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Good Times, Bad Times Shadowbox Live celebrates 30 years of persevering and succeeding By Amanda DePerro COLUMBUS LOOKED DIFFERENT 30 years

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ago. The Short North Gallery Hop was just a few years old, and the area’s iconic steel arches hadn’t yet been reinstalled. COSI had not moved to the Scioto Mile. The terms Nationwide Arena and Columbus Blue Jackets meant nothing. However, something in the air was changing. Columbus was about to get a little more rock ‘n’ roll. The year was 1988, and Shadowbox Live was born. Founded by Stev Guyer, Shadowbox had a goal to bring sketch comedy, full-length plays and musical shorts to Columbus, and it all started with Guyer’s first rock opera, The Dawn of Infinite Dreams. “It was not good at all,” says Stacie Boord, executive director, who has been with Shadowbox since its inception. “There were tremendous flaws all the way around, but the idea of telling a story through modern music was incredibly compelling to me. … That’s kind of how it started.” The small group of artists decided to stick together and continue to create. While at first things were tough, the Shadowbox team never lost sight of that original goal. “We were a bunch of misfits. We had no idea what the hell we were doing,” says

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Boord. “But we had a lot of grit and we had a passion for what we were doing. … There was a sense of freedom in experimentation.” The team enjoyed the creativity that came with the rock opera, but they knew they had to do more in order to stay afloat. “The side of Shadowbox that people know today came out of the necessity that we needed to make some money on an ongoing basis,” says Julie Klein, 28-year Shadowbox employee and executive producer and marketing director. “We challenged ourselves to write our own shows and put it up like a Saturday Night Live feel, and the rest is history.” However, Shadowbox didn’t make it to its 30th anniversary without a few bumps in the road. On March 1, 1999, Shadowbox’s home at 232 E. Spring St. burned to the ground. However, as Shadowbox employees showed up to the scene and began to separate what could be salvaged, the mood wasn’t somber – it was hopeful. “After the fire, (Shadowbox executive) David Whitehouse wrote on a mirror with his finger, ‘Can’t stop us,’” says Klein. “That’s kind of been our mantra ever since.” Shadowbox’s original plan was to move to a location at Easton Town Center and retain the Spring Street location, but the fire changed those plans. The next few years included a lot of experimentation for Shadowbox. In June 1999, the Easton location opened full time, but the team knew downtown would always be its true home. In February 2000, Shadowbox opened 2Co’s Cabaret in the Short North, a smaller location to help Shadowbox keep its finger on the pulse of the downtown arts scene. Then, Shadowbox

Cabaret opened in Newport, Kentucky, in October 2001. However, maintaining Shadowbox’s intimate team while spread across three locations was difficult. “We thought we’d branch out for a while,” says Head Writer Jimmy Mak, who has been with Shadowbox for 23 years. “We decided, let’s just have our one location and get back together. That was a real turning point to get everyone back in the same location.” Both 2Co’s and Shadowbox Cabaret closed in the following years. Finally, in August 2011, Shadowbox moved back home full time. The historic Worly Building in the Brewery District was the perfect place, and the move was a triumph. “It was really overwhelming,” says Chief Operations Officer Katy Psenicka, who has been with Shadowbox for 24 years. “But there was also a sense of kind of like the day after Christmas; it flew by and it was incredibly overwhelming.” Despite location changes, Shadowbox always stayed true to what it does best: original rock ‘n’ roll productions, laughout-loud comedy sketches and pushing the boundaries of theater in Columbus. With original tributes to greats like Back to the Garden (Woodstock), Bigger than Jesus (The Beatles), Which One’s Pink? (Pink Floyd) and Evolutionaries (Prince and David Bowie); regular holiday shows like Cratchit and Holiday Hoopla; and shows that mix the risqué with the hilarious like Hellraiser, The Rocking Dead, and Sex, Love, & Rock ‘n’ Roll, Columbus audiences know to expect something great every time they walk through Shadowbox’s doors.

However, it was one show – born out of tragedy – that may be what truly defines Shadowbox forever. Guyer had been diagnosed with brain cancer. During a meeting, Guyer wrote down four simple words in the margins of his notepad: F#(K Cancer: The Musical. “I looked at it and said, ‘Do you have any ideas for this?’ and he shook his head,” says Boord. “I said, ‘I do.’” Boord took the note – and an opening date – to Mak. He then had a tight deadline and a tall order: write a funny but poignant show about cancer. “I wanted it to be a real, human story. In my mind, I came up with these three stories,” says Mak. “At the end, I told all three: the young man who just started college, a 30-year-old woman who was a performer and an older man who gets brain cancer.” Stev Guyer passed March 29, 2018. He was 63 years old. Once again, Shadowbox was faced with two options: let the tragedy consume them, or continue moving forward. The team took the opportunity to revisit Shadowbox’s goals, make changes and take risks under new leadership. “We worked really hard to examine some of the flaws, or things we felt were flaws, within our organization,” says Psenicka. “It felt liberating to be the final voices, to propel the company forward. Terrifying but exciting and exhilarating at the same time. … (Guyer) set us up really well, unbeknownst to ourselves.” Now, a year after Guyer’s death and during Shadowbox’s 30th anniversary, the organization continues to push the envelope, create daring original productions and keeps the audience dancing, laughing and, sometimes, crying. “There’s a sense of pride in what we’ve accomplished – accomplished as a group,” says Klein. “We’ve been lucky in not just persevering, but succeeding. At the same time, staying true to what we want to do as artists. And we’re very lucky that our audience agrees with us and continues to support us.” CS20 Amanda DePerro is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at

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Beautiful Inside and Out PENZONE Salon + Spa named 2019 Salon of the Year By Nathan Collins

lon + Spa won the coveted Salon of the Year award at the iconic North American Hairstyling Awards. This year marked NAHA’s 30th  anniversary as the most prestigious competition in beauty. The “Oscars” of the beauty industry, the awards were hosted alongside the International Salon and Spa Expo, opening with a jam-packed red carpet, including award finalists, industry greats  Tabatha Coffey and Vivienne Mackinder, celebrity influencers, and many more. Last spring, locally-owned Charles Penzone Incorporated opened a new-concept 14,000-square-foot location in Dublin, PENZONE Salon + Spa. The space has set a new standard within the industry. The redesign emphasizes that what’s on the

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inside is as important as what’s on the outside. “Our new concept is all about holistic beauty. Self-care and how we nourish our bodies is a big part of that,” says Debbie Penzone, president and CEO of Charles Penzone Incorporated. One noticeable change is the absence of soda machines. Penzone partnered with the American Heart Association to bring their Sip Smarter program to team members and guests. “Heart disease is the number one killer of women and I want our company to support good habits and be a conscientious community partner,” Penzone says. The new concept is designed to create a sense of community by including a social room where guests can enjoy organic clean cocktails and mocktails, wine, beer, and custom made coffees by Crimson Cup. From grab-and-go to grab-and-stay choices, the menu features a range of plantbased selections with protein add ins. Another part of the new concept is a living wall – also known as a green wall or vertical garden – completely covered with greenery. “I wanted the feng shui of the earth elements with the plants with river rock and that kind of flow that it brings to the design and the décor of the entire space,” Penzone says. “It’s not just for the air purification factor it brings, but tying in nature as well.” The new design embraces the positive influence greenspace and nature can have on mood.

