This month, the Concourse Gallery is hosting artists that live and create right in our own community. Celebrating UA showcases various formats including ceramics, painting and photography. The show runs July 1- August 19, with a reception for the artists and community on July 14 from 5-7 pm. Stop in and meet some local artists and find out more about their work.
We asked participants to answer a few questions to help you get to know them better. See some of their answers below:
- What inspires you?
- Describe your perfect day.
- What was your most recent art experience?
What inspires you? People doing things together. Dancing, making music, working.
Nature: the woods, the weeds, the water. I like to paint images that tell some kind of
story of relationship. People to people, people to music, people to place.
Describe your perfect day. I don’t have ONE perfect day. Hard work where something
productive gets done followed by some time to relax, sing, eat and celebrate with
people we love. Or a day on the water, or in the woods and then a fresh cooked meal
and a good book. One whole day to clean my house while listening to the BLUES
turned up kind of loud. I could probably imagine 100 different perfect days. . .
What was your most recent art experience? We went to the Columbus Arts Festival to
photograph the festivities. Art, Music. People having fun.
What inspires you? My task is to start creating through application, technique, and
process; eventually getting out of the way for the real artist to show up. Inspiration
comes through me, not from me and I am grateful for its presence.
Describe your perfect day: The perfect day is waking up happy and staying in it
regardless of what else is going on.
What is your most recent art experience? Life is art which we experience in every
moment. It is a matter of choosing what color pallet to view from.
Beginning January 9th, the gallery will be exhibiting a collection of photographs from the local FOCUS Group photography club. Abdi Roble and Bill Nieberding founded the FOCUS Group in 1998 to spread their love photography, and to bring together in fellowship other photographers and photography enthusiasts.
The membership has a broad range of interest and experience, including full time professionals, advanced amateurs, and some who are just starting their photographic journey. They meet monthly at the UA Municipal Building and new members are welcome.
The exhibition photographs were selected with an eye towards sharing work that would have the broadest appeal to the viewing audience..
Find out more by visiting their website or check out their Facebook page and be sure to stop in and see the exhibit through January 29th.
I’ve traveled to more than 60 countries. I’ve brought home interesting handicraft items like carved dolls and masks from Mali, old porcelain from China, and perfume bottles from the Czech Republic. In order to share my love for travel and entice my grandchildren to view my travel photos, I began writing and illustrating story books for them using my photos. When the children were little, I wrote simple stories like “Casey the Cat in Kathmandu.” As they are growing older, I write stories that incorporate history and geography like a story I wrote about a visit to the Pueblo Indians, “James and the Lizard.” When I retired in 2010, I decided to get training in drawing and painting. I began taking classes at the Cultural Arts Center and from local artists. I use charcoal, acrylics and pastels to paint a variety of subjects including portraits, human figures, landscapes and non-representative art emphasizing color and light. I am married to an attorney, William Brown and have three grown sons, two stepsons, and ten grandchildren. I founded and administered a non-profit organization focusing on child welfare and I have published two non-fiction books since 2010. My husband and I moved to Upper Arlington in 2010 and enjoy living in a condo across from Kingsdale. The location provides us a great walkable neighborhood.
Visit Nadine’s website to see her work www.nadineblock.com and keep up to date on her work.
What is your favorite color and why? Red. I love vibrant colors and am usually happiest with work I have done that is bold and colorful.
What do you do to relax? I paint to relax. I find that drawing and painting are very intense activities but I always feel relaxed and completely renewed when I finish a painting or drawing session.
What is your favorite book? I read a lot and have a new favorite book every month or so. My recent favorite book is Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller.
What is number one on your bucket list? I want to continue to improve my artistic skills and to have an exhibit of my paintings.
If you could meet anyone from any time period, who would it be and why? Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Rousseau was an intellectual who lived and wrote during the 18th Century Enlightenment. His ideas influenced the French Revolution. How exciting it would be to talk to him about that time and his ideas, particularly his ideas about education! I have been a teacher and a school psychologist. As my later work was in child abuse prevention, I am interested in how society has treated children over time. Rousseau supported a benevolent attitude toward children and encouraged adults to look at education from their viewpoint. I guess meeting him means I’d have to learn to speak French.
These days, I do most of my painting inside the Guitar House Workshop where I paint images of musicians, musical towns, and a forest or two across the country.
Making music is like magic to me. I watch musicians pass the melody back and forth, like a gift they offer up to one another. I see them catch each others glances, smiles and nods-subtle acknowledgement of the shared experience. And I am aware of how different this is from my own work, which seems so much more private in nature. But I’m learning about the things that painters and musicians have in common too. We are both playing with rhythm and harmony and color, following some little thread of an idea with the hope of building an effective composition, trying to communicate a feeling from inside the confines of our own medium. I feel so lucky to be able to work side by side with friends who share the same creative pull. We can’t help but do this stuff, whether it makes sense or not.
I work primarily in oil and treat my canvas like it is some kind of tapestry. My goal is to weave bits and pieces of paint together to create something that feels like a recognizable moment in life.
Visit Linda’s website to see her work www.lindalanghorst.com and keep up to date on her exhibitions.
What is your favorite color and why?
My favorite color is blue. Hands down. Blue. I don’t know why although I do love the Blues. My painter friends make jokes about how much I use burnt sienna, but blue is my first love.
What do you do to relax?
I take banjo lessons and play a little piano. I like to kayak, take walks and to bake stuff. And eat stuff I bake.
What is your favorite book?
FAVORITE? That is hard. Maybe Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth.
What is number one on your bucket list?
It was to take my sons to the Grand Canyon, but we did that. Now it might be to take my almost step-daughters there someday. Or maybe to really be able to play the banjo.
If you could meet anyone from any time period, who would it be and why?
I am stumped on this one. So hard to choose one person.
Community Art refers to artistic activity based in a community setting. It is for the benefit and enjoyment of everyone in the community. We are thrilled to announce the most recent community art installation. Works by Alfred Tibor are on view outside the Miller Park Library as well as in the traffic circle in front.
The works reflect feelings and activities that take place in a park including movement, play, time spent with family, freedom, all themes that relate this work to this space. Alfred emphasizes subjects that deal with life and life’s experiences in his work. He shapes his pieces to reflect the inner feelings of the human being.
Alfred, a holocaust survivor and the only remaining member of his family, believes life is a celebration. This attitude is reflected in all his pieces. Please watch this video to learn more about this extraordinary artist.
We are excited about this partnership with the Upper Arlington Public Library – installing these pieces at Miller Park Library is a fantastic opportunity and we look forward to realizing our shared vision.