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The Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery Presents 100 Years of Art: Celebrating Columbus' Legacy
by Amy McKay

Down Town by Robert ChadeayneThe Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery will present 100 Years of Art: Celebrating Columbus' Legacy from January 26 - April 15, 2012.

Curated by Melissa Wolfe from the Columbus Museum of Art, 100 Years of Art serves as a tribute to Columbus' Bicentennial celebration. Covering a wide variety of media and artistic styles, the work in 100 Years of Art reveals the changing face of the capital city's artistic community. The 53 artists represented in this exhibition were influenced by local and national artistic developments as they helped to establish the creative backdrop that still exists in Columbus today.

"The city's art world perhaps is best characterized by a remarkably easy and dynamic exchange among its diverse artistic communities, from folk art to fine art to commercial art, from local artistic personalities to national artistic movements," said Curator Melissa Wolfe. "This is a rare enough combination to suggest that Columbus, a 'typical Midwestern city,' has in its rather unassuming Midwestern way managed to offer that rare engaged and engaging environment within which artistic creativity takes hold."

Join the Riffe Gallery for the opening reception of 100 Years of Art on Thursday, January 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. Curator Wolfe will lead a tour of the exhibition on Friday, January 27 from noon to 1 p.m.

Join the Riffe Gallery on Sunday, February 12, 2012 from 2 to 4 p.m. for a free family workshop. Jim Arter, a Columbus artist and Greater Columbus Arts Council Community Arts Education staff member, will guide children ages 6 to 17 in creating paintings and drawings inspired by iconic images of people, places and events in Columbus. Registration is required as space is limited. All children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Registration begins January 28 and ends February 5 at www.riffegallery.org.

Artists in the show include (hometown or state noted): Carlton Atherton (Pennsylvania), Arthur Baggs (New York), John Jay Barber (Sandusky), Ralph Bell (Unknown), George Bellows (Columbus), Paul Bogatay (Ava), Grandpa Smoky Brown (Dayton), Emerson Burkhart (Kalida), Theodore Butler (Columbus), Milton Caniff (Hillsboro), Robert Chadeayne (New York), May Cook (Chillicothe), Gilda Edwards (Pennsylvania), Ralph Fanning (New York), Albert Fauley (Fultonham), Lucy Fauley (Fultonham), Erwin Frey (Lima), Marion T. Gatrell (Columbus), Robert M. Gatrell (Marietta), Edward Parker Hayden (Haydenville), Maurice Hague (Richmond), William Hawkins (Kentucky), Edna Boies Hopkins (Michigan), James Roy Hopkins (Irwin), Billy Ireland (Chillicothe), Roman Johnson (Columbus), Murray Jones (North Carolina), Robert King (Lima), Ray Kinsman-Waters (Columbus), Harriet Kirkpatrick (Reynoldsburg), Edmund Kuehn (Columbus), Lucius Kutchin (McArthur), Edgar Littlefield (Tennessee), Roy Lichtenstein (New York), William Parker Little (Pennsylvania), August Lundberg (Denmark), Silas Martin (Westerville), Walter O. Mayo (Richwood), Mary Merrill (Unknown), Elijah Pierce (Mississippi), Charles Rosen (New York), Mark Russell (Springfield), Alice Schille (Columbus), Hoyt Sherman (Alabama), Yeteve Smith (Columbus), Carl Springer (Fultonham), Robert Stull (Springfield), Joseph Taylor (Unknown), James Thurber (Columbus), Stanley Twardowicz (Michigan), Byron Wenger (Canton), David Walcutt (Unknown), John Henry Witt (Unknown).

100 Years of Art: Celebrating Columbus' Legacy is presented by the Riffe Gallery with support from the Ohio Building Authority. Media sponsors include CD101, CityScene, Ohio Magazine, Time Warner Cable and WCBE.

Image Credit: Robert Chadeayne, Down Town, 1966

About the Riffe Gallery:
The Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery showcases the work of Ohio's artists and curators, and collections from the region's museums and galleries. The gallery is located in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, 77 S. High St., Columbus, Ohio. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Tuesday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, noon - 4 p.m. Closed Mondays and state holidays. Visit www.riffegallery.org or call 614/644-9624 for more information, or to schedule a group tour.

About the Ohio Arts Council:
The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically.

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