“There’s a lot of research around how important it is to not only be outside in nature, but bring nature into the work environment. I wanted to have that,” Penzone says. “A multi-sensory experience, complete with aromatherapy, welcomes each guest that comes through our doors.” Now and into the future, Penzone will focus as much on inner beauty and health as it has on the outer beauty of its guests for the last 50 years. Penzone operates six salons under its new PENZONE Salon + Spa name. Renovations are in the works or coming to bring all operations in line with the Dublin site and Short North spaces. The company also owns the Royal Rhino Club Barbershop & Lounge and LIT Life + Yoga in Italian Village. CS20 Nathan Collins is managing editor. Feedback welcome at

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The Bare Bones Facts, tips and insight on how to keep your skeletal system strong and sturdy By Lydia Freudenberg MAY IS NATIONAL Osteoporosis Month

and National Arthritis Awareness Month. So, what better time to talk about the skeletal system than now? Interesting facts: The National Osteoporosis Foundation found that 10 million Americans have osteoporosis, a condition that causes bones to become brittle, and the National Arthritis Foundation concluded that 54 million Americans have arthritis, inflammation of the joints. Like any condition or disease, factors like genetics, biological sex and family history are unchangeable, but increasing and maintaining your bone strength is possible – plus, technological advances may help. What is the Skeletal System? We all know the average adult has 206 bones, but what exactly is the skeletal system? Consisting of the bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons and ligaments, the skeleton is a varying system that provides support and protection for the soft tissue. Through red bone marrow, bones produce blood cells and also host protein fibers, calcium, iron, and energy in the form of fat. Vitamins and Supplements Orthopedic surgeon Dr. W. Kelton Vasileff of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center says calcium and vitamin D are the most recommended sources for bone health. Even for lactose intolerant folks, it’s easy to get enough calcium through a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables. As for vitamin D, Ohioans face a challenge. “A lot of us in the Midwest don’t get a lot of sunlight for a good portion of the year, so a lot of the people we see are deficient in vitaDr. W. Kelton min D,” Vasileff says. Vasileff The National Institutes of Health says few natural foods contain vitamin D – fish, orange juice, several dairy products and egg yolk are some examples. To reach the recommended amount of 600-800 international units per day, ask your doctor about vitamin D supplements.

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“Your skeletal system is a living organ. It’s constantly growing and evolving,” Vasileff says. “That boney structure gets theses microcracks from normal day-to-day living, which is fine, and then as your bone tears it down … it rebuilds those microcracks.” Movement and Strength Training Vasileff says peak bone density is around 30 years old, but with 150 to 300 minutes of weekly moderate-intensity exercise, bones can become denser. What happens when you don’t exercise and bones become brittle? “They call this disuse osteopenia,” Vasileff says. “The bones say, ‘Oh, I’m

not seeing any new strength building, so I guess they don’t need me anymore,’ so they just kind of weaken in response.” Lack of bone density can lead to fragility fractures – mainly consisting of the humerus, wrist and hips – and osteoporosis or osteopenia, the less extreme condition.

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Injections Doctors are using newer methods to ease arthritis pain and possibly improve bone strength. Platelet-Rich Plasma: PRP injections reduce joint pain and help repair the skeletal system. Created by extracting content from the patient’s blood, there is never a definite PRP serum but it is completely natural. Amniotic Fluid: Extracted from the amniotic membrane, the tissue that grows around the fetus, this natural injection features a high concentration of growth factors and is believed to repair or regenerate tissue. Classified as an alternative to stem cells, researchers are still verifying its validity, and how to properly extract and deliver the contents. Stem Cells: The U.S. National Library of Medicine says stem cells have “the potential to develop into many different types of cells.” Vasileff says little research on stem cells exist, so consult your doctor before injections. The Future In a 2016 Live Science article, fiction became reality. A custom-engineered bone that features bone marrow, cells and other vital aspects was created in a lab. Granted, it was the jaw of a pig. Vasileff does reference one new advancement, though – 3-D printed bioceramics that are implanted into the bone to support the regrowth of cartilage and bone issue. “These are great things in theory, but in clinical application, it might be tough to put a time stamp on when it would all come into play,” Vasileff says. “Though, we certainly have taken some interesting steps forward.” CS20

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Buffalo chicken dip is a classic party dip, and its versatility makes it a good choice year-round. This is a great dip to put out with vegetables like celery and carrots, too. • 8 oz. cream cheese • ¾ cup Frank’s RedHot, plus more for garnish • ½ cup sour cream • Rotisserie chicken, shredded • 1 cup Monterey jack cheese • ½ cup colby jack cheese • ½ cup cheddar cheese • Finely chopped green onion, for garnish

THE START OF spring marks some exciting events. Flowers are blooming, graduation party invitations go out, and worldwide golf fanatics converge in central Ohio for the Memorial Tournament. But it’s also the best time to celebrate for the sake of celebration – it is finally spring, after all. A crowd-pleasing dip is the cherry on top of a good party, and it’s the perfect dish to bring with you as a guest. Check out three delicious chip dip recipes below; you’re bound to find something you’ll like.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Stir the Monterey jack, colby jack and cheddar cheese into a bowl and mix. In a second bowl, mix the cream cheese, hot sauce, sour cream and 1 ½ cups of the mixed cheese. Once well-blended, scrape into a cast iron skillet and spread the remaining ½ cup of cheese on top. Bake until bubbling, about 20 minutes. Then, turn on the broiler until the top is browned on top. Remove and let stand for 5-10 minutes, then add hot sauce and sprinkle green onion on top for garnish. Serve with chips or celery.

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Spicy Vegan Avocado Dip Adapted from Mexican Food Journal

Cooking for a vegan guest might sound intimidating, but this avocado dip is as easy as any basic guacamole – especially if you opt to buy a vegan mayonnaise instead of making your own. With a variety of textures and a good kick, guests will be crowding around the snack table. Adjust the heat by adding or removing the hot sauce. If you’re making this one early, cover the bowl with plastic wrap to make sure the avocado doesn’t brown before the guests show up. • 3 avocados • ½ cup Sir Kensington’s eggless mayonnaise • 2 cloves garlic, finely diced • ½ cup onion, chopped • 6 sprigs cilantro, chopped

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Chorizo and Velveeta Dip

Adapted from Tacolicious: Festive Recipes for Tacos, Snacks, Cocktails, and More by Sara Deseran It can sound sacrilegious to make a queso dip with Velveeta cheese, but trust the folks from the California-based Mexican restaurant, Tacolicious. It’s good – really good. Fresh chorizo gives the dish that extra oomph for meat eaters, but it’s just as delicious without for vegetarians. • 1 lb. Velveeta cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes • 8 oz. fresh chorizo • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil • 1 can diced tomatoes and green chilies • ½ can jalapeno chilies, drained • ½ cup onion, chopped • 2 cloves garlic, minced • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves • Salt to taste

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A Big Deal

COSI spreads the word of science far and wide By Rocco Falleti

The COSI Science Festival – BIG Science Celebration AS COSI CONTINUES to expand and capti-

vate the minds of children and adults alike with new exhibits and educational programs, it will take its initiatives one step further this May. COSI’s newest event, The Big Science Festival, will expand the museum’s reach and mission across central Ohio. President and CEO of COSI Fredric Bertley dreamed of bringing an event of this magnitude to Columbus after his work at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

