The Columbus Arts Festival is gearing up to kick off June 8 and provide you with a little bit of everything to make sure you get the most out of this three-day festival.
Oh, and did we mention it’s free?
Now you have some extra cash burning a hole in your pocket and you’ll be surrounded by tons of art that will make for great new home decor.
Are you picking up what we are putting down?
Before you head out and dive into all the artsy fun, we wanted to give you a quick rundown of the sights, sounds, and attractions you’ll stumble upon during your time at the Columbus Arts Festival!
One-of-a-kind art shopping
Six stages of performing arts
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox
G. Love & Special Sauce
The Salty Caramels
Honey & Blue
The Mark Lomax Trio
Opportunities to MAKE art
Local Craft Brews
Three places providing BBQ
An Art Shark
The Columbus Arts Festival presented by American Electric Power is on June 8 to 10 along the Scioto Mile riverfront park. Hours are as followed: Friday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For 20 more things you’ll find at the festival, head over to ColumbusArtsFestival.org.
Article by Lacey Luce, digital strategist, Greater Columbus Arts Council.
If you're one of the many Columbus drivers whose commute takes you through downtown via 4th street, you may have noticed the strange artwork adorning several buildings in the vicinity of 4th and Broad:
More intricate than your average street art, these perplexing works are rendered in acrylic paint that is applied directly to the face of the structures, depicting various scenic views from throughout the city.
So what gives? Is Columbus home to a brazen, landscape-obsessed Banksy wannabe? Upon closer inspection, each piece on display is accompanied by a gallery-style placard, complete with a scannable QR code. From here, the not-so-mysterious mystery of the downtown paintings is revealed.
A scan of the code on a smartphone directs you to columbuspublicart.com, where the project is revealed as a commissioned public work by Central Ohio Plein Air—an informal group of artists who enjoy painting outdoors.
As the site explains, members of the group created 20 discrete paintings on buildings downtown "en plein air," a style of painting in which the artist paints a subject on location.
For this project, an element of the unexpected was intentional. Focusing on unlikely urban locations, the artists tucked works away in alleys and crevices throughout the downtown core to be stumbled upon spontaneously by unsuspecting pedestrians.
The next time you're rushing your way through downtown, remember to take a peak down those dark alleyways. What you find may surprise you!
For more on this and other public art projects throughout Columbus, and for a full list of artists and works on display, visit http://columbuspublicart.com/.
From moveable type to
Xerox to 3-D, printing
has always been a
Several years ago, Columbus
graphic designer Nigel Ewan
saw a zine with an “impossible”
hot pink color that he knew
he couldn’t replicate with an
inkjet or laser printer. The
printmaking game changed for
him as well.
“I was curious enough to
investigate the print method—
it turned out it was riso, and
that pink color was possible
because risograph printing
uses specifically-chosen inks
as opposed to mixing toner or
CMYK inks together to produce
a spectrum,” said Ewan.
Nigel teamed up with his
sister Dempsey, and the two
began the onomatopoetically-
named Clatter Press, exploring
the possibilities of risograph
printing to create unique items
in small numbers. Risograph
printing is not completely
unlike mimeograph or silk
screen printing, in that the
risograph uses a stencil and ink
color that is applied one layer
at a time, resulting in an often
imperfect, but exciting and
authentic image. Clatter Press
now features the Fluorescent
Pink (along with five other
colors available for designers)
that originally caught Nigel and
Dempsey’s attention. (You may
have seen a pink photo of Meryl
Streep that has made its way
(614) recently spoke with Nigel and Dempsey to learn more about this unusual printmaking technique and what it can be used to do.
(614): Can you explain the technology and the process behind
NE: In risograph printing, a stencil is created in a thin paper which
then is wrapped around a cylindrical ink drum. When the drum
rotates, ink is pushed through the stencil onto paper to produce an
image. This whole process happens inside a large machine made by
a Japanese company named RISO, hence “risograph.” Riso printing
is extremely environmentally friendly. Stencils are made from rice
paper and ink is soy-based. No solvents or heat are used in the
printmaking process and all consumables are recyclable.
