OOVAR Juried Art Show

by Molly Rutledge

1712 OOVAR_Postcard_FrontThe Ohio Arts Council (OAC), the Columbus Metropolitan Library, and the Friends of the Library have joined together again to present the ninth annual Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry (OOVAR) Juried Show. OOVAR is an online database of artwork by more than 1,300 artists from around the world. The exhibition highlights original artwork created by Ohio artists who are members of OOVAR.

The show is on display at the Columbus Main Library in the Carnegie Gallery through January 10, 2015.  The artwork was selected through a blind jury process.

This year’s jurors include Tonia Derring, Columbus Metropolitan Library-Arts & Media; Mary Pat Martin, Friends of the Library; and Petra Kralickova, the Kennedy Museum of Art at Ohio University. The exhibition is coordinated by Columbus artist and gallery owner Stephanie Rond.

An award of $1,000 will be given for Juror’s Choice and an award of $500 will be presented for People’s Choice. The People’s Choice award is selected by visitors to the exhibition and library patrons. Ballots are available at the Carnegie Gallery; cast your vote by January 3, 2015. The awards will be presented at a closing reception on Saturday, January 10, 2015 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Gallery. Please join us!

For more information about OOVAR, click here. For questions, contact Kathy Signorino at 614/728-6140 or by email.


Spotlight: Featured Artists at the Ohio Governor’s Residence

by Molly Rutledge

Jessica Summers

Jessica Summers, “Time to Think,” 2012, 45″ x 45″, oil on canvas

“Spotlight: Featured Artists at the Ohio Governor’s Residence” is a program created by Ohio’s First Lady Karen W. Kasich which celebrates the work of Ohio artists by showcasing their artwork to visitors of the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden. Since 1985, the OAC has assisted in placing artwork by Ohio artists and Ohio cultural institutions in the Governor’s Residence and throughout the Governor’s offices located in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts.

On view nowJessica Summers provides a retrospective look at works she has created over the past several years. The pieces, including Time to Think (pictured), date from 2011, the year she moved to Ohio from North Carolina and chose to pursue art full-time. She displays her work in this way because, in her words, “From the time that I resumed painting until now, my work has changed significantly in terms of process and content from quiet, observational still lifes to more elaborate, figurative narratives composed from multiple photographs.” Summers is especially captivated by the capabilities of lighting. She creates constructed realities in her paintings by utilizing dramatic lighting and camera angles inspired by film and theatre. Her use of lighting, composition, and cropping of everyday objects creates unique, intriguing narratives.

Summers holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in two-dimensional studies and art education and a Master of Fine Arts in two-dimensional studies, both from Bowling Green State University. She was an art educator from 2004 until 2011, and her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. She is represented by Brandt-Roberts Gallery in Columbus and Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland. Her work will be on display at the Governor’s Residence through December 2014.

Coming soon: Xenia-based artist Doug McLarty will showcase his whimsical, botanical photographs January through March 2015.

The “Spotlight” program is on display at the Governor’s Residence. All Ohio artists are eligible to submit their work for consideration. Quarterly artists will be selected by the Office of the Ohio First Lady with assistance from the Ohio Arts Council. Ohio artists interested in submitting work for consideration should contact OAC Individual Artist Program Director Ken Emerick for further details. To be eligible for the program the artist cannot be a student enrolled in a degree-granting program and must be a resident of the state of Ohio.

Riffe Gallery News: December

By Molly Rutledge

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Artists featured in “The Urban Landscape” at the opening reception.

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.


Poet Ray McNiece performing in the Riffe Gallery on November 6.

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.

Robert King, “Two Women on a Beach,” 1940, 22 x 28, Water medium.

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.

For more information, visit riffegallery.org or contact Riffe Gallery Director Mary Gray at 614/728-2239.

Photo credits: Kayleigh Kuhlman (Opening Reception), Mary Gray (Ray McNiece).