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FOR BALLETMET’S FIRST PROFESSIONAL SEASON IN 1978-79, the company’s bud“We’re committed to creating new work get was tiny and the staff was even smaller, with in-house professional dancers few here,” says Porter. “The new works this and far between. year are incredible, and are a great comNow, BalletMet is thriving with 27 professionals, 1,700 students and an active bination with the existing works by these board of trustees, all impacting more than 125,000 lives annually. And in 2017master choreographers.” 18, it has created, for its 40th season, a set of diverse and collaborative shows with After Front Row is completed, BalletMet new and traditional works. will be less than a month away from its tra“We absolutely are making this a special year,” says Sue Porter, executive direcditional production of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaitor at BalletMet. “An arts organization that has grown the way we have and is kovsky’s The Nutcracker. still doing exciting, interesting work that is still really relevant to our community The show is familiar to even the most cais pretty exciting to have. And 40 years is a great milestone.” sual ballet fan, and BalletMet’s 2017 version BalletMet opened the season in October with Parallel Connections, a collaboraisn’t going to be markedly different from its tive effort with The Ohio State University Department of Dance and the Wexner 2016 version, but The Nutcracker is always a Center for the Arts, which featured four different dances. fresh performance, Porter says. The second show of the season, slated for Nov. 9-19, is Front Row: A Collection of Short Ballets. Featuring three original pieces choreographed by Ma Cong, Andrea Schermoly and BalletMet Artistic Director Edwaard Liang, the show exhibits intense themes and movements. “We love to be able to … serve the community with familyfriendly affairs to cutting-edge, state-of-the-art work,” says Liang. “Some of these works can be quite intense and we love that. And, I think, getting responses from our fan base, they absolutely love it as well.” The show’s name is a reference to the audience’s proximity to the performers. Front Row takes place in the BalletMet Performance Space, an intimate 225-seat theater next to the company’s offices, The original 1978 company where viewers will be able to fully capture the theme of creativity Opposite page clockwise from top left: Parallel Connections, The Nutcracker, Tour De Force, OZ and Front Row and innovation.

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“Our Nutcracker has so many things going on, I don’t think any person can see all of it in one year,” she says. “The show always looks fresh, partly because we have different dancers, but they all do a fabulous job.” BalletMet’s current rendition of The Nutcracker, choreographed by former Artistic Director Gerard Charles, features more than 150 local students in various roles. It’s a holiday staple in Columbus, and its popularity stretches beyond the city’s borders, Liang says. “A huge part of what we do is being a part of the holidays,” he says. “The reason why Columbus loves The Nutcracker so much is because we’re a part of their fabric, we’re a part of their family. And that is one of our missions.” After the holidays, BalletMet has three other spectacles on the schedule including the final 40th-season show, Dorothy and the Prince of Oz, a fouryear project choreographed by Liang. Porter and Liang say they’re thrilled to be celebrating an accomplishment with such loyal audience members. Most of all, though, Liang says he is very proud of his dancers and their ability to bring such a range of dances this season. “This whole program and this whole season is so varied. That is what I’m most excited about,” he says. “The community gets to have an entire buffet of art; but my dancers are able to stretch and do really modern pieces, really amazing masterpieces that need to be told over and over again.” CS Lydia Freudenberg is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at

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mental and physical health. “Work out more,” “eat healthfully” and “practice self-care” are pieces of advice we hear on a regular basis. But one aspect of life is often sacrificed for extra work and free time. All mammals sleep, but humans, in general, are pretty bad at it. The bed, which should be used almost exclusively for sleep, is often used instead for checking social media just one last time, or flipping through channels before hitting the hay. Many of us fight sleep to stay awake at night to finish watching the game or a movie, or finish up one last thing, and instead fall Dr. David Ralston asleep on the couch, only to wake up feeling worse than before. “As adults, we don’t have good bedtime hygiene,” says Dr. David Ralston, director of sleep medicine at Mount Carmel Health System. “We drink caffeine, we have to look at the Internet one last time before bed and answer emails, stimulating and engaging your brain right before you want to be shutting off.” All these bad habits lead to poor sleep, and poor sleep doesn’t just affect mood. Not getting enough sleep, or getting poor sleep throughout the night, can lead to a plethora of negative health consequences in the long run. Many studies have shown that poor sleep quality can be linked to obesity. According to the National Institutes of Health study Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health Problem, by the age of 27, those who regularly slept less than six hours per night were 7.5 times more likely to have a high BMI after controlling for family history, physical activity and factors related to demographic. The study also linked sleep loss with

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diabetes, glucose intolerance and cardiovascular morbidity. Adults with chronic sleep loss also reported symptoms of depression, anxiety and excessive alcohol use. Suffice to say, sleep is important. Ralston notes that a major misconception when it comes to sleep is that everyone needs at least eight hours. In reality, it’s more of a bell curve; most people do need eight hours, but some need more, some fewer. The key to finding out how many hours of sleep you need is simple: Listen to your body. “Reportedly, Sir Isaac Newton only needed four hours of sleep. Some people need 12 hours,” says Ralston. “If you sleep in on weekends, that is a test essentially to say that you are sleep-deprived.” For those who believe they may be suffering from insomnia,

