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Life Player

Former soccer star reflects on the sport, transitions and women leadership ABBY WAMBACH IS quite comfortable, she says, with the thought that she’s not a

soccer player anymore. When the two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA World Cup champion retired from the sport in 2015, she had scored 184 goals for the U.S. Women’s National Team in World Cups, the Olympics and international friendlies – including games at the Historic Crew Stadium. Until 2020, it was the most goals scored at the international level among both men and women. “When I found the game early on in my career, and when I left the game, I think the game got better,” Wambach says. “There are so many amazing women soccer players out there that the last thing I want to actually focus any of my future life on is what I did on the soccer field.” Since her retirement, Wambach has found ways to continue as a leader of women throughout the world. She’s published two books: her 2016 memoir Forward, which highlighted her issues with alcohol and substance abuse, and the 2019 release Wolfpack: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power and Change the Game, based on her viral 2018 commencement speech at Barnard College. Wolfpack helped launch Wambach’s professional speaking career. On Feb. 10, she will speak at the New Albany Community Foundation Lecture Series. “It’s really amazing that, some of the things that I was able to experience in my life, people want to hear about,” Wambach says.

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that, with the pay equity conversation and the sexual assault stuff going on inside the NWSL, there is so much more room for growth, but I think one of the most important things when we really talk about this kind of growth that we dream of having truly is starting with the truth. I think, for too long, women’s soccer was built on the platform of men’s soccer. And we’re just different entities, right?” The USMNT is now trying to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Wambach says the men’s team is young and exciting and she hopes the group can qualify. She’s also optimistic that the women’s team will achieve the financial equality sought after. “It’s something that I believe – that, one day in our near future, it will happen,” she says. “I’m excited for what’s happening in the U.S., even though it looks like it’s falling apart. I have a bigger vision that has gone back many years and also a vision that goes forward many years.” Whatever direction American soccer takes or continues on, Wambach knows

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She points out that transitions can be difficult, are rarely talked about and come with no playbook or guide to tell you what the next steps are. “The truth is I got super lucky early in my transition from soccer to my new life,” she says. “I met my wife and my new family, which completely grounded me and gave me absolutely everything.” Wambach has certainly made the most of her years since retiring from professional soccer. She’s transitioned from being a leader of the women’s national team to being a leader for people everywhere. As soccer continues to find its footing in an already congested American sports landscape, Wambach says the National Women’s Soccer League is now in a position for growth. As team owners bet on the sport exploding in popularity following the 2026 World Cup that will be hosted in the U.S., Mexico and Canada, the value of teams that play in Major League Soccer, the top professional men’s soccer league, continues to increase. Forbes’ valuation for the Columbus Crew, for instance, increased from $73 million in 2013 to $200 million in 2019. There have been challenges, however. The USWNT is in a legal battle against the U.S. Soccer Federation for equal pay with the U.S. Men’s National Team. While the women’s team has appeared in and won several World Cups, the men’s counterpart hasn’t won the prize and failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, marking the first time since 1986 that it has fallen short. In addition, the NWSL has been shaken by scandals relating to sexual misconduct, homophobic comments and more. This led the league to cancel games for a weekend amid calls for change from its players. “Do I think soccer in America has grown exponentially in the last 50 years? Yes,” Wambach says. “Having said all of

what she wants to get out of her current life now way beyond the soccer pitch. “I have so much more to learn about myself, so much more to learn about the world,” she says. “I’m more than just a soccer player – and there’s nothing wrong with just being a soccer player by the way. But I have so many other dreams and goals and wishes for my life and for the world.” CS Brandon Klein is the senior editor. Feedback welcome at



AUTHENTIC. Memories of Columbus When she played for the U.S. Women’s National Team, Abby Wambach made four appearances at the Historic Crew Stadium. She scored her second international goal in a friendly against Scotland. “I loved playing in Columbus,” Wambach says. “It was close to my hometown so a lot of times my family drove over from Rochester, N.Y.” Historic Crew Stadium was Major League Soccer’s first soccer-specific stadium in the U.S. and home to the Columbus Crew. The team, also known as the Black and Gold, relocated to its new downtown stadium last year. Except for her final Columbus game, a friendly against New Zealand in 2013, Wambach scored in all her games at Crew Stadium. “The yellow and black is what I remember,” Wambach says. Read more about Wambach’s insights in health and well-being in the January/ February 2022 issue of Healthy New Albany Magazine and www.

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Annie Williams Pierce (left), Tyler Minnis and Luke Pierce at their newest venture, Boxwood Buiscuit Co., which opened in the Short North in March 2021. THE CONCEPT FOR Boxwood Biscuit

Co. is nothing revolutionary, says chef Tyler Minnis. “Who doesn’t like chicken and biscuits?” he says. The key, for the Short North fast-casual joint, is making it stand out. “We do it our own way to try and be a little different,” Minnis says. “I try to push food and try to do things a little different than other people in town, or else what’s the point?” Boxwood began as a pop-up during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The shop operated on weekends out the side of Law Bird, a Brewery District space

run by Boxwood’s owners, husband-andwife team Luke and Annie Williams Pierce, since 2019. The concept initially sold buttermilk biscuits, biscuit sandwiches and biscuit-and-gravy flights under the kitchen direction of Minnis. A desire to stand out led Boxwood to collaborate with Hot Chicken Takeover in October 2020, a partnership that solidified the concept that would ultimately become Boxwood’s brick-and-mortar offering. “We’ve always done the biscuits part,” Williams Pierce says. “When we collaborated with HCT, that was a major event for us and got our brains working. If we were going to go for our own space,

we needed to be more than just breakfast, and fried chicken seemed to be the perfect item to transition our menu into the lunch hours, too.” Boxwood’s chicken is fried using a Korean batter method instead of the traditional Southern style, one of many subtle Asian influences permeating the menu. “It kind of has an underlying Asian feel or theme to it that some people may not pick up on,” Minnis says. “I didn’t want to do too obvious because it is an Appalachian, Southern-style restaurant for the most part.” In addition to the Korean-style fried chicken, Minnis says, the kimchi braised greens, a Firebird sandwich with chicken dunked in a hot Asian glaze, and pork sausage miso gravy add to the underlying theme of the menu. The biscuits come from a more traditional source: Minnis’ greatgrandmother’s recipe. Of course, even that has been adapted. “I actually did about 12 different variations until we landed on this one,” Minnis says. Some of the experimentation with the menu for Boxwood, as well as the concept, can be credited to the pandemic. In 2020, Esquire included Law Bird on its list of the best bars in America. By then, Law Bird had been forced into closing, along with the rest of Ohio, after just four months open for business. Minnis and the Pierces made the most of their time in quarantine, though, initially by turning Law Bird into more of a retail store for bottled cocktails. One collaboration led to

