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One-night-only revival of Shadowbox’s Beatles “rockumentary” to pack Columbus Commons

A Day in the 6 | August 2017

By Cameron Carr WHEN SHADOWBOX LIVE TAKES THE STAGE at Columbus Commons this September for Bigger than Jesus, the performers will go into it without expectations.

Shadowbox first presented Bigger than Jesus in 2014, and the show’s popularity has led the company to bring it back on numerous occasions, often for big outdoor shows. The free show on Sept. 3 honors the music of the Beatles and the massive fandom that followed the legendary rock quartet. The live performance “rockumentary” features a multimedia telling of the band’s storied career complete with costumes, dance and plenty of hits. August 2017 |


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“Every single time, we get this fresh, unexpected kick when we look out to the audience and realize that there’s eight or 10 thousand people out there,” says Stev Guyer, executive producer and CEO of Shadowbox. “We don’t go into it with that expectation, and instead, we get to enjoy the thrill of suddenly realizing, ‘Wow, this is like a real concert.’”



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The show’s title comes from a paraphrase of an infamous John Lennon quote at the peak of Beatlemania comparing the band’s popularity to Christianity. “When he said it, it wasn’t really possible to argue with it,” Guyer says. “To say that about yourself and for it be true, good God, it just felt like, how could you top this?” In only 10 years, the Beatles achieved unheard-of success and left a lasting imprint on popular culture with countless hit songs from “Hey Jude” and “Let it Be” to “Twist and Shout” and “Come Together.” Guyer says Bigger than Jesus speaks to the cultural moment the Beatles existed in, but the show will almost certainly have something familiar for anyone in attendance. In fact, the Beatles’ discography spans so far that choosing which songs to cover became a challenge for Shadowbox. “Had we done all of their great anthology, it would’ve been a 10-hour show,” says performer Amy Lay. “I think what we did was their most poignant and well-known.” The resulting performance, by Lay’s count, comes out to roughly 80 percent hits. Audiences’ connection to the Fab Four can be difficult to explain, but critics acclaim the group’s work as pushing the boundaries of popular music. Guyer credits a balance between complexity and simplicity as essential to the band’s mass appeal. “They had an ability to write popular music that was simple enough to hear once and walk away and sing, and yet complex enough to hear 40 times and never think that you’ve heard everything that there was to hear,” he says. The Beatles have a personal history for many. Lay recalls singing the band’s music with her father and brothers as a formative experience. “For me, it’s a very personal connection; I grew up with the Beatles,” Lay says. “That’s where I learned my basic harmonies.” The songs continue to relate to new audiences today, though, and have become seemingly timeless. Guyer says the band’s music helps Bigger than Jesus connect to fans across generations. “We are consciously trying to provide a link in the entertainment continuum that allows whole families to get together and

enjoy,” Guyer says. “It’s been particularly meaningful for parents to be able to introduce their kids to the Beatles.” Shadowbox’s homage to the band attempts to capture some of the culture that fans who lived with Beatlemania remember, but expect the show to bring a new life to the music. Bigger than Jesus showcases the Beatles in the dynamic style Shadowbox is known for, expressing each song with accompaniment including dance numbers, campy costumes and even gymnasts. Music still lies at the heart of the show, though. Guyer says the performers pride themselves on recreating some of the Beatles’ most unusual and challenging works, the ones most cover bands would avoid. “If your expectation is that you’re going to see a band do a Beatles tribute, you’re probably going to be disappointed,” Guyer says. “You’re going to hear the music of the Beatles performed live like you’ve never heard it before, and that’s a fact.” CS Cameron Carr is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Pro Grahams On dessert menus in Columbus, there’s always s’more to see By Bob Valasek

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IT MAY SEEM STRANGE THAT S’MORES, those ooey-gooey summertime sweet treat staples, could suddenly be trendy, but a look at the menus around the Columbus dining scene tells the (campfire) story. S’mores recipes first appeared in the early 1920s and are generally attributed to the Girl Scouts. The three simple ingredients of graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows have been popping up in recipes around town lately, and each eatery tends to put its own spin on the fireside indulgence. Here are three Columbus area establishments that have taken s’mores to new heights.

Wolf’s Ridge Brewing

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While Wolf’s Ridge Brewing will always be focused on its beer offerings, the menu in the dining room is light years beyond bar food. Executive chef Seth Lassak introduced the Chocolate Fudge Bar to the menu this past spring. The name of the dessert may not have you thinking about s’mores right away, but a quick glance at the description gives it away: marshmallow smear, graham cracker ice cream, fudge bar, dried graham cracker meringue. Lassak’s kitchen typically spends two to three hours preparing about 15 Chocolate Fudge Bars daily. In typical craft brewery fashion, Lassak believes that the s’mores-inspired dessert pairs best with a beer.

The Chocolate Fudge Bar at Wolf's Ridge Brewing

“I definitely go for our Dire Wolf (imperial stout) for the best beer pairing,” he says. “All the marshmallow and chocolate go great with the big, bold and high-alcohol beer.” Lassak has even heard from a guest that the dish sparked a memory for the diner and his family. The guest told Lassak that while eating the Chocolate Fudge Bar, his family “felt like they were at the lake and remembered that exact moment when they bite into the s’more that came off the campfire, then they opened their eyes and they were in our dining room.”

Chocolate Café

1855 Northwest Blvd. “S’mores never go out of style. They remind people of summer, campfires and being young,” says Lisa Boyle, owner of the Chocolate Café. August 2017 |




Making Your Own S’mores

When it comes to making your own s’mores, keep these tips in mind for easy and delicious fireside treats this summer. The main ingredients are graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows. Hershey’s chocolate bars break easily into squares and rectangles that match the size of your graham cracker. Also, look for square-shaped marshmallows that are made to fit your graham crackers. The traditional way to make s’mores is to toast the marshmallow over a campfire or the open flame of a fire pit. The heated marshmallow then goes between two graham crackers along with a piece of chocolate, melting the chocolate as you gently squeeze the sweet sandwich together. S’mores can also be made by toasting the marshmallow over a heated grill, in the toaster oven or even in the microwave. The key is heating the marshmallow so that it can begin to melt the chocolate as you assemble your s’more. Fire safety is paramount when making s’mores, so be sure to use caution and supervise children.

The s'mores frozen hot chocolate at Chocolate Cafe

One look at the Chocolate Café’s menu, and it’s clear Boyle and her café have taken this sentiment to heart. There’s an entire section dedicated to s’mores: Traditional S’mores, Monkey S’mores (with bananas, of course), Buckeye S’mores with peanut butter, and Strawberry and Chocolate S’Mores. Boyle says staffers try to add graham crackers and marshmallows to whatever dessert combination they can, and this year they’ve had success with a s’mores version of the frozen hot chocolate, as well as a s’mores sundae. “We’ve gotten some very positive feedback, especially from our S’mores Sundae,” says Boyle. “As one guest put it, ‘it hits all the right notes.’” Not only are the s’mores-based desserts delicious, but the prep time is minimal, so Boyle and her staff see this as the best of both worlds. Put on the spot to pair the s’mores items with something else on the menu, Boyle responds precisely as one would expect the owner of the Chocolate Café to respond: “Chocolate pairs with everything.”

