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The Harlem Globetrotters Dec. 28, 2 and 7 p.m. Schottenstein Center The iconic Harlem Globetrotters return to Columbus for a night of good, clean fun for all ages. Now in its 92nd season, the showboat sports team is as beloved by fans today as it was during its first few games with the much put-upon Washington Generals. They play hard, but the male and female “Trotters” are also widely known as ambassadors for the community. In its usual December trip to Columbus, the team will feature a star-studded line-up including Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm, as well as female stars TNT Lister, Ace Jackson and Hoops Green. Following each game, fans are welcomed onto the court for a free 30-minute photo and autograph session. “The best thing about being a Globetrotter is all the people we get to make smile,” says Globetrotter Buckets Blakes. “There’s nothing better than seeing a kid smile at a game, but seeing a parent smile because their kid is so happy is a close second.” 6 | December 2017

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Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. Columbus Museum of Art New York Times bestselling author Wiley Cash heads to Columbus this winter for an intimate presentation of his new novel, The Last Ballad. In addition to reading passages, Cash will also provide an exploration of his work, along with the opportunity for audience participation. As with all Evenings with Authors events, audience members will have the opportunity to purchase the novel on that night, as well as have it signed by the author. Tickets can also be purchased for the Author’s Table, a uniquely intimate experience in which participants share a meal with the featured author. Thurber House Literary Adviser Robin Yocum describes the event as a great opportunity for book lovers to get up close and personal with their favorite authors, and to learn “how they write what they write, as well as why they write what they write.”

Harmony Project presents The Concert for Us Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. Nationwide Arena Defined by its founder and creative director, David Brown, the Harmony Project is a “combination of artistic passion and social purpose, which works towards creating a stronger and more inclusive community.” The 1000 Voice Choir performing at Nationwide Arena consists of people from all walks of life, working together to create a more united community. No musical experience is necessary to join the choir, though each member must contribute to the volunteer projects run by the organization, all of which focus on breaking down the social divide and building relationships. The regular band of five people will expand to a group of approximately 30 musicians, to fill the Harmony Project’s largest indoor performance space since it began in 2009. The music performed tells a 90-minute story of who we are in the community through music. After months of rehearsals, Brown is most excited for the 1000 Voice Choir to “feel the power of their own voice amplified,” he says. In a choir made up of CEOs, prison inmates and school children, to name just a few, when each individual sings alongside 999 other people, “their voice immediately becomes more powerful.”

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CATCO presents American Buffalo Nov. 30-Dec. 9 Studio One, Riffe Center Founded by deaf actors who recognized the need to bring theater to such an underserved community, Deaf West Theatre has grown to become the premier American Sign Language theater company in the nation. In its return to Columbus, Deaf West, in conjunction with CATCO and CAPA, presents David Mamet’s quick-witted play American Buffalo, performed by a five-person cast. Deaf West Artistic Director David Kurs refers to American Buffalo as “an American classic,” adding that it still retains that groundbreaking edge it had when it premiered in Chicago in the early 1970s.

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ProMusica Chamber Orchestra presents Beethoven’s Eroica Dec. 9-10 Worthington United Methodist Church and Southern Theatre Performing one of Beethoven’s most renowned works, ProMusica brings its show to two venues in central Ohio. The program will also feature a new piece by modern composer Anna Clyne, followed by Shostakovich’s “Cello Concerto No. 1” featuring a guest performer, British cellist Natalie Clein. ProMusica Executive Director Janet Chen describes the tremendous work that goes into planning “a concert that we believe in,” as each program is intended to be an experience for the audience. The orchestra of 37 musicians therefore creates a deep connection between with audience. “With a smaller group of musicians, each member of the orchestra brings a lot more to the table, as each one plays such an important role,” Chen says. 8 | December 2017

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Bang Your Head

The causes of and – such as they are – solutions to migraine headaches By Valerie Mauger

MIGRAINE HEADACHES affect approximately 12 percent of the U.S. population, ac-

cording to the American Migraine Prevalence and Prevention (AMPP) Study. And they indirectly affect far more people, who suddenly find friends, family members, co-workers and more debilitated by them. Despite this staggering statistic, many people might not know exactly how migraines differ from the common tension headache. Dr. Sheri Hart, a neurologist at Mount Carmel Health System who specializes in clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy, is happy to clear things up, though. “A classic migraine usually starts on one side of the head,” says Hart. “It has a pounding quality and is frequently associated with a significant amount of nausea, sometimes vomiting, and wanting to avoid light and noise.” Of course, the most important difference between tension headaches and migraines is their severity. “If you want to paint a picture of someone in the middle of a migraine,” says Hart, “they have crawled under the covers and all the pillows, and are hiding under there, just praying for it to stop.” Though a person can often get through the day with a mild headache, migraines may present a much bigger obstacle. According to an AMPP study, 25 percent of

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people with migraines missed work because of their headaches at least once in the preceding three months. While migraines may be very different from tension headaches when it comes to severity and certain symptoms, such as visual disturbances before the onset, experts in the field do not always agree that they are different. “There are some people who think that migraines and mild headaches are kind of on the same continuum,” says Dr. Kevin Weber, neurologist and migraine specialist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “Other people think they’re two different types of headaches with different mechanisms. It’s a little bit controversial, but they are usually treated a little bit differently.” When it comes to the causes of migraines and headaches, the research is getting closer, though the theories are still complex and diverse. “Some people thought it was related to changes in the blood vessels in the brain,” says Weber. “Other people thought it had to do with different chemicals in the brain. We think it’s a lot more complicated than that. It’s kind of a combination of both.” And while neurological research has gone a long way toward creating medicines for migraine patients, there are some changes people can make on their own to prevent them, focused on common habits they may not have considered. These changes are made to promote what some like to call “headache hygiene.” Hart emphasizes the importance of staying hydrated with eight glasses of water a day and recommends against both caffeine and pain medication, though that last one may sound counterintuitive. “It’s any pain medicine,” says Hart. “It’s Excedrin, it’s Tylenol, it’s Ibuprofen. Anything