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“When he came to COSI and realized that this area didn’t really have anything of that scale, he really wanted to do something big,” says Director of Communications Jaclyn Reynolds. “He started talking to employees and people who were interested…and it started growing.” The event was announced in spring 2018 and will involve a number of different entities throughout the city. “It really brings accessible science to people everywhere they live, learn and

lounge,” Reynolds says. “It’s free events held where people are already comfortable going and it’s not as intimidating as coming to a full-on museum.” COSI has teamed up with Battelle and partnered with Columbus Metropolitan Libraries, Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks as well as a number of breweries and other local

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entities to provide three full days of science-related activities. “We are basically surrounding COSI with a street festival like the Arts Festival, but for STEM,” Reynolds says. May 1-3 are the three days of community-based activities that include hands-on experiments, exciting demonstrations and a little of everything that COSI provides for Columbus. “These events will be low-key, fun and engaging science just to get people interested and spark their curiosity,” Reynolds says. “It’s an entry point in realizing that there is science all around us and in everything we do.” CS20 For more information about COSI’s BIG Science Celebration, visit Rocco Falleti is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at

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Feeling the Effects 100 Ye ProMusica and Opera Columbus’ The Flood has major impact By Amanda DePerro

It started when Peggy Kriha Dye, general and artistic director for Opera Columbus, approached Janet Chen, executive director for ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, for a cup of coffee. Dye wanted to collaborate with Chen and ProMusica for Opera Columbus’ first commissioned work. What that work would be, Dye wasn’t sure – but she knew Chen could help. The conversation moved from a cup of coffee to a glass of wine. There were a few things they knew immediately: the collaboration would be fruitful, and Columbus history was to play an integral role. For that, they consulted WOSU’s Cindy Gaillard, producer of Columbus Neighborhoods. They had a simple question: What’s the biggest, most epic event that’s happened in Columbus? Gaillard had a simple answer: The great flood in the Franklinton neighborhood in 1913. It killed more than 90 people and wiped out 4,000 homes – the most disastrous flood in Ohio history, per WOSU. Four and a half years later, on Feb. 8-10, The Flood premiered at the Southern Theatre. With the comThe End of ProMusica’s missioning of Korine Fujiwara of Carpe Diem String 40th Anniversary Season Quartet and libretto by the Juilliard School’s Stephen Bach & the Russians Wadsworth, collaboration for the original production Southern Theatre extended far beyond Columbus limits. April 6, 5:30 p.m. April 7, 7 p.m. The production was split physically and thematically into four rooms, each representing a different generaBeethoven’s Ninth Southern Theatre tion in Columbus: 1913, 1940, 1970 and 2014. The May 11, 5:30 p.m. opera sought to answer one question. May 12, 7 p.m. “How does trauma or a traumatic event affect generations of a family?” asks Dye. “So, in order to tell the Opera Columbus’ story and get it up to modern day, (Wadsworth) went 2019-2020 Season up through four different generations – Twisted 3 100 years.” Ohio Theatre Dye heard ProMusica perform the Sept. 26-29 score for the first time just a week beAs One fore opening night and, up until the Southern Theatre dress rehearsal, The Flood was still being Sept. 8 & 10 refined. Fujiwara had a challenging job: The Barber of Seville write varying music for four separate Southern Theatre February 14 & 16, 2020 eras without losing the audience. “Korine was so brilliantly able to tie The Poppea Project April 22-26, 2020 sort of threads and textures into each Pizzuti Collection, of the eras that came together, kind of Columbus Museum of Art representing the room they were in. … The Cooper-Bing Competition How do you do that without becoming May 3, 2020 too overwhelming?” says Chen. “That’s Southern Theatre a tricky thing to do.” 16 | April/May 2019

The production was a hit, eliciting a standing ovation from the audience all three nights. Though both Chen and Dye hope to bring The Flood back to the stage at some point in the future, for now, Columbus is left with the impact of a local production with national interest. The city is young and only getting younger – Columbus ranked No. 24 for the most popular U.S. city for Millennials in 2018 – so it’s important for residents to know their roots, Dye says. “The characters are fictional but there’s so much real history embedded in the city – the insane asylum, the development of the Scioto Mile. There’s all these nods to Columbus – Gladden (Community House), Broad Street, Poindexter Village,” says Chen. “I think we, as a community, should feel really proud that that part of history is written forever down through this work.” Opera Columbus made more on ticket sales that weekend than ever before. A reporter from The Wall Street Journal flew out to review The Flood. A producer from New York City visited Columbus specifically to see the opera.

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ars Later The support The Flood received from the opera community at large, Dye says, was staggering. “It’s really surreal. I feel like I was numb all weekend because there’s still so much to do,” she says. “I’m really trying to soak it in. That Wall Street Journal article came out, and I’m like, ‘This really happened to us.’ It’s a really amazing thing.” The effects of the flood in Franklinton are still palpable today, and the effects of the production have the potential to be longlasting as well. Being Opera Columbus’ first commission, and ProMusica’s first time writing an opera, The Flood has inspired growth for both organizations. The atmosphere on opening night alone was hard for Chen to put into words. “You can’t really describe it. In a way, we have lived – quote, unquote – with each other for four and a half years. It’s not just me and Peggy, it’s our staff, our teams that have had to work with each other. Our boards that have had to come together and believe in this project,” says Chen. “You feel like you’re a family and you’ve given birth to this thing. … It’s a very – it’s an incredible, emotional roller coaster.” Both ProMusica and Opera Columbus are known for doing things fresh and unexpected, and The Flood has only emboldened Dye and Chen more. They each expressed interest – and hope – that they can work together in a similar magnitude again. “Working with Janet was honestly – I couldn’t have picked a better partner. We were joined at the hip artistically, financially and it was so great to have a real partner through this process,” says Dye. “I could cry talking about it.” CS20 Amanda DePerro is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at April/May 2019 |


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Ohio Rocks

Reflecting on this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees By Bethany Schultz

ON MARCH 29, the 2019 Rock and Roll

Hall of Fame ceremony brought the house down. Seven outstanding musicians were brought into the fold as they were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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If you didn’t attend the ceremony in Brooklyn, New York, you had the oppor-tunity to view it at the Rock Hall Museum in Cleveland, which was the only other place in the world simulcasting the ceremony. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony isn’t just about an artist who has a hit song or a great album. It’s a chance for artists to take a look back at their career and see all they have influenced with their music. President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Greg Harris, says, “I’m excited for all of them for very different reasons. The Zombies are finally recog-

nized for their innovation and sound. Stevie Nicks is the first female solo artist … Janet Jackson and her fan base – Jackson has been eligible for three years.” In order to get nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, artists had to have recorded their first song 25 years ago. The 25 nominating committee members meet annually to nominate two artists that come from a ballot of 15 nominees. Normally, only five inductees are added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but this year the margin was so close the committee decided to add two additional artists; making a total of seven inductees. “It’s like sitting in the front row to the greatest rock concert you’ve been to and it’s the greatest performance for these rock artists,” Harris says. “There is a lot of energy and connections that happen at those moments. Artists attend because they’re big fans and learn to appreciate the others.” When 2004 inductee and Beatles member George Harrison was honored by a group of musicians including Prince and Tom Petty, audience members were treated to one of the greatest guitar performances in the history of rock and roll. It didn’t matter if the audience wasn’t made up of Harrison’s biggest fans; every person in the audience was cheering. The ceremony is always full of surprises, like when Keith Richards, Carolos Santana, Jimmy Page and more joined the Jimi