Cherbourg Bakery

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dients, the Cherbourg Bakery is one of the few to actually alter a component. Geri Peacock, owner of Cherbourg Bakery, and her staff make ginger snaps Geri Peacock of Cherbourg Bakery

from scratch, and they use them as a substitute for graham crackers in their S’mores Bar. “My son loves marshmallow fluff, and I love our ginger snaps, so we combined the two and added chocolate to make it s’more-ish,” she says. The bakery typically makes 48 S’mores Bars for a standard day, and Peacock believes the best pairing on the menu is a glass of cold milk. Cherbourg Bakery has been serving its S’mores Bar for five-plus years, and the bakery has received lots of great feedback about it over that time, but one particular customer gave feedback that Peacock considers among the best she’s received: “I have dreams about this S’mores Bar.” CS


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Gastropubs and laid-back bars are the calling card of local restaurateur Brian Swanson By Katie Ellington

FROM BREAKFAST TACOS AND CHURRO WAFFLES to “all in” mac and cheese, the

fare at Brian Swanson’s restaurants is anything but routine. “I like to take normal items that people are into and put a hip spin on it,” says Swanson, who owns four Columbus-area restaurants. Hence items like the GC burger at Grandview Café: a dry-aged beef patty topped with bacon, cheddar, tomato jam and caramelized onions, served on a pretzel bun seared with the restaurant’s logo. Swanson didn’t plan on managing restaurants when he moved to central Ohio in 1998. After graduating from The Ohio State University, the Canton native began a career in marketing and residential real estate. He went on to become a partner in various Short North Brian Swanson restaurants before purchasing Bodega, a gastropub in Short North, in January 2014. He made a few minor tweaks to Bodega, then sought out some new projects. “I just kind of fell into (the restaurant business),” says Swanson. “Once you’re hooked, you’re hooked.” The last two years have been particularly busy for Swanson, who now lives in the Short North and has opened three more restaurants in the span of 12 months. Balboa in Grandview Heights opened in May 2016. It boasts a large drink menu and delicious tacos inspired by the flavors of southern California. Two months later, in downtown Columbus, Swanson introduced Hadley’s Bar + Kitchen, a gastropub that serves sandwiches, tacos and bar-style appetizers. His most recent project, reopening Grandview Café, took 18 months of renovations before the big debut this past May. But for Swanson, rehabbing and restoring older locations is part of the fun. “I like buildings that have character and have uniqueness and a history,” he says. “Connect Realty and MidOhio Contractor have been a huge help with that.” Though each restaurant has its own unique brand, they all offer made-from-scratch food and a relaxed atmosphere.

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Grandview Café

“I’ve always strived to create spots I really like to hang out in, and I’m a casual, laid-back guy,” says Swanson. Being a managing partner of multiple restaurants keeps him on his toes, but he wouldn’t have it any other way. “I love the fast-paced, hustle-and-bustle environment (of the restaurant industry),” he says. “The lifestyle fits my personality well. I could never be stuck in a cubicle all day.” When he’s not working (which isn’t often), Swanson loves to travel. Experiencing other cultures, cities and restaurants allows him to keep an eye on the hottest trends in food – so he can come back and experiment with dishes. CS

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NEITHER DO WE. Swanson on his favorite items at each restaurant Bodega Drink: We have an extensive rotating craft beer list here. I like to try the newest brew.

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Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents Tchaikovsky V. Drake Sept. 15 Ohio Theatre Steve Hackman has been to Columbus twice now, presenting musical mashups of classical composers (Brahms and Beethoven) and alternative rock bands (Radiohead and Coldplay). Now, he’s branching out to hip-hop, combining Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony with such Drake hits as “Started from the Bottom,” “Jumpman” and “Hotline Bling.” “Our goal is to get Steve into the Columbus market. … He’s about what we’re about: He wants classical music in front of people, (and) however he can get classical music in front of people, he’s going to do it,” says Corsi of CAPA, which handles operations for the symphony. 16 | August 2017

McCoy Center presents TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band Sept. 8 Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts

Two of the big names in blues are going on tour in support of their first-ever collaborative album. CAPA, which handles booking for the McCoy Center, has been trying to get both artists for years now, so getting both of them at once is a huge bonus, says CAPA Director of Programming Rich Corsi. “It’s always interesting when you’re pairing folks, because nine times out of 10, folks really get along. It’s nice when you can see two artists who are that good at their craft play together,” Corsi says.

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Shadowbox Live presents Circle of Blood: A Story of Betrayal, Honor and Vengeance Sept. 29-Nov. 12 Shadowbox Live Five strategically placed screens will help Shadowbox Live present the live-action equivalent of a graphic novel in its latest boundary-pushing production. Circle of Blood is inspired by the graphic novel Kabuki by bestselling author David Mack and uses some artwork directly from the pages of it on the screens, which are also used to reveal characters’ thoughts in real time. “It’s futuristic, it’s dark, it’s edgy, it’s exploring the underground crime scene in Japan, and the artwork is telling the story,” says Shadowbox Community Relations Director Stacie Boord. August 2017 |



Funny Bone presents Christopher Titus Oct. 3-5 Columbus Funny Bone

BalletMet and the Wexner Center present Parallel Connections Oct. 20-21 Mershon Auditorium, Wexner Center for the Arts BalletMet is kicking off its 40th anniversary season with a collaborative project that will be presented at the Wexner Center in conjunction with The Ohio State University Department of Dance. The show features one combined piece, one piece by OSU and two pieces by BalletMet, including James Kudelka’s enormously popular Johnny Cash tribute The Man in Black. “Our hope is that, through our 40th anniversary, we highlight our past and look toward where we’re going in the future,” says BalletMet Executive Director Sue Porter.

PromoWest Productions presents Ben Folds Oct. 26 Express Live! Ben Folds always draws a crowd for his highenergy shows, and his fall engagement at Express Live! looks to be no exception. The talented pianist and alternative rocker has played the venue before, but this show promises to be different, as Folds will be taking song requests thrown onto the stage as paper airplanes. Another unique show on the PromoWest schedule is the Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s gig at Newport Music Hall on Nov. 14; the blues rock ensemble is a side project for Robinson, best known as the singer for the Black Crowes (“Hard to Handle,” “Jealous Again,” “Twice as Hard”).

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Photos courtesy of TJ Markwalter (Christopher Titus), Jennifer Zmuda (Parallel Connections), All Good Factory (Ben Folds), Schottenstein Center (Janet Jackson), United Palace of Cultural Arts (Hip Hop Nutcracker), Deaf West Theatre (American Buffalo) and Marco Borggreve (Vadim Gluzman)

Patrons familiar with Christopher Titus’ 2000-02 FOX TV show, Titus, might have an idea of his style, but they’re not going to be getting a “greatest hits” show. Titus, known for his comedy drawn from real-life experiences and his willingness to tackle dark topics, brings a different experience every time he visits the Funny Bone, says Dave Stroupe, the club’s general manager. “(Titus) is one of the most prolific writers in the business; therefore, you can always expect new material, self-reflection and observations,” Stroupe says.

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After having to postpone her tour last year, the pop legend is back on the road. The singer of “Nasty,” “Miss You Much,” “What Have You Done for Me Lately,” “Black Cat,” “Doesn’t Really Matter” and more is visiting 56 cities as part of her State of the World tour. For fans of newer pop music arts, the Schottenstein Center has an impressive September line-up: Katy Perry on Sept. 7, the Weeknd on Sept. 19 and Bruno Mars on Sept. 20.

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CATCO presents American Buffalo Nov. 30-Dec. 9 Studio One, Riffe Center Emotions run high in this David Mamet play, but they’ll be expressed onstage in a completely different way. CATCO and CAPA are teaming up to bring in Deaf West Theatre’s production of American Buffalo, performed with a combination of spoken word, projected lines and American Sign Language and designed to appeal to hearing and non-hearing audiences alike. “You really feel the connection because of what (the actors) are putting into it,” says Chad Whittington, interim president and CEO of CAPA.

Here’s a version of The Nutcracker you’ve never seen before. This show, produced by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, incorporates a cast of hip-hop style dancers, an onstage DJ and an electric violinist for a reimagining of the classic ballet in a 1980s Brooklyn nightclub. “The name is there, but you’ve got to visually see some of it,” says Corsi.

