Age: 21 Hometown: Hong Kong Education: Mostly self-taught; studio practice learned at CCAD Years shooting: 7.5 Inspiration: The individual whose work inspired me so much to start shooting beauty, was (and still is) Jenn Collins (@jenncollins). I did not even realize ‘beauty’ was a viable niche of photography until I stumbled upon her work a [...]
Education: Mostly self-taught; studio practice learned at CCAD
Years shooting: 7.5
Inspiration: The individual whose work inspired me so much to start shooting beauty, was (and still is) Jenn Collins (@jenncollins). I did not even realize ‘beauty’ was a viable niche of photography until I stumbled upon her work a year ago, and I have been completely hooked ever since. I am also heavily influenced by my cultural upbringing. Hong Kong is a beautifully diverse city and I had the privilege of growing up surrounded by a melting pot of cultures.
In 10 years I’d love to be shooting campaigns internationally for well-known beauty and fashion magazines, and regularly engaging in philanthropic endeavors regarding social economic welfare.
BalletMet’s Friday night’s headline performance at 8:30 p.m. at the Arts Festival is sure to be a highlight of weekend. One of the nation’s top 20 largest professional companies, BalletMet consists of dancers hailing from across the nation and the world and boasts a premiere academy for aspiring professional dancers, one that’s been recognized as an institution of local and national stature.
BalletMet has brought incredible dance to theaters in Central Ohio
and beyond and their commitment to bringing dance to the Columbus
community, especially in underserved areas, is unparalleled.
in-school programs to theater field trips, scholarships and free
performances, the company is dedicated to making dance accessible to
all. More than 10,000 children attend the company’s Morning at the
Ballet field trip performances each year. And thanks to a grant from
PNC Arts Alive, BalletMet’s second company, BalletMet 2, has
performed at free events at the King Arts Complex, Franklin Park
Conservatory and more, throughout the 2018-19 season.
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to the free performance at the Arts Festival BalletMet will perform
at Dance on Dakota on Friday, May 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. in
Franklinton. This performance is also free.
Dakota, co-hosted by Franklinton Arts District, is part of a
weekend-long block party in Franklinton and features free food and
drink and a collaborative performance with TRANSIT ARTS. The event
will take place at Dakota Ave. and Town St.
Columbus Arts Festival performance will include a mixed repertoire of
shorter pieces from its past productions and will be preceded by
music from DJ Donnie M. of Damn Girl.
these performances capture your interest, the company recently
announced its 2019-20 season, which includes ALICE,
based on the later stories of Alice’s
Adventures in Wonderland author
Lewis Carroll, Twisted 3, a
collaboration with the Columbus Symphony and Opera Columbus, and, of
course, The Nutcracker.
Woodworker and Art Makes Columbus featured artist Devon Palmer has been working with his hands since his upbringing in northeast Indiana. His mother a wood carver and his father a carpenter and cabinet maker, Palmer took a more mechanical route by obtaining his pilot’s license and attending Purdue University to pursue a career as an airplane mechanic.
But as his career transitioned from
maintenance to the tech field, he yearned to work with his hands
again. Originally he considered pottery, before a class he planned to
attend got canceled. But a trip home the weekend before Thanksgiving
led to his father introducing him to woodturning.
That was more than 15 years ago. And though he is largely self-taught, Palmer also credits local woodturners from the Central Ohio Woodturners (a chapter of the American Association of Woodturners) for taking him under their wing. In 2005, he opened his first studio just north of Downtown, and in 2007 he began teaching woodturning at Woodcraft Columbus.
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Today, Palmer does a bit of mentoring
of his own. He teaches classes in blade and bowl turning, resin cast
pen turning and more advanced projects like hollow vessel turning in
his studio at the Idea Foundry. He is also adding a series of LGBTQ
date night pen turning classes to his growing schedule of classes,
shows and demonstrations.
Palmer says his work represents “family
and connectedness” with work ranging from salad bowls and laser
engraved pens to funerary urns and ornaments. The details in his
hand-crafted tableware and home goods manage to invoke a warm sense
of community, fellowship, and hospitality.
Devon Palmer works in internet
technology and is also a pianist and ordained minister.
Dr. E, singer-songwriter and author Cleveland-born singer-songwriter Dr. Elaine Richardson — known by her stage name Dr. E — has used her voice to detail the incredible circumstances she encountered while overcoming great adversity. Born to a musician father and Jamaican immigrant mother, Dr. E begun tapping into her talent while singing in church, her school’s choir, and in girl groups.
Dr. E continued to sing despite the
difficult path she faced. As a teen, she became a sex trafficking
victim and fell into addiction. In her recovery, she pursued higher
education at Cleveland State University and Michigan State
University. During this time Dr. E also began performing as the
frontwoman for a number of cover bands and placing her original music
on various TV shows. She recorded her first album, “Elevated,” in
Dr. E’s introspective song lyrics
reflect the often difficult process of healing while defending those
who share her experiences or face exploitation and discrimination in
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On her sophomore album, 2017’s “Songs
for the Struggle,” she gives a soulful retelling of her journey
from sex trafficking survivor to university professor, Ph.D., author
and advocate. Blending elements of soul, rock, funk, rhythm and
blues, and jazz, Dr. E sings with an astonishing amount of hope and
positivity; Though the album details the trauma and exploitation
experienced by Dr. E during her teen years, her power message
ultimately expresses affirmations of self-love and acceptance
employed with an equally powerful and joyous voice.
Dr. E is currently a professor of
literacy studies in the College of Education at The Ohio State
University. She has written a number of books on African American
literature as well as a memoir, “PHD to Ph.D.: How Education Saved
See Dr. E. perform at the Columbus Arts
Festival, Saturday, June 8 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on the Big Local
Stage on Rich St.