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another until Boxwood opened its doors this past March. “(One) of the things that … we are all proud of is the fact that this grew out of just an idea during quarantine where people weren’t doing a lot of things, just sitting at home.We were trying to stay busy and be creative,” Minnis says. “It obviously still is a tough time for restaurants in general, but we were able to figure it out and grow it. We’re still in our first year over here and we have our challenges, but I think we’re proud that it’s come from pop-up to brickand-mortar.” Evidence of that growth remains in the menu’s Franklin Feature Club, a

rotating sandwich special originating from the restaurant’s Indiegogo campaign. Supporters could donate to earn the right to design one of the feature sandwiches with Minnis. “Every month we launch a new person’s sandwich,” Minnis says. “Everybody can keep an eye out for the rotating sandwich specials from the Columbus community, which is kind of cool.” Boxwood Biscuit Co. is located at 19 W. Russell St. and is open 7:30 a.m.-3p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. CS Claire Miller is the assistant editor. Feedback is welcome at

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Financial Health Check Evaluating your portfolio in uncertain times By Cameron Carr

ASSESSING THE COMING year in times of uncertainty can be tough. Right now, there seems to be an ever-present stream of changing or conflicting information, especially in the financial market. Inflation, supply chain and infrastructure have become just a few of the buzz phrases highlighting that conversation. “There are just so many things going on right now,” says Ryan Bibler, managing director – investments for Bibler Finney Panfil Private Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. “Unfortunately, in our business, one thing’s always tied to another.” Bibler emphasizes that these variables aren’t operating independently of one another. Continued supply chain issues, for example, decrease the amount of product available to consumers, which, in turn, drives up prices. Many of these issues, Bibler says, circle back to the beginning of the pandemic, when businesses decreased production. As consumer spending has bounced back faster than some anticipated, inventories haven’t been able to catch up. All this instability has led to financial anxiety and a common phrase of wisdom: stay put. While this comes from the advisable idea to avoid impulsive decisions, Bibler says remaining stationary isn’t necessarily the best decision given recent inflation. “If you’re just treading water with cash or you’re saving all your extra funds in cash,” he says, “eventually you’re going to drown.” Bibler says it’s especially valuable to work with or check in with advisors now to assess a portfolio. While much of the news may point toward uncertainty, a recession isn’t new and an understanding of history and current trends can help one make informed decisions.

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Adjusting Investments A common misunderstanding is the significance of actions by the Federal Reserve. Joseph Panfil, managing director – investments for Bibler Finney Panfil, says that while some have seen the Fed’s slowing of bond purchases, which puts money back into the economy, as a reversal of support for the financial recovery, it’s more accurate to describe that as continued but tapering support. “They’re just slowing it down,” he says. “That signals that we’re going from the beginning of the market cycle to the middle of the market cycle.” When the Fed reverses course, bond buying will be replaced by bond selling. Still, the tapering can be an early sign of what’s to come in 2022. The last time the Fed tapered, Panfil says, was 2013. The stock market went up and bonds went down. Investors can make anticipatory moves for a future scenario in that vein. “They might want to avoid having any very long-term bonds in their portfolio,” Panfil says. “I believe reducing their duration would be a prudent risk management step at this point.” As the market continues to move into the next phase of the cycle, stocks may become increasingly practical choices. Particularly in times of inflation, wise

stock market investments can result in higher returns. One simple way of considering smart investments would be to look at businesses that are doing well. “If you’re going to pay more at the pump, one way to combat that is to invest in energy stocks,” says Vincent Finney, managing director – investments for Bibler Finney Panfil. Finney points out that near the end of 2021, according to Wells Fargo Advisors Advice & Research, energy stocks were up more than 50% year to date. Bibler Finney Panfil forecasts the stocks staying in a similarly high range for the time being. Likewise, the group anticipates that inflation, while decreasing some in the coming year, will stay at a relatively high 4 percent. Because of that, the group favors investments in stable stocks that have the ability to pay, and even raise, dividends. Looking at the current market, Finney says other strong points may be banks or financial institutions, which can charge more for loans to increase profits, and industrial and material sectors. That latter group is likely to benefit from the $1 trillion infrastructure bill passed at the end of 2021. That legislation indicates a coming influx of spending in related industries. continued on page 17

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Local attorney’s Blue Jackets fandom goes back to inaugural game By Brandon Klein Photos courtesy of Laing Akers

IN 2000, LAING Akers and her then-

husband attended the first-ever Columbus Blue Jackets game in an evening gown and tuxedo, respectively. It wasn’t necessarily in honor of the new team; the couple had left a wedding early in order to make the October game. Though the Jackets lost to the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3, the team won Akers’ support. “The whole atmosphere was electric,” Akers says. “I think that’s what made me fall in love with the sport.” At the time, Akers didn’t know anything about hockey. It was her husband who persuaded her to get season tickets.

Akers continued to support the team after her divorce. “I got rid of the husband, but I got to keep the tickets,” she says. Akers, a lawyer, is the biggest Blue Jackets fan in her office. You won’t catch her in a suit jacket or anything of the sort at a game, though. For 20-plus years of Blue Jackets history, Akers has never worn a coat to Nationwide Arena. Instead, she’ll be decked out in Blue Jacket sweater jerseys and scarves, depending on the weather, she says. Her fandom has gone beyond Columbus. She followed the Blue Jackets to Detroit in 2009 for the team’s first playoff appearance. Once, during a Blue Jackets playoff game in Pittsburgh, owner John P. McConnell came to say hello during the second intermission to thank her and other visiting fans for coming to the game. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, she completed her goal of visiting every NHL 16 | January/February 2022

arena by crossing the Montreal Canadiens’ Centre Bell arena off her list. Akers plans to visit the home of the newly added Seattle Kraken this season. Out of all those travels, Akers most enjoyed visiting the Minnesota Wild’s St. Paul arena in a historic game against the Jackets on New Year’s Eve 2016. It was the first time in any of the four major North American professional sports leagues that two teams with a winning streak of at least 12 games faced off, according to the NHL. The Jackets won that game, but Akers remembers no hard feelings from the Wild fans, who lived up to the Minnesota

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stereotype of being exceedingly nice. She even mingled with some of the fans at a bar after the game. “The whole thing was fun. … People there were just great,” she says. “It was more about the hockey than just about the winning.” But if there’s only one word to describe her fandom, that word would be family, Akers adds. “It’s more than just going to a game, it’s who we are,” she says. CS