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra presents Northern Lights Jan. 20-21 Southern Theatre, Worthington United Methodist Church ProMusica Creative Partner Vadim Gluzman leads the orchestra through one show per season, and this season, it’s this show designed to evoke feelings of northern climates through works by Bach, Vasks, Nielsen and more. The shows Gluzman leads are always appealing to audiences because of the different atmosphere; after all, Gluzman is playing, so he’s not visibly conducting, but the other performers are talented and synced enough to easily follow. “I think that’s the most important thing for an orchestra, generally: that people listen to each other and solve problems themselves,” says ProMusica Music Director David Danzmayr.

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New Albany Symphony Orchestra presents Lions, Tigers, & Bears – Oh My! March 10-11 Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts

Broadway Across America presents Chicago Feb. 6-11 Palace Theatre The femme fatales of Chicago need a good lawyer to defend them for the murders of their husbands, and in the current production on tour, they’ve got one who’s formidable both in the courtroom and on the gridiron. Former Buckeye football player Eddie George takes the stage as defense attorney Billy Flynn, and lest audiences wonder whether a star running back can be a star actor, local Broadway marketing manager Lisa Minken promises George is more than capable as an actor, singer and dancer. “I think (audiences) will surprised when they see how well he moves on stage,” Minken says.

Columbus Jazz Orchestra presents 100 Years of Buddy Rich & Dizzy Gillespie Feb. 15-18 Southern Theatre The Jazz Arts Group is celebrating its 45th birthday this season, so it’s only appropriate that one of its shows be a birthday party in its own right for two jazz legends who would have turned 100 this year. The show will feature some of the best-known and beloved songs by Buddy Rich and Dizzy Gillespie, with top-notch drummer Jeff Hamilton carrying on Rich’s legacy and Roberta Gambarini using a vocal style strikingly similar to Gillespie’s. “The volume of creativity these guys had could easily fill up one concert; they were both very prolific in what they did,” says orchestra Artistic Director Byron Stripling. 20 | August 2017

The New Albany Symphony Orchestra is celebrating 10 years with an update of the first show it ever performed on the McCoy Center stage: Carnival of the Animals. The production is different, the orchestra is much bigger, a big top circus theme will be present throughout the show and Jym Ganahl will be providing narration, but the emphasis on animalevocative music remains. “We are doing a full circle, coming back around to where we started,” says orchestra Executive Director Heather Garner.

Opera Columbus presents Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice April 18-22 Southern Theatre Opera Columbus is bringing the classical art of opera into the future with this show featuring a virtual chorus of 100 singers from around the world, an electric guitar in the pit orchestra and an entirely projected set. “I wanted to try to infuse technology into an opera. … I wanted to see, if Gluck were alive today, with access to everything we have access to, what the opera would sound like,” says Artistic Director Peggy Kriha Dye. The show has only three live singers, but the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and a baroque burlesque ballet company from New York ensure the onstage production will impress.

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McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra presents The Words Beneath the Sound

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weighty topics. On Aug. 8, the council’s gallery opens its new show: Urur Dhex-Dhexaad Ah: Community In-Between. The photographic exhibition features portraits of 15 central Ohio Somali role models, and is just part one of a three-year project looking closely at immigration, integration and identity. “The main goal of the exhibition is to raise awareness about immigration specifically, and through the Somali population,” says David Guion, executive director of the council. “It’s raising awareness about the issues facing the Somali community and providing acceptance and inclusion.” Two female Somali high school students and other community photographers shot portraits that will be guided by written and video personal narratives, artifacts and oral histories, which will be delivered by augmented reality. “We will have iPads here that will be pre-downloaded with the Aurasma app, but you can also use your phone and download the app yourself,” says Guion. “Basically, there is … an image that triggers a video of the artist talking.” The use of augmented reality will give guests the incredible experience of not only hearing the role models’ stories, but seeing the emotion behind them, helping them connect with the subjects. “The personal narratives have been captured on video during interviews with the role models,” says Janet Cooper, director of engagement at the council. “They are then cut down to one- to two-minute segments.  Urur Dhex-Dhexaad Ah is presented in collaboration with guest preparators Ruth Smith and Qorsho Hasan. The photographs and stories will also be available during the exhibition via a book published by The Ohio State University. “The exhibition’s content is designed to welcome visitors into the space – providing an accessible and inviting way to hear stories of family histories, and to provide a mechanism for conversations about immigration, integraIlhan Dahir, Rhodes Scholar tion and identity,” says Cooper. and Fulbright recipient The exhibition runs through Nov. 3. CS

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hanging personal style may be easy, but the challenge of restyling your home can be much more intimidating.

It can be hard to know where to start when tackling a renovation project. Replacing countertops, floors or fixtures may be an easy way to achieve the different looks you’re hoping to emulate. Change things up in the kitchen or revamp your bathroom with engineered stone and wood products. Quartz has gained popularity over the past few years, outshining granite in durability, versatility and customization. Whether you are remodeling to sell or just updating your home’s look, quartz can turn any room into a luxurious space. Engineered stone countertops consist of about 90 percent ground quartz, with the remaining 10 percent made up of resins, polymers and pigments. Depending on how finely the quartz is ground, the finished product can look speckled or smooth. This allows the consumer to choose from a wide variety of colors and textures. Unlike granite, quartz is non-porous and therefore cannot be stained. It’s also scratch-proof and resistant to cracks and etches, making it very low-maintenance. “A long time ago, people didn’t care about what was on their countertops, just as long as it was functional,” says Brad Beckwith, a local market representative for Cambria. Quartz used to make up about 25 percent of most solid surface manufacturers’ sales, says Beckwith, but today, that figure is closer to 80 percent, and he doesn’t foresee a decline in the near future. Homeowners are looking to make statements with the surfaces in their homes now, and engineered stone allows for more personality in every design. Color statements in the kitchen are becoming more popular as quartz gains recognition. Cambria makes several variations of these engineered stone countertops, from the classic neutral tones to more Porcelain wood tiles can now be designed to mimic the look of real hard wood floors while still offering the durability of tile. Photo courtesy of J.S. Brown & Co.

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funky designs with undertones of green and blue. The Kelvingrove design showcases subtle green tones, while the Skye design features a bold blue. Both designs are great examples of how the countertop has become a statement piece, especially in the kitchen. Quartz offers an expensive and luxurious look at a price point comparable with mid- to upper-range granite. Since quartz is one of the planet’s most abundant minerals, engineered stone countertops are very accessible and easy to purchase even for do-it-yourself remodelers. Bryce Jacob, president at J.S. Brown & Co., agrees that quartz has taken over popular demand. Porcelain wood varies greatly and can be designed to look more like tile or more like the real thing, depending on preference. Photo courtesy of J.S. Brown & Co.

