Main Gallery

BEST SERVED COLD / MEMENTO: TIME AND PLACE

November 4th – December 17th

Opening reception Friday Nov. 4, 2022 6-8PM

 

With “Best Served Cold”, artist Shelley Baird presents a delightfully macabre exhibition of table settings with newspaper stories of murder printed on napkins – all involving food. Balancing these works, Anita Dawson brings us “Memento: Time and Place”, work representing her thinking about a kind of “Golden Age” in American life and the possibility of its loss. Messages from nature in the form of birds, rabbits, frogs and the consolation of beauty in moments like a summer afternoon or dusk in a garden create scenarios for quiet reflection.

Fine Art Exhibitions

The Main Gallery hosts group, individual and juried art exhibitions. The exhibitions typically run 5-6 weeks, with a wide range of themes and media. Artists from across the state of Ohio, United States, and beyond feature their work in this beautiful and unique space.

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2022 Schedule

The Earth is Us: Forging a New Relationship

September 16th – October 29th

As we face critical issues affecting the Earth, we need to develop a better understanding of humans’ relationship with our planet. Artists invited to participate in this exhibition explore the importance of environmental stewardship from personal perspectives. Their work draws from the wisdom of both ancient peoples and modern science; and seeks to show how what happens within the ground beneath our feet, and in the air we breathe, is mirrored within our bodies.

Best Served Cold / Memento: Time and Place

November 4th – December 17th

With “Best Served Cold”, artist Shelley Baird presents a delightfully macabre exhibition of table settings with newspaper stories of murder printed on napkins – all involving food. Balancing these works, Anita Dawson brings us “Memento: Time and Place”, work representing her thinking about a kind of “Golden Age” in American life and the possibility of its loss. Messages from nature in the form of birds, rabbits, frogs and the consolation of beauty in moments like a summer afternoon or dusk in a garden create scenarios for quiet reflection.

2023 Schedule

I Am One of Those Animals

Jan 27 – Mar 4, 2023

Carmen Ostermann is an artist who investigates the intricacy of ecosystems and the impacts of environmental destruction through delicate hand built ceramic and fiber sculptures. She seeks to reveal our interconnectedness with nature as well as the vital and urgent role we play in protecting it.

 

Ohio Art League – Spring Juried exhibition

Mar 10 – Apr 12, 2023

The Ohio Art League is the oldest member-run arts organization in the state.   For over 100 years, the OAL has spotlighted in its annual juried exhibitions the best of art being created across the state. Works by dozens of artists will be on display

Columbus Crossing Borders - Auction

April 14 – April 15, 2023

The Columbus Crossing Borders Project is an art exhibit and documentary film created to inspire critical thinking, compassion and support for the millions of people who have been forced to flee their homes due to war, climate, violence and persecution. This auction is a fund-raiser to support local refugee organizations with the sale of amazing artworks by some of Columbus’ most talented artists.

Oleksii Koval

April 21 – May 27, 2023

Starting in 2006, in his native Ukraine, artist Oleksii Koval began to explore hot enamel methods.  His studies continued in private workshops in China, India, and Europe. In his work, Koval addresses subjects as diverse as nature and its elements, human society, or drops of water with their micro- and macro-cosmoses.

Water is Life

June 2 – July 8, 2023

The Cultural Arts Center, in conjunction with the International Global Water Dances Project, seeks to use art to underscore the importance of water to our lives and the need for access by all people to safe, reliable sources of water.  Guest Curator, April Sunami, has brought together local artists working in several media to explore the theme.

Blue and Gray

July 14 – August 19, 2023

Artist Angie Rucker brings the humanity of the Civil War to life by blending color and whimsy with historical facts and artifacts, in her manipulation of original photographs (ambrotypes, tintypes, etc.) obtained from various sources including The Library of Congress. These images give the soldiers on both side of the conflict a chance to face us and allow us to see them as real people.

Out Walking

August 25 – September 30, 2023

Brothers Ted and Tim Murphy bring us a visual treat in a show that combines Ted’s exquisite watercolor and gouache scenes from nature with Tim’s mixed-media figurative commentaries on the human condition.

Reset; Quilt Transformation

October 6 – November 11, 2023

Fiber has never been so amazing! The Art Quilt Alliance expands the definition of “art quilt”, incorporating multiple media, as well as moving out from the wall with three dimensional pieces, including vessels, sculptures, mobiles, banners, kites, and cylindrical forms. Color, form, and substance take over the gallery in a treat for the senses.

A Collide of Scope

November 17 – December 30, 2023

Artist James Terrell seeks to contemplate and document our humanity and spirituality in these singularly turbulent times by creating a kaleidoscope of illusions that tell a host of stories. His dynamic and colorfully saturated paintings project the movement of life and the vibration energy, moving between abstraction and realism. “A Collide of Scope” addresses the anxieties of modern life we all encounter despite race, color or creed.

To find out more about our Main Gallery exhibitions and space, contact the Cultural Arts Center today!
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