ACCIDENTS DON’T TAKE A VACATION. that you take more than twice a week can actually cause headaches to become more frequent and more severe.” Of course, having good headache hygiene, while it can be very helpful for some people with migraines, will not always do the trick. Migraines are thought to be hereditary and can also be triggered by hormone fluctuations related to pregnancy and menstrual cycles. In fact, according to the AMPP study, women are three times more likely than men to have migraines at some point in their lives. Consequently, bad habits such as excessive caffeine and over-the-counter pain medication are not always to blame. “People are prone to have migraines,” says Hart. “There are some people who are really well-behaved … on their headache hygiene who still have really bad migraines. So that’s when we start working on putting them on a medicine that they take as a preventative.” The most important thing to note is that a person suffering from migraines should talk with a medical professional as early as possible. It can make all the difference, Weber says. “They become much harder to treat when the headaches become daily, versus when you catch them relatively early on in the course,” says Weber. “When they start picking up in frequency and severity, that’s when it’s time to go see a doctor and start getting on prevention. It’s very difficult to treat someone who’s had daily headaches for years. It’s very easy to treat someone who has occasional headaches.” CS

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WITH THE HOLIDAY SEASON already underway, some may find there isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done. From shopping and decorating to visiting family and cooking big meals, sometimes the sweetest part is forgotten. Cookies are a holiday classic, so instead of stressing over the time-consuming task of baking dozens, take advantage of these local bakeries to pick up classic and innovative cookie flavors.

Schneider’s Bakery 6 S. State St., Westerville Over 63 years in business, this Westerville bakery has seen three new owners, but the traditional German recipes and the customer loyalty have not wavered. Since April, Westerville native and retired professional basketball player Shaun Stonerook has held the keys to the shop, and he’s now ready for the holiday season with help from Schneider’s manager of four years, Elaine Clarke. “Literally, the phone starts ringing first of December, end of November, and they ask, ‘When will the holiday cookies be ready?’” Clarke says. “Our cookies are handmade … and we have artisan methods for how these cookies are made every year. People just wait for them.” The shop makes 15 varieties of holiday cookies. Springerles, its most popular, feature intricate holiday stamp designs, have strong licorice flavor and are crisp in texture. Clarke says people who are German, or have been to Germany, say these rich cookies are extremely authentic. Others flock to this small bakery during December to purchase cookie trays, which feature a collection of holidays cookies such as brown sugar, fudge-filled thumbprints, black walnut strips and pecan shortbread cookies. “Schneider’s is all about tradition,” Clarke says. “People come in and buy them by the dozens and give them to their friends. It’s gift-giving as well as eating, and the cookies are very well known.”

Kittie’s Cakes 495 S. Third St. When Mollie Fankhauser and her wife, Kelly, played professional golf, they always made time off the golf course to enjoy local eateries wherever they traveled. When it was time to retire, the two returned to Columbus, Mollie’s hometown, and pursued their dream of owning a bakery. Today, snuggled amidst the brick buildings of German Village, the bakery features many family recipes; accordingly, the shop is named after Mollie’s mother. Kittie’s cookies are quite notable for their size. Dubbed Face Cookies for their imposing circumference, they come in three varieties daily: peanut butter with peanut brittle, chocolate chip with sea salt and snickerdoodle with cinnamon sugar cereal on top. “We believe that there’s a kid in everyone, no matter your age,” Mollie says. “What could possibly be better than a cookie the size of your face?” Kittie’s also bakes up cookie sandwiches such as the Micky-O, two oatmeal cookies

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with fluffy frosting in-between – an original icing recipe by Mollie’s grandmother. Mollie says the bakery likes to have fun with its creations, but still serve highquality baked goods to share with friends and family.

Capital City Cakes 4009 Broadway, Grove City When Sue Baisden started baking desserts out of her home more than 35 years ago, she knew she wanted to be a business owner one day. Now the founder and operator of Capital City Cakes, Baisden is living out her aspirations, and creating cookies big enough for a party. Case in point: the cookie cakes. Large and thin like pizzas, they’re different

from the typical cookie cake. Each is made from scratch, can be fully decorated with fondant and frosting, and is available in any of Capital City Cakes’ 10 cookie flavors, such as mint chocolate chip and peanut butter. “We can do anything with (cookie cakes) that we can with a traditional cake,” Baisden says. “And they’re made like Grandma’s cookies.” The bakery is ready for the holiday season with regular-sized seasonal cookies such as raspberry linzer, peanut butter blossom and cutout cookies shaped like ugly Christmas sweaters. Baisden says she wants busy families to still enjoy the cookies many households and bakeries only make in December.

Mrs. Goodman’s Baking Co. 901 N. High St., Worthington Though Mrs. Goodman’s has seen different owners over its existence, Lee and Rachel Alderman – owner and head decorator, respectively – are still baking the

30-year-old recipes and selling 14 cookie varieties a day. Made-from-scratch cookies such as brown pumpkin spice, sugar walnut, oatmeal and butterscotch are on the menu. And if a cookie flavor runs out mid-day, the bakery staff will roll up their sleeves and make more. “We put the cookies out there and they’re gone,” Lee says. “We’ve survived because of those especially delicious recipes. People just can’t stop eating them.” For the holiday season, cookies such as Mexican wedding cake; raspberry-, lemon- or cream cheese-filled thumbprint cookies; and Chanukah- or Christmasinspired shortbread cutouts with their traditional buttercream icing can be made upon request. The most rewarding part for the Aldermans is the customers. Lee says seeing pleased customers and knowing their cookies help create enjoyable memories is the best. “Being able to be a part of family’s … happy events and happy times in their lives … is pretty rewarding,” he says. CS Capital City Cakes

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Big-Hearted Buckeyes Students at The Ohio State University don’t let the stress of school keep them from giving back By Rocco Falleti

THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY is host to more than 1,400 student organizations. For some, the goal is simply to share common interests and hobbies. Others seek to invest their time in philanthropic efforts throughout Columbus and beyond. Organizations such as BuckeyeThon, Block O and Buck-ISERV are able to take the platform of the university and expand that into a number of charitable efforts throughout the year.


