Franklinton Fridays Public Art Crawl

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We know it’s cold outside, but East Franklinton wants to keep your heart, soul, and mind warm with Franklinton Fridays public art crawl!

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Every second Friday of the month, East Franklinton neighborhood offers Franklinton Fridays in which businesses, galleries, and various institutions are coming together to bring you the latest and greatest local art. Entities like Glass Axis (at their new location) and Ethical Arts Collective, along with Franklinton Development Association, Magic Brush Art Studio, Franklinton Arts District, 400 West Rich Studios and even Rehab Tavern are offering public tours, studio spaces, and in the case of Columbus Idea Foundry, live demos! Click the link above to get a glimpse of what all these cool cats have going on!

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Join us this Friday evening for a taste of what your community has to offer. Stop by the studios, galleries, and art spaces to shake hands with the artists and awesome business owners. Don’t forget to stop by Strongwater Food and Spirits and Land-Grant Brewery for a pint of their finest!

Head on over to the Franklinton Fridays Facebook Page to add to the ever-growing LIKE count and to see what is in store for this weekend! See you there!


Big Local Arts Reappearance at Strongwater!


Join us at Strongwater Food and Spirits Thursday Nov. 6, from 6- 9 pm for the one-day Big Local Arts Show!

You remember the Big Local Arts Tent at the Columbus Arts Festival, so come back for an encore this Thursday in Franklinton!

Big Local Arts supports local artists by giving them the opportunity to showcase their work to the thousands of people who come to the Arts Festival. Two- and three-dimensional work will be for sale, and a raffle is to be announced.

Stay up-to-date on the Big Local Facebook page for an upcoming list of artists and works!

Local art rules!


Amy Hipple & AP Crone! Go girls!

OAL member artists Audrey Crone and Amy Hipple have exhibited at several of our events throughout the years, and now they’re doing us one more solid by donating some works to our One Night Live Auction! Both of which, among all the others, are available for purchase at the event on October 10 at Strongwater Spirits and Gallery Space in Franklinton.

If you haven’t yet, get your tickets today! For more information on the event or anything else the Ohio Art League has to offer– which is a lot, trust me– visit our home page and sign up for our newsletter!

For those of you members who want to get your artwork in front of some well-established art collectors, enthusiasts, and potential buyers, submit your work by tomorrow! Deadline for One Night artwork submission is Monday Oct. 6 BY 11:59 PM!!!

Ohio Art League member Amy Hipple is an art instructor with FCBDD and has been working in Stained Glass since 1978.  “I fell in love with the medium while on a field trip to Franklin Art Glass in 1970, and returned to work there before starting my career as an artist,” says Hipple. ” After working at Highlights for Children for 22 years, I received my teaching certificate and Masters of Education at Ohio Dominican University, and have been teaching students with disabilities ever since.” Check out Summer Glass Puddle below!


Aubrey Crone‘s Betty has made her niche in the artistic community, that’s for sure. You’ve probably seen her in some of our Member-Curated Exhibitions or, most definitely, our most recent Spring Juried Exhibition. Audrey P. Crone holds a Master’s Degree in Communication Designs from Pratt Institute in New York and is a Thai-Chinese New Yorker who currently resides in, that’s right, Columbus, Ohio.


Rosalind Mercier & Nicole Strouss works in One Night Live Auction!

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Our members ROCK! Thanks to all of your handwork and support, we are able to make this organization run like a well-oiled machine– we like to think so, anyway 🙂

That being said, we’d like to take a moment to acknowledge Rosalind M. Mercier and Nicole Strouss and give them both electronic high-fives for donating work to our One Night Live Auction! All the works in the Live Auction, including the two displayed below, will be available for purchase the night of the event, October 10! Get your tickets here!

Nicki Strouss enjoys creating both functional and sculptural work and continues to work with local artists and various other learning institutions and teaches ceramics and yoga. Her  vessels reference figures and endless possibility. Her preferred mediums used include high fire clay, wool, paper, wax, and any number of other household implements to create a rich surface that is best experienced when held in hand. The textures and earthy colors apparent in her work illicit a response from viewers that attribute to an infinite imagination. Check out one of her works, Green Tile, that will appear in the Young Collectors Series of the Auction at One Night.


Rosalind M. Mercier is a graduate of Columbus School for Girls and The Ohio State University.  Her first career was as a union makeup artist for films & television in Hollywood, followed by the BBC in London, England.  Mercier left to pursue portraiture, following in the footsteps of her great-grandfather, a well-known British portrait artist.  She specializes in both people & animals and has a painting in the private collection of Prince Charles’ wife, Camilla, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. You can see Oncourse firsthand below!