ACCIDENTS DON’T TAKE A VACATION. Ralston says the No. 1 warning sign is experiencing three consecutive months of poor sleep. At that point, they should visit their primary care physicians, who will refer patients to a physician specializing in sleep. From there, patients will be asked about their medications, how they sleep, whether they share a bed and, if so, whether their partner snores or kicks while sleeping, and how the lack of sleep is affecting daily life. After that, Ralston says, treatment looks different for everyone. “Recent studies have shown that behavioral therapy is just as effective – or even more effective in the long-term – than medicine,” says Ralston. “Medications do have a role in managing insomnia, but the goal is a short-term role.” Long-term treatment with insomnia can be challenging, as it comes down to changing habits and keeping them that way. Working out no closer than 4-6 hours before bed time, replacing the cell phone with a book, avoiding alcohol and caffeine, and going to bed when tiredness kicks in are all habits that promote positive sleep hygiene. Ralston’s biggest piece of advice when it comes to sleep: Don’t get frustrated when having difficulty sleeping, because if restful nights are hard to come by, a physician can help. “A lot of times, with sleep issues, you can affect the life positively, and they feel much better,” says Ralston. “Ultimately, we all went into medicine to make people feel better.” CS

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THANKSGIVING DINNER ISN’T COMPLETE without the classic dishes everyone has

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spend an evening baking instead of faking it this year, the easy recipe is for you.

EASY RECIPE Famous Pumpkin Pie Courtesy of Nestle

Total Prep: 3 hrs, 10 mins Active: 15 mins | Yield: 10 servings ¾ cup granulated sugar 1 tsp. ground cinnamon ½ tsp. salt ½ tsp. ground ginger ¼ tsp. ground cloves 2 large eggs 1 can (15 oz.) pure pumpkin 1 can (12 fl. oz.) evaporated milk 1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell Whipped cream (optional) Mix sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. Pour into pie shell.

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Bake in preheated 425 degrees Fahrenheit oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Top with whipped cream before serving.

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IF YOU ARE BOUND AND DETERMINED to make a pumpkin pie entirely from scratch, this last recipe is for you. From an actual pumpkin to a delicious pie, the process here is a little more complicated than the easy and medium difficulty recipes.

Medium Recipe Famous Pumpkin Pie with Flaky Pie Crust

Hard Recipe From Scratch Pumpkin Pie

don’t want to roast your own pumpkin. In that case, the medium recipe, which combines the filling from the easy recipe with a homemade crust, is perfect for you. Making the crust from scratch is an easy way to set your pie apart from the store-bought variety.

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Total Prep: 3 hrs, 20 mins | Active: 25 mins | Yield: 10 servings

Total Prep: 3 hrs, 35 mins | Active: 35 mins | Yield: 8 servings

Filling Ingredients: ¾ cup granulated sugar 1 tsp. ground cinnamon ½ tsp. salt ½ tsp. ground ginger ¼ tsp. ground cloves 2 large eggs 1 can (15 oz.) pure pumpkin 1 can (12 fl. oz.) evaporated milk Flaky Pie Crust Ingredients: 5 Tbsp. cold unsalted butter 3 Tbsp. cold vegetable shortening 11⁄3 cups all-purpose flour ½ tsp. salt Mix sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugarspice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. In a bowl, combine the flour and salt, and stir to mix. Scatter the butter and shortening pieces over the flour mixture. Using a fork, toss to coat with the flour. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in the butter and the shortening until the mixture forms large, coarse crumbs the size of peas. Drizzle the ice water over the mixture and toss with the fork until the dough is evenly moist and begins to come together in a mass, but does not form a ball. Cover a clean surface and hands with some all-purpose flour. Start rolling out the crust dough with a rolling pin that is also dusted with flour. Roll out into a circle shape to fit your pan and transfer the crust to the pan using the rolling pin. Pour the filling into the crust. Bake in preheated 425 degrees Fahrenheit oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Top with whipped cream before serving.

1 medium sugar pumpkin (about 3 lbs.) Canola oil, for oiling pumpkin 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for flouring ¼ tsp. salt 2⁄3 cup (11 Tbsp.) cold unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces One 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk ½ cup whipping cream 2 Tbsp. corn starch 2 Tbsp. molasses 2 Tbsp. canola oil 1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon 1 tsp. ground ginger 3 large eggs For the pumpkin: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the stem and scrape out the insides, discarding the seeds. Cut the pumpkin in half and lay the pieces cut-side down on a rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Rub canola oil all over the skin and bake until fork-tender, about 1 hour. Let cool. For the easy pie crust: While the pumpkin is cooking, make the crust. In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Add in the butter and work into the dough with a fork until the mixture is crumbly. Stir in just enough cold water (4 to 5 Tbsp.) with a fork just until the flour is moistened. Divide the dough in half, shape each half into a ball and flatten slightly. Wrap one ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate for another use. Roll out the remaining dough ball on a lightly floured surface to a 12-inch round. Transfer to a 9-inchdiameter glass pie dish. Fold the overhangs under and crimp decoratively. Pierce the dough all over with a fork. Chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Line the crust with foil, fill with dried beans or pie weights and bake until the sides are set, about 12 minutes. Remove the foil and beans. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees. For the filling: Scoop out the pulp from the roasted pumpkin and puree in a food processor until smooth (you should have about 4 cups). Add the condensed milk, cream, corn starch, molasses, canola oil, cinnamon, ginger, salt and eggs, and combine thoroughly. Pour the filling into the crust and bake until the filling is set in the center, about 1 hour. Transfer the pie to a rack and cool for 30 minutes. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

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1 | Blue Light Be Gone Believe it or not, staring at your phone before you go to bed isn’t that great for you. If there’s an insomniac on your list, consider JINS SCREEN glasses. These lenses help protect the wearer’s eyes from the blue light emitted by cell phones and keep his or her circadian rhythm in check. $120$200. 2 | Growler with a Bark For the beer lover dear to you, what could be better than a custom pint glass? How about a 64 oz. Personal Bar Growler? With options to personalize the font, name and any other text you might want, this gift is sure to be rewarded with a belch. $20.95. 3 | A Holiday Scent All Year Round Though the holiday season might be over at the start of the new year, who says the house can’t smell like a Christmas tree as spring hits? The Balsam & Fir 3 oz. Tartan Candle can also make all guests think that fake tree in the corner is real. $10. 4 | Deep Health For the fitness enthusiast on your list, consider Cue. This device connects to the user’s health at the molecular level to detect early stages of influenza, peak time of fertility and much more. $199.