“Quartz is the most common countertop surface request, though granite is still a close second,” says Jacob. “Both butcher block and reclaimed wood countertops are starting to become more popular in kitchens, too.” Wood is also still a crowd favorite when it comes to flooring, but many are looking to porcelain tile for its durability and customizable design, Jacob says, as well as the opportunities presented by porcelain tile that imitates wood. Larger format tiles with fewer and tighter grout lines are preferred, says Jacob. “As far as the design, there is a very large demand for porcelain wood … (which gives) the look of wood, but the performance of tile,” he says. “Wood tile comes in a wide variety of widths and lengths. Ten inches by 48 inches is fairly common because it takes on a more natural look of hardwood planks. The color and finish of the material is endless, so accomplishing a formal or rustic look is easy.” If porcelain wood tile isn’t the right look for you, but you’re still searching for a durable wood floor, there is always engineered hardwood. The material incorporates several thin layers of wood adhered together in a reinforcing pattern, with a thin piece of premium wood attached to the top and sealed with a synthetic material to increase durability. “You don’t have to worry about your pet scratching the (engineered hardwood) floor with their claws,” says Beckwith. Though the classic wood look hasn’t vanished from current home décor, the once-modern look of stainless steel has lost

Cambria offers this Kelvingrove design of engineered stone countertop that adds a pop of color to any kitchen. Photo courtesy of Cambria

its luster for many. Rose gold and brass fixtures and hardware are showing up more in kitchens and bathrooms in place of stainless steel. Gold and brass offer elegant accents that complement most color schemes, while warming the overall look of any space. If you are looking to refinish fixtures or hardware that you already have, there are several do-it-yourself techniques out there for transforming stainless steel into something that looks more like copper. Most techniques involve patina or some sort of copper spray paint to repurpose the underlying surface. v Jenny Wise is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at


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What’s Behind (Garage) Door No. 1? Garage doors with the visual appeal of wood and durability of steel By Isabelle Brown

A garage door is not always as it appears. When it comes to designing a home, the style is in the details. A thoughtful design uses small details in unexpected places to create a big impact. In design, there are always two areas to consider: function and form. One way to combine them, now growing in popularity, is through steel doors that are stained to look like wood. “The steel door provides better insulation and requires no upkeep, versus a wood door that may need refinished with weathering and age,” says Lindsay Stout, marketing coordinator for the Hamilton Parker Company. Hamilton Parker – which has locations in east Columbus, Delaware and Cincinnati – specializes in garage doors, in addition to tile, masonry and fireplaces. By installing a steel door that looks like wood, homeowners are investing in a material that provides better function, and there’s no need to sacrifice form. “The technology and finish of these doors has improved greatly over the last several years,” says Stout. “From the street, you can barely tell the difference.” v Isabelle Brown is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

Recent trends in decorative wood By Lydia Freudenberg

With the constant evolution of interior decorating, it can be difficult to stay up to date on the latest looks. Recently, though, homeowners have been resorting to a timeless look by featuring decorative wood throughout the entire house. Julie Gordon, design gallery director for central Ohio homebuilder Romanelli & Hughes, gives the inside scoop on the latest wooden trends. Floors “For flooring, we’re doing a lot of hand scraped or reclaimed wood looks,” says Gordon. Because actual reclaimed wood can cause splinters, Gordon says many homeowners prefer to buy flooring that is manufactured to look aged. Oak and hickory can be the most convincing due to their abundant amount of grain. Some redecorators are veering away from typical floor patterns. Gordon says she’s seeing chevron and herringbone, both in tasteful zig-zag designs. Cabinets “What we are seeing right now is painted cabinetry,” says Gordon. Many homeowners have been sporting allwhite kitchen cabinetry to create a light, clean feel. Most painted cabinets are made from

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maple, a wood that has less grain, allowing it to capture paint more evenly. Ceiling “We’re doing a lot of decorative wood on ceilings right now,” says Gordon. “They can be very beautiful looks.” Large ceiling beams with laid-in paneling, either painted or stained, create a dramatic but cozy atmosphere. Walls Shiplap, shiplap and more shiplap. “It’s very popular right now,” says Gordon. Typically fashioned in a horizontal manner to avoid the dreaded 1970s paneling look, this accent-wall wood will make a room feel larger yet homey. v Lydia Freudenberg is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at

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While sacrificing style for safety is an easy choice for parents, now there’s no need to choose. Gone are the days when the only option was a simple, plastic, boring design. Susan Dyas, owner of Epic Group Ohio, says homeowners can have gates that are fun and exciting. “No one wants to use the cheap little baby gates that you can get at Target,” says Dyas. “They want something that’s pretty. One of the most recent ones that we did actually mimicked a barn door that we had also done in the homeowner’s house. They know it’s going to be something that is there for a while, and they want it easily functional, and to look pretty and be a permanent fixture.” With indoor gates continuing to be a necessity for many homeowners, people are starting to realize they don’t have to settle for the designs that have been around for years. “We’ve definitely seen (gates) as a more frequently-requested item than we have in the past because people are getting into the fact that it can be something different,” says Dyas. v Jake Nerone is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at


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Selling a home is an infamously stressful experience, but figuring out what will make your home stand out in the crowd can make it easier. While it may be costly up front, it pays off long-term. Whether you’re renovating your home because you plan to sell, or just want to update the look of your home, here are 10 ideas that will give you the highest return on your investment. Inspect it Not all remodeling needs are cosmetic. A home may need a new roof, have an infestation or leak, or need new electrical wiring, but you won’t know until you consult a professional. Hire an inspector to check everything in your home that you can’t see. Fresh Paint A simple and cheap way to update a home is with a fresh coat of paint. It’s best to paint with neutrals if you’re looking to sell, because they appeal to the most people and are easy to cover if a buyer wants to change the room color. Landscaping Having a well-manicured and colorful lawn creates curb appeal. When shopping, think about buying native plants and those that bloom annually to get the best return on investment. Kitchen Upgrade The kitchen is one of the first places a buyer looks when searching for a new home. Upgrade yours by installing energy-efficient appliances, refacing or replacing your cabinets, and installing new light fixtures. Installing a water filtration system is an inexpensive way to improve the quality of the kitchen. Replacing Your Carpet Old carpet can hold bacteria, allergens and contaminants, which can make you or 28 L u



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a possible buyer sick. Replacing your carpet will improve your air quality and modernize your home, especially if you install hardsurface flooring. New Garage Door According to a 2016 study in Remodeling Magazine, replacing the garage door offers the best return on investment. Sellers can expect to recoup 85 percent of the cost for replacing their garage door. Installing a Generator Power outages cost Americans millions of dollars each year. Installing a generator can power a home in an emergency, save you money and increase the value of your home. Insulating the Attic Hiring a professional to insulate your attic with fiberglass may be expensive, but it’s worth the investment. Having a home that’s cool in the summer and warm in the winter will save you money in energy costs. New Windows Installing more windows lets in more natural light and can make rooms appear bigger. Make sure to install energy efficient windows to save on heating costs in the winter. Replacing the Front Door A new door can be inexpensive, boost a home’s curb appeal and with buyers now shopping online for homes, an interesting front door can make a strong first impression. v Charles Williams is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

Out with the Old Tips and tricks for staging a house for sale by cleaning and decluttering By Emily Hetterscheidt

