Spring has arrived and the weather is inviting us to participate in outdoor activities. Visiting the outdoor Worthington Farmers Market on Saturdays or enjoying one of the outdoor cafes in Old Worthington is first on everyone's list this time of year, but there are even more activities to choose from when out and about.
Exhibits are available for viewing at three locations in Worthington. The McConnell Arts Center and High Road Gallery offer interesting art exhibits and the Worthington Historical Society Doll Museum is offering a unique exhibit.
McConnell Arts Center
777 Evening Street
Printer’s Proofs: Artist John Lennon
May 9 – May 28, 2017
The McConnell Arts Center will be exhibiting printer’s proofs of John Lennon’s drawings, printed by master printmaker Namik Kulenovic of Novak Graphics in Toronto. The serigraphs were given to Jaredene Brown, by her partner Namik, during the publication process of postcards from the This is my story, both humble and true collection in the late 1980s. Her brother, Greg Brown, inherited the collection of the 35 prints that show different colorizations and notes throughout the printing process.
Ed Phillips & Juliette Montague
May 25 - August 13, 2017
Local artist Ed Philips creates unique and captivating textures in his abstract paintings through the use of sand, tissue and modeling paste. Rediscovering his artistic side after his retirement a few years ago, Ed started painting seascapes and landscapes, but found limited success. He then decided to venture into the world of contemporary art and stumbled upon an artist who used paper and other materials to create texture. Ed attempted to replicate this effect, but he formed his own distinct abstract style through the use of modeling paste. The black and white pieces on display at the MAC are some of his first creations where he discovered the “magic” in textured abstraction, and he’s never turned back.
May 25 - August 13, 2017
A MAC faculty member specializing in bookmaking, encaustic collage and linocut printmaking, Juliette Montague showcases her own unique encaustic pieces in this exhibition. She incorporates everything from leather to wire, fabric, old tins, jewelry and images, creating a unique blend of textures, patterns and colors. Humor plays a large part in Juliette’s work, both through the imagery and the play on words she finds inspiration in. Her pieces evolved from an interest in exploring and interpreting the “metaphysical and the physical world, the secular, the spiritual, the sacred and the profane,” often capturing imagined moments in time. The collage of materials and images serve to create striking narratives on history, pop culture and the “beauty of the flotsam manufactured by our society.”
High Road Gallery & Studios
12 E. Stafford Avenue
Drumming and Dancing in Watercolor
Until May 27
Thirty masterful watercolor paintings by Suzanne Accetta remain on view at High Road Gallery and Studios until May 27. Entitled INSPIRATIONS FROM THE STAGE the show features energetic paintings of local Columbus drummers and dancers. Suzanne’s award-winning works have been shown locally as well as worldwide.
Worthington Historical Society
50 W. New England Avenue
Parade of Doll Homes at the Doll Museum
Until late June
A special exhibit featuring many of the Society's dollhouses is now on exhibit. From a "Converse House" which is a 1920's house made of lithograph on wood to a Tootsietoy House, a Bliss House, a Rich Colonial, a Strombecker House, a Petite Princess and a Keystone Tudor, visitors will enjoy these miniature homes with all of their accompanying furnishings. The homes on display are examples of dollhouses spanning the 20th century, fromthe lithograph and wood Bliss House made in the teens to the cardboard Petite Princess House from the mid 60s and 70s.
Get out in Worthington and enjoy some of these exhibits. Please visit the indivudual venues' websites listed above for hours of operation.