Block O They are the rowdiest and most energetic students in the ‘Shoe on Saturdays, but their ambitions far exceed cheering on more than 11 OSU varsity sports. Partnerships with organizations such as the Special Olympics and Soles4Souls allow Block O to expand into the surrounding community. 16 | December 2017

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“To have the student leadership and the voice of something so important to Ohio State is extremely important to the impact we try to have in the community,” says Amanda Shoeffler, president of Block O. This year, the club’s annual flag football game, held in October, benefited victims of hurricanes Irma and Maria. “We may just be kids, but we definitely stay in tune to what is happening in the world, and these events specifically hit our board pretty hard this year,” Shoeffler says.

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BuckeyeThon Started in 2001, BuckeyeThon has evolved and grown into an inspirational force in the fight against pediatric cancer. The group has raised more than $6.5 million for Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s hematology floor. “One of the overarching goals is to foster cultural philanthropy here on campus,” says senior Colin Quinn, president of BuckeyeThon. “It is so empowering to be a part of something bigger than just yourself and to have such an impact on children’s lives.” Throughout the year, there are multiple fundraising events, culminating in a 24hour dance marathon every February. “Only 4 percent of the National Institutes of Health’s budget is budgeted toward pediatric cancer. The other 96 percent is funded through efforts much like BuckeyeThon,” Quinn says. “At the end of the day, it’s the students truly making a difference.”

their community,” says student advisory board member Rachel Parker. Groups of students are sent out during winter, spring and summer breaks, and there are ample locations for students to travel to and give back to the global community. “I encourage every student to go on at least one trip before they graduate,” Parker says. “Buck-I-SERV trips offer unique opportunities to learn about civic engagement and social justice, all while developing valuable leadership skills through direct service experiences.” CS Rocco Falleti is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Local doctors support causes that help more than just their own patients By Jenny Wise

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In the medical field, patient-doctor interaction has always been limited. For starters, there is only so much time in a day, and there certainly isn’t a one-to-one doctor-to-patient ratio. Doctors need to be able to develop relationships with their patients, especially if they want to make a difference in patient efficacy. Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiovascular specialist at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital, wanted to break down that imaginary wall between patient and doctor, to help foster better patient efficacy, especially when it comes to exercise and combating sedentary lifestyles. In 2005, Sabgir invited some of his patients to join him for a casual walk over the weekend. When 100 people showed up, he knew that this was a real opportunity to make a difference. Walk with a Doc was born. In the most basic terms, Walk with a Doc is an event model in which a doctor gives a brief presentation on a health topic, then leads participants on a walk at their own pace. Healthful snacks, coffee and blood pressure checks are also standard parts of a Walk with a Doc event. “We were not prepared to replicate (the event in other communities) until Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield gave us the funding and toolkits to do so in 2010,” says Sabgir. “Thanks to increasing national press soon after that, we started growing.” Now the organization has grown to include over 300 chapters worldwide, and Sabgir doesn’t think it is anywhere near its full potential. “We’ve been blessed to see exponential growth and that will continue. We believe, for many reasons, we are only starting to scratch the surface, 1-2 percent of where we will eventually be,” he says. “We see potential incorporation into medical associations large and small, and retail partners that will bring visibility of Walk with a Doc mainstream.” As much as Walk with a Doc’s growth is based on awareness and publicity, the heart of the organization relies on the compassion of the doctors who donate their time to create change in the way doctors and patients interact. | December 2017

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“The doctors, both domestically and internationally, are coming to us mostly through word of mouth. They see the sedentary epidemic (and associated hypertension, diabetes, cancers and heart disease) killing their patients, and they’ve had enough,” says Sabgir. “They want their patients to be happy and healthy into their 90s and beyond. They know to achieve that you need regular physical activity and connectedness. Once they experience Walk with a Doc, we’re grateful that they become hooked.” Though the organization has extended across the country and the world, its roots will always be in Columbus. There are 13 active chapters of Walk with a Doc in

Columbus that meet bimonthly in various parks around central Ohio. On Nov. 18, Sabgir hosted a citywide Walk with a Doc celebration. Put on by Mount Carmel, the breakfast event recognized and honored all participants and volunteer doctors of 2017.

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Another doctor in central Ohio who is working to bring better care to patients is also donating his time. Dr. Adolph Lombardi III, an orthopedic surgeon at New Albany-based Joint Implant Surgeons who is also a clinical assistant professor at The Ohio State University Department of Orthopedics, is the president of the Knee Society and Opera-

tion Walk USA, an organization he cofounded as well. “The first national effort to provide pro bono hip/knee replacement surgeries took place in 2010. It was initialized by surgeons who had done many international missions,” says Lombardi. “I was a part of that first effort, and when – the following year, in 2011 – I became president of the Hip Society, I saw the opportunity to spread the word and to expand the reach by recruiting volunteer surgeons amongst members of the Hip Society and its sister organization, the Knee Society.” Operation Walk USA is a volunteer medical services organization that provides free hip and knee replacement surgeries to uninsured patients in the U.S. December 2017 |