While it’s no secret that it’s in a home-seller’s best interest to clean his or her house before showing it to potential buyers, some important details are easy to overlook. Clutter may hide in the background for people who live in the house, but potential buyers see an eyesore and a distraction. Clutter makes it hard for buyers to see the house for what it really is and imagine themselves in the space, especially when photos and memorabilia from the previous owners remain. Lindsey Riemenschneider, stager at C&B Staging and Redesign, says clutter kills when it comes to the impressions of the potential buyer. “If you have clutter in your rooms, buyers can’t see past that, and they’re most likely going to move on to the next house,” Riemenschneider says. It helps to focus more time and energy on the areas that will be most important to potential buyers, such as the living room, dining room, kitchen and bathrooms. A great method is to clean each space top to bottom and left to right so that no surface is overlooked. Mold and mildew stains can be small but devastating to the potential buyer. Use liquid household bleach to clean tubs, shower doors and grout between tiles so the bathroom gives a great first impression. Riemenschneider says that it’s in every seller’s best interest to hire a cleaning service to deep-clean the house right before a showing. She also says a new paint job will always have a 100 percent return on investment, and your best bets are soft greys and beiges, not harsh whites. Riemenschneider recommends Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter as a go-to staging color. v Emily Hetterscheidt is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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his past June, the New Albany Walking Club lost one of its longtime members. Gloria Lotz – in her own quiet, yet courageous, manner – had Gloria Lotz put up a yeoman’s battle against an overpowering goliath we know as cancer. But Gloria’s battle was not lost in vain. Gloria taught us that this dreadful disease might eventually overtake one’s physical ability to ward off protective forces that defend our bodies, but she also confirmed what today’s medical research has yielded. Being engaged in an ongoing program of physical activity such as walking can prevent or delay cancer recidivism, or even prevent cancer from ever occurring. At Gloria’s memorial gathering shortly after her passing, I had the opportunity to chat with one of her family members. During our conversation, I was made aware of how much walking meant to Gloria. Walking was embedded in her DNA. She wasn’t an Olympian. She did not compete for age group awards. She did not record every aspect of her workouts, nor did she maintain a journal of her mile splits during races. But Gloria walked herself into being physically fit. When compared to others within her age group, she was well beyond her non-athletic peers. One compelling statement shared with me by one of her family members had a significant impact. I was told that Gloria’s oncologist believed that she was not expected to reach age 65, as her cancer was too advanced. However, Gloria lived close to age 68. Per the oncologist, Gloria extended her life, both in quality and years, because she walked. On many occasions after we completed our Sunday walks, I would chat with Gloria and express my philosophy about the importance of walking for her well-being. I always reminded her that walking was not only good for the heart. Walking would also help her in her fight against cancer. And it did. As with anyone living with cancer, having a support group is paramount to wellness. Members of the New Albany Walking Club helped add years to Gloria’s life. It wasn’t just the camaraderie during our walks; it was the socializing after our workouts, as well as the assistance of club members throughout the week, that fueled Gloria’s desire to feel the love and support needed to keep going. The Walking Club and walking were integral parts of Gloria’s cancer treatment. As we enter year No. 13 of the Walking Classic, let us be reminded of the importance of maintaining a physically active lifestyle, whether walking for health or competition. Walking is medicine for the body and spirit. It was for Gloria. Healthfully, Phil Heit Founder and Race Director New Albany Walking Classic 2017 New Albany Walking Classic |


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hroughout its 13 years, the New Albany Walking Classic has seen enormous growth. With 3,000 participants, vendors waiting at the finish line and the countless volunteers along the way, to organize the Walk each year is no easy feat. Yet, Healthy New Albany, Inc., the the strategic partnership. That’s at the organization that runs the Walk, core of why we’re involved (and) what takes it in stride. makes it so unique.” The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center As a major sponsor for many years, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has been with the Walking Classic through it all, including the opening of the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany in 2014. Because both organizations share a goal of creating a community of health, there was no question whether to partner. “I was so impressed,” says Dan Like, executive director of ambulatory services at OSU Wexner Medical Center, of his first encounter with the city of New Albany. “There’s no question that we wouldn’t have the presence that we do in New Albany if it wasn’t for

Like was particularly impressed by Healthy New Albany, Inc. and Walking Classic founder Phil Heit. The vision of inspiring a healthy culture around him started when Heit was young, when he was part of the original running group that started the New York City Marathon in 1970 and the committee that founded the Columbus Marathon in 1980. “Phil is obviously so passionate,” says Like. “The first time I participated in (the Walking Classic) … I was blown away with the amount of energy and camaraderie of the community, the interaction with everybody.” The City of New Albany The five-mile course winds and weaves throughout the beautiful city of New Al-

bany, giving walkers views of the vast golf course, Georgian-style homes and, of course, the white horse fencing that has become analogous to the city. Naturally, with 3,000 people from inside and outside of the city, it takes some major cooperation between residents, visitors and Walk organizers. Luckily, the relationship between the Walking Classic and the city of New Albany can only be described as synergistic. City officials make safety for all walkers a top priority. Providing police and safety services and coordinating barricades and pylons are key factors in helping everything walk – not run – smoothly. The Walk brings in faces not just from around central Ohio, but from 40 states and outside the U.S. as well. The Walk is a major way for New Albany to show its stuff. “I think it’s such a fantastic opportunity to show off the community,” says Scott McAfee, public information officer for the city. “It’s not just the Walking Classic; it’s the New Albany Walking Classic, the symbiotic nature. I think we all work very hard to put our best foot forward to make sure people enjoy this event.” McAfee and his wife, Melinda, have participated in the Walk together for five years now, and have made it a yearly priority. That means McAfee is able to enjoy the Walk as an organizer as well as a participant. “To be honest, every race has had fantastic weather, and being able to be out and enjoying the festive atmosphere and going on a long walk with my wife – it’s just really nice for us,” he says. 2017 New Albany Walking Classic |


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The Front Lines Walking Classic newbies will notice a few things: the beauty of New Albany, the energy of an excited crowd on a Sunday morning and the smiling faces of volunteers, many of whom are young residents. For Marianne Troutman, wellness manager for Healthy New Albany, Inc., and her Walking Classic volunteer peers, getting young people involved was a no-brainer. Her children were of school age and involved in athletics at New Albany-Plain Local Schools, where students are required to complete service hours to graduate from New Albany High School. The Walking Classic seemed a perfect opportunity. “It showcases our kids doing something for the community,” says Troutman. “It resonates through the whole event and helps the walkers to see how much they are being supported by the kids. You’re getting to see kids in a positive light, their participation and support.” Various athletic teams from New Albany High School participate in the Walk, though people of all ages are welcome to sign up to volunteer. The soccer team wakes up at dawn to help set up, the football team helps with vendors and walkers at the finish line, and the cross country team cleans up afterward. Last year, the field hockey team was stationed along the route for guidance, and Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts passed out water and Gatorade at stopping stations. Doing all that for 3,000 people requires a lot of effort on a Sunday morning, but walkers are hardpressed to find a young person unhappy about being involved. “I see a vibrant, alive, excited community that is all-inclusive and all-involved in supporting the event,” says Troutman, who took on the volunteer initiative in 2009. “I wouldn’t have volunteered for so long if I didn’t love it.” Troutman’s ultimate goal is to get as many volunteers involved as possible, and she continues to reach out to more student organizations and teams to participate. Troutman, like countless others involved in the year-round effort to do the impossible year after year, names the person who started it all as a main inspiration. “I support the activities that support becoming the healthiest community, and I will tell you, we have a fabulous leader, and his name is Dr. Phil Heit,” says Troutman. “Talk about somebody who burns with passion, it’s Phil. He’s contagious – in a good way.”

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It’s never a challenge to find a park, trail or green space in New Albany By Jake Nerone

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he New Albany Walking Classic draws a huge crowd to New Albany in September, but New Albany is an appealing place to walk any time. With over 2,000 acres of green space, and 90 percent of neighborhoods within a quarter-mile of a park, the city has made a commitment to walking trails, bike paths and recreational space to encourage residents to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. “We have many areas throughout the parks with athletic fields, baseball fields, playgrounds, tennis courts and miles of additional paths within the parks to provide as many recreational activities as we can for the community,” says Dave Wharton, director of New Albany Parks & Recreation. The more people can walk, run or cycle instead of driving, the better, Wharton says. “By having safe paths to bike, walk and run on, people can exercise for miles and miles without car traffic to interfere,” Wharton says. “With lots of opportunities to stay active on safe paths and plenty of miles to walk or run on, it’s a great place to be active.”

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Gloria Lotz at the New Albany Walking Classic (left), on a walk (above) and with members of the New Albany Walking Club (right)

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hough she died in June, dedicated New Albany Walking Club member Gloria Lotz continues to inspire others. Lotz died June 4 at age 67. She is survived by her husband, Stephen Lotz, children, Regina and Alan, and four grandchildren. Despite having been diagnosed with cancer, Lotz was an active member of the Walking Club and a regular participant in the New Albany Walking Classic. She was also a member of other walking clubs, such as the Telephone Pioneers, Gahanna Get Moving Team and German Village Walking Club. “I think she was the most positive, upbeat person I’ve ever met in my life,” says Liz Plott, who had been a close friend of Lotz’s for the past 25 years after they met at a health club. Plott remembers her friend as a dedicated walker. “The last time I walked with her … here she (was) fighting cancer, but she was still so motivating, because she’s there out on the Creekside Trail walking,” Plott says. Lotz was known by her peers for being very competitive with herself, having a personal goal of beating her own time from the previous year’s Walking Classic. “She was just a person who tried to take care of herself and she was willing to work at it, and always saw the positive of everything, always the positive,” Plott says. “I never saw her one time without a smile on her face, never.”


