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The Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery Presents Watercolor Ohio 2012, Ohio Watercolor Society's 35th Annual Exhibition
by Mary Gray

The Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery will present Watercolor Ohio 2012, Ohio Watercolor Society's 35th Annual Exhibition from November 1, 2012 - January 13, 2013.

Watercolor Ohio 2012 contains works by members of the Ohio Watercolor Society (OWS) and was juried this year by Mark Mehaffey, artist and signature member of the National Watercolor Society. The paintings in Watercolor Ohio 2012 illustrate the broad spectrum of work produced by watercolor artists and were chosen for their ability to delight the viewers' emotions as well as their eyes.

"When I jury a show I look primarily at three things," said Juror Mehaffey. "Emotional content; as the viewer, does the painting get me involved? Design; did the artist use the elements and principals of design to reinforce their content? And technique; did the actual application of paint fit with the content and the design? The visual answers to these questions by the accepted works were fantastic."

Since 1978 OWS has worked to perpetuate and advance the watercolor medium. Watercolor Ohio 2012 continues this tradition by presenting the highest quality work by some of Ohio's most talented artists.

Join the Riffe Gallery for the free opening reception of Watercolor Ohio 2012 on Thursday, November 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. On Friday, November 2, Chris Leeper, artist and president of the Ohio Watercolor Society, will lead a free tour of the exhibition from noon to 1 p.m.

On Thursday, November 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. attend an e-publishing workshop in the gallery with author Sandra Gurvis. Gurvis has written 15 paper and hardback books, and published her second novel, Country Club Wives, as an e-book on Amazon and Smashwords last May. To attend, register online at www.riffegallery.org between October 29 and November 13.

On Sunday, November 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. the Riffe Gallery will host a free family day workshop where OWS artists Marilyn Stocker and Kit Edwards Dailey invite you to "Think Outside the Pizza Box" and learn watercolor painting tricks through three fun projects. All supplies are provided and children ages 6 to 17 are welcome to participate with an adult companion. Registration is required as space is limited. Register online at www.riffegallery.org between October 29 and November 13. Support provided by Star Pizza Box.

On Thursday, December 6 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. join the Riffe Gallery for a free poetry reading by National Award-Winning Poet and Ohio State University Professor of English Kathy Fagan and an Open Mic session. For more information, and to register for Open Mic, visit www.riffegallery.org.

Artists in the show include (hometown noted): Suzanne Accetta (Columbus), Judy Anderson (Westerville), Janine Bales (Carrollton), Phyllis Lawicki Barbalics (Cleveland), Jim Brower (Toledo), Christine Misencik Bunn (Fredericktown), Donna Stavreff Burns (Columbus), Angela Chang (Newport Coast, CA), Martin Chappuies (Toledo), David B. Cordas (Wadsworth), Kit Edwards Dailey (Jackson), Bob A. Davis (Massillon), Lorri Davis (Mason), Eva Ellis (Solon), Dee Fagedes (Cincinnati), Peter Frederick (Dayton), Heidi Garwig (Boardman), Misuk Goltz (Xenia), Frederick Graff (Medina), Yuki Hall (Beavercreek), Cody Heichel (Columbus), Sally S. Heston (Broadview Heights), Jan Holladay-Scheuber (Hamilton), Linda Hutchinson (Kent), Allen Hutton (Toledo), Gary A. Johnston (Olmstead Hills), Susan J. Kiedio (Parma Heights), George F. Kocar (Bay Village), Paul Kolasinski (Toledo), Ted Lawson (Canton), Christopher Leeper (Canfield), Amy Lewandowski (Shaker Heights), Susan Lyden (Bay Village), David Neil Mack (Toledo), Fran Mangino (Westerville), Karen Martin/Kwright Studios (Seville), Nancy Stewart Matin (Canton), Thomas N. Mayer (Mogadore), Mike McEnroe (Chardon), Trish McKinney (New Carlisle), Ned Moore (Columbus), Robert M. Moyer (Rocky River), Bruce Allen Neville (Cincinnati), Elise Newman (Shaker Heights), Gail Peters (Mentor), Karen Lisska Pettit (Cincinnati), Jeri Lynn Ellis Platt (Westerville), Lane Raiser (Lucasville), Vivian Ripley (Columbus), Janice K. Roch (Athens), Charles W. Rowland (Lewis Center), Annette Salrin (Canal Winchester), Susan Schreiber (Lancaster), Paul St. Denis (Bay Village), Carol Stevens (Norwalk), Rose Marie Strippoli (Bristol, PA), Timothy Jon Struna (Brewster, MA), John Trumbull (Slyvania), Robert H. Van Natta III (Walnut Creek), Ted Vassar (Palmyra, MI), Dannica Walker (Newport, MI), Deb Ward (West Harrison, IN), Isabel Zaldivar (Canton), Jerry Zelinskas (Canton) and Dennis Zimmerman (Findlay).

Watercolor Ohio 2012 is presented by the Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery with media support from CD101, CityScene, Ohio Channel, Ohio Magazine, Time Warner Cable and WCBE 90.5 FM.

About the Riffe Gallery:
The Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery showcases the work of Ohio 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 at 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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