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Making a Home of a Museum The Designer Showcase returns to the Columbus Museum of Art By Amanda DePerro

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bus will once again experience the work of local designers as they transform the Margaret M. Walter Wing of the Columbus Museum of Art into a beautiful home. The Designer Showcase Courtney Jones, The Jones Studio (DSC), formerly Decorators’ Show House, is a biennial event put on Like the 2017 iteration, designers are afby the museum’s Women’s Board in order forded the opportunity to borrow a piece of to raise money for museum initiatives. This art from the CMA’s private collection. This year, funds raised by the DSC will benefit the year, Ferguson says, rather than borrowing Wonder School, a laboratory preschool cur- contemporary works, some designers chose rently in its first academic year. to borrow old-world art that compliments Before the 2017 DSC, the event was current CMA exhibition Life in the Age of held in a private residence. Participating Rembrandt: Dutch Masterpieces from the Dordesigners chose a room and gave it a drecht Museum. complete makeover, from the paint on “I’m really curious to see how they the walls to all of the furniture inside. In incorporate those old-world masters into 2017, however, it was moved to the Ross their designs,” Ferguson says. “It’ll be Building at the CMA and, says Melissa really interesting to see.” Ferguson, director of marketing and The DSC is open during normal museum communications for the CMA, the move hours, and visitors can take a guided phone garnered new attention. tour of each room. Each Thursday from 6-9 “Having the showcase here in the mu- p.m., however, the designers will be at seum, the designers can do anything they the museum answering questions and want. Their only limit is their creativ- discussing what they’ve created. ity. Any materials, any theme, any style,” The CMA will also feature special Ferguson says. “When you have a client, events relating to the DSC. On April you’re looking for things that will suit the 18, the CMA teams up with the Coclient’s taste. … All the elements of that lumbus College of Art and Design for home have to flow together and are fo- the Go Green Gala Preview Party. cused on a particular style.” CCAD students will use sustainable This year, the DSC will be bigger and fabrics to create beautiful runway better than ever, as the Walter Wing looks. Then, on May 4, central Ohio has even more room for decorators. In home and garden retailer A Proper 2017, the DSC featured just six spaces. Garden presents the Garden Party, This year, visitors will have the chance complete with lunch and an interacto explore 18. tive presentation.

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“There is a different feel when you go out into a community like Bexley or Arlington or Dublin, but the downtown neighborhood is great and the thing that’s wonderful is that it’s so accessible for so many people,”

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says Ferguson. “This year, we took a different approach and decided to partner closer to home. … We really focused on local business and local creatives.” The CMA will also showcase pop-up shops featuring work by local artists during the DSC’s run. With such a variety of local talent, Ferguson has a hard time deciding her favorite. “I love seeing the rooms come together, when the designers are coming together and talking about what inspired them,” she says. “I’m looking forward to seeing the sustainable designs that the CCAD students show.” The $25 ticket to the DSC also includes general admission to CMA, so Ferguson suggests turning it into a day trip. Supporting the Wonder School is just a plus. “It really reflects the commitment of the museum to nurturing creativity, to supporting the importance of creativity in education,” Ferguson says. “It underscores our sameness; the things we have in common, the essence of our shared humanity. It both opens up new worlds to people and connects them to their world and to each other.” CS20 Amanda DePerro is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at

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Away from the Elements Eight ways to keep your home well insulated By Nathan Collins

In builder lingo, the better a structure keeps out the wind and the rain, the tighter its envelope. As a homeowner, where do you currently stand in your quest for a tight envelope? While many new energy efficient products enter the market each year, some builders shy away from them because of higher costs. In many cases, adding a layer of insulation or a specially glazed window can increase the cost of materials by 20 to 30 percent. Below is a list of advanced building materials homeowners might want to think about when renovating a home or building a project. Recycled Steel According to the Steel Research Institute, builders are simplifying the framing process by ordering customized steel beams and panels. The SRI touts the durability of steel in areas subject to high winds and earthquakes. While a 2,000-square-foot house requires 40 or 50 trees to build, a frame from recycled steel requires the same amount of material from six scrapped cars. Insulating Concrete Forms Concrete forms are defined as castin-place  concrete  walls that are sandwiched between two layers of insulation. Concrete is poured into forms that serve as insulation layers and remain in place as a permanent part of the structure. The technology is used in freestanding walls and building blocks. Buildings made from this material can save as much as 20 percent compared to the energy consumed by wood frame buildings in cold climates, such as Columbus winters. 24 L u



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Plant-based Polyurethane Rigid Forms When used as insulation, the foam offers high moisture and heat resistance, excellent acoustics, and protection against mold and pests. It also has a higher R-value than fiberglass or polystyrene, meaning it has a higher thermal resistance and insulates better. Cool Roofing A cool roof reflects heat from the sun and stays cooler, thus transferring less heat into the building. In the past, roofing materials needed to be light-colored for this concept to work. But new treatments allow consumers to choose darker materials that will reflect heat back into the atmosphere as well. Structural Insulated Panels These panels are made from a layer of foam insulation placed between pieces of plywood, strand board or cement panels. According to the National Association of Home Builders, the material is fire resistant and can be used for foundations, floors, basements and load-bearing walls. The NAHB’s research notes that the surfaces can have finished looks, such as wood grain or stucco. Siding, bricks and stone can be installed on the panels, too.

Recycled Wood/Plastic Composite Lumber According to the NAHB, this 50-50 combination of wood fibers and waste plastics is more durable and less toxic than conventional treated lumber. The material is also more rigid than pure plastic lumber because the wood fibers add extra strength. Low-E Windows The “E” in low-E stands for emissivity, and a clear coating of metallic oxide on the windows keeps the heat inside the house in the winter and outside in the summer. Low-E windows typically cost $60 to $110 each. That’s 10 to 15 percent more than clear glass storm windows, but they definitely have benefits: They can reduce heat flow through the glass by half, and reduce heating costs by 10 to 20 percent. Vacuum Insulation Panel In a one-inch panel, the vacuum insulation panel provides seven times the insulating protection as traditional products. However, it’s currently only available for commercial industrial refrigeration and specialized container systems. v Nathan Collins is managing editor. Feedback welcome at

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Hidden Escape Updated work space reflects a love of laundry By Rocco Falleti Photos by John Evans

For most people, laundry is at the bottom of their weekly agenda. However, for one Westerville resident, her love of laundry would serve as inspiration in a complete revamp of an old mechanical room. “She’s always dreamed of having a space in her laundry room and she really enjoys doing it,” says Project Manager Dave Osmond of Dave Osmond Builders. “She likes things out of sight and out of mind.” Upon starting the project, Osmond’s team had a good idea of what the homeowner wanted with her mechanical room. After providing three different plans and budgets, Osmond’s team got to work. “There was a concrete slab and block walls we had to contend with in the room,” Osmond says. “Usually, if the laundry is on the first floor, you can move anything anywhere. We had to send in someone with a camera to locate where all the drains were.”

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Keeping with the theme of compartmentalization, there are three laundry hamper drawers with Rev-A-Motion pneumatic assist allowing for a soft open and close.

