Bexley native Bill Cohen spent more than 40 years reporting for Ohio’s public radio and television stations. But when he wasn’t reporting on current events, he was using his voice through music and song. Bill and his brother Bob Cohen performed at the Jewish Community Center in Bexley. They helped define their generation and shape music of America.
Bexley is home to Central Ohio’s largest Jewish community and this excerpt from our Columbus Neighborhoods series shows the significance of the Jewish Community Center. Learn about the Gallery Players– the first integrated community theatre group in Central Ohio, and how the JCC aimed to unite the community with its arts and educational activities.
ReelAbilities is a film festival dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives and stories of people with various disabilities. The subjects of this year’s films range from a graffiti artist paralyzed by Lou Gehrig’s disease, to the story of a blind man who’s the official radio announcer of a major league baseball team.
This short documentary from Oakhouse Films follows the story of Willis Shively, a self-taught photographer who has become one of the most successful commercial fashion photographers in Columbus. His clients range from Express and Abercrombie & Fitch to BalletMet. He brings a fine-art sensibility to all of his photographs.
Nautia follows the story of a young girl living at the bottom of the sea as she dreams of what lies beyond the surface of the water. Created by a team of animation students at CCAD, we’ll chat with some of the student animators who helped bring this tale to shore.
Muskingum University art professor Yan Sun is supporting the art scene in Zanesville. His books and research papers are cited in publications, while his paintings have been acquired in museums and galleries across the country. He recently hosted a delegation of distinguished Chinese artists who gave lessons on ink-wash painting on rice paper.
Winter will be here before we know it, and we’ll be bringing out our bulky sweaters and warm blankets to help ward off the icy temps. For Barbara Schlagbaum of Westerville, she infuses a dash of the tropics into her handmade quilts as a visual reminder of the warm days that will return.
Tom Coleman is a master potter based in Las Vegas. He was invited to Columbus this summer to lead a workshop at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center and his works were on display at Sherrie Gallery in the Short North. Coleman draws inspiration from the desert landscape of his Nevada home and it’s evident in the details of his ceramic sculptures.