Written by: Emily Thompson
Date: May 26, 2017
There’s always something exciting happening in the Columbus arts scene, whether it’s a new public mural, an innovative performance or a budding young creative.
Here at Broad & High, we’ve had the pleasure of telling local and regional artists’ stories since 2013. We recently wrapped up season 4 (keep tuning in through the summer for repeat episodes at 8 p.m. Thursdays and 11:30 a.m. Sundays), and we’ll be back with season 5, starting the first week of October.
We tallied all the views in each place you can find our segments online — Facebook, YouTube and wosu.org — to see which ones you watched most this season. And the results are appropriately as varied as the local arts scene.
1. The Fantastic Food Garden Mural
Columbus artist Danielle Poling was recently commissioned to create an 80-foot mural on the concrete walls of the racquetball courts at Westgate Park. The project took her about a month to complete, and culminated in the annual Summer Jam West arts and music festival held every year in the park. Her mural celebrates the Hilltop community as well as the theme of the festival — healthy eating and backyard gardening.
2. The Silent Soldiers Memorial
More than 300 Ohio State University students, staff and faculty fought and died during World War I. In April, students from the university’s theater department staged a live art event marking the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into the Great War.
More than 20 students, dressed as uniformed soldiers, nurses and medics, commemorated the event with a silent memorial and march across campus, quietly distributing to passersby cards printed with the name, age, military rank and date of death of men and women who fought in the war.
3. Capital City Pipes & Drums and Highland Dancers
The Capital City Pipes & Drums was formed more than 50 years ago to promote and preserve the music of the Highlands and sustain the rich heritage of Scottish tradition in Columbus. We popped in during a weekly rehearsal in Clintonville to learn more about their love of bagpipe music.
4. Sarah Oppenheimer: S-337473
Sarah Oppenheimer’s S-337473 is the culmination of a two-year residency project at the Wexner Center for the Arts. The glass and metal box-like sculptures, anchored by a unique pivot mechanism, rotate at a 45-degree angle when activated by visitors. The resulting interaction provides new ways to experience the museum’s unconventional architecture.
Oppenheimer explains the meaning behind her work, with additional insight from Megan Cavanaugh, director of exhibitions management at the Wex.
5. Wounded Warrior Dogs
The Wounded Warrior Dogs Project is an exhibition of wooden dog sculptures created by Central Ohio craftsman James Mellick. This canine collection is meant to raise awareness of the sacrifice and needs of wounded veterans, with each dog representing a different military campaign, as well as the injuries that their human counterparts sometimes endure. In October 2016, the Wounded Warrior Dogs won the coveted $200,000 ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in a public vote.
6. A Visit to Glass Axis
We visit the best place in Columbus to play with fire — the hot shop at Glass Axis in Franklinton. Broad & High host Kate Quickel stops by for a tour and a beginner’s lesson in working with molten glass.
7. Origami in the Garden
Several American artists have applied their skills to the traditional Japanese art form of origami and have joined forces in a collaborative exhibition at Franklin Park Conservatory. This paper-folding technique has practical applications and is used in advanced technology designs like airbags, satellites and even heart stents. From monumental sculptures to delicate praying mantises, these works go far beyond paper airplanes and cootie catchers.
8. Jamie Hevener: Sew Kart
Sew Kart is a mobile sewing and textile arts classroom. Owner and sewing instructor Jamie Hevener of Hilliard loves teaching her students how to take a two-dimensional pattern and turn it into a three-dimensional item, whether a pillowcase or pajama bottoms. She says “sewing is growing” and shares with us the empowerment that comes from learning the craft once relegated to home ec classes.
9. Anna and the Annadroids: Faux(pas)bia
Columbus native Anna Sullivan began her experimental dance project Anna and the Annadroids in 2005. Her army of doll-like Annadroids rebel against the idolized female form and robotic conformity that they represent.
In 2011, she relocated to San Francisco, where she continued to develop her multimedia production that features innovative choreography, aerial performance, immersive video environments and now an original music score. This spring she brought her most recent project, Faux(pas)bia, to Columbus.
10. Patrick Wayner: Painted Patchwork
Patrick Wayner is a Gahanna-based artist who specializes in 3-D faux taxidermy. He invited us into his workshop for a behind-the-scenes look at how he uses wood and paint to bring his ideas to life.
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