What’s important is that an investor doesn’t confuse caution with complacency, Bibler says. While current circumstances may be complex, industry know-how does provide credible approaches to move forward. “If you ignore certain things for long enough in regards to your health, then they catch up to you,” he says. “This is just exercise and exercise for your portfolio.” For an average investor, this likely means meeting or touching base with an advisor. Investments should be diverse, Bibler says, but that diversity can make it difficult to understand what assets exist in a portfolio

made up of funds, stocks and bonds. Being proactive is key in the current climate. “Realistically, if you have an investment plan, and you have set times that you talk with your advisors, and you’ve worked out those arrangements, and you actually know what they’re doing and what their value add and their process is, then it may not need to change,” he says. “If you’re not confident about their process, you should probably figure it out.” CS Cameron Carr is the associate editor. Feedback welcome at

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Fresh Skates Following a season of adjustment to the global pandemic, the Columbus Blue Jackets are now in the midst of a campaign to finally put a trophy in their case at the end of the National Hockey League 2021-2022 season. That may be a tall order. Prior to the start of the Jackets’ first game of the season in October, online sports betting company DraftKings gave the team the longest shot of winning the Stanley Cup with odds of about 1-in-200. “We’re going through the process and taking it game by game,” says Jackets centerman Boone Jenner, who was named team captain prior to the start of the season. The Jackets went on to win their first game of the year 8-2 against the Arizona Coyotes. At press time, the team was ranked fifth out of the eight teams in the Metropolitan Division. The Jackets will need to rank at least third in the division or be one of the next two highest-scoring teams in all of the Eastern Conference in order to qualify for the playoffs. This season marks somewhat of a fresh start for the Blue Jackets. Following the exit of six-year head coach John Tortorella, the team promoted assistant coach Brad Larsen. More strikingly, roster changes have resulted in the team being the youngest in the league. “We’re hungry,” Jenner says. “Every year, there’s going to be changes.” January/February 2022 |


Getting Into Star Wars, Flat Stanley and more can engage students By Cameron Carr Photos courtesy of Mike Donaldson and Amanda Stanavich

THE YEAR WAS 1977. Jimmy Carter was

in the White House, Elvis Presley was in Las Vegas, everyone was in flared pants and Michael Donelson’s life was about to change. That was the year he saw Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope at a drivein movie theater. He knew then that he was witnessing something more powerful than a typical movie. From his personal interests to his career, Star Wars has stayed with him ever since. “Of course, at 7, I did not know what the epic hero cycle was,” says Donelson, now an English teacher at Upper Arlington High School. “But I knew that there was something more to the story than just another space movie, that there was something deeper there, and that has driven me from that age on.” With time, Donelson came to further appreciate the Star Wars saga and the choices made by George Lucas in its creation. One element in particular stood out: Lucas’ commitment to following the epic hero cycle, a narrative technique dating back to antiquity. Donelson says that Lucas closely followed the work of theorist Joseph Campbell, who’s credited with popularizing the idea of a hero’s journey pattern in mythology, to ensure that the sci-fi trilogy followed that template. As a teacher, Donelson found Star Wars an easy way to teach that concept to students. More commonly taught titles, Flat Stanley related lessons and activities range from reading and writing to geography and art projects.

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Character New Albany Primary School students in Amanda Stanavich’s class mail letters inspired by the Flat Stanley books.

such as Beowolf or Homer’s Iliad, often the story of – Star Wars – that allows them “It gets the kids excited to read,” says to understand the stories that proceeded Amanda Stanavich, a third-grade teacher struggled to hold students’ attention. “Kids would get all excited,” he says. it,” Donelson says. at New Albany Primary School. “There Donelson and his high schoolers aren’t are a lot of students that don’t like to read, “They’re learning the epic hero cycle, which is exactly what they would be alone in supporting the idea that teaching don’t want to read. … It’s something that learning anyways, but they’re excited kids with popular characters and stories they can continually come back to.” because it’s Star Wars. And then I can increase engagement. That concept is Many teachers use Flat Stanley as a thought, ‘You know, that would work practiced with all ages of students through jumping-off point for other topics. Not a wide range of approaches. across the board.’” only does he encourage students to One common character for elementary continue reading, but the associated art Donelson thought that expanding the connection between the widely popular students is Flat Stanley. The delightfully project creates more opportunities. As Star Wars story and fundamentals of ridiculous story of a boy flattened by a in the story, where Stanley mails himself storytelling could engage more students. bulletin board has captured imaginations to visit friends, students mail their Flat Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala for more than 50 years since the first book’s Stanleys around the world, creating a mirror the forbidden love of Romeo and publication in 1964. letter writing project and an interactive Students often make their own Flat Stanleys geography lesson. Juliet. A universe of droids and alien life – not to mention an oppressive Empire – and return to the series throughout the year. Diane Plumb, a third-grade teacher at demonstrates the pervasive threat Hanby Elementary School in of injustice. Westerville who has used Flat He proposed a freshman Stanley in her classroom in the English class that would center past, says interesting characters around that theory, teaching also helps to increase the extent the core standards as shown of learning. through a galaxy far, far away. “When they can connect The class was a hit and with it, then it’s not just a students flocked. surface-level learning,” she “Relating (content) to says. “It’s a much deeper learnIn Upper Arlington High School’s Star Wars-themed English something they care about, ing. They’re more likely to reclass, Mike Donelson uses the series to teach about the epic hero cycle and more. something that they understand tain the information and more January/February 2022 |



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likely to apply it in the future in future learning.” Plumb says content that relates to students’ interests, as characters and popular culture often do, can transform a lesson from feeling like learning to feeling like a fun activity. Scholastic magazines, which gear content toward age-specific interests, have worked well with her students, she says. Before the pandemic, high school students would visit Hanby to teach science concepts and would sometimes bring Bill Nye the Science Guy with them. “The kids really liked it because he’s goofy and he’s fun for them,” Plumb says. “But it’s not just me teaching them every day. That’s where I see the difference. When you have a specific character or something that’s a little different from what they’re used to, it’s always engaging for the kids.” The success of Donelson’s class at UAHS led to an expansion of the concept. Now, the school offers regular and honors level freshman English courses that connect to young adult favorites and survival instincts. Another course, titled Design My Own ELA Adventure, gives students greater choice over their readings. Still, it’s tough to beat Star Wars for sheer popularity. Donelson says he continues to hear from students and parents alike that the class has gone beyond expectations. “I’ve never felt more like a rock star than at open house night,” Donelson says. “The kids have had class for three to four weeks at that point, and they’re loving it.” CS Cameron Carr is the associate editor. Feedback welcome at

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taying active in the winter looks a lot different from staying active in other seasons. Appreciate the snow by trading in running shoes for skis and checking out these four places to ski in Ohio.

A Mad River Mountain skier enjoys the resort’s ski park.