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Patients must be U.S. citizens or permanent US residents. The program was inspired by the original Operation Walk, for which U.S. surgeons travel to international locations where patients are without health care and perform pro bono hip and knee surgeries. Lombardi began traveling with the Operation Walk program in 2010, bringing back inspiration to his colleagues in New Albany in the Mount Carmel Health System. “Upon returning from one of my international trips, I challenged (Mount Carmel) to provide this service for the citizens of our community,” says Lombardi. “(Mount Carmel New Albany) surgical hospital provides all of the perioperative services for the patients enrolled in Operation Walk USA.” Operation Walk USA has donated $18.9 million in pro bono medical services, not including the cost of donated implants, and has helped 702 patients in the U.S. All surgeries take place annually during the first week of December. 20 | December 2017

Though the organization holds a fundraising event each November, it also receives individual contributions yearround from generous individuals. These donations, along with the time and energy of the generous doctors who participate, allow Operation Walk USA to help so many people. Lombardi says that as long as it has the funding, Operation Walk USA will continue growing and helping more people in the U.S. get free hip and knee arthroplasty. “Over the last couple of years, we did expand into Tennessee and Georgia, where, previously, we did not have presence. We will see what changes in federal health care policy will take place under the Trump administration, and how those change will affect what we do,” says Lombardi. “As is the case for most charitable organizations, funding is key to growth and strength.” CS Jenny Wise is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at

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tion to their best clients. Usually, these gifts are about what you’d expect: baked goods, poinsettias, themed baskets, that sort of thing. But some companies like to think outside the (gift-wrapped) box with their tokens of appreciation. Central Ohio farm-fresh food monolith Bob Evans Restaurants traditionally rings in the holiday season by sharing gift baskets of Bob Evans’ refrigerated sides and sausages. This way, the company can show its gratitude to clients through what Bob Evans does best. “We have an opportunity during the holidays to thank (clients) for their hard work all year,” says Thyme Hill, Bob Evans vice president of marketing. “So we send out a little something that represents our brand.” The holidays are the perfect time to send out gifts to clients, particularly gifts of food, Hill says, because it unloads a bit of the stress for clients who have family meals to contend with. “Our partners work all year long to help (Bob Evans) succeed, and we know that recognizing hard work is important,” Hill says. “The holidays give us a special chance to send a small gift as an additional token of our gratitude. … No matter what, we hear from a lot of people that the gifts are not only thoughtful, but also useful.” While it makes sense that a food company like Bob Evans would give food to its clients for the holiday season, central Ohio public relations firm Hinson Ltd has been giving gifts to clients that also help those in need. Founder and President Lisa Hinson says that, for the past three years, Hinson Ltd has been giving the Columbus Foundation’s charitable gift cards to clients as tokens of appreciation. Each card comes with a dollar amount that the recipient can give to a charitable organization of his or her choice. “Before we started giving (charitable) gift cards, we’d try to match up our clients with causes they cared about and make one gift to the organization in honor of the particular clients and the people with whom we work there,” Hinson says. “It always seemed appreciated by our clients, but I wasn’t sure it was the most impactful way to say thanks. By giving our clients the freedom to select the cause or the organization they wanted to support, it became an active versus (a) passive gift.” CS


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a wooden beam as a floating mantel. There is a balance of both modern and traditional coming through in this space, thanks to the stone and woodwork. The large scale of the bookshelves and the fireplace, both extending all the way to the ceiling, also brings a sense of drama to the room. Russo decorated using design principles that can be emulated by anyone, if he or she can recognize spatial balance and follow a couple tricks of the trade. One thing that can be seen in this first space is the incorporation of buffalo check throughout. The red and black plaid design could easily take over a space if one isn’t careful, but Russo offers a simple guideline. “Balance and symmetry are my favorite things,” he says. “When you are decorating in any situation, you always want to go with a rule of threes, or not even three, but just odd numbers.” The stockings hung from the mantel are in buffalo check, which coordinates with the buffalo check used in the bowties and the throw blankets. This repetition of the pattern demonstrates that by working with odd numbers in design, one can create a look that is cohesive without becoming an overbearing presence. Another important thing to remember when decorating is to include design elements that bring out your personality and add character to the look. Russo brought in a miniature, metal velociraptor fossil, giving an edgy

touch of character to this rustic and traditional-looking design. “I just got back from High Point Market. … (Dinosaurs) were trending like crazy. I was seeing dinosaur heads, crocodile heads … fossilized and raw-looking stuff,” says Russo. “If you have a family with kids, it just adds a unique touch. Your kids will love it, your friends will love it. It brings in so much character … and that adds personality to the room. And you’ll notice that I do things with little details like the reindeer that have bowties … just to give them a little character, to bring them to life. It’s not just something that you hauled out of the basement and put somewhere.” Modern Marvel The second space is a Coppertree Homes model located at 10843 Rock Rose Pl. in Jerome Village. The living room features 12foot ceilings and a more traditional looking mantel with white wood and geometric tiling detail. Like the last space, this room has built-in bookshelves framing the fireplace. Though the mantel is in a more traditional style, the overall look of this design plays with modern elements to create something sleek and fresh. Russo incorporates a variety of metals into the space through several pieces including a bar cart, decorative prism-shaped vases, ornaments and several other small pieces that live on the bookshelves. “I tried to mix metals, which is really big right now, so I used golds, silvers and some bronzes. I also pulled in a little purple because this house is so unique,” says Russo. “We also did a little bar cart, which is unique and great for the holidays if you have one.” Russo dressed up a gold bar cart with regal accessories including a crystal whiskey

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decanter, larger-than-life silver cocktail shaker and unique set of champagne flutes. For added character, Russo used champagne flutes without bases. Their long stems allow them to be displayed like flowers in a bouquet. “We did a lot in here, but this house already had a lot going on (architecturally),” says Russo. “We’re doing the decoration and design portion, but the true integrity of the architecture is the symmetry of the bookcases and the beauty in that symmetry in the natural materials. You always want to coordinate with the architecture.” Completed with a rustic wooden mirror, this design illustrates how Russo likes to mix styles. “My signature is mixing all different styles to get a superior look,” he says. “I actually used a rustic mirror (in this design). … We are going for a more curated look, so everything looks a little different and nothing is matchy-matchy.” v Jenny Wise is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at

Danny Russo is a Cleveland native and graduate of Youngstown State University. He has been working in the interior design industry since 2004. His aesthetic is timeless, comfortable luxury and he is well-known throughout the industry. His projects are instantly recognizable and he has been a long-time member of ASID. Danny is one of few designers to have work shown in a nationally recognized art museum, the Columbus Museum of Art, as well as COSI.