The scope of the project was to transform the once mechanical and garden room into a laundry area with a home office and dog wash. Across the board, keeping everything tucked away and hidden was important for the project. “She had the vision and ideas and we were able to bring that to fruition,” Osmond says. Being that the project was not on the first floor, Osmond and his team did face a number of challenges. “One of the biggest challenges was the doors for the washer and dryer,” Osmond says. “You could still open them up, but they were cumbersome and in the way. The homeowner wanted them to pocket in.” The remodel received a 2019 National Association of the Remodeling Industry of Central Ohio award and, despite the challenges, both Osmond and the homeowner are proud of the outcome. “Our goal is always to have a happy client at the end of the project,” Osmond says. “If we’ve done that, we’ve done our job. She’s enjoying it, it’s a beautiful space.” v Rocco Falleti is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at

The hidden doors add ample storage to the space.

In order to minimize the impact of the furnace and water heater, Osmond and his team built steel-reinforced bookcase doors. “We had windows that were set lower than normal and had to custom build a lot of the cabinets,” Osmond says. “The homeowner wanted the countertop to come just flush with the bottom of the sill and didn’t want it to look like it was thrown together.”






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Kitchen Cabinets: White is on its Way Out New trends give way to eclectic eating spaces By Nathan Collins

Cabinetry is an essential element to the overall space in which families spend a majority of their time – the kitchen. Not only does cabinetry offer precious storage space, it can bring the entire kitchen together. While cabinet design has not changed much in recent years – at least not as much as appliances – there are still small evolutions that have happened and are still happening in 2019. The era of white kitchen cabinets, and all-white kitchens in general, is coming to a close. It’s undeniable that ultra-bright white kitchens have a level of timeless appeal. However, every homeowner whose kitchen falls into this category knows exactly how difficult it is to keep the space clean on a daily basis. For those who are wanting to let go of their white cabinets, here are some helpful tips. Make It Moody The best way to tone down a bleached-like kitchen is to create contrast. Instead of a bright optic white, consider contrasting the tone with an unexpected color to create a nuanced look. Easily evoke emotion from house guests with dramatic greens and earthy terracotta colors. Matte is Back Who doesn’t love the feeling of matte finishes? Matte cabinetry and appliances are much easier to keep clean and probably won’t go out of style anytime soon because of their allure and feel. 28 L u



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Going Dark Instead of all-white cabinets, opt for black or darker-hued variations to quickly add elegance and drama to the space. Mix It Up The bold homeowner appreciates leaving a lasting impression. Wow guests with unexpected juxtapositions from cabinets to flooring, which creates a custom look that is exclusive to your personality. Straight Up Consider updating your kitchen with clean-lined cabinetry to achieve a modern, contemporary feel. The days of heavy finishes and bulky molding have come and gone. Features to Consider – Kitchen Cabinet Remodel Grain. With the exception of high-end models, veneered cabinets are likely to give you better grain-matching than solid wood cabinets. Color.  You’re not always wedded to a wood’s natural color. Stain can replicate the color of maple on a birch base, for example. Construction.  Wood cabinet drawers can be constructed using dowels, rabbets or

dovetails. Drawers with dovetails should last longer, but consume more wood to produce are more expensive. v Nathan Collins is managing editor. Feedback welcome at

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There are plenty of reasons to invest in a remodeling project By Nathan Collins Homeowners and car owners have at least one thing in common – the amount of pride in their investments. Owning a home or a car is a huge investment and oftentimes, to a large degree, these investments are extensions of ourselves and our personalities. If you are a perpetual party host for associates and friends or often entertain close family, the decision to invest in a remodeling project will ultimately make your home more inviting and act as a personality showcase. Here are some ways you can give your living space an eclectic, aestheticallypleasing feel. Custom Mirrors Strategically placed mirrors will positively alter the appearance of your space, regardless of room size and location. Ornate frames and nontraditional-shaped glass add depth and texture. For those confined spaces, natural light from windows will reflect off mirrors to make spaces appear brighter and larger.

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Kitchen Flooring We stand for longer periods of time in our kitchens than probably any other space in the home. Despite this, the kitchen often has the least resilient flooring. However, there are ways to combine comfort, functionality and aesthetics into one area. For example, cork is a sustainably harvested material from the bark of the cork oak tree, and an excellent choice due to its high level of cushioning. This material is offered in a variety of colors, patterns, textures and formats. It is susceptible to scratches and dents, but can be protected with a layer of wax or felt pads on the feet of furniture. v


Accent Wallpaper There are endless amounts of wallpaper selections a homeowner can choose from. From abstract illustrations to floral prints, covering a single wall in a room will induce an eye-catching effect without making the room seem too busy or stuffy. While this tactic is mostly reserved for bedrooms, you’ll undoubtedly be able to find options to complement the color scheme in every room of your home.

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Energy efficient and environmentally friendly, metal roofs are designed to last By Nathan Collins Metal roofs reflect solar radiant heat, which can reduce cooling costs by 10-25 percent. Not only do metal roofs contain 25-95 percent recycled content, depending on the material used, they are also 100 percent recyclable at the end of their life. Metal roofs offer many advantages, including:  ✔ Longevity – Metal roofs maintain a shelf life of 40-70 years, depending on the material, as compared with traditional asphalt roofs which have a life expectancy of 12-20 years. ✔ Durability – Some metal roofs can sustain wind gusts up to 140 mph, which is the equivalent to winds generated by an EF3 tornado. They will not corrode or crack, and can be impact-resistant to weather such as hail. In addition, metal roofs don’t need the periodic costly maintenance that other roofing materials often require.

✔ Safety – Metal roofs will not spark and ignite into flames during a wildfire or lightning strike. ✔ Energy efficiency – Metal roofs reflect solar radiant heat, which can reduce cooling costs by 10-25 percent. Shingle roofs have some disadvantages, including: ✔ Most shingle tear-off waste is part of the building-related waste stream – up to 20 billion pounds per year. ✔ Shingles are susceptible to high wind damage – strong winds can uplift or tear them off easily. ✔ Asphalt roof shingles not only transfer solar heat into your home, they can also become damaged by the heat. ✔ Mildew problems caused by excess moisture pooling in shady areas of your roof can damage shingles easily. ✔ Depending on the type of shingle, asphalt roofs are easily outlasted by tile,

slate and metal, lasting on average 1530 years. Whether the goal is installing a roof on a new home, or if your existing roof requires a functional makeover, there are plenty of materials to choose from. No matter the style you choose, metal roofs are an attractive option. Material options include tin, zinc, aluminum, copper or galvanized steel. Always be sure to check with your local building department for code requirements. v Nathan Collins is managing editor. Feedback welcome at

Heavy Metals Focal element trends

Metal is a focal element of 2019, traditionally utilized as an accent in bathrooms and kitchens. Similar to the make-it-yourown remodeling trend, mixing various types of metal is an excellent way to add texture and progressively infuse a visual interest into a space. Metal backsplashes come in myriad styles, colors, and finishes, and no two look identical. An added bonus – the backsplashes are easy to clean! Make It (Back)Splashy Introduce a subtle pattern throughout the entire kitchen with a quilted metal backsplash. Perfect for a transitional30 L u



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style kitchen, quilted metal updates and modernizes the whole space. Riveting Add a combination of colors, finishes and textures to your kitchen with a fauxmetal tile backsplash and riveted intersections. The colors of the backsplash should match or compliment those found in the countertop. The rivets add a threedimensional effect with their texture.