5 | Not So Home Alone For the conscious homeowner, the Nest Cam Indoor security camera has 24/7 live video. With the ability to send the owner’s phone an alert when it detects activity, the camera ensures Harry and Marv won’t be stealing anything this holiday season. $169.

6 | Hillbilly Golf Who says you can’t plan for the summer months when the weather gets cold? Double Ladderball is a game that’s fun for all ages and can help fuel rivalries at neighborhood cookouts or parties in the heat of summer. $39.99. www.ladder 7 | Power of Physics An enhanced sound experience can avoid the hassle of cords or cables. The Timbrefone Acoustic Phone Amp intensifies the sound of one’s phone with a sculpted, wooden, acoustic cone. $99-$129. www. 8 | Grocery Shopping Made Easy You know that feeling. Getting home from the grocery store only to realize you forgot to buy something you need for dinner that night. Well, say goodbye to that with the hiku Smart Kitchen Scanner, which allows the user to scan or say aloud items to put on a digital grocery list. $49. 9 | Note-Taking Made Easy Every student knows copying down notes line for line can be an arduous task. However, the IRISPen Air 7 takes care of the problem handily. The wireless scanner pen can both read aloud and transcribe lines of text to a smartphone or computer. $149. 10 | Lions and Tigers and Bears (Oh My) Help someone stay up to date on all things animal with a Columbus Zoo and Aquarium membership. Admission to the zoo, Zoombezi Bay and free parking are all included in the base membership, and the fun only grows from there. $50$154.99. November 2017 |



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1 | Stay 100 Anxiety about one’s phone running out of juice is a thing of the past with the mophie powerstation. With dual USB charging ports, priority+ charging so one’s device will charge first and a sleek aluminum finish, the station will keep that phone charged all throughout the day. $49.95. 2 | Comedy, Music and Everything in Between Are you not entertained? Well, if you answered “no” to that, consider buying a CAPA gift card for a friend or loved one. Among the 2018 shows on CAPA’s calendar are Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in concert with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Broadway Across America’s Chicago starring Eddie George. $5-$100.


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word on the tip of everyone’s tongue seems to be “magic.” “There’s something about it that’s really magical in this weird, kind of childlike way,” says Bonnie Roche, exhibitions manager at Franklin Park Conservatory. “Every day has got a little extra piece of magic in it,” says Applied Imagination Lead Botanical Architect Cindy Johnson. Kentucky-based Applied Imagination has earned national renown for its public garden exhibits, seasonal displays and model railways. They are designed by a dedicated team of artists and architects, who take pride in their work and bounce ideas off one another like Hollywood screenwriters. “I want to just leave my cubicle, set up a lawn chair, and just watch” the architects at work, says Ben Zenitsky, marketing and communications specialist for the Columbus Metropolitan Library. It’s appropriate that Applied Imagination would have two holiday train displays here in Columbus, given that company founder Paul Busse is an alumnus of The Ohio State University. Busse’s very first model train display was at the Ohio State Fair in 1982, and he recalls sleeping at the fairgrounds in a sleeping bag in the middle of his train display due to his financial situation. Applied Imagination has developed collections that travel from one venue to the next, such as Who Lives Here, a series of fantastical interpretations of animal homes, all built around a steadily winding model train. Another recent installation took place at the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, and was inspired by some of George Vanderbilt’s favorite places to travel. The train tracks are always unique to the space in which they are displayed, and are never set up the same way twice. The conservatory, for example, hired Applied Imagination to set up the Enchanted Express exhibition in 2007, and the conservatory fell so in love with the fairy tale houses that it wound up buying them. Fast forward to 2010, and the Conservatory made these houses the centerpiece for its annual holiday showcase. They now sit nestled in a carousel, which slowly spins and plays music while the train weaves through it. The Huntington Holiday Train has been a holiday mainstay at the library’s main branch since 2009, with all sorts of holiday programming centering on the train. Columbus Metropolitan Library

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t’s that time of year again to bundle up and enjoy the changing weather, tasty seasonal treats and the company of loved ones. For many people, hosting guests during the holidays can be stressful and chaotic, but it doesn’t have to be.