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To Drink 1 • Brandy, You’re a Fine Girl Watershed Distillery is best known for its gin, vodka and bourbon, but in October, it released the newest addition to its lineup: an apple brandy. The spirit, which is the first apple brandy produced in Ohio in 100 years, is made entirely from apples grown within 150 miles of the distillery. $39.95.


2 • It Comes Naturally Sake-based liqueur Karate Cowboy continues to grow in Columbus and beyond, with the 2017 addition of its Natural variety. It’s a unique option for anyone’s liquor cabinet, with cocktail options ranging from saketinis and bloody Marys to mojitos and sangrias. $12.99. www. 3 • Anything but Crummy For a lover of craft beer – or baked goods – you might take a look at Land-Grant Brewing Company’s winter offering, Beard Crumbs. This oatmeal raisin stout, available in sixpack cans, is among the Franklinton brewery’s most popular. $11.99. www.

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7 • Simply Splendid(o) The Splendido gift package from The Oilerie is a worthy addition to any kitchen, featuring a bottle of Fior Fiore, the shop’s most popular extra virgin olive oil, along with a jar of seasoning. The store, at 1409 Grandview Ave., also takes orders via phone at 614-824-2668. $26. www.oilerie. com/columbus.php

5 • Sleuth Local There are plenty of books by Columbus authors, but among a smaller subset of books set in Columbus is The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka. The protagonist of the feminist mystery novel often finds herself in Columbus bars and restaurants, such as Little Palace and the Pearl, as she investigates the case of a man on death row for a murder he says he did not commit. $25.99. 6 • Snack to the Future Fond memories of local restaurants past will come flooding back for anyone who receives a copy of Lost Restaurants of Central Ohio & Columbus. The book, by Doug Motz and Christine Hayes, is the second such offering from the authors, with areas of emphasis ranging from the chandelier at Surly Girl Saloon to Flippo the Clown’s former jazz hideaway. $21.99.

8 • Let’s Do the Twist Though the store recently moved to 44 N. State St. in Westerville, A Twist on Olives still offers its vast assortment of extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars in custom gift sets. Custom gift baskets and gift cards are among the additional options for the discerning gift-buyer. Starting at $12.50. 9 • 23 Skidoo Cocktails, mocktails and food recipes are made easier – and tastier – with flavorinfused simple syrups by Columbus-based ROOT 23. Cucumber habanero, cherry almond, maple cinnamon and pear rosemary are some of the unique flavor combinations offered. $13.99.

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To Decorate 4 • Tons of Talent Small items for ideal gift-giving are the name of the game in Hammond Harkins Galleries’ annual Small & Wonderful exhibition, on display through Jan. 14. This piece, titled Rise, is one of several by paper artist Laura Alexander, whose work is on prominent display in the Short North gallery’s exhibition. $3,000. www. 5 • Not to be Trimmed All manner of one-of-a-kind handcrafted treasures can be found at the Worthingtonbased McConnell Arts Center’s Pop Up Shop, which is open through Dec. 23. Each item – such as these felted Christmas trees by Linda Randolph – is priced at or under $50. $30. 6 • It’s a Steel Help someone on your list express their state pride with Ohio ornaments from Dublin-based Journey Iron. These ornaments, frames and signs, all made from 14- to 18-gauge steel, are designed, cut, ground and finished by hand. $10-$30.


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2 • Ultimate Entertainment If you know someone who appreciates COSI enough to buy a membership, one of the science center’s higher-end memberships might make the perfect present. The topof-the-line membership, Ultimate Family, offers, among other things, VIP access to member previews and events, free National Geographic Giant Screen movies and free admission to the new American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery. $329.


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vent calendar. In the spirit of giving – see what we did there? – downtown Columbus bar and restaurant Latitude 41 is bringing back its 12 Days of Cocktails program, with proceeds benefiting Children’s Miracle Network. “We were trying to come up with something fun for Christmas and somebody started singing it in our group meeting,” says Latitude 41 manager Mike Hermick. “And we decided we should create the 12 drinks of Christmas.” This year, bartenders have carefully crafted a dozen original cocktails to capture the essence of the holiday season. For each of the 12 days leading up to Christmas, they are introducing an additional seasonal drink for guests to enjoy. “On the first day, the first drink is available; on the second day, the second and first are available, and so on,” says Hermick. Guests can savor cocktails such as the White Christmas Cosmo, made with Tito’s vodka, St-Germain elderflower liqueur, freshly squeezed lime, white cranberry and pomegranate juices, and rimmed with crushed candy cane. Another option is the Spicy Santa: equal parts Don Julio tequila and apple cider mixed with jalapeno, cranberry juice, cinnamon-infused maple syrup, and garnished with a cinnamon stick. One dollar from each cocktail purchase goes to Children’s Miracle Network, helping cover the cost of care for children whose insurance programs don’t provide full coverage. CS

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Channel Surfing Escape winter in Ohio through these breathtaking movies By Amanda DePerro

EVERY OHIOAN KNOWS – and complains frequently – about the state’s poor

winter weather. Waking up to snowfall outside the window is dazzling, but within hours, it either melts into cold, wet puddles, or is ground up by passing cars and feet, turning into gray-brown sludge. Sometimes, it’s better to sink into the sofa, grab a blanket and spiked hot cocoa, and escape into a good movie. Here are a few films that will surely lift your spirits, helping you get away from the treacherous Ohio weather and into the beautiful settings in which they were filmed.