Create Depth Homeowners with a modern kitchen might consider utilizing a metallic backsplash that creates both depth and dimension. Cabinets with rich colors will tie in perfectly with a backsplash of similar shade that features different sheens and surfaces. v Nathan Collins is managing editor. Feedback welcome at

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Mash it Up

Make-it-your-own remodeling trend continues By Nathan Collins

Trending in 2019, the mash-up style of home remodeling allows for the freedom to mix interior design styles to suit the homeowner’s taste. For some, aesthetic personalization is a mash-it-up approach, with feature elements taken out of opposing decades. Some examples of this personalization strategy include contemporary white walls, platform beds, antique accents and geometric fabrics.

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There are innumerable bath tile combinations for every homeowner. Try thinking outside of the box, consider installing the tile in a herringbone or diagonal pattern. This will intentionally draw the

viewer’s eye to the longest part of the room. Don’t ever be afraid to experiment with different tilework patterns, mixing colors and shapes.

Wallpapered risers on stairs

Most people think that wallpaper is just for walls. The truth is, nearly everything in your home can be wallpapered, including the stairs. You can add pattern and color to a staircase with wallpaper, acrylic sheeting, and decorative hardware.

Pro Tip: A staircase is usually wider than a wallpaper roll, so choose a pattern that looks good sideways. This way, you’ll need only one strip per stair. Also, some designs will produce

varying effects on each stair, so choose your wallpaper with this in mind. Unpasted wallpaper is recommended over pre-pasted wallpaper for this project because it calls for a gel adhesive rather than water application. This is helpful if you don’t want to drip water onto your stairs, which might damage the finish on the treads. continued on next page








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Get Inspired in 2019

The 2019 NARI Spring Home Improvement Tour By Nathan Collins For one weekend this spring, some of the most ambitious Columbus-area home remodels are on display. The 2019 Spring Home Improvement Tour, organized by the local chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, is set for May 4-5. The tour operates 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and noon-5 p.m. on Sunday. NARI’s spring tour features 11 homes throughout the Columbus area, including tours in Hilliard, Galena, Plain City, Upper Arlington, Clintonville, Powell, Dublin and Pickerington. Projects include entire home remodels, additions, bathrooms, historic renovations and detached structures. Tickets are $3 per location or $10 for access to all locations and are available at all stops as well as at v Nathan Collins is managing editor. Feedback welcome at

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Contrasting wall and ceiling patterns

Painted accent walls are so last year – and the year before. Forget the accent wall already. Statement ceilings are the hot new trend. Every homeowner has, at one time or another, agonized over which paint color to use on their walls. Little to no time is traditionally spent on the ceiling. It’s time to make a case for the fifth and most important wall that covers our head. An accent ceiling can transform a space and instantly make it feel unique. Here are some ideas to get started: • Gold leaf, paint color or tile • Chandeliers • Hidden track lighting behind crown molding • Colored ceiling in an otherwise neutral room • Use an accent color that continues downward via window curtains • Painted tin tiles • Paint stripes

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Quick Sips Local breweries continue to entice beer lovers with new and bold flavors By Rocco Falleti edition in this series packs a refreshing dose of fresh lemon and a flowery aroma.

Grove City Brewing Company Jolly Orange

Just when you thought milk was limited to pair with pastries or breakfast dishes, in steps Grove City Brewing Company. The local brewery is collaborating with the Grove City location of Jolly Pirate Donuts for a Donut Beer Series. Jolly Orange, an American Wheat Ale, is the fourth installment and features infused flavors of orange cream donuts.

Zaftig Brewing Co. Hop Swapper DNEIPA

In each of Zaftig’s Double New England Style India Pale Ales, the hops is swapped for an exotic and juicy treat. From Galaxy hops to El Dorado to swapping in Amarillo hops, each batch has more murk than haze. Don’t let the opacity fool you; Hop Swapper is light on the palette. CS20 Rocco Falleti is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at

APRIL SHOWERS BRING… New spring beers from some of your favorite Columbus brew-

eries. With warmer weather on the horizon, its time to get out of the house and see what the continually growing craft beer scene has to offer. Here is a quick guide to three of CityScene’s most anticipated new brews to welcome spring time.

Land Grant Brewing Company Quadrahopic Series IPA Spring 2019

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Your Unique Story Begins in Gahanna Make lasting memories in this Columbus-area hidden gem The Ohio Herb Center

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Herbal Cocktail Trail LOCATED 10 MINUTES from the bustle

of downtown Columbus there is a place where you can kayak down the Big Walnut Creek, enjoy unique herbal cocktails, stroll through herb gardens, and walk or bike along miles of lush trails. Whether your adventure begins in an Airstreamtrailer-turned-coffee-shop, at the nation’s highest rated Universally Designed home, or at Ohio’s best Blues & Jazz Festival… Gahanna is home to great stories.

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Celebrating “All Things Herbal” in Gahanna

Did you know that Gahanna is the Herb Capital of Ohio? Thanks to the efforts of local herb-enthusiast Jane “Bunnie” Geroux, the city received this unique designation in 1972 from the State of Ohio. In celebration of this distinction, the Gahanna Municipal Gardens were renamed the Geroux Herb Gardens. Today, the breathtaking public gardens offer respite for visitors and wildlife alike. Explore on your own or set up a guided tour for groups of 18 or more. Gahanna celebrates its Herb Capital status every day in a variety of ways. The Ohio Herb Center is located in the Nafzger-Miller House – listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the perfect place to experience the world of herbs through hands-on workshops, tours and special events. The Center is located in the picturesque Creekside District – a unique blend of vibrant entertainment district and parkland. Wander the trails discovering natural herbs, or sign up for a Wild Herb Walk for a guided tour with an herb specialist. Stop by the Center June 27 for Old-Fashioned Summers, with

herbal lemonades, iced teas and activities on the Center’s front porch – hearkening days gone-by, when families and neighbors gathered on their porches to spend time together. Chart your own adventure with Visit Gahanna’s Herbal Cocktail Trail, where signature Gahanna restaurants, breweries and pubs conjure herb-infused specialty cocktails created especially for the Trail. Pick up an Herbal Cocktail Trail passport at the Gahanna Visitor Center or at any partner business, and set your course for adventure. Sample one of the cocktails and collect a stamp in your passport. Collect five stamps at any of the participating locations and redeem your passport at the Gahanna Visitor Center for a T-shirt that proudly boasts your unique designation as

an “Herbal Trail Conqueror.” Enjoy appetizers, lunch and dinner while you’re making the rounds to the restaurants, where herbal culinary cuisine is taken to a new level in Gahanna. If herbal culinary delights sound tempting, you’ll want to mark your calendar for May 5-11, when Gahanna celebrates Herb’n Restaurant Week. Chefs at signature Gahanna restaurants showcase herbs in mouth-watering appetizers, entrées or desserts – dishes offered only during this special celebratory week. Gahanna’s ultimate herbal celebration is May 11, when Herb Day takes over Creekside Plaza. Shop among 5,000 plants and more than 100 varieties of herbs, and enjoy hands-on demonstrations, speakers, artisans and more.

