Retrospective – Duane Palmo

High Road Gallery and Studios welcomes the paintings of late local artist and friend Duane Palmo during February 5 to March 26.  Join us for a free opening reception for the public on Sunday, February 7 from 2-4.

Duane died suddenly at 72 after a career in marketing, advertising, and media.  He produced a wide range of award-winning watercolors, pastels. oils and acrylics.

Other artists working at High Road will also have their works on display. The 13 artists in the studios cover a wide range of media. The artists will be on hand to discuss their works and share their expertise.

Inmates show up through January

dispatch_photo_jan16The article in last Sunday’s Dispatch about High Road Gallery’s exhibit of inmates’ artworks has generated a buzz and the show will remain up through January 30.

Come see us on Fridays or Saturdays from 12 to 4:00. Or call ahead and schedule a visit.

Tizzano’s commissions

tizzano_maquetteHigh Road’s Mike Tizzano will be one busy artist in 2016. He’ll be creating two large-scale commission.

tizzano_maquette2One is a larger-than-life sculpture of kids frolicking on big blocks (that’s the first rough model in the photos). Mike will complete some of the work at the Washington Elementary School in Hilliard where he’ll be artist-in-residence.

His other project is an outdoor bench/sculpture for the Old Worthington Library. We’ll track Mike’s progress and share it with you here!tizzano_library_mockup

December show sampling

Some small, gift-sized works in December’s show. Come in to see the rest of our December lovelies….


Holiday Exhibit opening this Sunday

gated_panelsThe art is hung by the chimney with care for our Holiday Exhibit which runs December 4  to January 23.

ART AS GIFTS features the studio artists showing their new works. In addition to small works of oil, pastel, acrylic, watercolor and colored pencil, there will be sculpture,  jewelry, hand-painted porcelain, wood,  and polymer clay.

The gallery is also featuring  the polymer clay works by inmates of the Ohio Women’s Reformatory and the Marion Correctional Facility. Their exhibit is call Reflections from a Gated Community:  Art from Ohio Inmates. 

holiday_panels_1These exhibitors have worked with Cynthia Tinapple, a well known polymer blogger and author, to produce framed works that express their inner feelings .

The free Opening Reception is Sunday,  December 6 from 2-4. Gallery hours are 12-4 Fridays and Saturdays and by appointment.

December exhibit of inmates art

Reflections From A Gated Community: Art from Ohio Inmates

Experience a rare glimpse of secluded lives with a new exhibit, Reflections from a Gated Community: Art from Ohio Inmates. This month-long show at High Road Gallery & Studios in Worthington features the work of 30 inmates from the Ohio Women’s Reformatory and Marion Correctional Facility.

reflections_gatedIn the Worthington gallery setting, a wall of 10″ square frames covered in polymer clay designs confronts the viewer with an apology or a call for reconciliation, a cry of innocence or an expression of love, longing and hope. In the center of each frame a small mirror reflects the viewer. Titles and quotes from the artists provide more clues to meaning. “Art is an escape – a way for me to vent, express my feelings or just feel free for a while,” said one inmate artist.

Art provides inmates a safe place to express themselves, push beyond prison social boundaries and strengthen their connections with others.

Because of who they are, how they live, and their histories of poverty, abuse, and violence, many inmate artists demonstrate extraordinary vision. No matter how restrictive, oppressive, and humiliating their lives have been, they often prove to themselves through art that they are creative and capable of acting out of their higher impulses and that transformation is possible.

Polymer clay (commonly known as FIMO or Sculpey) is a responsive, expressive, easy sculptural material that can be worked with few tools and cured in a toaster oven. Well known polymer artists have traveled to Central Ohio from around the country to teach the inmates. Weekly classes from local artists Suanne Goings, Jackie Burns and Cynthia Tinapple give them good foundational skills. In weekly classes the inmates quickly discovered the huge rewards that come from working with their hands, making jewelry and gifts.