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articipants in this year’s New Albany Walking Classic will have the opportunity to do a little extracurricular walking over the weekend. Healthy New Albany, which organizes the Walk, is partnering with Easton Town Center to create “passports” for participants, offering discounts and coupons to be used at Easton stores during the weekend of the event. The list of stores was still being finalized as of mid-July, but is expected to feature several businesses. There have been 350 ZIP codes represented during the past 13 years of the event, including 37 states and two foreign countries. That demonstrates the importance of the Walk’s word-of-mouth advertising and how the event has reached a wide variety of people who come into town for the Walking Classic, says Kristin Ferguson, business development and corporate partnership manager for Healthy New Albany. “It’s great to expose our Walk participants to parts of Columbus that Healthy New Albany is in partnership with and are within a short proximity from where the event is held,” Ferguson says. Healthy New Albany is a partner in Easton’s Ways to Wellness program that includes partners representing caring health initiatives. This program takes place every Thursday through the end of August. Emily Hetterscheidt is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at



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Mindful walking can be a boost to mental health By Isabelle Brown


hough the New Albany Walking Classic’s primary focus is on physical health, walking can have a positive effect on mental health, too. The concept of mindful walking has come to the forefront in recent years. It’s a fairly simple concept: While you walk, be aware of each step and each breath you take. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine compared the physical and mental health of patients who practiced a traditional walking exercise to those who practiced walking accompanied by Buddhisminspired meditation. The meditative walking used techniques similar to those found in yoga to help participants focus on the mind-body connection. Coordinators of the study established a meditative pattern of walking, arm swinging and breathing, and encouraged patients to note the alternating states of contraction and relaxation in their bodies. The study concluded that while both methods of walking improved physical fitness, the meditative walking positively impacted participants’ mental health. The study coordinators suggest meditative walking for those who suffer from depression as an alternative to a sedentary lifestyle. Indeed, per the study, patients who practiced mindful walking saw a decrease in their depression. Isabelle Brown is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Going Overboard Themed cruises make a big splash with a variety of options By Jenny Wise IF VACATIONS ARE MEANT TO BE STRESS-FREE, then why does planning the trip

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always seem so stressful? Whether you’re looking for an all-inclusive trip or you have multiple destinations in mind, a cruise could be the perfect stress-free fit for you. But how do you pick the right one? A themed cruise that matches your interests, hobbies or lifestyle may be the easiest way to simplify the planning process, while still assuring you enjoy your vacation.

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“Not every cruise is for everybody,” says Willa Owens, vacation consultant at Dublin-based Creative Vacations and Cruise Centers. “Some people are more focused on budget, while others are adamant about a certain destination.” From musical artists and television shows with cult folRelaxation is a key component in the healthy lifestyle lowings to fine art and dining, if you can name it, there’s this cruise promotes. likely a cruise for it. Choosing a cruise based on your interests not only makes it more fun for you and your travel companions, it makes it easier to socialize with other travelers who share your interests. Choose a destination with extensive land excursions if you are looking for something more adventurous. If you are more interested in exploring all of the dining options on the ship, check out a culinary cruise that will focus your time in ports that are home to the world’s most exotic cuisine. The Walker Stalker Cruise offered on Norwegian Cruise Line marries a trip to Cozumel, Mexico with a week full of activities themed after AMC’s The Walking Dead. Cast members board the cruise, not unlike other cruises themed after musicians, shows and movies, giving vacation-goers opportunities for photos, autographs and even meet-and-greets with the celebrities. Not a fan of the zombie apocalypse? Try the Backstreet Passengers aboard the Holistic Holiday at Sea vegan cruise Boys Cruise on Carnival Cruise Line, or maybe the Masjoin in meditation during a yoga class on the ship terChef Cruise on Holland America Line. One company, Holistic Holiday at Sea, hosts an annual vegan-themed cruise that educates However, if you’re not a planner or if you passengers about holistic approaches to health. want to take a last-minute cruise, there are “With 40 teachers, 150 classes, a delicious vegan menu and a social/party still opportunities, just far fewer than those almost every night, the Holistic Holiday at Sea program has something for available to the people who booked further everyone interested in health and longevity,” says Holistic Holiday at Sea Exin advance. If you don’t want to plan the ecutive Director Sandy Pukel. trip alone, working with a travel agent is a Though cruising was long seen as an activity for retired seniors, there have good way to take some of the stress out of the been recent shifts in demographic. Cruise vacations are now family favorites, process, while also catering the trip to your with cruise lines offering more kids’ programs and activities. personal needs. It’s not all princesses and dragons, though. More themed cruises are popping Though ocean cruises constitute the most up that are geared towards adults. Honeymooners have always been prevalent popular type of cruise, there are also river among cruise-goers, but trends show that more young couples and even singles cruises to consider. If you have already been will start to fill the demographic. on a few ocean cruises and are looking for “People are starting to cruise more and more. It used to be a vacation for an something different, you might look into a older demographic, but it has shifted toward family travel and larger groups of river cruise for a more intimate experience on friends,” says Owens. “In the future, there will be even more young couples and the inland waterways of foreign lands such as singles taking cruises.” Europe, Russia, Asia and Egypt. CS The American Society of Travel Agents recently conducted the “How America Travels” study, surveying more than 1,500 U.S. travelers. The study shows Jenny Wise is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome that, on average, millennials now cruise 2.5 times more often than baby boomers. at Millennials are attracted to the luxurious lifestyle that a cruise offers, and they are willing to spend big bucks on a trip that will satisfy their wants and needs. “Some younger couples want to do more exotic things, but it all comes down to what they can afford and what they are looking for,” says Owens. CS R E L A T E D R E A D I N G Cruise pricing varies a great deal and can be anywhere from $700 per person to more than $3,000 dependent on the ship, destination and the amenities offered. Though it is more spontaneous to plan a cruise last minute, Owens recommends booking six to eight months in advance. Not only does this allow for more time ➜ Buckeye Cruise for Cancer to financially prepare for the trip, it also means greater reservation options. ➜ Health and fitness cruises “Last-minute bookings mean you are getting what’s left, so there might not ➜ River cruises be availability for the excursions that you want or the type of room that you were looking for,” says Owens. ➜ Cruise for a Cure August 2017 |




The Anatomy of Art Painter Wray Clifford’s medical background shows in the detail level of her work By Athnie McMillan-Comeaux

AS AN ARTIST, PAINTER WRAY CLIFFORD is best known for her landscapes, which she describes as leaning “toward the impressionistic side of realism.” Her background, though, is in something decidedly different: medical illustration, which she studied as an undergraduate at The Ohio State University in the late 1990s. “Medical illustration is kind of a combination of science and art,” says Clifford. “We took all of our first-year classes with the first-year med students. I took anatomy, I took pathology, all of these classes that any first-year med student was

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taking. It’s not for the faint of heart; you have to have a very strong science background to study this field.” Though Clifford no longer practices medical illustration, she never lost the eye for detail that she developed as an undergraduate. “I think my work tends to be a little more Wray Clifford detailed just because of my training in illustration. Medical illustration is very detailed and very technical,” says Clifford. “I think sometimes I just see things differently from other people.” Clifford spent the years after she graduated from OSU working in advertising, and in her family business, selling ceramic tile and natural stone, but she began to miss the art world. “That was really kind of the turning point for me,” says Clifford. “When I was like, ‘Gosh, I haven’t really done any of my own art, or anything really artistic.’”