Rita Fuller-Yates, lifestyle expert, is a professional interior designer and an instructor at the Columbus College of Art & Design, where she teaches history of interior design, industrial design and fashion. She also holds quarterly entertaining Creating decorative tablescapes is one of the ways Rita Fuller-Yates transforms a space for the holidays. workshops in which she guides her guests through activities and hosting tips. Fuller-Yates suggests that having a great attitude is the first step to being a good host or hostess. “Smile and welcome each guest at their arrival,” says Fuller-Yates. “The guests are there as a present to the hostess, and a proper ‘hello’ and ‘thank you for coming’ is always a nice gesture.” She also suggests choosing food that is simple, but that offers a variety for guests with different dietary needs and preferences. Expect that there will be little things you forget or that don’t go as planned. “Try to avoid the sweat of the small stuff,” says Fuller-Yates. “If you forgot the whipped cream for the ice cream, most guests will understand and more than likely choose other options that are available.” Placing a tree in front of a mirror One of the easiest ways to make guests feel comfortable in your home is to have it creates the illusion of a bigger space. cleaned prior to the event of party. There is nothing more uncomfortable than being welcomed into a dirty home. “I recommend using a home cleaning service to help the hostess prepare for their event and avoid feeling overwhelmed,” says Fuller-Yates. Eileen Padro, interior designer with Abode Real Living, works with her clients to create visually interesting spaces that incorporate their personalized style with trendy design. Padro’s home showcases her personal style and design aesthetic. So, how soon is too soon to start decorating for Christmas? This is a question that many deliberate, especially with regard to transitioning from fall to winter décor. “Immediately after Thanksgiving Day, I would suggest decorating for Christmas,” says Fuller-Yates. “This allows over four weeks for your home to celebrate the Christmas holiday, but still remain loyal to the fall season and Thanksgiving dinner.” Padro agrees that following Thanksgiving it is time to start decorating for Christmas. However, she prefers to use decorative pieces that can transition from one season to Decorating and hosting are all the next, so a lot of pieces will stay incorporated in the décor throughout the holidays. about personal touches. Incorporate “I like to use oversized pine cones,” says Padro. “You can easily transition from fall and pieces that appeal to your style and personality. Thanksgiving into Christmas and winter.” 24 L u



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If you are new to holiday hosting and don’t already have a collection of holiday décor, it can feel like a financial burden to keep up with all the trends. However, it’s possible to find simple and inexpensive additions that will cater to the season and the look you are trying to achieve. “Understand your budget and keep décor to a minimum,” says Fuller-Yates. “The focus of (holiday gatherings) is to build relationships and help people smile … and both of these tasks require no disposable cash.” With an affinity for small accent pieces, Padro likes to incorporate new elements into pieces that stay in her home all year round. Large statement pieces, such as Christmas trees, are welcome in her home, too, but she is mindful that her spaces don’t feel too cluttered. “I like to do small statements. … I have a big dough bowl on my kitchen island that I fill with things like pine cones, cabbage plants, pumpkins and ornaments (depending on the season),” says Padro. Décor isn’t the only expense to watch out for, though. Those hosting holiday parties or gatherings should be mindful of their budgets when choosing a menu. Fuller-Yates suggests considering lowbudget options such as potluck dinners and dessert-only parties. v

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WE’RE WELL INTO FALL, and that means we’re well into prime time for warm beverages – and one type of warm beverage in particular. Perhaps no other modern-day drink is more ubiquitous in the fall season than Starbucks’ famous Pumpkin Spice Latte. But there are more exciting pumpkin drinks out there in central Ohio. Melt Bar and Grilled, with locations in the Short North and Easton Town Center, has a variation that hews particularly close to its inspiration: the Meltbucks Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte. Though it took customers some time to cotton to the new offering, Melt “expects it to grow,” says Derek Wolfe, general manager at the Short North location. The iced and spiked beverage features that classic combination of cacao, pumpkin and nutmeg, through the use of pumpkin spice syrup and chocolate liqueur. CS Emily Real is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Here We Glow Again By Tessa Flattum

YOU CAN FINALLY TAKE THAT VACATION TO CHINA without leaving the country.

The Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival will return to the Ohio Expo Center’s Natural Resources Park starting Nov. 17. Visitors can once again immerse themselves in Chinese culture, with more than 39 illuminated displays from Zigong, Sichuan, China’s capital for the art of lantern-making for centuries. Made from silk fabric, steel frames and thousands of LED lights, the Chinese lantern is typically lit around the 15th day of the first lunar calendar month. Each

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lighted object represents some sort of symbol or ancient Chinese folk tale. Patrons can walk among the lighted petal pathways or gawk at the enormous 200-foot-long dragon display as they enjoy a night filled to the brim with historic and cultural experience. “All 35 sets of lanterns, except the dragon, will be different this year,” says Huiyuan Liu, event manager for Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc. “We’ve also added new Christmasthemed lanterns and other lanterns that are made with new techniques and new materials – not just metal and fabric – to give audiences a ‘wow’ experience.” The festival is presented by Tianyu. In addition to the lanterns, the festival offers performances each night at 6 p.m., with additional show times on Fridays and Saturdays. Performers’ specialties include jar balancing, martial arts and umbrella juggling. “The face changer is returning this year, but all the other acts will be different,” says Liu. “Besides acrobats, we’ve added lots of traditional folk dance and music performances.” Admission also includes access to exhibits featuring Chinese dress and a plethora of handicrafts made by some of the best artists in east Asia. In addition, viewers get the