Mad River Mountain At Mad River Mountain, bigger is better. Going strong since 1962, Mad River Mountain is Ohio’s largest winter resort. This winter marks the resort’s 60th season of operation. It offers the most expansive skiable terrain in Ohio, spread across 20 trails. The snow stays longer here, too, because Mad River Mountain is home to Ohio’s largest snowmaking system. The resort makes it easy to build skills before hitting the slopes with a ski and snowboard learning center. For those who want to do more than ski, there’s the recently redesigned Bubly Tubing Park, the largest tubing park in Ohio.

The ski lift carries visitors on a snowy day at Boston Mills and Brandywine.

This season, the resort is implementing the Epic Mix app, which allows guests to track their runs and verticals, locate friends on the mountain, and receive upto-date resort information. Mad River Mountain is located about 45 minutes from the Columbus area at 1000 Snow Valley Rd. in Zanesfield. For hours and the best deals on tickets and season passes, visit Boston Mills and Brandywine Boston Mills and Brandywine are two separate ski resorts located just five minutes apart in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Guests can visit both in one day and only need to purchase one ticket. Boston Mills and Brandywine boast 18 different trails, including the Tiger Trail, the steepest pitch in Ohio. Take a break from skiing by visiting the Polar Blast Tubing Park. The park provides tubes for guests and has a twolane conveyor belt that carries people to the top of the mountain, where numerous tubing lanes await. Brandywine has night skiing Friday and Saturday nights, and each resort has a bar and cafeteria. Guests of all ages can take lessons in learning how to ski or brush up on skills. For those looking to test their speed, there’s a ski racing program. Like Mad River Mountain, Boston Mills and Brandywine are implementing the Epic Mix app this season. To learn more about Boston Mills and Brandywine hours, tickets and passes, visit

A sunny day at Snow Trails draws guests outdoors on the spacious 2,100-square-foot sun deck.

Snow Trails Not too far north of Columbus, Snow Trails sits just over a mile off Interstate 71 near Mansfield. It’s nestled in Possum Run Valley, one of the coldest areas in Ohio, making it perfect for snowmaking and a serene, wintry getaway.

Throughout the season, Snow Trails offers a variety of events for family fun, such as a ski competition, annual ski carnival and mid-season party with fireworks. Guests can see live entertainment during weekend visits as well. A highlight of the family-owned and operated resort is five different terrain parks, including a beginners’ area. Both adults and children wanting to learn more about the sport can take lessons at the learning center. Snow Trails also works with the Adaptive Sports Connection to offer snow sports for people with disabilities. If hungry, visitors can choose between two different restaurants and bars that overlook snowy mountains on a spacious deck. Vertical Descent Tubing Park, located within the resort, has the longest tubing lanes in Ohio. At Snow Trails, the tubing fun carries into the night with glow tubing and a tubing park lodge. For more information about Snow Trails’ hours, tickets and passes, visit www. CS Juliana Colant is an editorial assistant. Feedback welcome at

A snowboarder enjoys the snowy trails at Boston Mills and Brandywine.

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Useful and Inclusive Local surgeon champions diversity with inventive bandage line By Claire Miller Photo courtesy of Tru-Colour Bandages


Fingertips are difficult to r. Raymond Wurapa bandage. Hearing about this may have less time to dilemma, his son proposed they relax since he became come up with a design to solve co-owner and chief medical the problem. officer of Tru-Colour Bandages, Wurapa debuted the prototype but he doesn’t mind. at an invention convention to The hectic schedule is worth positive feedback. After that, he it for Wurapa. He’s found it was compelled to take it further, rewarding to start and grow a meaningful company. Tru- Dr. Raymond Wurapa to keep tweaking the bandage, initially called the starfish. They Colour offers not only better, but more diverse bandages – in other got a patent for the design, at which point words, ones that match non-Caucasian production, marketing and manufacturing would need to come in to go forward with skin tones. “The overall mission drives me,” Wurapa the product. With the design patented, production, says, “and drives us, as the principals, to keep pushing along because it’s a simple marketing and manufacturing needs led to concept. It’s a concept that all of humanity the expansion of the project, which now can identify with and, because we’re not includes co-owners Toby Meisenheimer, exclusive to one group or the other, we’re Mason Duling and Ryan Tolbert. The team recognized the only bandage basically saying, ‘Let’s celebrate everybody where they are, and we should all be better on the market was a traditional beige off for that.’” shade. Meisenheimer’s adopted son first Wurapa’s day job as an orthopedic prompted his search for a bandage to hand surgeon with Orthopedic One first match a non-white skin color, which piqued his interest in finding a solution is when he realized there were no such for a common problem he encountered: options out there. “We saw the concept of having the utility of the fingertip bandages in addition to the regular ones and offering all the bandages in the multiple shades to address the same problem,” Wurapa says. The combination of multiple bandage shades and patented and patent pending bandage designs, including a knuckle bandage Wurapa created, makes the startup company a unique blend of inclusivity and utility. The brand offers skin tone bandages in white-fair, olive-moderate brown, browndark brown and dark brown shades. Its products include bandages in standard 24 | January/February 2022

sizes, spot sizes, larger patch shapes and the patent-pending fingertip and knuckle bandages. Tru-Colour bandages are sold at Target, on Amazon and on the company’s website, The company has also branched out to institutional buyers such as Henry Schein. CS Claire Miller is the assistant editor. Feedback is welcome at

Tips for Hand Health One of the best ways to avoid pain and discomfort is to take preventative measures along the way. Wurapa shares some tips to keep your hands, wrists and arms healthy.

Avoiding overuse injuries Many of the injuries Wurapa sees in his practice are caused by overuse, which can lead to tendonitis and other issues. The prevention is simple: Pace yourself and take regular breaks when doing repetitive motions your hands may not to be used to performing, such as during a weekend project.

Addressing cuts early Winter weather is tough on the skin. Address cuts early and protect skin with moisturizers and bandages. That allows them to heal and prevents inflammation and infection.

Following up with a specialist Lastly, Wurapa recommends following up with a specialist in a timely manner when problems arise. Waiting too long can decrease the options available to address an issue without long-term consequences.

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Feel the (Mar)burn Running club encourages confidence in and outside of the classroom By Tess Wells Photo courtesy of Marburn Academy


hen told to take a lap, athletes, regardless of the sport, have been known to moan and groan. But you’ll never heard that from members of the Marburn Academy Run Club. They sign up with glee to partake in what other teams might consider a punishment. The Marburn Middle Division Run Club is a spring program for grades 6-8. It’s led by Marburn teachers Rebecca Skinner and Michael Taylor, who are both avid runners. Though the club shares an obvious running connection with cross country, which takes place in the fall, the Marburn Run Club is meant to be a more casual way to stay active, Taylor says. “We hear from families all the time about how their kids are bugging them to go for a run on the weekend or a hike, so it’s really nice to see that transfer,” Taylor says. “Running is a really great sport because it’s always one more thing. You can always challenge yourself, and

Students who take part in the Marburn Middle Division Run Club can keep track of their miles run to earn different colored beads. Right: Wenton Fallon (right) runs cross country and in the Marburn Middle Division Run Club, which he says is a group that has a place for everyone, regardless of experience level.

