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High Road Gallery artist Mike Crapser organizes groups of artists who meet each week to draw from a live model. The results of these life drawing sessions will be on display at the 12 East Stafford Avenue facility from August 5 to September 24.

Artists participating are John Daniels, Karen La Valley, Justin Kapp, Ellen OConnell, Tom Cole, Ron Mlicki ,Tim Bachman, Hiroshi Hayakawa, and Mike Crapser with 3D lamps by Roney Sherins.

An evening opening reception and party will be held August 5 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Regular gallery artists will also be present to discuss and sell their works as well.

Worthington Art League exhibit

Worthington area artists present LOCAL COLOR in the High Road Gallery exhibit space during the month of July. Chaired by Deb Haller, the exhibit includes paintings and the pottery of Abbe Cheek. Show dates are June 3 to July 30.

The resident High Road artists will also share personal displays of their talents in their individual work spaces throughout the gallery which is open to the public Friday and Saturday from 12-4.

His and Hers in April

Husband and wife design team Kevin and Pertain Buckland enjoy creating fine art in photo realistic and impressionistic genres. They are co-owners of Buckland Gillespie Design and are well-known art show judges and art teachers in Ohio.

Their April show at High Road entitled, His and Hers Art Show includes works that cover a wide range of media – watercolor, pencil, acrylic, pastel and digital art.

Join us for a free reception for the public on Sunday, April 3, from 2-4.  His and Hers will be on display April  2 to May 28.

Read more about the Buckland/Gillespies at ColumbusMagazine and Art at the Arnold.

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.

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

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.