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chance to see special dinosaur exhibitions and fossil replicas. Some of these pieces – the tallest of which reaches three stories in height – are sent to different countries for traveling displays, zoo exhibits and amusement parks. Tianyu hopes its lantern shows and other traditional entertainment performances will help establish better intercultural communication between China and the rest of the world. Liu is especially happy to be back in Columbus again. “We’ve even included a new exhibition area where visitors can walk through and learn the background stories of lanternmaking and the history of the festival itself,” she says. The festival runs 5:30-10 p.m. each day through Jan. 7. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth and free for children under the age of 2. All tickets can be bought online or at the door. For more information, visit www.ohio CS Tessa Flattum is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Incredible Journeys National Geographic’s travel program offers unparalleled access and insight By Garth Bishop THERE’S NOT A PERSON ALIVE who, having perused a copy of Na-

tional Geographic, hasn’t been gripped by a desire, if only for a moment, to visit one of the exotic locales depicted therein. Maybe that split second of hope was followed by a sobering question as to how that person would be able to coordinate or afford it. To solve that problem, for almost 20 years now, the National Geographic Society has been organizing trips all over the world through its National Geographic Expeditions program. And though some such trips approach six figures in cost – think nearly-monthlong, around-the-world private jet excursions – some of the options are, if not cheap, certainly more reasonably priced. That’s thanks to the National Geographic Journeys program, launched about two years ago. There are hundreds of trips covering all seven continents available through the umbrella Expeditions program. Many are targeted to specific groups including families, students and photographers. Gulfoss Falls, Iceland Photo by Sven-Olof Lindblad

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Game gathered at Vutomi Dam at Kruger National Park, South Africa at the end of the dry season Photo by CHRIS JOHNS/National Geographic Creative

“There’s definitely a trust in National Geographic when you travel with us, just based on our 130-year history,” says Aundrea Kudrna, marketing director for National Geographic. Because National Geographic is known for, in addition to its stunning photography, its insightful stories, its tours draw their information from the organization’s considerable resources, from maps and guidebooks to on-site experts and researchers. A specific National Geographic expert or team comes along for the vast majority of the trips. “The knowledge they bring is so vast and indepth that people are really attracted to that part of our travel experience,” Kudrna says. Expeditions include travel by ship, train and plane, as well as standard motor vehicle. There are also Active Expeditions, which center on physical activity – hiking, horseback riding,

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kayaking, mountain climbing, etc. – that may factor into travel. Expedition options include: Africa: Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe Asia: Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam Europe: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom Oceania: Australia, Easter Island, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, New Zealand, Samoa, Tahiti North America/Central America: Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, Nicaragua South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru United States: Alaska, California, Glacier National Park, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton National Park, New Orleans, Santa Fe, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park The Journeys program, offered through a partnership with Toronto-based travel company G Adventures, focuses on smallgroup trips, usually 16 people or fewer. Its excursions differ from those of Expeditions in their lower costs and greater emphasis on free time and exploration. The goal of the latter, per National Geographic, is to allow participants to more meaningfully

Guests on several of the Morocco expeditions stay at this unique lodge built from the ruins of a medieval Kasbah, high in the Atlas Mountains. Courtesy Kasbah Du Toubkal/National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World

connect with people in the places they visit, as well as with one another. Journeys are led by local guides, who are among the local people with whom participants are encouraged to interact. Rooms are generally booked for traveling couples; solo travelers are welcome, and will be matched up with roommates. Though some of the more elaborate Journeys can climb in price, there are a wide variety coming in under the $2,000 mark. Among the more inexpensive trips are Mexico’s Day of the Dead in Oaxaca ($1,299); Ecuador: Amazon, Hot Springs & Volcanoes ($1,574); Explore Kruger National Park ($1,934); Thailand Journey ($1,449); and Discover Moorish Spain ($1,999). A catalog available on National Geographic’s website compares the various trips based on the audiences they target, so prospective travelers can help narrow down their choices. Proceeds from the organization’s travel programs go to the society’s efforts to foster global understanding. More information is available at www.nationalgeographic CS

National Geographic Expeditions Top-shelf accommodations Special access to sites and field researchers Generally $4,500-$12,500 per person (with a select few in the $20,000s) National Geographic Active Expeditions Boutique hotels and small inns Led by adventure guides Generally $3,500-$7,500 per person National Geographic Journeys Mid-range hotels and inns Interaction with local guides Generally $1,500-$4,000 per person (with a select few even lower)


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Origami has been a lifetime fascination for Yasue Sakaoka By Jake Nerone

associated with Japan, but Yasue Sakaoka, one of central Ohio’s most prominent origami artists, didn’t start working in it professionally until well after she moved to the U.S. Sakaoka learned the art from her mother when she was growing up in Japan. “In my early childhood is when I first got into origami,” she says. “My mother was at home, and we did many different things with her.” Sakaoka came to the U.S. to attend Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where she initially studied sociology. But, with the help of a few friends, she decided to devote more attention to her artwork. “Origami was something I didn’t pick up until I started to work very creatively with paper,” she says. “I did not want to spend more time working on a thesis, and I was running around with many creative people at Reed College. They really stimulated my thinking, and they deserve credit.” Sakaoka usually starts with white paper – it’s easier to obtain, and makes the finished Yasue Sakaoka product more accessible – and gets her inspiration by looking at the other materials she has on hand, figuring out what will tell the best story. Her work can be found all over central Ohio at clinics, churches and libraries. “There is some work over at Schumacher Gallery at Capital University, and

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ORIGAMI IS AN ART FORM most commonly