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The Children’s Scarf Soccer team and hospital join forces for children’s mental health By Brandon Klein


o a crowd of 20,000 fans, the Columbus Crew kicked off something new. The Wrap Them In Support campaign, a partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, began on Oct. 16 to support the hospital’s On Our Sleeves movement for children’s mental health. The campaign emphasizes that suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 5 children lives with a The Columbus Crew kicked off its Wrap Them In Support campaign on Oct. 16. mental illness. The Crew fans and the The campaign supports Nationwide Chilcentral Ohio community can purchase dren’s Hospital On Our Sleeves movespecial Wrap Them In Support fan ment for children’s mental health. scarves through May. Proceeds will go to the hospital’s On Our Sleeves work, which provides families the resources they need to improve mental health and start stigma-breaking conversations. In the first month of the campaign, the Crew sold more than 1,200 scarves and raised $34,000. “The mission of On Our Sleeves is to break stigmas and provide free mental health educational resources to every community in America to educate families and empower advocates for children’s mental health,” says Marti Bledsoe Post, executive director of On Our Sleeves. On May 7, Crew fans – including those from the team’s supporters group, the Nordecke – will gather on the pitch to attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the longest chain of sports fan scarves, which will be sewn together. “Through the Wrap Them In Support campaign, we are aiming to do something massive and record-breaking with a custom scarf that symbolizes support for soccer and the important work of On Our Sleeves,” says Steve Lyons, executive vice president and chief business officer of the Crew. Nearly 700 scarves will be needed to create the 1,000-meter scarf. With the Crew now averaging near 19,000 fans at each game in its new stadium, that may not be a challenge. “The Wrap Them In Support campaign will help us further our mission with help from the Crew’s incredible fans and followers,” Post says. “We are so grateful for the support we’re already received from the Nordecke and we’re excited to see this enthusiasm spread among the Crew’s loyal fans. By purchasing scarves for themselves and being part of the world record, fans can break stigmas and help us wrap our children in the support they need.” CS

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there’s always the (feeling of) ‘What else can I do?’” Wenton Fallon, an eighth-grader at Marburn Academy, has participated in soccer, football and cross country. He says one of the things that sets running apart as a sport is the sense of camaraderie between participants despite differing skill levels. “During Run Club, you obviously have people who run at different speeds and run different distances,” Fallon says. “Everyone had someone normally to run with because there was normally someone at their level.” Not only does the club serve as a way for students to stay active, but Taylor says it also promotes confidence in and outside of the classroom. “(It’s) building that confidence in the sport and then transferring that confidence into the classroom,” Taylor says. “Like having them say, ‘Well, I couldn’t run for two minutes.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, remember when you couldn’t run for two minutes, and now you can run further? This is kind of the same thing. You weren’t able to read these words, so we’re going to practice.’” Taylor says running is about competing with oneself as opposed to others, which is a philosophy he emphasizes in the club. Runners compete with themselves by running another lap, going a little bit longer without walking or getting a little bit faster as the season progresses. Before each practice, after eating a snack and changing into running clothes, the team members go over their individual goals for the day. To encourage progress in a fun way, Taylor says runners earn different colored beads based on their individual miles run. “We put the beads on like a keychain or a key ring – and a lot of high schoolers have them on their backpacks and their binders,” Taylor says. For Fallon, having experienced runners such as Skinner and Taylor leading the club has served a similar purpose to the bead incentive, encouraging him to put his running into perspective and become better day by day. “Whenever I really first started running, it was like, ‘Well, two miles is a lot,’ and then they’re talking about whenever they ran, like, these 50-mile races,” Fallon says. “I’m like, ‘Wow, two miles is like nothing compared to that.’ It’s really helped me to tell myself if they can do it, then I can do it.” CS


Armor at the Arnold Iconic sports festival set to introduce medieval fighting this year By Claire Miller Photo courtesy of Combat Strike Photography


he newest event at the Arnold Sports Festival may not be a timeless sport, but it’s certainly many centuries old. Attendees at the festival, scheduled for March 3-6, will be able to witness medieval fighting, a team sport that has seen growing popularity over the last 20 years or so. Using rules similar to those of the armored jaunts of the 1300-1500s, teams of five fight their opponents to the ground with real swords and full armor. Rich Elswick, owner of the Detroit Fight Club and director of medieval fighting at the Arnold, brought the idea for full-contact medieval steel fighting to expo organizers before the March 2020 event, which was eventually canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival returned this past September in a reimagined, smaller format. In 2022, medieval fighting will finally take the stage. “The sport is pretty spectacular and until you’ve seen it in person, videos just don’t do it justice,” Elswick says. “It’s like (when) you watch football on TV and then you go to the game. You hear the

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pads smacking and the players and it’s like, ‘Oh, I get it now.’” Elswick became enamored with the sport in 2012, when he joined some friends and the first team of Americans traveling to compete in the Battle of the Nations in Russia. He has been fighting ever since, watching the sport grow considerably. His first Battle of the Nations event had 12 teams competing; now, it’s up to 40-some. “The thing I love about this is it’s far more sport-oriented, in the aspect of we’re recreating the medieval tournament as it was,” Elswick says. “A lot of our rules are almost identical to what they were in the period of the 14th to the 16th century, so it’s truly a sport. We’re athletes; we train.” Inside the list, or fighting area, fivefighter teams face off with the objective of bringing the opposition to the ground. At the Arnold, teams compete in sets of three fights, each lasting 15 minutes The weapons are real, but dull, and no thrusting is allowed. Despite the less-than-lethal weapons, when medieval fighters compete, it’s still a physical sport.