The inmates started working with polymer clay through the Kindway offender reentry program that works with men and women returning to Central Ohio. Participants receive guidance and support as they navigate their journey from incarceration to independence. They use the arts to develop the self esteem and positive attitude vital for successful reentry.

Some inmates nearing release can work every day on polymer art, producing jewelry that is sold through Kindway volunteers at crafts fairs. The money is plowed back into the program. Their bracelets, pendants and pens will be available at High Road Gallery during December.

Worthington resident Cynthia Tinapple, a well known polymer blogger and author, is curating the exhibit with materials support from polymer manufacturer, Polyform Products in Elk Grove Village, IL. Her husband, woodworker Blair Davis created the wooden frames that form the bases of the art.

Kindware project manager Jackie Burns spent 18 years as a prison guard and staff administrator before attending seminary. She was assigned as a deacon at Worthington’s St. Johns Episcopal Church in 2008. ”When we work together creatively we can look past brokenness and speak to the good,” says Jackie.

The inmates smile wryly as they refer to their “gated community” which they know is significantly more harsh and restrictive than gated Worthington communities. Still, in many ways the dilemmas they reveal in their art are ones we all share.

Jeri Ellis Platt featured

High Road Gallery and Studios at 12 E. Stafford Ave in Worthington features Jeri Ellis Platt in the gallery room during October and November.

Join us for a free  public reception for her works on Sunday, October 4 from 2-4 PM.

Jeri is an award-winning member of the Ohio Watercolor Society and the Ohio Plein Air Society. She has taught at  the Columbus  College of Art and Design  and shown at the McConnell Arts Center.  Her colorful watercolors as well as oils and mixed media works.

Raffle winners of works donated by High Road artists will be drawn at the Sunday opening. You could win a hand-painted over-glaze on porcelain work by Dede Dufresne, a Marty Husted original painting incorporating  her collage technique or a framed pastel of the Olentangy Parklands by Carol Hershey. Put your name in the raffle bowl whenever you visit.

The gallery is open from 12 to 4 on Fridays and Saturdays, and other days by appointment. The gallery phone is 614-781-6454. You’ll also find us on Facebook.


Summer opening

dogWhat a beautiful summer day for the opening of Christine Guillot Ryan’s mixed media exhibit, Pieces of Parts. All the studios at High Road were at their most colorful best and many of our guests remarked on the energy of the place.

Carol Hershey’s grandson, Ben, served as host in Carol’s absence and found a young guest to draw our three lucky winners. In the photos below Ben shares a few of the small polymer clay “guys” that he’s been working on.

Drop in to see Christine’s exhibit. It will be on display all month!

The upstairs studios were guarded by the festive dog that Jeri has embellished for an auction. He doesn’t bite. Visit us soon.

Pieces of Parts August/September exhibit

ryan_fishChristine Guillot Ryan’s mixed media work begins with a sketch of a concept or personal narrative. Christine cuts and tears images and text from their original contexts to create montages. She juxtaposes colored and textured images, found words and cultural artifacts to capture and visualize layers of perception that express spirit and emotion.

Christine’s exhibit, Pieces of Parts, will be on display at High Road Gallery & Studios through Sept. 26. Gallery hours Fridays and Saturdays noon-4pm, and by appointment 614-781-6454. For more information, contact Carol Hershey at 614-781-3867.

Join us for the Artist’s Reception August 2, Sunday, from 2-4pm.

Click on the video below to see a sampling of Christine’s work from her 2013 exhibit at Worthington’s McConnell Art Center.

Fair weather

After Saturday’s deluge at the local Worthington Arts Fair, Sunday was gloriously sunny. We made up for lost time. Deb Haller painted on the corner and chatted with passersby. (See her nearly-finished work.)

Jim Glover and Rachel and Ken Conner hosted busy booths on the village green. The rest of us worked in the studios and entertained visitors to the gallery/studios.

The Porketta food truck offered delicious fare in our driveway on Saturday. They left with a leaky roof and we missed them on Sunday. We appreciated their service even if it was cut short by weather.

All in all a lovely weekend.