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Gahanna’s herbal roots shine through again during Pies in the Park on October 6. Held in Friendship Park, this family friendly event is designed for pizza connoisseurs of all ages and offers the area’s best pizzas. Sample bites of your favorite pizza or find a new go-to favorite, as participating restaurants compete for prizes that include Best Herbal Topping.

Uniquely Gahanna

Gahanna’s unique stories aren’t limited to herbs. The city is home to one of the biggest and best music events in Ohio – the annual Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival, held June 14-16. The 2019 event features non-stop music on five stages with world-class artists like John Scofield, Vanessa Collier and Joe Louis Walker. Visitors can enjoy cocktail tastings, a Family Fun Zone, food and craft vendors, and more. Meander down The Story Trail or through 775 acres of parkland, outdoor havens and organic farms. Visit a leading incubator of food innovation, sip a Limoncello made from a 240-year-old family recipe or sample delicious wine cakes made only at central Ohio’s first winery. Enjoy yummy treats that may invoke your favorite childhood memories from 38 | April/May 2019

Gahanna’s local candy shop. Experience a paddleboat ride and dine al fresco at one of Gahanna’s signature restaurants in the Creekside District, or wade in a waterfall and feed the ducks at Creekside Park. Gahanna hotels offer Park and Ride hotel getaway packages, making Gahanna both affordable and easily accessible. But

it’s our stories that set Gahanna apart from anywhere else. Come discover yours. To learn more, visit www.VisitGahanna. com or call 866-424-2662. Tickets, VIP seats and hotel packages for the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival are available online at www. CS20




Art and Self-Love A peek into the inspiration behind Lauren Carter Best’s artwork By Bethany Schultz

Type 2 bipolar disorder when she was 22, but instead of letting the condition define her, she used it to create art. Her love for art started when she was in elementary school. “I drew a picture of the universe and I was so proud of myself. I thought it was so wonderful,” Carter Best says. Even at a young age, she had a unique perspective on life and wanted to share it with anyone and everyone. She went to The Ohio State University for her masters in social work and became a therapist. She Lauren Carter Best loved it but, after a while, wanted to find something that incorporated her passions. Carter Best says that she started to tell herself, “OK. Lauren, you’re just gonna have to do whatever you can to survive emotionally and mentally and spiritually. And, for me, that was making large paintings. Then I got a job at a local pet store and I love that.” Carter Best loves working with the animals because they help her emotionally. “They’re therapeutic and fun and interesting and innocent,” Carter Best says. “Just being able to bond with them on a daily basis is so rewarding.” Besides the pet store, she works closely with Community Refugee and Immigration Services. She says they receive multiple grants to create murals in schools. “I work with them to design the mural and then help implement it. We’ll get the community involved, so a lot of the kids, their parents and teachers can come help work on painting the mural, which is really fun,” Carter Best says. Getting to where she is now in life wasn’t an easy process. Carter Best says she tried six or seven different medications, along with therapy, so that she could live her life. Art helped her cope with her bipolar disorder.

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“Human suffering in general is what inspires my artwork and my own form of suffering has manifested in bipolar disorder, and that was kind of what I worked with,” Carter Best says. “But I guess when I’m doing art, it’s more of tapping into the universal pain that humans feel.” Carter Best didn’t think she could work a regular nine-to-five art job. She wanted to pursue art, but didn’t think she could make a living with it. “My art was highly dependent on my mood and inspiration that sprang from both moods, and still is to a certain extent,” Carter Best says. “I will just do it in my free time, but never really think that I would be able to do anything with it, because there would be periods of six months where I couldn’t create anything. I would be in just a deep depression that nothing would come and I didn’t think would ever come back.”

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While Carter Best has been fortunate in terms of the resources available, she knows there are people out in the world who do not have access to those resources. “That’s why I like the idea of large-scale art and what I want to do is get more pieces out in areas that may need more,” she says. One of Carter Best’s murals by the Gravity apartments in Columbus portrays a woman who has her hand over her chest, showing self care. Carter Best hopes that when people look at this painting, they will think it is okay to take care of themselves. “My hope is that people walking down the street will see it and be like ‘It’s OK, I can look at this piece of art and take a breath,’” Carter Best says.

Enduring a lot over the years, Carter Best now has something new to smile about – her and her spouse, Casey, are expecting their first child. “That’s going to be a whole other journey” Carter Best says. “But I’m excited to see what kind of art comes from that.” CS20 Bethany Schultz is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Gallery Exhibits Columbus Museum of Art Life in the Age of Rembrandt features 17th-century art from the Dutch Golden Age from The Hague School. Through June 16. Decorative Arts Center of Ohio The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio kicks off its 2019 exhibition season with Lilly’s World: Decorative Arts & the art of Lilly Martin Spencer. The scenes depicted in Spencer’s paintings and prints will come to life through recreations with decorative arts pieces made mainly here in Ohio. Through April 28. Dublin Arts Council The exhibition Opening Doors: Calling Central Ohio Home is a group exhibition by new Americans who delve into the concepts of identity. The feature artists include Iraqi-born photographer/videographer Bilal Alabbood with From Baghdad to Dublin; and Somali photographer Faduma Hasan, who explores the visual identity trigger of the hijab. Through June 7. www. Hayley Gallery Wil Wong Yee “A Perspective” showcases pieces of Columbus in the form of street art. He creates beautiful views of down-

Hayley Gallery – Wil Wong Yee “A Perspective”

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Wexner Center for the Arts – Alicia McCarthy: No Straight Lines

town in the form of cityscapes as well as personable portraits packed with raw emotion and thrilling illustrations. Yee’s work is on display through April 16. www.local The artist opening reception for Laura Jacob showcased pieces with melted beeswax. Jacob is able to use wax to incorporate paint, ink, beads, threads and pressed flowers. Her work is filled with surprises and artistic versatility. April 20, 4-8 p.m. Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery The Riffe Gallery is displaying Duo Trio: Contemporary Dyptichs and Tryptichs by 14 Ohio Artists. Dyptichs and tryptichs is an older art form in which the work is interpreted in different ways. Through April 13. Open Door Art Studio Gallery This Inspired That opens the doors to creative collaboration. The exhibit invites selected community artists to showcase a piece that sparks creativity and innovation. They then use that spark to create a response piece, mimicking parts of the content, style or subject matter. April 6-May 3.

Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art Furniture design has become a dynamic and ever-changing field. When Attitudes Become Chairs shows some of the more dynamic pieces of furniture design. Extended through April 28. LIGHT is about artwork that takes light as its muse. There will be ideas about a Texas sunset, neon window advertisements, iconic bar signs and garish flashing messages. There will be seven pieces that use light to consider space, to illuminate ideas and to question perception. Through May 12. N.O.W. and Shahzia. Through May 26. Sherrie Gallerie Sherrie Gallerie presents Laine Bachman & Julie Woodrow. Bachman, often inspired by myths and folklore, infuses the world with archetypal imagery, whimsical themes and meticulous details. Her paintings are full of creatures and landscapes that are all part of the larger story behind her work. Woodrow explores borders, boundaries and barriers in her intricately carved ceramic work. Her unique and gentle narratives inspire feelings that fluctuate between escapism, healing, compassion and hope. Through April 20.