“Just like (when) a boxer or an MMA fighter goes into a ring,” Elswick says, “they know they’re going to get hit. They might get hurt.” Competitors are often intensely focused during a fight, Elswick says, tuning out everything around them and getting into a sort of flow state. “You’re putting your body to the test,” he says. “You’re putting your mind to the test. I’ve seen very few people not changed by the experience.” The Detroit Fighting Club reached out to the Arnold about adding a medieval fighting competition to the expo around the same time Arnold events in other countries were adding medieval fighting to their line-ups. This year, teams from the U.S., Canada and China are set to compete in a single-elimination tournament. Medieval fighting will take place at the Arnold 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, March 5 in the Greater Columbus Convention Center’s Hall B. CS Claire Miller is the assistant editor. Feedback is welcome at


Making a Splash Extensive remodel turns dated Bexley home into a paragon of family togetherness By Garth Bishop Photos courtesy of The Cleary Company

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ts location made visiting family members convenient, and it had a swimming pool. Those were the main criteria that attracted Mike and Marta Foster to their new house in Bexley. The rest of the house, as it existed then? Not so much. The Fosters came prepared with some fairly extensive home remodeling experience and professionals at The Cleary Company to assist. Today, the home bears almost no resemblance to its former self, and it checks every box the homeowners could have wanted. Nashville natives, the Fosters targeted central Ohio after both of their children and their families ended up in Bexley for career reasons. Mike and Marta were focused primarily on geography and a first-floor master suite when they found the house, which wasn’t even on the market yet. “When it did go on the market, finally, and we were able to see the pictures of the inside, it had an indoor pool,” says Marta. “And we’re swimming pool people.” When it came to renovating, they were focused on functionality and finding the best use of the house’s structure. The Fosters started working with Cleary in spring 2020, a year before they even moved. Cleary had the chance to strip the house down and get a clear picture of what options were available. The house needed substantial work. Extensive wallpaper, huge oil paintings, crystal chandeliers, extensive gilding,

massive decorative wall tiles and Carrara marble floors all contributed to a vibe that Laura Watson, the Cleary designer in charge of the remodel design, diplomatically describes as “aristocratic.” By contrast, the Fosters wanted more of a rustic feel. And the structure undoubtedly appealed to them, even if the dated decor didn’t. “It was the cat’s meow in 1958,” Marta says. The entryway was redesigned to make a statement as soon as someone enters the house. At the center of it is a spiral stairway – a feature seldom installed by the team at Cleary, though they jumped at the challenge. It replaces a stairway that, though ornate, took up an enormous amount of entrance space. “You could barely walk through there to get from point A to point B,” Watson says. The view from the entryway is pretty impressive, too, since Cleary tore down an atrium at the back of the house and added a family room with new wood beams in its place.

“You walk in the front foyer and you get an awesome view of the backyard straight through the back,” says Cleary project developer Robert Raskin. Previously, the formal dining space was very compartmentalized. Cleary opened up the space between the formal and casual dining rooms, installing an eyecatching chandelier, which goes well with the Fosters’ new wood table, and painting the ceiling beams black. The fireplace in the formal dining room received new, wood-look tile on the bottom and alterations to its firebox. A second fireplace in the new family room has a brand-new gas insert, while the living room fireplace gained a mantle and TV mount. “Each fireplace is unique to the room,” Raskin says. “They’re all very different, and they all fit within the spaces they’re in.” Extensive home remodels usually include new kitchen islands, but, once again proving the exception, the Fosters’


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house has two. The seating island has a combination of quartz countertops and a walnut top, tying it in with the bar right next to the kitchen. Large format tile appears throughout the kitchen as well as the mudroom and much of the first floor, and the kitchen itself now runs the length of the entire house, from back to front. The bar was preexisting, but Cleary made some major revisions. It already had a bank of windows, so the company put shelving in front of those to reflect light through the bottles. On top of that, the space now includes wine storage as well as reclaimed Northern Wide Plank siding – appearing on panels, as well as in the floors where it’s typically seen – to highlight the couple’s guitar collection. “They’ve got so many great entertaining spaces, (but) they never wanted to go far to get to that bar,” Raskin says. The Fosters arranged for the library to be converted to a room for their grandchildren to study and play. It’s right next door to the bar area and serves as a transition space between the master bedroom and family room. The couple even added wallpaper consisting entirely of maps to encourage creativity. “They actually installed that wallpaper themselves over one weekend,” Raskin says. Then, of course, there’s the pool. Or, more accurately, the pools. 32 | January/February 2022

The house came with an indoor swimming pool – a major bonus for Marta, who was once a competitive swimmer. The couple’s daughter-in-law was too, and the whole family enjoys swimming. That said, the indoor pool needed serious work. Much of the room’s structure was rotted and rusting. Cleary installed a new humidification system, thoroughly cleaned the tile, substituted a seating area in place of a kitchenette, replaced the sunken hot tub with an elevated one, and added new lighting as well as a passage to the outdoor pool area. The outdoor pool is an entirely new construction, further broadening the house’s swimming options. Cleary is working to design a pavilion that will go atop part of it. The Fosters knew the combination of two pools and five grandchildren meant a lot of wet feet padding through the house, so they made sure there was tile all throughout the first floor – almost 4,000 square feet worth, in fact. The project reimagined the home almost in its entirety. Additional work included overhauls of the master bedroom and bathroom, a second spiral staircase from the bar to the basement, and a new driveway configuration. CS Garth Bishop is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at

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Luxury Living TRENDS

Bringing Paper Back From minimalist patterns to textures and neon, wallpaper is once again in vogue By Tess Wells

Rylee + Cru Sparrow


ike a classic red lip and a smile, wallpaper will never go out of style. However, when it comes to something as versatile as wallpaper, trends within the realm are sure to fluctuate. As seen in this year’s BIA Parade of Homes, modern styles range from pastels and florals to dramatic, deep hues; there are ways to spice up a room without having to haul out paintstained overalls and rollers. Although blocky green squares and geometric patterns in primary colors can and should remain in the ’80s, recent years have brought a renewed appreciation for wallpaper of various makes and designs. Keep reading for inspiration to spice up a room while keeping things trendy. CS


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Stroma Dandelion

York Wallcoverings Old World Toile Wallpaper $108 for 56 square feet

ever, in contrast to stereotypical chintzy floral patterns, this one brings a slightly less claustrophobic, more watercolor-like style which will feel at place in any room. www.

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Lulu and Georgia Rylee + Cru Sparrow Wallpaper $145 for 56.25 square feet

This neutral-toned wallpaper is perfect for adding personality without stealing the show and would go beautifully in a sunny room. The sparrows are minimally designed but add a youthful flair.

Rifle Paper Co. Peacock Wallpaper in Emerald $122 for 60.75 square feet

Green, particularly emerald, has become a popular way to add an eclectic touch to any room without going overboard. This wallpaper would complement dark woods in a living room or dining area.

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Although toile is French for “cloth,” the word has come to represent a depiction of some sort of scene or setting and is a common theme for wallpapers. This wallpaper will give a unique look to any room but would fit particularly well in a bathroom. For those feeling creative, this wallpaper would work well on the ceiling of a dining room or bedroom.

