Viewpoints: Murals by Young Professional Working Artists
The Short North Alliance and 11 partner galleries and art institutions with the support of the Create Columbus Commission present the second iteration of the highly popular Short North Temporary Mural Series. The exhibition, titled Viewpoints: Murals by Young Professional Working Artists, with openings at each participating gallery in the Short North Arts District.
All participating artists are either young professional artists under the age of 40 or are young at heart emerging artists who regularly support and mentor artists under 40. The series as a whole showcases works that reflect the individual perspectives or viewpoints of these artists.
The murals are installed on the exterior brick facades of 11 buildings along High Street in the Short North Arts District. They are produced in partnership with Orange Barrel Media and consist of high resolution images of art works that are printed on vinyl and heat-adhered to buildings. The process results in a work of art that looks painted on the building.
Click here to download the Viewpoints Murals Map. Learn more about the artists behind Viewpoints below.
Artist Talks sponsored by CYP Club
During Gallery Hop throughout the next year, each sponsoring gallery will host a Viewpoints Artist Talk from 4 to 6pm in partnership with Columbus Young Professionals (CYP) Club. These talks are open to the public, and will feature topics geared toward young Columbus professionals.
Joe Lombardo, 32 – Elyria, OH
Sponsored by Art Access Gallery
Location: 459 N High Street
Joe Lombardo is from northern Ohio but now lives and teaches in Columbus (Columbus College of Art and Design). He received a BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design and a MFA from Bowling Green State University. Joe is a member of the Ohio Plein Air Society. His work is part of The Hilton Downtown and The Ohio State Supreme Court permanent collections. He has been represented by Art Access Gallery in Bexley since 2006.
“The City of Columbus”
Tom Baillieul, young at heart – Columbus, OH
Sponsored by Terra Gallery
Location: 608 N High Street
Tom Baillieul’s professional training and career has been as a geologist, and his work has taken him around the U.S. and the world. Training and experience in the Earth Sciences have shaped the way this artist perceives the physical world – giving him the ability to think in four dimensions, the three spatial dimensions and “deep time”. Cultural symbolism and the how people reshape the landscape play into many of his works. Cities are a special fascination – the colored shadows of a neon night, sunlight playing off the windows of a skyscraper, or the unpretentious quiet of a back alley. Many of the artist's paintings employ visual dissonance, the juxtaposition of realistic elements against highly stylized backgrounds. Baillieul serves as a mentor to young professional artists at such organizations and events as “You Call That Art” at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center, the Experience Mosaic educational enrichment program, and the Ohio Art League.
Winnie Sidharta Ambron, 32 – Indonesia
Sponsored by Brandt-Roberts Galleries
Location: 650 N High Street
Winnie Sidharta Ambron is a recent Masters of Fine Art graduate from the Ohio State University where she currently serves as an adjunct professor. A native of Indonesia, Sidharta received her undergraduate education both at Petra Christian University in Surbaya, Indonesia and the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, China. Sidharta’s current body of work reflects her classical training while demonstrating a contemporary approach. Pushing the boundaries of traditional watercolor and portraiture, Sidharta layers saturated, textured pigment with transparent washes to develop collage-like paintings that merge a figure with abstract patterning. Sidharta often begins with an idealized representation, similar to a model from fashion photography, and fragments or dissolves their image with a dense camouflage of decorative motifs.
“Remember Your Spot”
Joey Monsoon, young at heart – Inez, KY
Sponsored by Lindsay Gallery
Location: 700 N High Street
Joey Monsoon is a self-taught figurative artist from Columbus, Ohio. The characters in his paintings show weariness from the toil of life, yet a will to endure the struggle. The narrow structures of flesh and bone seem fragile, but the eyes reveal an inner strength. It’s rare to see a self-taught artist so interested in the anatomy of his people; how muscles and sinew animate bodies that have felt the weight of the world. Their thin wrists demand thick skin… life may have beaten them up, but they can take it. Monsoon’s work finds a mythic heroism in our common journey through our personal Underworlds. Joey Monsoon knows these people, and he respects them.
