Art in Our Own Back Yard

“Local” is the name of the game in food these days.  A “locavore” prefers to buy food from the food producers in our community, rather than things shipped across the US or imported, whenever possible.   You might remember my recent post about the wealth of musical riches we have here in Central Ohio.  Riches I hope you’ll take advantage of throughout the performance season.  To go along with that…

We have an abundance of  visual artists here as well.  Nowhere is that more evident currently than at the Riffe Gallery in downtown Columbus.

Outside in Ohio: A Century of Unexpected Genius is currently on display at the Riffe Gallery.  The works “represent 100 years of creative expression by 18 Ohio artists who never studied art, never hung out in museums and never expected to become known as artists.”

The best part is, admission is free. Gallery hours are Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. Closed Mondays and state holidays.

The Riffe Gallery is at the corner of State and High Streets downtown.  The exhibit runs through October 14th.

Wexner Center for the Arts and the OSU Urban Arts Space Take to the Dance Floor

Usually, attending a performance of any type–dance, music, theatre–means the performers are on stage and we watch from the auditorium.  Oftentimes we have only a basic understanding of why a piece of music was written, the underlying theme of a particular dance, or the history of the performers or organization.

While it is possible to enjoy music, dance, and theatre with only a basic knowledge of artist, composer, choreographer, or performer, some background makes for a more thorough appreciation of the performance.  Wexner Center for the Arts and the OSU Urban Arts Space are giving you that opportunity with Bebe Miller Company: A History.

Bebe Miller: Tracing History recently opened at the OSU Urban Arts Space.  It “explores choreographer Bebe Miller’s history of dance innovation, from her earliest days as part of the downtown New York City contemporary dance scene to her current dual role as artistic director of Bebe Miller Company and Ohio State Department of Dance faculty member.”

Then, at the end of September, the Wexner Center will present the world premiere performances of Bebe Miller Company’s next major work, A History, to be staged September 27-30 at the Wexner Center for the Arts.

Immerse yourself in dance, music, and visual art at the Wexner Center and OSU’s Urban Arts Space, now through September 30th.

Read Bebe Miller: Tracing History (OSU Urban Arts Space)

Read Bebe Miller Company: A History (Wexner Center)

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