Anthropologie Lane Wallpaper $148 for 49.5 square feet

Floral wallpaper has been trendy seemingly since wallpaper was invented. How-

Graham & Brown Stroma Dandelion Wallpaper $150 for 56 square feet

It may be worth doing some meter-to-foot and Euro-to-dollar conversions for this UKbased company. Yellow’s recent popularity comes with good reason: This wallpaper will brighten up any room, making it one of the more versatile options out there. www.

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American Master Columbus Museum of Art brings George Bellows home By Cameron Carr Photos courtesy of Columbus Museum of Art

AT THE BEGINNING of the 20th century, when the influence of impressionism and its smeared images of French landscapes still dominated the art world, George Bellows was focusing on real life. The Columbus-born artist and one-time student of The Ohio State University made a name for himself after moving to New York City, where he documented American life without the filters of aristocracy. Now, the Columbus Museum of Art has created a home for his art right where it all began. “He’s a hometown boy,” says Nannette Maciejunes, director of the museum. “Bellows was part of the revolutionary, groundbreaking generation of American artists that led the charge in both realism and modernism. He was really one of the most talented painters of his generation.” CMA has long been home to the world’s largest collection of Bellows’ works, but the George Bellows Center, supported by

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An Island in the Sea, 1911

Billy Sunday, 1923

Snow Dumpers, 1911

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the Teckie and Don Shackelford family, will solidify the museum as a center of scholarship and study related to the artist and the Ashcan School movement that he was part of. The Ashcan artists – including Robert Henri, William Glackens and George Luks – focused on realistic paintings that captured the realities of urban and lower-class life in America. The cohort’s name came from a Bellows drawing titled Disappointments of the Ash Can, which some criticized for the raw view of life it depicted. The artists’ work favored city scenes and crowded streets. Despite capturing the sometimes-rugged realities of life at the time, the Ashcan School generally avoided overt political messages. “What’s so memorable about so many of the pictures is this idea of trying to capture American life,” Maciejunes says, “particularly American life in New York.” She points to Snow Dumpers, a 1911 oil painting of workers dumping snow into New York City’s East River, as a valuable document of early 20th century life. “It’s really about city workers that would clear the streets of New York,” Maciejunes says. “I just find the breadth of (his work)

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Riverfront No. 1, 1915

is so important; you begin to understand the time.” Bellows is particularly well-known for his documents of boxing and other sports. Bellows actually played semi-professional baseball before committing himself to art. During his artistic heyday, prizefighting was largely illegal but still practiced through various loopholes or discreet operations. That makes the fights portrayed in works such as Stag at Sharkey’s, one of Bellows’ most iconic pieces, all the more intriguing. Maciejunes says that, even in his art, Bellows’ sporting tendency showed through. “In the art world, you call it the gift of the hand,” she says. “He painted very rapidly. He had a very athletic way of painting.” The CMA collection highlights the breadth of Bellows work and goes beyond the most recognizable paintings. “He was an incredibly important printmaker,” Maciejunes says. “People don’t know this.” Bellows practiced lithography, in which a drawing is made onto a stone that is then used to print onto another surface. Though it was considered a lower art at the time, he helped to restore lithography’s reputation, Maciejunes says. “He really was committed to figuring out how to recapture lithography for artists,” she says. “He was a very experimental lithographer and was particularly committed to it.” The museum’s collection places an emphasis on that work, his boxing lithographs especially. CMA also co-

owns, with OSU, Bellows’ record book. In the book, Bellows documented all of his artwork, drawing small sketches beside the listings to remind him of the compositions. Having attended OSU from 1902-1904 before moving to New York City, Bellows never forgot Columbus. He and fellow Ashcan artist Henri hosted a 1911 show, titled Exhibition of Paintings by American Artists in Columbus, aimed at bringing great contemporary work to Bellows’ hometown. “The museum didn’t even have any property at the time,” Maciejunes says. “We were living in rented rooms. This exhibition was held at the library.” As the centennial of Bellows’ death approaches – the artist lived from 1882-1925 – CMA looks to revisit that exhibition as part of the anniversary. While the Bellows Center will primarily serve as a hub for research and scholarly work, public programming will be a focal point as well. The center opened with a talk by Mark Cole, the curator of American painting and sculpture at the Cleveland Museum of Art, on Bellows’ depiction of sports in relation to society. In the spring, the center plans to host a lecture on the artist by Charles Brock, associate curator of American and British paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. CS Cameron Carr is the associate editor. Feedback welcome at

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Gallery Exhibits

Frederick Fochtman, Abandoned, 9” x 12”, oil on panel, 2021, Sharon Weiss Gallery

Brandt-Roberts Galleries: Bamazi Talle solo exhibition. The Columbus-based artist Bamazi Talle is intently compelled to share the story of his homeland while dispelling the notion that Africa is largely a violent and impoverished country. He purposefully pays homage to his ancestors and the culturally significant ties between traditional and contemporary ideas. His mission is to help create a new understanding of contemporary African art and showcase the hope, respect and 40 | January/February 2022

strength found in his native homeland. Jan. 7-Jan. 30. Columbus Museum of Art: Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources. Explore the paintings, drawings and prints by the artists most beloved by Vincent van Gogh, firmly connecting his art to its late 19th-century context. The exhibition will demonstrate Van Gogh’s early and abiding interest in a wide variety of art. To visually narrate the impact of Van

Gogh’s sources, more than 15 signature paintings and drawings by the artist himself will be juxtaposed with more than 100 works of art that fed his voracious imagination. Through Feb. 6. www.columbus Decorative Arts Center of Ohio: Hindsight: The Art of Looking Back. Showcases the work of the nostalgic paintings of the Ohio folk artists of the 1800s and 1900s. Known collectively as the memory paint-

ers, these artists captured the simplicity of earlier days in rural Ohio in unassuming lines and bold color palettes. Jan. 29-April 24. Dublin Arts Council: Emerging: An exhibition of Student Artworks. Dublin Arts Council’s 20th annual exhibition of student artwork returns in 2022 with artwork from students grades kindergarten through 12. The exhibition will be hosted virtually. Jan. 11-Feb. 25. Hammond Harkins Galleries: Small and Wonderful. A selection of neon works inspired by collage and architectural space. Through Jan. 16. Seeking Joy. An exhibition of new work by Hammond Harkins artist Karen Snouffer, offered in collaboration with the Faculty Club at The Ohio State University. Jan. 14-Feb. 18 at OSU Faculty Club, 181 S. Oval Mall. www. Hayley Gallery: Best of Hayley Gallery Artist Opening. This annual event celebrates the work of all of its artists. Jan. 15. Jurate Phillips & Dana Grubbe. Celebrate the work of these two mixed-media artists. Feb. 12.