Is this your primary gig, side gig, or hobby? How did it come to be?
NE: We are a brother-sister team and Clatter Press is a side gig for both us. I am a full-time graphic designer and Dempsey is finishing up her graphic design BFA at [Columbus College of Art and Design]. It’s also definitely a hobby for us; neither of us had ever done any riso printing before we purchased our machine. We wanted to use this technology ourselves to push the limits of our own creative practices. The entire shop is set up in my Clintonville basement—it took four of my friends several hours to get the machine down my narrow basement stairs—so it’s very much a cottage industry. But we love where we are and are excited to continue growing our business.
What sort of projects are ideal for this medium?
NE: Although the RISO company markets its printers as office equipment, the technology is much better suited to creative applications. Artists and designers are drawn to riso because the ink is real ink—wet, oily, gooey—that gets applied to paper in a style more like fine art printmaking than office printing. Misprints such as smearing, roller marks, and mis-registration (different colors not perfectly lined up) are common. This is all part of the appeal. Another appeal is that riso is cost-effective: once a stencil is created, the per-print cost is very inexpensive.
The riso does really well at replicating all sort of mark-making.
It can be used to produce sharp digital graphics, smooth gradients,
organic marks such as charcoal and graphite, halftones, and even
What ingredients come together to make Columbus fertile ground
for makers, designers, and creatives?
DE: Columbus doesn’t always feel like it has the street-cred of older, cooler cities like New York or Chicago, but the upside of this is that everything here feels on the brink of something exciting and new. There is a lot of energy and opportunity in Columbus which seems to be emanating from all of the amazing people who have made Columbus their home and livelihood. We have so enjoyed the people Clatter has introduced and connected us to. Being able to watch so many people we call our friends pursuing fulfilling creative work is really encouraging—and makes us want to always be creating as well. Columbus seems to have boundless energy and this makes it the perfect fertile ground for creators.
What’s your six-word creative story?
DE: Inspiration. Curiosity. Family. Creation. Community. Clatter.
To learn more, order, or see samples of risograph printing,
Situated atop a library on the campus of Capital University in Bexley is a hidden gem among the local arts community: The Schumacher Gallery.
In spite of its location, any perception that this space is intended solely for the enjoyment of the student body at Capital must be laid to rest. With works from such heavyweights as Picasso, Rodin, and Gauguin on display as part of the gallery's permanent collection, Schumacher is a must-visit destination for art lovers throughout the city.
For its latest exhibition, The Schumacher gallery has chosen to highlight an important figure in the history of the arts in Columbus on the occasion of her 150th birthday.
"Alice Schille was a woman who painted and traveled internationally before women had a right to vote. That's fairly unheard of for that time, and she was very prolific and internationally known," gallery director David Gentilini says of the artist whose small watercolor works are on display for this exhibition, titled Gems of Brevity.
Schille was born in Columbus on August 21, 1869, and is known for her complex and versatile style of watercolor painting, which she developed during travels throughout North and South America, Europe, and Africa.
This exhibition of her work was curated by Keny galleries in German village—considered the premiere Schille authorities in Columbus— in conjunction with Columbus Museum of Art, which has its own exhibition of the artist's larger works on display through mid-September.
With pieces dating from 1914-1935, Gems of Brevity features miniature watercolors produced by Schille in a variety of locations such as France, England, North Africa, Guatemala and Santa Fe, New Mexico. These small-scale works range in style from Impressionism to Post Impressionism to Cubism.
"She was a Columbus artist who lived on Bryden Road, between Capital and the Columbus Museum of Art. You can drive right by her house coming from one institution to another," says Gentilini. "For Columbus to have this happening, everyone playing in the same sandbox celebrating one of our biggest artists—I think it's a pretty cool thing."
Alice Schille’s Miniature Watercolors (1914-1935): Gems of Brevity runs September 3 to November 20, with an opening reception Thursday, September 5, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public. For more information, visit https://www.capital.edu/schumacher/