Brokeback Mountain (2005) Though it might be hard to see the gorgeous views in Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain through the inevitable tears, this story of forbidden love between two cowboys presents a simpler – but certainly not easier – time, when it was apparently a thing to get paid to camp and herd sheep alone in the mountains of Wyoming. However, don’t waste your time scouring Wyoming for the mountain looming behind Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in the first half of the film, because it doesn’t exist. Filming took place not in the U.S., but in Alberta, Canada, an area known for its bright, turquoise waters, pictureperfect Banff National Park and the Rocky Mountains. Brokeback Mountain might just convince you to break out the snow pants and fur-lined boots for a winter campout, but even if you’re satisfied making snow angels on the couch, watching one of the greatest contemporary forbidden love stories next to a fireplace can’t make for a disappointing day. 34 | December 2017

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) Featuring an all-star cast, Ben Stiller directs and stars in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, based (extremely loosely) on a short story by hometown boy James Thurber. The film follows the average life of an avid daydreamer who is thrust into a real-life adventure. When his coworker at Life magazine, a world-renowned photographer, loses the negative to the next cover shot, Mitty must spontaneously chase him around the world to find the negative. The story follows Mitty to Greenland, but the film was shot primarily in the mountainous, snowy landscape of Iceland, in impossibleto-pronounce towns such as Seyðisfjörður, Grundarfjörður and Stykkishólmur. Though Iceland may not be a particularly tropical or even sunny country, its breathtaking views will bring you to a place where winter inspires adventurousness rather than seasonal affective disorder. December 2017 |




Y Tu Mamá También (2001) Alfonso Cuarón is known for his artistic and daring big screen works, with roles directing Children of Men and Gravity, and producing Pan’s Labyrinth. Each of his films has an edge, commentary mixed in with the cinematic beauty, and Y Tu Mamá También is no different. The coming-of-age film follows two teenagers as they fall in love with the same woman, and take her on a road trip through rural Mexico in search of a beach called Boca del Cielo. Though the film isn’t one to watch with the kids, you’ll explore the culturally-rich views Mexico has to offer when one ventures outside of the resort gates and into the country’s vibrant and historic lands – even if laying out on a beach towel on Playa del Carmen is more your speed. CS A day may come when The Lord of the Rings doesn’t make a “most beautiful film set” list, but it is not this day. New Zealand is known for two things: having an absurd number of sheep, and being the exclusive location for Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. No tourist is about to stumble into Rivendell, of course, and we all know the saying about walking into Mordor, but Frodo’s journey is still marked with gorgeous New Zealand views untouched by CGI. The country’s stunning mountains and glittering lakes can make an outdoors explorer out of anyone, and getting lost within each set on The Fellowship of the Ring is effortless no matter how many times one has seen the movie. Following the Fellowship from the Shire – where tourists are welcome to explore the now permanent set and sample a pint at the Green Dragon – to the woods of Lothlorien and through the Pillars of Argonath (though the statues are CGI), it’s not hard to imagine why New Zealand and Middleearth have come to be associated. 36 | December 2017

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techniques of the past. But don’t try to box him in too much. He’s cultivated a diverse portfolio, and despite his preoccupation with antiquated crafts, he envisions a future filled with possibility for himself and his art. Takacs’ passion for photography started locally, when he studied in the commercial photography program at Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center. Upon graduating high school, he briefly took courses at Antioch College before illness forced him to take time off to recover. But what may seem like a step back turned out to be a serendipitous twist of fate. He embarked on a road trip with a friend to the fledgling Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival that turned into a three-month backpacking tour documented with a trusty Holga. Takacs further honed his craft at the Oregon College of Art and Craft for his undergraduate degree before bringing it back home to The Ohio State University for graduate school. He’s stayed local, maintaining a studio at 400 West Rich, a collaborative artist space in Franklinton. He draws much of his inspiration from people, but not just as portraiture. He looks to capture the way people leave their mark on the world in some of the most unexpected ways. The people he has met and places he has seen in his travels find themselves woven into his art in a stunningly truthful way, and it’s clear that many of his subjects have had a profound impact on him. “There’s something about being on Stephen Takacs’ old-fashioned, the road that lends itself to looking Brownie-inspired camera

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at the world a little differently,” he says. “Even when I shoot landscapes, I’m usually looking at how humans interact and engage with an environment, rather than trying to create an unrealistic and pristine version of the world.” His work is a study in detail, sometimes speaking ironically or commenting on the oddities that humans manage to inflict on their spaces, but other times reveling in what we create, where we go and how we use methods other than words to communicate. In a time where industries are feeling the continuous shift from traditional mediums

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to increasingly digitized methods, Tacaks recognizes the rising importance and relevance of digital work. His portfolio reflects an enthusiastic dive into everything the digital world has to offer. But his true passion lies in the exploration of vintage photography techniques.

“There are great things about digital: being able to work faster, shoot high ISOs and see what you’re doing as you shoot,” he says. “But there’s something about the physicality of print and film that I feel value in. I like the directness of it, the tintypes and ambrotypes. What you see

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on the wall is literally on the back of the camera. No negative. It’s the final thing.” He is forever focused on the idea of preserving methods and crafts that are becoming lost or obsolete. It’s more than a bout of nostalgia or a passing interest; it’s a common theme throughout his personal projects and a journey he’s deeply invested in. This passion for bringing new life to the old methods is most prevalent in two of his current projects. The first, called Brownie in Motion, is currently on a national tour. Picture a 1940s Brownie Target Six-16 camera, and expand it by about 17 times. The traveling installation doubles as a functional camera obscura and dark room, truly integrating the user with every step of the creation of a single photograph defined by the finite detail and striking image quality you can only get in black and white. Takacs particularly tries to focus on the other people he encounters, who are working with their hands to practice disappearing trades and crafts. Locally, Takacs is participating in the In Our Own Image exhibition at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio. The whole exhibit is based on combining legitimately December 2017 |





