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 Tom McGlaughlin, The Southern Poet, 1997, fired glass enamels, pastels, colored pencil
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The Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery

Currently on view in the Vern Riffe Center lobby:

The Magic of Monhegan: Seven Women Paint The Island's Charm
April 1–April 24
Featuring Judith B. Carducci, Kimberly S. Moore, Greer Jennison, Susan Porges, Carol Medhurst, Jeane McKinney, and Aida Garrity

Judith B. Carducci
Monhegan Schoolhouse, 2014


All Play, No Work
May 7–July 5, 2015

Image: Carol Griffith 
Rollo Plane and Scooters,Conneaut Cycle, 2009
Alkyd on canvas
35" x 59"

The Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery presents All Play, No Work May 7 through July 5, 2015. Curated by Massillon Museum Director Alexandra Nicholis Coon, the exhibition will display artwork by 13 Ohio artists, exposing the nature of their private lives through an introspective look at time spent away from daily routines in various leisure activities.

Artists in the exhibition will include: Ron Anderson (Columbus), Donna Coleman (Oberlin), Diana Duncan Holmes (Cincinnati), Carol Griffith (Orient), Helma Groot (Columbus), Jay Robert Johnston (Marion), Linda Langhorst (Columbus), Bellamy Printz (Cleveland), Vicki Rulli and Tom Heaphey (Springfield), Jessica Summers (Findlay), Stephen Tomasko (Akron), and Eileen K. Woods (Columbus).

Read the curator's statement here.

Opening Reception
Join us for the public exhibition opening of All Play, No Work on Thursday, May 7 from 5-7 p.m.

Curator's Tour
Take a guided tour of the exhibition led by curator Alexandra Nicholis Coon on Thursday, May 7 from noon-1 p.m.

Family Workshop with Helma Groot
Attend a free family workshop with Columbus artist Helma Groot on Sunday, June 7 from 2-4 p.m. Participants will construct paper mobiles using templates of people in motion and decorate the action-themed shapes with paint, glue, glitter, and other media. The resulting kinetic sculpture will be yours to enjoy at home. The workshop is geared towards children ages 6 to 17. All children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Space is limited; register here between May 8 and June 3.

Writing Workshop with Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld
Welcome back the "Queen of Fun," Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld, on Thursday, June 18 from 5:30-8 p.m. for an energy charged creative writing workshop based on the theme of PLAY! Space is limited to 20 adult participants; register here between May 8 and June 15.

Lobby Exhibition
VSA Ohio's Accessible Expressions 2015
June 2-June 28, 2015

Admission and all events are free and open to the public.

All Play, No Work is presented by the Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery with support from OAC's Individual Artist Grants and Services Program. Media support provided by CD102.5, CityScene, Ohio Channel, WOSU, Ohio Magazine, and WCBE 90.5 FM.


Flashback to Now: OAC Support for Individual Artists
July 23–October 18, 2015

Dorothy Gill Barnes                                                              
Banded Pine Bark Basket, 1984                                                                              
Pine bark                                                                            
8.5" x 6" x 7" 
Dorothy Gill Barnes with Nate Ricciuto
Cherry Blocks with Glass, 2013
Cherry wood with glass
15" x 16" x 8"

The Ohio Arts Council marks its fiftieth anniversary in 2015. This exhibition honors the occasion by exploring the legacy of one of the OAC's most distinctive programs: its support for individual artists. The Council began offering artists' fellowships in 1979. Over the next eight years, nearly 180 fellowships were awarded to visual artists and craftspeople from throughout the state. In Flashback to Now: OAC Support for Individual Artists, curated by Ann Bremner, visitors to the Riffe Gallery will have the opportunity to catch up with 15 of the early fellowship recipients. Each artist will exhibit at least one work from the time of their early fellowship (or, in several cases, fellowships) along with at least one work that represents their current art-making interests. In this way, viewers will be invited to explore changes and continuities across two very different time periods and 15 unique artistic sensibilities.

About the Riffe Gallery

The Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery, established March 17, 1989, showcases the work of Ohio’s artists and the collections of the state’s museums and galleries. The Riffe Gallery is located in the Vern Riffe Center for the Government and the Arts, across from the Statehouse on High Street in Downtown Columbus. Please note: we do not accept proposals from individual artists. If you are interested in learning more about our exhibition process, e-mail Mary Gray, gallery director.


Visiting the Gallery

Gallery Hours
Tuesday 10 – 4 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday 10 – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday 10 – 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday noon – 4 p.m.

Closed Mondays and state holidays. Closed Sunday, April 5, 2015

Admission is free.
Phone: 614/644-9624

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