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That was when Clifford stumbled upon an opportunity to teach at Purple Dog Art Studio, a New Albany business that offers art classes for children. Clifford’s own children were taking classes there, so she reached out to the owner to see if there were any jobs available. “She said, ‘I need an instructor; would you be interested in teaching?’ I literally started teaching right away there,” says Clifford. “Within three months, she told me she was going to be selling her business, and would I be interested in buying it? I bought the business from her and, for the next few years, ran Purple Dog.” Running Purple Dog was what pulled Clifford back to art after her many years away. “The second I started working with those kids, and just started painting and drawing again, I was just like ‘Oh my God, this is what I’ve been missing,’” says Clifford. “I just felt like myself again.” Most of Clifford’s paintings depict landscapes, which she attributes to her family’s love of the outdoors. “We travel a lot as a family, so I like to take inspiration from all the different places that we go,” she says. “We like to hike, we like to dive, we love the ocean. We’re a very outdoorsy family, so I think that’s why a lot of my work deals with landscapes.” Though Clifford loves creating landscapes, her favorite part of painting comes before she even puts the paint on the canvas. “I love to mix colors,” says Clifford. “There’s something about just being able to take some basic colors and just mix and create. It’s almost meditative. I take a lot

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of time preparing a palette before I start painting. I think it helps give a cohesiveness to my artwork.” Now that Clifford is painting professionally, she has become involved with the Griffin Gallery at Creekside. “What the owner really wanted to do was to give something back to the community,” says Clifford. “He wanted to create a space where people could come and enjoy local artists, artists people haven’t seen before. It’s a beautiful space. It’s a great place to have an opening.” Clifford got involved with the gallery just over a year ago. “I actually know the owner of the gallery through other businesses that I’ve worked in the past,” she says. “I just went to him and talked to him about what he was trying to do with the gallery. I said, ‘Oh, I happen to be an artist,’ and he said, ‘Really? Let’s do a show.’” Clifford’s art was on display at the Griffin Gallery at Creekside in June and July. Clifford and her children will soon relocate to Boston to be with her husband, Dan, who has accepted a job there. But she intends to come back periodically and continue working at her studio on Summit Street. “I think Columbus has an amazing art scene. It’s just a really welcoming community,” says Clifford. “I don’t think Columbus has seen the last of me.” CS Athnie McMillan-Comeaux is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

Griffin Gallery at Creekside, where Wray Clifford’s work was recently displayed, is an up-and-coming gallery in central Ohio. The nonprofit Gahanna gallery was founded in 2014 by Lew and Janet Griffin, owners of the Lew Griffin Insurance Group. It focuses on work that explores Ohio’s rich history, and though it displays the work of artists from all over the country, the gallery is particularly committed to giving Ohio artists a place to display their art, and to supporting the local art community. Griffin Gallery is located at 77 Mill St. in downtown Gahanna.


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Three-Pronged Attack Funding from Pelotonia tackles cancer research from multiple angles By Emily Hetterscheidt


and around the weekend of the massive bike ride, but it makes a difference all year long. The ninth annual event, slated for Aug. 4-6, supports cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center­ Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. The race supports the James in three main ways: research, education of students, and retention and recruitment of faculty. “A really big chunk of that is the research dollars,” says Amanda Harper, director of media relations at the James. “The research spans things from big statewide cancer research initiatives – we have three so far – to supporting programs like digital pathology.” Digital pathology allows the James to do research about all cancers. The research money also goes into Idea Grants, which are smaller grants given out twice a year to faculty at the hospital.

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One of the statewide initiatives supported is the Ohio Colorectal Cancer Prevention initiative. The program supports efforts to screen newly diagnosed colorectal cancer patients and their biological relatives for Lynch syndrome, a condition that increases susceptibility to colorectal and other cancers. Among the education endeavors funded is the Pelotonia Fellowship Program, which provides support to students who are interested in careers in science. “That is so important right now because there are a lot of people leaving science careers, and careers in STEM in general, because they feel that it’s too expensive, they can’t afford to go to school that long or they don’t realize all the opportunity there,” Harper says. A big part of the recruitment/retention portion is packages that help faculty members build research labs. This year, Pelotonia is expected to have more than 8,000 riders and raise over $25 million, both of which would be records, says

Miguel Perez, vice president of the mission and brand of Pelotonia. “Things are looking good, but we’re not letting our guard down, because we want to make sure everyone gets involved,” Perez says. In addition to riding, Pelotonia is pushing volunteering, non-riding fundraising and virtual riding as means of getting involved. Routes range from 25 to 180 miles between Columbus and Gambier. CS



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Gallery Exhibits Decorative Arts Center of Ohio: Three Voices: Conversations on Life and Conflict, work by Judy Brandon, Leslie Shiels and Carol Snyder, through Aug. 13. www.dec McConnell Arts Center: Textured abstract paintings by Ed Phillips through Aug. 13. Faculty Show from Aug. 17-Oct. 15. www. Upper Arlington Concourse Gallery: Flux, images created by the editing and slicing of prints, through Aug. 18. Central Ohio Glass Masters, works by central Ohio studio glass artists curated by Hal Stevens, from Aug. 28-Oct. 26.

program, through Aug. 20. www.hawk Griffin Gallery at Creekside: New Works in Oil by Jon M. Browning through Aug. 25. Ohio Glass Museum: Totally Tiffin, work by glass artisans in Tiffin factories from 1888-1980, through Aug. 27. www.ohio Glass Axis: Exquisite Traceries, flameworked borosilicate glass by Kit Paulson, through Aug. 26. Marcia Evans Gallery: Summer Show of Abstracts II, a continually shifting exhibition with rotating art and artists, through Aug. 28. Studios on High Gallery: Shadowlands, mixed media by Tracy Greenwalt examining our relationship to the land we inhabit, through Aug. 29. www.studios

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Gallery 22: Romancing Illusions, paintings and sculpture by Mac Worthington, through Aug. 19. Hammond Harkins Galleries: The Group: 12 Artists through Aug. 20. Chasing Masters by Dennison Griffith and Mark Bush from Aug. 25-Oct. 1.

Keny Galleries: Déjà Vu: Ohio Landscapes, featuring works from private collections, through Aug. 31. www.

Muse Gallery: Works by Xanda McCagg, Lauren Mantecón and Robery LivseyWells at the Hilton Columbus Downtown from Aug. 1-31.

Hawk Galleries: The State of Glass Art, featuring 16 artists from the OSU glass

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dio artists, from Aug. 4-31. www.goodwill Cultural Arts Center: Latino Arts of Columbus, a variety of media by local Latino/ Latina artists, from Aug. 4-Sept. 10. www. Blockfort: A Gliding Denial, works to provoke discussion around domestication, desire, need and social segregation using found materials, from Aug. 5-30. www.

Art Access Gallery: Funky Figures – paintings by Paul-Henri Bourguignon, Darren Haper and Pierre Soufflet and sculptures by Barry Gunderson and Johan Jonsson – through Aug. 31.

Ohio Craft Museum: A Feast for the Eyes: Contemporary Quilts and For the Table: Functional Ceramics through Aug. 20.


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ROY G BIV Gallery: Work by Jon Geiger and Leah Frankel from Aug. 5-31. www.

ings and oil paintings by Ruth Gless, through Sept. 1.

Dublin Arts Council: Urur Dhex-Dhexaad Ah: Community In-Between, a photography exhibition exploring immigration, integration and identity featuring portraits of 15 central Ohio Somali role models, from Aug. 8-Nov. 3.

Sherrie Gallerie: Intimate ceramic sculptures by Calvin Ma through Sept. 2. www.sherrie

The Arts Castle: An Equine Jubilee!, artwork celebrating horses, from Aug. 14-Oct. 14.

