In 1875, German-born Mathias Armbruster opened the first scenic design company in the United States: The Armbruster and Sons Scenic Studios on S. Front Street in Columbus. During the early 1900s, the studio flourished and was considered the second largest provider of stage scenery in the country.
This exhibit of textiles-in-transition was recently on display in Denver, Colorado. During World War II, textiles reflected the austerity of the time with quiet and simple designs. But after the war, a sense of hope and rebuilding infused the arts reflecting a dramatic shift in style.
A treasured arts leaders will be retiring next summer from his post as President of the Columbus College of Art & Design. Denny Griffith has long advocated that the livability of Columbus is tied to the vibrancy of our arts scene and was recently honored by the Greater Columbus Arts Council as the epitome of the “artist citizen.”
Craft becomes fine art in the hands of three local artists – Nicki Strouss, Esther Hall, and Megan A. Coyan. Each woman, working in her own tradition of paper, embroidery or textile design, creates fiber art that stretches beyond the boundaries of surface design and utility.