Epiphany Lutheran Church has one of my major works,” Sakaoka says. Sakaoka teaches individual classes for those who are interested in learning the art of origami. She also visits schools to help spread her knowledge of art with children and teachers. She spent three weeks visiting Village Academy in Powell, spending an hour a day teaching the kids different art approaches. “What they wanted me to do was to start working with basic traditional origami folds, and then gradually develop them into actual artwork,” she says. “It takes it beyond craft. They are working well with that scale. In the last week, they built their own shape, so I am happy with the way it went.” While Sakaoka gets her inspiration from looking at the paper itself, she also gets inspiration from places in her past. She took a trip to Venice in the late 1970s

and fell in love with the beautiful designs of the churches. And even though that was decades ago, she has continued to save images and thoughts from her time there. She is now working on a project that includes memories from nearly 40 years ago. “I am working on a set of silk screen prints,” she says. “In Venice, I was astounded by the floor mosaic rubbings in churches … and right now, I am developing images from those.” There is much to like about origami, Sakaoka says, and though she deeply appreciates it as an art form, she also encourages it as a hobby “It is engaging, it can be very creative, you don’t have to stick with traditional ideas; there are many different ways you can work with a square piece of paper,” she

says. “It can be a nice, enjoyable hobby, and you can go beyond that.” CS Jake Nerone is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at


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Columbus Compendium Coffee table book set seeks to familiarize readers with Ohio’s capital city By Mikayla Klein


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The books release Nov. 15 and are sold individually or as a set at the Book Loft, Gramercy Books, North Market, Stump, Sweet Carrot and online at www.columbus CS Mikayla Klein is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at


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lumbus Book Project in hand, natives and newcomers alike can discover the wealth of culture Columbus offers. The project, a set of two artfully crafted coffee table books, sheds light on more than 200 local artists, businesses and experiences in the Columbus community. It features contributions from hundreds of local photographers, artists, designers, writers and other creatives. Founder Alexia Winfield noticed a glaring need for a guide to the city after moving here in 2010 to work for JPMorgan Chase & Co. During the transition, she faced the challenge of immersing herself in a new city, which seemed unfamiliar and out of reach. As she stepped out and engaged with the community, the vision for the project began. “Once you get to know Columbus, it’s bursting with culture, diversity and experiences,” says Winfield. But this local character is not always obvious to the casual eye, she says, sometimes requiring a little more effort to uncover. “I would love for Columbus to be a city that is obvious,” says Winfield. “This book will bring that to the forefront, to the limelight.” The two books, Reveal and Explore, highlight different aspects of Columbus’ culture. Reveal unveils stories of neighborhoods, traditions and family legacies that have been around for a while, such as University District doughnut shop Buckeye Donuts. Explore delves into the food scene, natural areas and diversity discoverable within the city limits. Its content ranges from a pizza tour of Columbus to a brilliant photo shoot of women wearing ethnic head wraps by Baydian. Together, the books spell “Columbus” on the spine. “Each book is a celebration piece, with all these visual artists, photographers and writers all in one place,” says Winfield. At 255 and 301 pages, they are the product of collaboration among 220 talented locals. “We wanted it to feel raw, like you were seeing what your friend loved about it before they recommended it to you,” says Whitney Ransdell, co-lead designer. “We wanted to push it out of the realm of editorial and onto the canvas by pushing the use of textures, angles and typography.” “You aren’t going to find another product that describes Columbus like this,” says Winfield.



Gallery Exhibits Blockfort: New School 3, a ROY G BIV Gallery exhibition of work by undergraduate students, through Nov. 11. www.blockfort Hammond Harkins Galleries: Soft Geometries – work by Gianna Commito, Jean Alexander Frater, Jeffrey Haase, Peter Christian Johnson, Jason Karolak and Boryana Rosenova-Ina – through Nov. 12. Small & Wonderful: Featuring Laura Alexander, small works in various mediums by Laura Alexander and others, from Nov. 17-Jan. 14. Studios on High Gallery: Columbus: Crowdsourced by Jessica Wojtasek through Nov. 13. Fresh A.I.R. Gallery: By the Sea, work in ceramics and found objects by Kristin Morris, through Nov. 17. Griffin Gallery at Creekside: Artists with One Goal by Lynn Bird and friends through Nov. 17. www.griffin Ohio Art League: Fall Juried Exhibition 2017, hosted by Columbus Metropolitan Library, through Nov. 17. Thumb Box, small works for gift-giving hosted at Franklin Park Conservatory, from Nov. 18-Jan. 3.

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High Road Gallery and Studios: The World As We See It – photography by Chuck Blockfort Zelms, Dick Wood and Mitch Geiser – through Nov. 18. Otterbein University Miller Gallery: The Journey of Hope: Stories from Sudan to Columbus, painted canvases and rocks by Bol Aweng, through Nov. 21. Home: Contemporary African Artists Consider Place & Identity in Our Connected World – featuring works by Osi Audu, Olu Amoda, Ifeoma Anyaeji, Maurice Pefura and E. Okechukwu Odita – through Dec. 1. Sherrie Gallerie: No Boundaries, mixed media by Leah Wong, through Nov. 26. Columbus Museum of Art: Greater Columbus: The 2017 Greater Columbus Arts Council Visual Arts Award Exhibition through Nov.

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26. Sidney Chafetz: Poets and False Prophets through Dec. 3. 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. 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. Think Outside the Brick: The Creative Art of LEGO from Nov. 10-Feb. 25. www. Keny Galleries: Light and the Landscape by Michael McEwan through Nov. 30. Eric Barth: Nature Abstracted from Nov. 3-30. Upper Arlington Concourse Gallery: Muse Gallery: Currents – sea-inspired work by Christina Hall-Strauss, Lauren Mantecon and Kevin Keiser, coordinated by Muse Gallery – from Nov. 1-30.

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and drawing by 58 Ohio artists – from Nov. 2-Jan. 6. Gallery 22: Water: A Thirst for Art, 40plus oil-based paintings all based on water, from Nov. 3-Dec. 22. ROY G BIV Gallery: Work by Erek Nass and Kelsy Gossett from Nov. 4-31. www.