For those of you members who have yet to submit, you’ve got until midnight Monday!!!! Deadline for submission is 11:59 pm October 6.

Brian Riegel and Barbara Vogel pieces in One Night Live Auction!

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If you have yet to get your tickets for Ohio Art League’s One Night fundraising event of the year, now is the time! We are receiving all kinds of one-of-a-kind works created by local Ohio artists that you know and love, not to mention some of the greatest deals in our Silent Auction from businesses around town. Did we forget to mention that Jeni’s Ice Cream will be there? Yeah, you definitely don’t want to miss that.

Get your tickets here!

Keep reading to hear about Brian Riegel and Barbara Vogel, two of our esteemed artists who have submitted works for our One Night Live Auction!


Recently, Brian Riegel had 18 works on display at Port Columbus Airport, won “best in show” at OAL’s Ohio Made (piece on display at Ohio History Center until Oct. 20th), and was featured in Sept. 2014 issue Stock and Barrel magazine. This winter, Riegel’s body of work will be on display at Cleveland Hopkins Airport. The artist states that his work often “evokes nostalgia as one recognizes familiar items from the past, and the composition forces viewers to see the familiar pieces as something mysterious, new and unfamiliar.” Riegel’s “favorite challenge is to take peoples’ once beloved, … outmoded objects and create something valuable that requires them to see the objects with a new perspective.” His evaluation of his work is evident in the piece Celtic Chain Drive displayed above.


Vogel received a B.F.A. And M.F.A. from the Ohio State University and was part of OAL’s 100th anniversary exhibit at the Riffe Galleryandthe recipient of an Ohio Arts Council individual Excellence Award! She is represented by Sherrie Gallery, is a member of CAW, and a trustee at the Ohio Designer Craftsman Museum. You may remember her impression and honorary award at our Ohio Made festival on Sept. 27. One of her One Night works,Flattop, is featured above.  


Members who have yet to submit, get on it! The deadline for One Night artwork submission is Monday, October 6 by 11:59 pm!

Round up your friends and join us for a Member’s Social!

In honor of our theme for One Night 2014, we would like to tribute and spend some time with our members and get to know those of you interested in joining OAL!

Discuss events, future programming, volunteer opportunities and whatever else you can think of with some of Ohio Art League’s administrators and members of the organization, and Board of Trustees. Join us at Strongwater Food and Spirits for drinks, h’orderves, and conversation on Wednesday September 17 at 5:30 pm.

Check out our Event Calendar or find out more about becoming a member!

Call For Entries: The Big Local Art Show


Help us raise money for next year!

Big Local Art Tent will be hosting a one day pop up show at Strongwater Food and Spirits.

They are trying to fill as much of a large space as possible.

Submissions must be sent by October 18th to both 2d and 3d accepted.

The Show will take place on Thursday, November 6th

The fee for entry is only $5 and all proceeds will go to the Big Local Arts Tent at the Columbus Arts Festival 2015

Get to know the fine-print at our Artist Contract Workshop!

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This Saturday, August 9th, from 1- 3 pm the Ohio Art League invites you to better discover the ins and outs of exhibition and gallery representation at our Artist Contract Workshop. Know what to look for in contracts so that you, as an artist, may better protect yourself and your rights from bad legal jargon. Be tricked no more!

Join professionals Annie Hancock, Andrew Holford, and Julie Abijanac at Strongwater this Saturday afternoon for the fifth installment of our Symposium Workshop Series.

Click here to pre-register and get a glimpse of our upcoming workshops!

*Please be reminded that although free WiFi is available, parking in the Strongwater lot is not. Additional street parking is ample in the surrounding blocks. 

Contract Writing Workshop!

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It’s that time again! Contracts can be a tricky beast and intimidating for artists and curators, but our lectures will break down the finer details that are important to protecting the artist and their rights. The ‘Best Practices for Professional Development Workshop’ Contract Writing will cover what artists should look for in contracts for exhibitions and gallery representation.

Join OAL experienced artist Julie Abijanac and Legal Advisor Ann Hancock Saturday August 9th from 1- 3 pm at Strongwater (401 W Town St, Columbus, OH 43215) to get some insight on more of the legal aspects  and how to read the fine print of exhibition paperwork.

Sign up via the Ohio Art League Professional Workshop page, and check out other Symposium Workshops we have to offer!