SAIC, and board vice president at Riverside Arts Center, will be jurying the group show, Contemporary Portraits.
We here at OAL know the exponential portrait-creating capabilities of some of our members, so make sure to submit your works! Although most portraits are thought of as paintings, portrait works in all media will be considered! No excuses! One work will be awarded, and the artist will receive $500!
Contemporary Portraits will run May 16 through June 27, 2015.The Opening Reception takes place Saturday, May 16, the first night of the exhibition.
DEADLINE: April 12, 2015 (online only)

Notice of acceptance will be given by April 22nd, and work is to be dropped off May 3rd. Works selected for the exhibition are to be picked up June 28th. 

Visit the Water Street Studios website for more information!


Spring Workshops at Phoenix Rising


Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative is dedicated to the promotion of the art of printmaking by providing a well-equipped studio, educational opportunities and an environment of mutual support and inspiration for artists and students, and the community.”

No more worrying about which book to read this winter, it’s time to make your own! Spring is upon us, so clean out the cobwebs and get your creative juices flowing. Check out some of the upcoming workshops offered by Columbus’s own Phoenix Rising:

Found Object Monoprint Workshop

Instructed by Marilyn McPheron, this class begins with a demo, and then participants may creatively experiment as far as their imaginations may take them before printing their own works. Using stencils, lace, cardboard cutouts, paper doilies, flattened metal odds-and-ends, string, vegetable netting and an array of interesting flat, house-hold items, class-goes will create a series of similar but unique prints using Speedball water-soluble printing ink. Most participants will complete around 6 to 9 prints (two or three series of three prints each). The end result is essentially a mystery, as you will not know exactly what will appear until the paper is pulled from the plate after it is pressed.This workshop is limited to 6 participants, so grab a seat ASAP!

Found Object Monoprint Workshop is offered this Saturday, March 21 from 9 AM to 4 PM. Fee: $65 (includes all materials)

Register for Found Object Monoprint Workshop

Signature Bookbinding

Also instructed by Marilyn McPheron, Signature Bookbinding serves to teach participants how to sew two “signature” based books and how to attach the covers. The first book will be an open spine sketch book with a total of 48 usable pages. Each signature, a total of 4, within the “text block” will be a different type of drawing paper. This first book, which the finished size is to be about 9 x 12 inches, will be book board covered in paper and decorative tapes. The second book, more like a journal, will have a rounded, soft spine covered with book cloth. Although it will be smaller in size, the second book will contain the same amount of signatures/pages. Document your very own expressions within a sketch book or journal you created yourself!This course is also limited to 6 participants, so act fast!

Signature Bookbinding will take place on Saturday, April 11 from 9 AM to 2 PM. Fee: $65 (includes all materials).

Register for Signature Bookbinding

Happy printing!

Click here to find out more about Phoenix Rising and other great workshops offered by the organization!


Marjorie Bender and Barbara Vogel: Family and Friends


Marjorie Bender and Barbara Vogel: Family and Friends

April 7 – May 16, 2015

Opening Reception April 7, 6-8pm 

Location: Dublin Arts Council 

Address: 7125 Riverside Drive, Dublin, OH 43016

Marjorie Bender and Barbara Vogel: Family and Friends offers a moving and amusing look at the pivotal relationships of our lives: those with our families and friends. Bender and Vogel have both exhibited extensively in the Columbus area. Bender is best known for her clay sculptures, but also produces and exhibits drawings and paintings. Vogel’s background is in photography. Many of her works continue to connect to photographic images, often in unexpected ways. The artists excel in conveying the many dimensions of our closest relationships and in utilizing humor — sometimes whimsical, sometimes dark — to undercut sentimentality. Family and Friends brings together earlier and more recent works by both artists and will feature a new collaborative project that pays homage to a number of their mutual friends and mentors.

A free public reception will be held Tuesday, April 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Gallery hours: Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Exhibition and public reception are free of charge.

“The Hive”


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!

Collusion Exhibition at the Cultural Arts Center


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

Zygote Press Workshops

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Monoprinting & Silkscreen Combo

March 12, 19, 26 & April 2, 2015 / 6- 9 PM

In contemporary printmaking, many artists like to utilize several processes in one print to accomplish their aesthetic goals. Lisa Schonberg and Denise Stewart will guide you through the development of ideas as you print with multiple layers using both monoprint and screenprint techniques. Loosen up with imagery and ideas with this spontaneous approach to the development of one-of-a-kind prints.

Explore color, texture, and layering while learning the basics as well as more advanced monoprinting and silkscreening techniques.

Xante & Paper Litho Workshop

April 18, 2015 / 10 am – 3 pm

This class will use a polymer Xante matrix to create immediate graphic images using Sharpie + other permanent markers to create the drawing. This process is similar to a paper litho but with more longevity. The plate[12×15] + a Sharpie marker included. Bring drawings and images with you to class. Paper litho aka Xerox Litho will also be demonstrated. This class includes a free Open Studio pass.

Zygote Press is located at 1410 E. 30th St. in Cleveland. Visit Zygote online here to sign up for these courses, or to check out what other workshops they have to offer!


Two of your favorite things at once: Drink & Draw!

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Whether you are an artist or just dabble in doodling, this event is open to all individuals at all skill levels. Drink & Draw has hosted professionals, graduate and undergraduate students, alumni, professors and faculty, and even those who just want to blow off some steam with no artistic background attend the events.

Tuesday, March 10th beginning at 7:30 PM at St. James Tavern (POP UP #14) will be the 41st session of the original Drink & Draw – Ohio.

Bring along your sketchpads, Microns, markers, graphites, Moleskines, etc. Some will also be available though limited.

The theme for this Drink & Draw event is “Atlantis and Deep Sea,” so whether you feel like a God or that your day is pretty much swimming with the fishes, this theme leaves plenty of room for interpretation. 

Get your creative and adult beverage juices flowing Tuesday, March 10 at St. James Tavern. Parking is available in the Tavern’s lot on Detroit Ave., as well as along Fourth Street and side streets.

Click here to find out more!