By Molly Rutledge
The Urban Landscape: A Tale of Grandeur and Abandonment opened at the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery on November 6. Curated by Christine Fowler Shearer, the exhibition features the work of 16 Ohio artists depicting various urban surroundings. From the Cleveland skyline, to the streets of Columbus, to endless concrete fields –there is surely an urban experience that will resonate with you. The exhibition will be on display until January 11, 2015.
Riffe Gallery events highlighting the exhibition include a poetry reading and open mic session, as well as a family workshop.
On the evening of November 20, northeast Ohio poet, performer, and musician Ray McNiece gave an energetic performance that included singing, drumming, and poetry. An open mic followed McNiece’s performance where many audience members recited their own original poetry.
The Urban Landscape artist, Athens-based painter, and Ohio University Professor Emeritus Ron Kroutel led a free family workshop on December 7. Children and adults enjoyed a positive experience exploring negative space in the art of subtractive drawing using photos, memory, and objects all around us as inspiration. Learn more about Ron Kroutel in this Artist Spotlight.
The Riffe Gallery’s next exhibition will pay tribute to the Ohio Arts Council’s 50th anniversary in a special celebratory showcase: A Century of Ohio Watercolor, running January 29 through April 15, 2015. Curated by Southern Ohio Museum (Portsmouth) Artistic Director Charlotte Gordon, the exhibition will span the years 1915 – 2015 and display more than 45 Ohio artists working in the versatile medium of watercolor.
Please visit riffegallery.org for upcoming event information.
Photo credits: Kayleigh Kuhlman (Opening Reception), Mary Gray (Ray McNiece).