Art Access Gallery: Patterns – paintings by Joe Lombardo, Toni Doilney and Paula Rubinstein – from Nov. 10-Dec. 31. www. Dublin Arts Council: Louise Captein:  As Per Usual, an exhibition of abstract collage, from Nov. 14-Dec. 15.  The Works: More of my Favorite Things, watercolor and oil by Carol Salome, from Nov. 17-Dec. 23. Cultural Arts Center: Rust to Dust: Frayed Opulence and Luxuriant Ruin, fabric work by Paula Nees and Eileen Woods, from Nov. 17-Dec. 30. www.cultural

Muse Gallery: Works by Daniel McClendon at the Hilton Columbus Downtown and works by Ann Kim at G. Michael’s Bistro & Bar from Nov. 1-31. Gift shop at Reed Arts from Nov. 1-Dec. 23. www.

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Terra Gallery and Creative Studio: Open spaces sacred place, paintings by Christopher Strunk inspired by nature, from Nov. 1-Dec. 30.

Ohio Craft Museum: Gifts of the Craftsmen, unique gifts by some 100 artists from across Ohio, from Nov. 5-Dec. 23. www.

Ohio Art Council’s Riffe Gallery: 2017 Biennial Juried Exhibition – installation, painting, photography, sculpture, video

Brandt-Roberts Galleries: A solo exhibition by painter Mark Gingerich from Nov. 10Dec. 31.

Pizzuti Collection: Pair: Alex Dodge & Glen Baldridge, featuring paintings, photos, prints and drawings by the two artists; and Lines/Edges: Frank Stella on Paper, including canvases, woodcuts, screen prints and a grouping of large-scale prints based on Moby Dick, from Nov. 17-April 28. www. Capital University Schumacher Gallery: Associated American Artists: Art by Subscription, art prints from the 1930s, and Central Ohio Weavers Guild, contemporary pieces and historical artifacts, through Dec. 2. Otterbein University Frank Museum of Art: South Africa at Liberty: Photography and Films by Yasser Booley through Dec. 2. Otterbein University Fisher Gallery: Extra Ordinary Lives: Portraits from a Divided Land, photography by South African artist Sophia Klaase, through Dec. 3. www.

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Hawk Galleries: New work by Lino Tagliapietra through Dec. 10. www.hawk The Ohio State University Faculty Club: Watercolor Imagination Panorama, watercolor paintings by Mark Ramsey, through Dec. 14.

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Jung Association Gallery: Listen! You really can hear the flowers sing! by Claire and Michael Bauza through Dec. 16.  www.


McConnell Arts Center: Into the Sky, colorful abstractions by Todd Camp, and Layers of Life, mixed media 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. Stephen Takacs Photograph Sessions: Nov. 11, Nov. 18, Dec. 16. Pinhole Camera Class: Nov. 4, 11, 18. Photographing Landscapes in the Ohio Area: Dec. 10.

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Wexner Center for the Arts: Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life, more than 100 works from four decades of Cindy Sherman’s work, through Dec. 31.

Working in ethical, sustainable fashion and textiles, Celeste Malvar-Stewart sources many of her raw materials from around Columbus—from various fibers and fabrics to ingredients for dyes. Every piece she creates is handmade—whether felted, spun, woven, or embroidered. Celeste sees the collaborative spirit of our city as unique to Columbus and something she hasn’t found anywhere else. Fashion is her art and there’s no place she’d rather make it. Learn more about Celeste’s story and other Columbus artists and events at

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Additional support from: The Crane Group and The Sol Morton and Dorothy Isaac, Rebecca J. Wickersham and Lewis K. Osborne funds at The Columbus Foundation.

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Ohio Glass Museum: A Very Private Collection of vintage glass, a variety of glass art styles made between 1875 and 1920, through Feb. 26.


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ProMusica Chamber Orchestra presents Mozart’s Requiem Nov. 4, 5:30 and 7 p.m. Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. ProMusica presents a highly intense and imaginative rendition of Mozart’s final masterpiece along A Night with Janis Joplin with the Lancaster Chorale and special guest vocalists. Opera Columbus presents Opera on the Edge: #UncleJohn CAPA presents Shaping Sound Through Nov. 17 Nov. 4, 8 p.m. Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St. (Nov. Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. 5 and12); The Refectory Restaurant & Audiences are sure to be captivated by Bistro, 1092 Bethel Rd. (Nov. 9 and 17) This adaptation of the classic opera Don these visual musicians who tell the story Giovanni is designed to be an introduc- of a man fighting to find creative outlets tion to opera for those unfamiliar with the after the death of his one true love. www. genre.

BalletMet presents Front Row: A Collection of Short Ballets Nov. 9-19 BalletMet Performance Space, 322 Mt. Vernon Ave Front Row features three never-beforeseen works by three world-renowned choreographers that focuses on the art of movement.

Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents Spanish Flamenco Festival: Rodrigo’s Guitar Concerto Nov. 3-4, 8 p.m. Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. Grammy Award- winning guitarist Jason Vieaux and Cuba-born flamenco dancer Griset Damas perform alongside the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

CAPA presents A Night with Janis Joplin Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m. Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. This musical pays tribute to the legendary Janis Joplin and many of the people who influenced her, and includes many of her best-known songs, such as “Piece of my Heart” and “Me and Bobby McGee.”