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old work with pieces by contemporary artists using obsolete processes. His contribution is an interactive series he calls “A Case Study of Stephen.” He describes it as a reimagined 19th century photo studio, complete with a camera outfitted with ambrotypes that produce completely unique images. Through that lens, he plays with the idea of drawing visual connections within a group of people, and how they can connect back to him. On select dates, he participates in the exhibit himself, setting up shop to take photos of people in an environment similar to what people would have experienced in the early 19th century. It comes complete with apparatuses to hold the subject’s head in place in case he or she gets tired of waiting for the exposure, just like in days gone by. Takacs is creating a collage of tight, macro shots that focus on the parts of each participant that he finds special or striking. In one photo, it’s the folds of lines and wrinkles in a woman’s skin that tell the story of a life spent smiling and laughing.

In another, it’s an unyielding stare piercing out from below an impressive eyebrow. And in yet another, it’s simply an eclectic earring that speaks surprising volumes about the woman’s personality. In Our Own Image is at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio through Dec. 31. CS Taylor Woodhouse is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at


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Gallery Exhibits Dublin Arts Council: Louise Captein: As Per Usual, an exhibition of abstract collage, through Dec. 15. OSU Urban Arts Space: The Ohio State University Department of Art BFA, theses of graduating art majors, through Dec. 16. Ohio Craft Museum: Gifts of the Craftsmen – a holiday sale of functional pottery, wooden bowls and utensils, knit items, leather accessories, and handmade ornaments – through Dec. 23. The Works: More of my Favorite Things, watercolor and oil by Carol Salome, through Dec. 23.

Area: Dec. 10; Stephen Takacs Photography Session: Dec. 16. www.dec Brandt-Roberts Galleries: Villages & Homesteads: Honoring the Ohio Landscape by Mark Gingerich through Dec. 31. www. Studios on High Gallery: The Art of Gifting: SOHG Group Show, hand-crafted works perfect for holiday gifting, through Dec. 31. www.studioson Wexner Center for the Arts: Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life, featuring film stills and works from four decades, through Dec. 31. Art Access Gallery: Patterns by Joe Lombardo, Toni Doilney and Curtis Goldstein through Dec. 31. Sherrie Gallerie: Intimate: A Group Exhibition from Dec. 2-24.

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McConnell Arts Center: Into the Sky, art exploring the relationship between sky and ground by Todd Camp, and Layers of Life, colorful expressions of the heart of the community by Richard Duarte Brown, through Dec. 30. Decorative Arts Center of Ohio: In Our Own Image: The Genesis of Photography and the Contemporary Eye through Dec. 31. Photographing Landscapes in the Ohio 42 | December 2017

ROY G BIV Gallery: Members’ Small Works Show, more than 100 works of art smaller than one cubic foot each, from Dec. 2-Jan 27.

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Hayley Gallery: Work by Columbus artist Jurate Phillips from Dec. 8 until it sells out. Keny Galleries: Small Treasures from Dec. 10-Jan. 5. Hawk Galleries: New Work, Again, work by Dan Dailey, from Dec. 16-Jan. 31. www. Columbus College of Art & Design Beeler Gallery: Alan Shields: A Different Kind of Painting, radical textile works that challenge the notion of painting; and Stitch, textile works by Simon Fujiwara, Channing Hansen and others, through Jan. 2.

High Road Gallery: Art from the Heart of Ohio – showcasing ceramics, enamel works, wood and jewelry – from Dec. 3-23. Fresh A.I.R. Gallery: Something Touching by Brittany Ann Campbell from Dec. 6-Jan. 12. Ohio Art Council’s Riffe Gallery

Ohio Art League: Thumb Box, small works for gift-giving hosted at Franklin Park Conservatory, through Jan. 3. Ohio Art Council’s Riffe Gallery: 2017 Biennial Juried Exhibition, featuring 58 Ohio artists, through Jan. 6. www.riffe Ohio History Center: Bhutanese-Nepali Neighbors: Photographs by Tariq Tarey, chronicling the stories of refugees from Bhutan and Nepal to central Ohio, through Jan. 7. Hammond Harkins Galleries: Small & Wonderful: Featuring Laura Alexander, small works in various mediums by Laura Alexander and others, through Jan. 14. Columbus Museum of Art: Beyond Impressionism – Paris, Fin de Siècle: Signac, Redon, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Their Contemporaries through Jan. 21. Laura Park: 2017 Columbus Comics Residency Exhibition  through  Feb. 11. Think Outside the Brick: The Creative Art of LEGO through March 2. Three Chagalls, works by Marc Chagall from a private collection, and Botanical Wonders: Flower Figure Quilts, 1850-1950 From the Donna and Rodney Wasserstrom Collection through  March 11. James R. Hopkins: Faces of the Heartland from Dec. 15-Feb. 18. Marcia Evans Gallery: Artful Holiday Gifts – paintings, sculpture, glass, ceramics and locally made jewelry – through Jan. 29. Pizzuti Collection: Lines/Edges: Frank Stella on Paper, celebrating Stella’s 40-year undertaking in printmaking and collage, and Pair: Glen Baldridge and Alex Dodge, juxtaposing the two artists and their respective processes, through April 29.