Pizzuti Collection: Visions from India, a celebration of India featuring paintings, videos and Sherrie Gallerie sculptures along with artwork by Columbus Museum of Art: Red Hori- Francis Newton Souza, through Oct. 28. zon: Contemporary Art and Photography in the USSR and Russia, 1960-2010 through Sept. 24. Greater Columbus: The 2017 Greater Columbus Arts Council Visual Arts Award Exhibition through Nov. 26. Sidney Chafetz: Poets and False Prophets MORE.... through Dec. 3. Chagalls at CMA, three For additional gallery events, go to works by Marc Chagall from a private

Capital University Schumacher Gallery: The Columbus Crossing Borders Project, an intimate look into the arduous journey of refugees who have been willing to share their stories on film, from Aug. 28-Sept. 1. The Ohio State University Faculty Club: Full Frontal and Other Works, draw-

Jung Association Gallery: In the Moment, art quilts created in a variety of techniques and genres, through Sept. 23.

Ohio Art Council’s Riffe Gallery: OHIO: The Start of it All, 60 original children’s book illustrations from the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum Collection, through Oct. 14. www.

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storytelling, genealogy, and a vast assortment of dance and musical performances. Pelotonia Aug. 4-6 Columbus to Gambier The ride lengths vary, but the goal remains the same as this massive bike ride – which may be as short as 25 miles or as long as 180, depending on the rider’s preference – raises huge sums for The Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Ohio State Fair Through Aug. 6 Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave. Rides, shopping, livestock competitions, education stations, exhibitions and a parade highlight the 2017 Ohio State Fair. August concerts feature the Carpenters Tribute featuring Michelle Whited Aug. 1, George Thorogood & the Destroyers with 38 Special Aug. 2, Rascal Flatts Aug. 3, Joe with Ro James and Kevin Ross Aug. 4, and Pentatonix Aug. 5. CAPA Summer Movie Series Aug. 2-6 Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. The 2017 Summer Movie Series ends with For Your Eyes Only Aug. 2 and 3, a comedy double feature of The Cat and the Canary and Monkey Business Aug. 4, and Shall We Dance Aug. 5 and 6. 60 | August 2017

JazZoo: Basie, Brubeck & Beyond Aug. 4, 8 p.m. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell Classic songs by Count Basie, Dave Brubeck and more take center stage in this Columbus Jazz Orchestra show featuring guest vocalist Lena Seikaly and guest pianist Dave Powers. Dublin Irish Festival Aug. 4-6 Coffman Park, 5200 Emerald Pkwy., Dublin The largest three-day Irish festival in the world celebrates 30 years with its always-impressive line-up of Irish food, beverage tastings, Celtic sports, a 5K, a marketplace, children’s entertainment,

The Wallflowers and Better Than Ezra Aug. 10, 8-10 p.m. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell The zoo’s summer concert series concludes with two of the biggest names in late 1990s/ early 2000s alternative rock: the Wallflowers (“One Headlight,” “Three Marlenas,” “6th Avenue Heartache”) and Better Than Ezra (“Good,” “Desperately Wanting,” “Extra Ordinary”). ProMusica Summer Music Series


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ProMusica Summer Music Series Aug. 10-13 Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St. ProMusica’s Thursday-Saturday-Sunday summer concert series features works by Mozart, Beethoven, Bartok, Tchaikovsky, Piazzolla and more, and is preceded by children’s activities. Actors’ Theatre of Columbus presents The Tempest Aug. 10-Sept. 3 Schiller Park, 1069 Jaeger St. The 2017 season of Actors’ Theatre comes to a close with Shakespeare’s dramatic comedy about a man who has made himself ruler of a small island and those who must live under his rule. www.the JazZoo: Rock & Jazz Hits of the ’70s & ’80s Aug. 11, 8 p.m. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell Rock-jazz hits by the likes of Chicago, Steely Dan and Blood, Sweat & Tears are featured in the final JazZoo show of the season, with guest performers Phil Clark and Jonathan Elliott.



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Bourbon Tasting Aug. 12, 3-10 p.m. Grove City Town Center Attendees at this new Grove City tradition have the opportunity to sample eight different whiskeys and learn more about the work that goes into making bourbon. 90’s Fest Aug. 12, 4-11 p.m. Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St. 1990s culture, food, fashion and, yes, music is on full display at this throwback festival. Festival Latino Aug. 12-13 Genoa Park, 303 W. Broad St. Charlie Cruz, Bachata Heightz, Tono Rosario and Tito Nieves headline this annual celebration of Latino/Latina culture, featuring visual arts, workshops, authentic cuisine and more.

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Taste the Future Aug. 15, 6-9 p.m. Columbus State Community College, 550 E. Spring St. A voluminous list of local restaurants, caterers and other food vendors descend on the Columbus State Community College campus for this annual fundraiser, which supports scholarships for students at the college. Columbus Food Truck Festival Aug. 18-19 Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St. The seventh annual Food Truck Festival rolls back into town, offering live music and art alongside an extensive collection of food truck cuisine. www.columbusfood

Rhythm on the River: BalletMet Aug. 25, 8 p.m. Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr. BalletMet offers a preview of its 40th anniversary season with its annual visit to downtown Columbus’ Rhythm on the River series. VIVO Music Festival Aug. 30-Sept. 3 Multiple locations throughout Columbus Small orchestral ensembles play at a variety of venues in the Short North and downtown Columbus, featuring a total of 18 upand-coming musicians, many of them from central Ohio.

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Grove City EcoFest Aug. 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Grove City Town Center Green exhibitors, interactive family activities, healthful food, visual arts, a bike tour and opportunities to drive electric vehicles fill out this Grove City celebration of sustainability.

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Kendrick Lamar Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m. Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr. The rap superstar responsible for such tunes as “HUMBLE.,” “DNA.,” “Poetic Justice” and “LOYALTY.” visits Columbus in support of his latest album, DAMN. CAPA presents Chad Calek’s Sir Noface Lives Tour Aug. 24, 8 p.m. Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. Documentary filmmaker and paranormal investigator Chad Calek comes to Columbus to speak and screen his new documentary, Sir Noface. August 2017 |



CRITIQUE With Michael McEwan

The Painter’s Eye Featuring Bucks County Barn by Charles Sheeler

OF ALL THE MEDIUMS for painting, gouache (pronounced “gwash”) is most often puzzling to people. I mispronounced it for years, and it has been called other names – including designer color, poster color and tempera – just to add to the confusion. Basically, gouache is an opaque watercolor. It has the ability to cover over dry layers without any bleed-through. Changes can be made swiftly. From the 1910s onward, this swift-drying paint was much favored in the commercial field. However, many painters have used gouache as a fine art medium as well. The Columbus Museum of Art has a very fine American Modernist collection, and is where this Charles Sheeler (1883-1965) piece was found for this month’s selection.   Sheeler’s work is noted for his clean lines and precise compositional strategy – so much so that he is considered a leader in the group of American painters called the Precisionists. Here, gouache is used sparingly, primarily for the interlocking reds near the center. Some other painters who used gouache include Alice Schille (1869-1955), Charles Burchfield (1893-1967) and Edmund Kuehn (1916-2011). Christopher Burk is a young painter, a Columbus College of Art and Design graduate with stints working in New York, who now has a studio in the new BrickBox Studios. Burk also loves the light and architectural forms, and pulls them together with a sense of mystery and perhaps a bittersweet nostalgia. Working in oils and gouache, his next exhibition is at the Brandt-Roberts Galleries. It opens Sept. 1. Burk earned a residency at the Vermont Studio Center, where he developed the works for this forthcoming show, titled Stillness: Nocturnes by Christopher Burk. Burk will also exhibit at the George Billis Gallery in New York in November. CS

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Charles Sheeler, Bucks County Barn, 1918, gouache and conté crayon, Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio: Gift of Ferdinand Howald.

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