New Vision Dance Co. presents Come Together Nov. 4, 3 and 7 p.m. Jeanne B. McCoy, Community Center for the Arts, 100 E. Dublin Granville Rd., New Albany New Vision Dance Co. pays tribute to Paul, George, Ringo and John with

Broadway Across America presents Waitress Nov. 7-12 Ohio Theatre, 39 E.State St. This musical, based on the 2007 Keri Russell movie and with music written by Sara Bareilles (“Love Song”), follows the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-

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Chamber Music Columbus presents Akropolis Reed Quintet Nov. 11, 8 p.m. Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. Award-winning, cutting-edge orchestral ensemble the Akropolis Reed Quintet puts on the second show of Chamber MuSpanish Flamenco Festival: Rodrigo’s Guitar Concerto



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A jazzy, joyous celebration featuring vocalist David Pruyn and acclaimed soprano and Opera Columbus Artistic Director Peggy Kriha Dye with Byron Stripling and the 16-piece Columbus Jazz Orchestra. (800) 745-3000 CAPA Ticket Office (614) 469-0939

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CAPA Ticket Office Address: 39 East State Street

A Night with Janis Joplin courtesy of Davenport Theatrical; Spanish Flamenco Festival courtesy of Carlos Mario Lena; Shaping Sound courtesy of Matthew Murphy

sic Columbus’ 70th season. www.chamber TWIG Bazaar Nov. 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave. More than 200 vendors bring their handmade crafts for the 95th annual TWIG Bazaar, with proceeds benefiting Nationwide Children’s Hospital. www. COSI After Dark: Good Eats Food Nov. 16, 5:30-10 p.m. COSI, 333 W. Broad St. COSI presents a 21-and-up evening full of learning and drinking just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival Nov. 17-Jan. 7 Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave. After wowing Columbus in 2016, the Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is back for another year, featuring performing arts and other attractions alongside the titular giant lantern displays. www.ohiolantern McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra presents The First Viennese School Nov. 19, 3 p.m. McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St., Worthington Clarinest David Thomas is featured in Mozart’s renowned “Clarinet Concerto”

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B – The Underwater Bubble Show

CAPA presents B – The Underwater Bubble Show Nov. 19, 3 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. Mime, dance, puppetry, juggling, sand art, contortionism and stage magic all come together in this fantastic show that originated in Latvia. CAPA presents A Christmas Carol Nov. 24-26 Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. In a Columbus tradition of more than 30 years, the Nebraska Theatre Caravan returns with its national touring production of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale. Dead & Company Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m. Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. Singer-guitarist John Mayer joins three original members of the Grateful Dead and a handful of other musicians for an evening paying tribute to the renowned rock outfit.

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CAPA presents Brain Candy Live! Nov. 28, 7:30 PM Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. Adam Savage of Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters joins with Michael Slavens, one of YouTube’s biggest stars, to bring a show full of wildly creative and mindblowing demonstrations for the whole family. Janet Jackson Nov. 28, 8 p.m. Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr. After a slight postponement of her State of the World tour, the pop powerhouse is back on the road and ready to perform a slew of some of her biggest hits, such as “What Have You Done for Me Lately,” 46 | November 2017

“Black Cat,” “Nasty” and “Miss You Much.” Columbus Jazz Orchestra presents Home for the Holidays Nov. 29-Dec. 3 Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. Singer/drummer David Pruyn and internationally acclaimed soprano and Opera Columbus Artistic Director Peggy Kriha Dye take center stage, backed by the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, to play seasonal favorites as well as jazz standards. www.jazz CATCO presents American Buffalo Nov. 30-Dec. 9 Studio One, Riffe Center, 77 S. High St. Deaf West Theatre’s wildly profane and critically acclaimed production of American Buffalo is unique in that its dialogue is predominantly carried by use of American Sign Language.

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CRITIQUE With Michael McEwan

The Painter’s Eye Featuring Captain’s Paradise by Helen Frankenthaler

“A square meter of green is greener than a square centimeter of green.” –Paul Gauguin, 1848-1903

PAINTERS HAVE ALWAYS PAINTED IN A HUGE RANGE OF SIZES, and painting a large work is pretty challenging. Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928-2011) developed her own methods to work large. What became known as “soak and stain” used very fluid oil or acrylic color on an unprimed cotton, and is often credited to her. Frankenthaler could handle scale with ease, as seen here with Captain’s Paradise (1971, acrylic on canvas, 60” by 156”). Painting to scale requires planning, and also real sense of spontaneity. Joe Lombardo is one of Columbus’ hardest-working painters, and he has built an ever-growing group of collectors and students. He is a fantastic teacher as well. His recently completed a suite of large paintings that will be on view at Art Access Gallery in November and December. Lombardo’s distinctive use of color and rich painterly technique are here in full force. “My recent work is focused on repetition of color and shapes,” Lombardo says. “This creates an all-over, pattern-like composition. … When painting large, the key is scaling up. I have painted large before, but with my most

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Helen Frankenthaler, Captain’s Paradise, 1917, Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio: Museum Purchase with the aid of funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and two anonymous donors.

recent study, I feel like I have finally been able to paint a 4’ by 6’ canvas just like I would paint a 5” by 7” canvas.” Patterns – featuring work by Lombardo as well as Toni Doilney and Paula Rubinstein – is on display at Art Access Nov. 10-Dec. 31. CS

Michael McEwan teaches oil painting classes in his Summit Street studio. His paintings are available exclusively from Keny Galleries. Learn more at


Christmas Celebration Saturday, Dec. 2 Grove City Town Center Mistletoe Market 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nutcracker Window Display Noon-10 p.m. Santa Visits 2-6:30 p.m. Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting 7 p.m.

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