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Highline Coffee Art Space: Doors. Worthington native and self-taught photographer Leslie Norman has a duplicitous mission to document the world as she sees it. Incongruity, contrast and a tenderness for the past are common themes in her work. Crumbling architectural ruins, photogram art and anything she feels has a story to tell also make their way into her repertoire. Jan. 3-Feb. 28. King Arts Complex’s Elijah Pierce Gallery: Natt Orr. A native of Columbus, Orr is a self-taught artist who focuses on the beauty of women through explosions of color. Influenced by nature, especially sunsets, flowers, light and the ocean, Orr’s work combines otherworldly hues and striking realism to create an intense and pleasurable viewing experience. With her signature hidden within each painting, she actively invites viewers to examine her pieces closely and intimately so the intricate details can’t be overlooked. Jan. 13-March 12. Marcia Evans Gallery: Artful Holiday Gifts. A collection of small art as well as medium-size original paintings, unique glass and ceramics, handmade jewelry, January/February 2022 |


and ornaments from a variety of gallery artists. Through January. Love Songs. Artist Cynthia Kaufman-Rose derives inspiration from the Tanakh-Jewish Bible. “My artworks seem to chase after what, in essence, is meant to escape,” KaufmanRose says. Through Feb. 28. www.marcia Ohio Art Council’s Riffe Gallery: Quilt National ‘21: The Best of Contemporary Quilts Open House. The works in a Quilt National exhibit display a reverence for the lessons taught by the makers of the heritage quilts. Many of the works hold fast to the traditional methods of piecing and patching. At the same time, however, the Quilt National artist is intrigued by the challenge of expanding the boundaries of traditional quilt-making by utilizing the newest materials and technologies. These innovative works generate strong emotional responses in the viewer while at the same time fulfilling the creative need of the artist to make a totally individual statement. Jan. 30-April 8. www.oac.ohio. gov/Riffe-Gallery

Ohio Dominican University’s Wehrle Gallery: Featured Student Work. Take advantage of this informal salon exhibition that features the work of current ODU students and faculty. Jan. 30-Feb. 19. www. The Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington: Post No Ills at the MAC. Presented by PNC Arts Alive, this show is a multi-disciplinary celebration of urban art placed in a suburban setting. The exhibition events begin with the opening of new works by Columbus artist Lance Johnson. Johnson is an aerosol artist originally from New York City whose work is a vehicle for urban development, using improvised collage to tell stories in a celebration of urban life. The phrase “Post No Bills” is commonly seen on construction walls and other public areas in New York City, denoting the prohibition of advertisements or signage in a given area. In a turn of phrase, Post No Ills seeks to explore and celebrate urban life and art, inspired by graffiti, spoken word and the unifying message of art for all. Jan. 17-March 12.

The Schumacher Gallery at Capital University: When Nature Speaks. This exhibition celebrates the decades-long friendship of painters Karen LaValley and Kirsten Bowen. Both influenced by the allure of nature’s beauty, these artists pass down generations of influences in their craft. Jan. 17-April 9. Sherrie Gallerie: 30 Artists, 30 Days. New works by Sherrie Gallerie artists. Ceramic, glass, jewelry, wood and mixed media. Feb. 1-Nov. 27. Sharon Weiss Gallery: Salon Show Featuring New Works by Gallery Artists. Jan. 1-3. Frederick Fochtman, New Works. Columbus plein air painter. Feb. 2-27. Artist reception 4-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4. Studios On High Gallery: The Art of Gifting. Miniature versions of pieces by Studios on High member artists. A large collection of mixed media, glass, ceramics, oil, acrylic and copper. Extended until the end of January.

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What to watch, what to watch for and what not to miss! Conservatory Aglow Through Jan. 9, 5-9 p.m. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad St. Come out to experience the Conservatory’s festive transformation. The gardens are illuminated by thousands of lights to celebrate the holiday season. Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources Through Feb. 6 Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St. Get an extensive behind the scenes look at the inspiration behind Van Gogh’s works, including paintings by iconic impressionists, post-impressionists and Japanese printmakers. 44 | January/February 2022

Classic Albums Live: Led Zeppelin I Jan. 6, 8 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. A concert series based in Toronto, Classic Albums Live performs rock albums in their entirety. The group is stopping in Columbus to perform Led Zeppelin’s debut album, including megahits “Dazed and Confused” and “Communication Breakdown.” Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents Russian Winter Festival I Jan. 7-8 Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. Come out for the seventh annual Russian Winter Festival, featuring Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and the talents of the

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Columbus Symphony musicians. www. Broadway in Columbus presents Cats Jan. 11-16 Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. Winner of seven Tony Awards, the record-breaking musical is coming to Columbus. The score, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber of musical theater classics such as The Phantom of the Opera and School of Rock, provides guests with songs to immerse them into the musical’s feline world.

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Best of Hayley Gallery Artist Opening Jan. 15, 5-9 p.m. Hayley Gallery, 260 Market St., New Albany Each month, Hayley Gallery welcomes a new artist’s exhibit into its space. The Best of Hayley Gallery Artist Opening celebrates the work of all of the gallery’s artists.




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Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents Russian Winter Festival II Jan. 21-23 Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. With an emphasis on exotic masterpieces, the symphony concert features the music of Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff as well as Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” www.

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CATCO presents School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play Jan. 27-Feb. 13 Studio Two, Riffe Center, 77 S. High St. Based on the iconic 2004 movie Mean Girls, this play delves into a different perspective of the social life of teenage girls. Set in a school in Ghana, the witty production strives to show the challenges teenage girls confront. Broadway in Columbus presents Come From Away Feb. 8-13 Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. Set in the island of Newfoundland, far off the northeast coast of Canada, Come From Away is based on a true story and follows 7,000 passengers whose flights were rerouted on 9/11. The passengers are welcomed into the city of Gander, where different cultures clash and tensions run high.



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Jazz Arts Group presents Valentine Romance Feb. 10-13 Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. The Jazz Arts Group has compiled the perfect romantic soundtrack for the Valentine’s Day weekend. The performances feature vocalist Carly Thomas Smith, who has taken the Broadway stage in a range of musicals including Rent and Jersey Boys. The event has both in-person and live stream options. www. BalletMet presents Giselle Feb. 11-19 Davidson Theatre, Riffe Center, 77 S. High St. An iconic love story that has captivated audiences for centuries, Giselle tells the story of a peasant girl’s quest for love. www. CATCO presents Luchadora! Feb. 17-March 6 Van Fleet Theatre, Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave. A play of surprising turns, Luchadora! places Chinese legend Hua Mulan into the world of lucha libre wrestling. The story emphasizes important themes, including breaking down gender boundaries, heritage and family bonds and being true to ourselves.

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