Written by: Emily Thompson
Date: June 11, 2018

For five seasons, we’ve brought you stories of Central Ohio creatives and artistic endeavors. And we can’t wait to share Season 6 with you, starting in October!

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In the meantime, catch your favorite episodes at the same time and place — 8 p.m. Thursdays and 11:30 a.m. Sundays on WOSU TV.

Speaking of your favorite Broad & High stories, we took a look at all the places you can watch our segments online — on WOSU and PBS’ video player, YouTube and Facebook — and tallied the views to see which Season 5 stories are most popular. (Find our top 10 list from Season 4 here.)

From the latest at local museums and an award-winning art teacher to homemade lipstick, powerful poetry and works made from coffee stains, this list of our most-viewed videos highlights the breadth, character and color — lots of color — of arts and culture in Columbus and beyond.

1. The Tart Peach
Clintonville resident and lifestyle blogger Jordan Penix turned a love of lipstick and a do-it-yourself kit into a bustling side business. Her homemade lipsticks, under the brand name The Tart Peach, can be found in several shops around Columbus.

This local entrepreneur shares with us why and how she took the leap into making her own cosmetics.

 

2. Julia Hamilton: In Loving Color
When she was in her 20s, Columbus artist and IT professional Julia Hamilton discovered she had a benign neurological disorder known as synesthesia. It’s a perceptual phenomenon that allows her to see music, and even letters, as colors.

Her latest body of work, recently on view at Franklin Park Conservatory, is a series of brilliant alcohol-ink paintings inspired by music.

 

3. The Shed
Clintonville is home to an art project that transforms a suburban backyard fixture into a space for creative experimentation. It’s called The Shed.

Once a month throughout summer, curator and homeowner Blake Turner invites artists to use it as a canvas for a one-night installation, and then welcomes the neighborhood to come and experience this structure in unexpected ways.

 

4. Teaser: The Tart Peach
Wow, you guys love Jordan Penix and The Tart Peach! So much so that she showed up twice on this list.

Before her story aired on Broad & High, we shared a short preview video of the segment on Facebook on Instagram. That tiny video garnered big view counts, solidifying the No. 4 spot in our top 10 most-viewed videos of the season.

 

5. Ohio’s 2018 Teacher of the Year
Clintonville resident Jon Juravich spends his days teaching art to kindergartners through fifth-graders at Liberty Tree Elementary School in Powell, Ohio.

This school year, he was selected as Ohio’s 2018 Teacher of the Year and as one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year. We recently visited his classroom to learn more.

 

6. Jurate Phillips
When Jurate Phillips was a 12-year-old girl in Lithuania, she wrote that she wanted to be an artist when she grew up. Now she’s doing just that in the Merion Village area of Columbus. She paints textured scenes both abstract and representational, rarely with a paintbrush and sometimes with pigment other than paint (like espresso in the one below).

 

7. The Art of the Ohio Statehouse
By some accounts, the Ohio Statehouse is considered one of the oldest museums in the state. Built in the 1860s, it boasts a large collection of statues, monuments and paintings meant to memorialize the significant people and events of Ohio.

Learn about the Relic Room, which once housed a wide collection of everyday curiosities from the 19th century, and discover the state’s commitment to preserving the legacy of its government leaders with painted portraits. Plus, meet contemporary portrait artist Leslie Adams of Toledo.

 

8. “I Am America” by Sara Abou Rashed
Sara Abou Rashed was born and raised in Damascus, Syria. She immigrated to Ohio with her family in 2013 knowing no English, but quickly started writing poetry in her new language.

She recited her poem “I Am America” at the Community Arts Partnership Awards luncheon, held in October at the Columbus Convention Center and sponsored by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

 

9. In Our Own Image
This exhibition at Lancaster’s Decorative Arts Center of Ohio chronicles the early development of photography and showcases the work of contemporary artists who are still utilizing the same centuries-old processes.

Explore the importance of the art form in our own lives, and meet Stephen Takacs, a Columbus artist who reimagines the gallery as a 19th-century photo studio by taking glass-plate photos of visitors and developing them on site.

 

10. HighBall: 10 Years
The popular HighBall costume party that ushers in Halloween week in the Short North Arts District celebrated its 10th anniversary in fall 2017.

Betsy Pandora, of the Short North Alliance, fills us in on the history of this High Street spectacle and reflects on the past decade of outlandish costumes and uncommon couture.