Laine Bachman, 36 – Columbus, OH
Sponsored by Sherrie Gallerie
Location: 721 N High Street
Laine Bachman earned her degree in Fine Arts at the Columbus College of Art and Design. Upon graduating, she stayed in Columbus and has continued painting for the past 17 years. Throughout the years Laine has had work included in several juried exhibitions and group shows at OAL, the Riffe Gallery, Agora, Por Vida, Comfest, The Concourse Gallery, and Carnegie Gallery, and her work has garnered a number of awards and is in many private collections. She first showed her jewelry at Sherrie Gallerie in 2003 and her paintings followed with her first show in 2007. Often inspired by myths and folklore, Bachman infuses the world she creates with archetypal imagery, whimsical themes and decorative motifs.
Beth Himsworth, young at heart – Columbus, OH
Sponsored by Studios on High
Location: 765 N High Street
For 6 years, Beth lived in South America’s vibrant Amazon basin – among indigenous river people and the poor of the city, amid the abundance of nature’s colors and surprises. For 10 more years Brazil’s mountainous southern region and other travels brought the frosty mist of higher elevations, a mix of cultures and a longing to capture some of the world’s beauty through art. Returning to the US, she was soon captivated by glass and enchanted by its vivid colors, textures and translucence. She sees color and contrast everywhere – negative space can form an object and shapes are transformed by the shimmer of glass. Her contemporary glass mosaics meld the ancient art of mosaic with the complexity and textures of modern glass. Experimentation and a drive to innovate have brought numerous awards and opportunities for exhibition as well as corporate and private commissions.
“Domesticating the African Wolf”
Maria DiFranco, 26 – Westlake, OH
Sponsored by ROY G BIV Gallery
Location: 944 N High Street
Maria DiFranco is an artist currently working in the painting, photography, and printmaking mediums. Maria earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2010, and is currently a Graduate Teaching Associate at The Ohio State University. Maria’s artwork uses symbolism and story telling and has been exhibited throughout the United States including the Providence Art Club, where her piece Domesticating the African Wolf was awarded 2nd place at the Annual Fidelity Investments Juried Exhibition: Growth. Her work has also been exhibited at Purdue University in Indiana, Wheaton College in Massachusetts, Green Space Gallery in Rhode Island, and The Shot Tower Gallery and ROY G BIV Gallery in Ohio.
“New Work #169”
Jordan Tate, 32 – Louisville, KY
Sponsored by Columbus Museum of Art
Location: 1081 N High Street
Jordan Tate is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Indiana University. He was a Fulbright Fellow in 2008-2009. Tate’s work is currently held in collections nationwide, including Rhizome at the New Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, The Fred and Laura Bidwell Collection, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Columbus Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Recent exhibitions of his works include: Herron School of Art, PH Gallery (UK), Higher Pictures (NYC), The Photographer Gallery (London, UK), and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland. Tate has an upcoming exhibition at the Transformer Station in Cleveland, OH, titled SUPERBLACK.
Douglas Rosenfield, 33 – Columbus, OH
Sponsored by pm gallery
Location: 1130 N High Street
Douglas Rosenfield is a bicycle mechanic and photographer in Olympia, Washington. Doug was inspired to take up photography by his interest in Cinema, by his father’s experience and knowledge of the arts, and by the breathtaking images from National Geographic that he spent much of his youth looking through. Doug discovered his passion and talent for the photographic arts at the age of 18, while on his “walkabout” journey in India. He has been hiding behind the camera ever since. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Doug moved to Olympia in 1999 to attend the Evergreen State College.
Katie Valeska, 29 – Columbus, OH
Sponsored by Wexner Center for the Arts
Location: 1204 N High Street
Katie Valeska received her BFA in graphic design from Ohio University in 2006. She is presently part of the self-publishing group 2 Headed Monster Comics, located in Columbus. Katie’s autobiographical web comic NEXT YEAR’S GIRL ran from 2010-12, and was published as a full-color print collection in 2013. One of her comics is featured as a postcard within Elvis Costello’s 2011 limited-edition box set, Elvis Costello & The Imposters: The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook!!! She currently resides in Columbus with her husband, Jason, and their stubby tailed cat, Convoy.