The Ohio State University Faculty Club Aminah Robinson’s exhibit will be at the Faculty Club at The Ohio State University. Robinson combines traditional art materials found with objects and everyday materials. She creates magical two- and three-dimensional works of art. Through April 28. The Central Ohio Watercolor Society presents its 2019 COWS spring show. April 30-July 7 with an opening reception on May 3 at 6 p.m. The Ohio State University Urban Arts Space The Department of Design Spring Exhibition 2019 presents senior thesis by the undergraduates from the three programs: industrial, interior and visual communication design. The exhibition also presents projects from select master of fine arts students from the design research and development, digital animation, and interactive media concentrations. Through April 6. The Spring Senior Projects Exhibition 2019 features the work of graduating art majors from The Ohio State University Department of Art. April 16-May 4. Upper Arlington Concourse Gallery Upper Arlington High Schools, works by Upper Arlington area students, from April 3-26.



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Wexner Center for the Arts John Waters: Indecent Exposure showcases the filmmaker’s gallery-based art; spanning more than 160 photographs, sculptures, and works for audio and video all produced since the early 1990s. Through April 28. Peter Hujar: Speed of Life showcases around 140 photographs spanning four decades. It’s described by the artists as “uncomplicated, direct photographs of complicated and difficult subjects.” Through April 28. Alicia McCarthy: No Straight Lines showcases McCarthy’s use of surplus paint left over from previous Wexner Center exhibition installations an extension of her commitment to using available resources that resonates with Columbus’ own active DIY culture. The project will both enhance and contrast with the complex geometries of the center’s framed architecture. Through April.


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CityScene spotlights what to watch, what to watch for and what not to miss! and fearless music. Every show is a social experience celebrating the joy of music. With high energy, horn-driven sound features and genre-bending composition, the concert is an entertaining, unconventional performance. CAPA presents The Play That Goes Wrong April 9-14, times vary Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. Broadway’s funniest and longestrunning play, this Olivier Award-winning comedy is a hilarious hybrid of Monty Python and Sherlock Holmes. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead and actors who trip over everything, opening night of the play’s production, The Murder at Haversham Manor is disastrous and entertaining. Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown

CAPA presents Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown April 3, 7:30 p.m. Davidson Theatre, 77 S. High St. The debate between The Beatles and the Rolling Stones has been going on ever since they first crossed paths on the charts 54 years ago. These two legendary bands will engage in an on-stage, throw down, courtesy of tribute bands Abbey Road and Satisfaction - The International Rolling Stones Show. Huntertones April 5, 8 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. Huntertones brings people together from around the globe with fun, imaginative 44 | April/May 2019

and auction are some of the highlights of this COSI fundraiser. Opera Columbus presents Opera Swings Jazz April 14, times vary Southern Theatre, 5115, 21 E. Main St. Opera Columbus performs a creative, unique mash-up in collaboration with the Jazz Arts Group, combining two unlikely but well-loved art forms. Listen to this one-of-a-kind music in what’s been called a “ground-breaking interpretation.” www. 2019 Designer Showcase April 19-May 19, Monday, Closed; Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St. This year, Decorators’ Show House becomes Designer Showcase and moves into the first floor of the Walter Wing. Sixteen local designers will transform galleries into 18 creative living spaces, including bedrooms, living rooms, bathrooms and kitchens.

BalletMet presents Cinderella April 12-14, times vary Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. BalletMet introduces Cinderella, with choreography by Edward Liang and music by Prokofiev. Join in on the race against the midnight toll as The Play That Goes Wrong this fairytale comes to life on stage. The performance boasts of lush production, a beautiful score and lifelike characters.


Blast: The Big Science Bash April 13, 7 p.m. COSI, 333 W. Broad St. Food from 20-plus restaurants, local craft beers, hands-on exhibits, live music, dancing, a photo booth

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COSI Science Festival May 1-4, times vary COSI, 333 W. Broad St. COSI celebrates science with a dynamic and fun festival called the COSI Science Festival on May 1-4, 2019. The Festival, expected to be among the largest science events in Ohio history, includes four days of events showcasing science around the central Ohio community and concludes with a hands-on, day-long carnival-style celebration on the Scioto Peninsula outside COSI. CATCO presents Haroun and the Sea of Stories May 3-12, times vary Agnes Jeffrey Shedd Theater, Columbus School for Girls, 56 S. Columbia Ave. In this captivating work of fantasy peopled by magicians and fantastical talking animals, Haroun sets out on an adventure to restore the poisoned source of the Sea of Stories. He learns about the power of storytelling, naming and identity. Featuring originally composed music and dances of South East Asian descent, Haroun and the Sea of Stories will be a feast April/May 2019 |


box-office-breaking show pays tribute to the original work of director Gower Champion. It’s been called a musical comedy dream and a must-see event. www. Columbus Dance Theatre presents Our Town…Columbus May 17-18, times vary Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St. Tim Veach introduces world premiere dance-theatre work with an original score by Korine Fujiwara. The live performance is beautifully executed by the Carpe Diem String Quartet. www. Columbus Arts Festival

for the eyes, ears, mind and soul. www. Broadway in Columbus presents Hello, Dolly! May 7-12, times vary Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. Tony Award-winning Broadway icon, Betty Buckley, stars in Hello, Dolly! The

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National Geographic presents Symphony for Our World May 19, 5 p.m. Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. This concert combines stunning National Geographic footage with an original symphony, taking audiences through a breathtaking journey of music and nature. The 90-minute, live performance delves into coastlines of the world, mountains and depths of the sea.

The Memorial Tournament May 27-June 2 Muirfield Village Golf Club, 5750 Memorial Dr., Dublin Jack Nicklaus’ annual PGA tournament is back in Dublin for year No. 43, bringing with it the best golfers in the world. www. 58th Annual Columbus Arts Festival June 7-9; Friday, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Scioto Mile, Rich and Main Street bridges and COSI The Columbus Arts Festival, presented by American Electric Power and produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council, celebrates its 58th year of bringing the best in fine art and fine craft to Columbus.


For a comprehensive list of other happenings around Columbus, check out

MAY 15, 2019 C ON GRATUL ATIONS TO THE 2019 GOVERNOR’S AWARDS WINNERS A R T S A D M I N I S T R AT I O N Phyllis Gorfain | Oberlin (Lorain) A R T S E D U C AT I O N

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati | Cincinnati (Hamilton) A R T S PAT R O N

Sallie and Randolph Wadsworth | Cincinnati Area (Hamilton) BUSINESS SUPPORT OF THE ARTS Owens Corning | Toledo (Lucas) C O M M U N I T Y D E V E L O P M E N T & PA R T I C I PAT I O N Ronette Burkes | Marysville (Union) C O M M U N I T Y D E V E L O P M E N T & PA R T I C I PAT I O N RJ Thompson | Youngstown (Mahoning) I N D I V I D UA L A RT I S T Leslie Adams | Toledo (Lucas)

It’s time to celebrate and support the arts in Ohio. Join us for Arts Day & the Governor’s Awards luncheon. Reserve your spot today! Your $50 ticket includes the Arts Day kickoff, Award Ceremony lunch, and dessert reception. All proceeds go to the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation.


Mark Lomax II, DMA | Columbus (Franklin) IRMA L AZARUS

Dayton Literary Peace Prize | Dayton (Montgomery)

Award Artist: Caroline Rowntree Artwork: “Dahlia Walk” by Caroline Rowntree | Design: Formation Studio

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