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CityScene spotlights what to watch, what to watch for and what not to miss! Holiday Pops

Shadowbox Live presents Cratchit Through Dec. 23 Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St. This Shadowbox Live original musical takes a closer look at Bob Cratchit’s life as a clerk for Ebenezer Scrooge, transporting it to modern times with classic rock and holiday songs. Shadowbox Live presents Holiday Hoopla 26 Through Dec. 30 Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St. Shadowbox Live’s longest-running show offers sketch comedy, seasonal music and an appearance by the ever-popular Santa Babies ensemble. Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival Through Jan. 7, 5:30-10 p.m. Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave. Intricate lantern sculptures, lights, acrobats and martial artists give visitors a glimpse of China’s immense cultural diversity. 44 | December 2017

Columbus Winterfair Dec. 1-3 Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th St. Ohio Designer Craftsmen presents a vast assortment of American-made arts and crafts for its annual holiday sale. CAPA presents Holiday Pops Dec. 1-3 Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. With a little help from Santa, Ronald J. Jenkins leads the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in traditional holiday songs and carols. www.

CAPA presents Hip Hop Nutcracker Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. This contemporary mash-up of The Nutcracker transforms Tchaikovsky’s timeless classics with an on-stage DJ, dancers and an electric violinist. Melanie Dec. 7, 7-11 p.m. Notes, 520 S. High St. “The First Lady of Woodstock” – the first female performer at the Woodstock Music Festival, known for such tunes as “What Have They Done to my Song, Ma” and “Brand New Key” – presents an evening of stories and song. ProMusica Chamber Orchestra presents Messiah Sing-Along Dec. 8, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. ProMusica musicians link arms with local music directors and orchestra students

while inviting the community to raise one voice in singing Handel’s “Messiah.” www. CAPA presents Dave Koz 20th Anniversary Christmas Tour Dec. 8, 8 p.m. Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. Grammy-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz reunites with pianist David Benoit, acoustic guitarist Peter White and trumpeter Rick Braun for a grand celebration of this milestone anniversary. New Albany Children’s Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker Dec. 8-10 Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, 100 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., New Albany More than 220 graceful young dancers perform in this visually spectacular production of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic. BalletMet presents The Nutcracker Dec. 8-24 Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. With accompaniment by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, this traditional ballet follows Clara and the Nutcracker Hip Hop Nutcracker



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prince through the Land of the Sugar Plum Fairy, captivating the audience with elegant dance and holiday charm. www.

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Mad, Mad Men: Swingin’ Holiday Show Dec. 13-14, 8 p.m. McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St., Worthington Special guest violinist Arkadiy Gips joins the suit-clad crooners as they perform the great American songbook as well as holiday favorites from the early 1960s. Columbus Dance Theatre presents Matchgirl Dec. 15-16 Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. Once again, this annual family ballet performance brings an incredible ensemble of dancers to the stage, inspiring audience members with its underlying theme of reconciliation and hope. www.columbus Chamber Music Columbus presents Escher String Quartet and Jon Nakamatsu Dec. 16, 8-10 p.m. Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. Internationally-recognized piano sensation Jon Nakamatsu joins the Escher

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String Quartet onstage to perform pieces by Mozart, Adès and Dohnányi. www.

of basketball showoffs return to Columbus for their post-Christmas games. www.

Broadway in Columbus presents Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical Dec. 16-17 Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. Join as Broadway in Columbus celebrates more than 50 years of the beloved reindeer on television with a stunning stage version of the original classic.

Jazz Arts Group presents Swingin’ in the New Year with Byron Stripling Dec. 28, 8-10 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. This end-of-year party hosted by acclaimed jazz trumpeter Byron Stripling is sure to be a festive, lighthearted night with a special guest performance by soulful vocalist Quan Howell.

CAPA presents Jim Brickman: A Joyful Christmas Dec. 17, 4 p.m. Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. Songwriter and pianist Jim Brickman embarks on his 20th consecutive holiday tour, A Joyful Christmas, to spread the glad tidings of the holiday season. Harlem Globetrotters Dec. 28, 2 and 7 p.m. Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr. Big Easy Lofton, Bull Bullard, Cheese Chisholm, TNT Lister and all the other members of this world-renowned squad

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Dec. 30, 3 and 8 p.m. Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. Trans-Siberian Orchestra plays two back-to-back shows in Columbus for its Winter Tour 2017, presenting a multigenerational holiday tradition. www.


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New Albany Symphony Orchestra presents Santa and the Symphony/ Holiday Spectacular Dec. 16-17 Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, 100 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., New Albany New Albany’s Center Stage Singers and Opera Columbus joins the New Albany Symphony Orchestra for a show of holiday

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CRITIQUE With Michael McEwan

The Painter’s Eye Featuring Matriarch of Havana, 2017 by Michael Coppage


1960s, and really took off in the 1970s. This is a very fast-drying paint, soluble with water and other acrylic gels and mediums. However, once dry, the paint film is very strong and flexible, impervious to almost every solvent. You can use acrylic on any non-oily  surface, with canvas, board and paper being the most commonly used supports. In this arresting painting currently on view at the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery, by Cincinnati artist Michael Coppage, heavy watercolor paper is the support. Coppage used thin washes and dynamic impasto to produce this moving portrait. This work (Matriarch of Havana, 2017, acrylic on paper, 60” by 42”) goes far beyond the conventions of portraiture, by its size alone. As the artist says, “This series of portraits is not about beauty. They are not about vanity or nourishing an ego. They are not about an exact likeness or an ‘ode to.’ They are of atrisk, marginalized, creative, thought-provoking, eccentric, challenging and sometimes difficult people who have all impacted me in some significant way.” The Riffe Gallery’s 2017 Biennial Juried Exhibition is on display through Jan. 6. Selected from more than 300 applications, the exhibition features contemporary works of art including installation, sculpture, drawing, painting, photography and video by 58 artists living and working in Ohio.  Works were selected by jurors Larry Collins, artist and associate professor in the Department of Art at Miami University; Janice Driesbach, former chief curator of the Akron Museum of Art; and Daniel Hernandez, artist and assistant professor of Interdisciplinary Art/Foundations at the University of Toledo.  Take some time this season and go see this show. CS 2017 Biennial Juried Exhibition Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery Nov. 2-Jan. 6 Michael Coppage Artist Talk: Dec. 8, noon-1 p.m.

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