The Wexner Center for the Arts’ Weinland Park Story Book Project and Mural are made possible by lead support from the Cardinal Health Foundation. Special thanks to the Godman Guild Association, Weinland Park Community Civic Association, lead artist Julian Dassai, the people of Weinland Park, and Weinland Park Story Book Project youth interns Joleah, Jasmine, Amin, Josiah, DeRico, and Andrea.
Wallace Peck, young at heart – Columbus, OH
Sponsored by Open Door Art Studio
Location: 1209 N High Street
Emerging artist Wallace Peck spent most of his childhood with his family in Grove City. After his mother passed away, he stayed with various relatives and eventually found his way to Franklinton where he befriended the staff of Gladden House, a community outreach center. Wallace spent a great deal of time at the center where he was provided with drawing materials and given a space to sit and draw for hours. The Gladden House family later introduced Wallace to Columbus Center for Human Services which provided him with a wonderful place to live and with the opportunity to expand his artistic skills at Open Door Art Studio. As soon as he picked up a paintbrush it was apparent that Wallace possessed a unique skill, and his artwork has been gaining a fan base that has increased exponentially each year.
Blooms on Buttles: Public Art Project in the Short North Arts District
About Blooms on Buttles
Blooms on Buttles is a public art project dedicated to John Angelo, former Director of the Short North Business Association, Short North Special Improvement District, and Short North Alliance.
The Buttles Blooms consist of 18 stainless steel and resin blooming sculptures designed by artist Mark Lagergren of Tork Works Industrial ARTifacts. Serving as a gateway from Goodale Park to the Short North Arts District, the sculptures will be installed in planters that line Buttles Avenue between Park Street and High Street. The stainless steel and colorful resin shapes will catch light uniquely throughout the day and will illuminate the street with dancing rays of color.
"John's legacy of leadership truly is that of illuminating the Short North Arts District," said Betsy Pandora, Executive Director of the Short North Alliance. "We certainly will continue to see the impact of John's own colorful rays of light shine bright throughout the Short North Arts District for many years to come."
Upon his departure, Short North Alliance and Short North Special Improvement District board members pledged to commemorate John's eight year tenure in the neighborhood with a public art project.
Short North Alliance Public Art Committee
The project is an initiative of the Short North Alliance's Public Art Committee, a subcommittee of the Short North Alliance's board of directors. The Committee's mission is to foster a community in the Short North that provides Central Ohioans and visitors with an informative, thought-provoking, and shared public art experience. The Committee actively seeks ways to incorporate permanent and temporary public art into the public space along the High Street corridor from downtown to the University District with the goals of preserving a healthy symbiosis between the art and culture for which the District is known, and to build upon its reputation as a national and international destination for producers and consumers of the arts.
Project Support Levels
The Short North Alliance is now seeking contributions to fund Blooms on Buttles. Roughly a third of the projects funding has been raised through private pledges made prior to and during the launch of the capital campaign at the 2014 Short North Gala. See below for project support levels and acknowlegement for contributions:
Planter Supporter: $5,000 and above
A decorative plaque inscribed with your name on an individual planter, on the project website, and print materials.
Branch Supporter: $1,000-$4,999
Your name inscribed in large print on a plaque installed on Buttles Avenue, on the project website, and print materials.
Bloom Supporter: $500-$999
Your name inscribed in medium print on a plaque installed on Buttles Avenue, on the project website, and print materials.
Project Supporter: $250-$499
Your name inscribed in small print on a plaque installed on Buttles Avenue, on the project website, and print materials.
Project Contributor: $1-$249
Your name included on the project website and print materials.
For more information about Blooms on Buttles or to contribute to the project, please call 614-299-8050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.