Outside in Ohio: A Century of Unexpected Genius was produced by the Southern Ohio Museum in Portsmouth, and curated by Mark Chepp, director emeritus of the Springfield Museum of Art. Works in Outside in Ohio represent 100 years of creative expression by Ohio artists who never studied art in a formal setting.
Outside in Ohio is a comprehensive survey of Ohio’s rich folk art tradition. Sampling works from 18 artists created over the course of a century, few other exhibitions offer the opportunity to view such a diverse array of Ohio’s self-taught artists, such Elijah Pierce, Ernest (Popeye) Reed and Russell (Smokey) Brown, along with many other lesser known—but equally as talented—painters, carvers and sculptors.
“Folk art and outsider art both happen outside the mainstream of the art world," said Chepp, "but folk art tends to develop within a group tradition, like Amish quilts, for example, while outsider artists spring up out of the blue working very much on their own."
On Sunday, September 23, 2012, 2 to 4 p.m., the gallery will host a free family workshop. Arts educator Dayna Jalkanen will lead participants in a folk art project of choice—the creation of a personalized wooden welcome sign, or an apron for use during a favorite hobby. Register online through September 15 at www.riffegallery.org.
On Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 5:30-7 p.m., the gallery will host a free poetry reading by National Award-Winning Poet David Baker and an Open Mic session. For more information and to register for Open Mic, visit www.riffegallery.org.
Where: Vern Riffe Center for Government & the Arts, 77 South High St., Columbus, OH 43215
When: Through October 14, 2012. Gallery hours are Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. Closed Mondays and state holidays.
For more information: (614) 644-9624, www.riffegallery.org
Larry Shue’s comedy The Foreigner takes place in a fishing lodge in Georgia in the early 1980s. Charlie Baker, a disillusioned and extremely shy proofreader arrives for a short vacation, and due to his fear of talking to strangers he agrees to his friend’s scheme of telling everyone at the lodge that he doesn’t understand English. Charlie promptly overhears the secrets of the other guests, including a plot to swindle the sweet but overly-trusting proprietress out of her land, and hilarity ensues as Charlie attempts to use his newfound powers for good.
In addition to being a riotous farce, The Foreigner raises issues around xenophobia and unmistakably promotes a message of acceptance. Even though many of these references center on the lingering effects of the Vietnam War in the 1980s, similar problems persist today regarding certain overtly racist immigration policies as well as the anti-Islamic sentiment bred by the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. Shue uses humor to explore these difficult topics and artfully demonstrates that theater, and specifically comedy, can be a medium for discussion and change.
Where: 3837 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH 43214
When: August 30 – September 30, Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2 p.m.
For more information / tickets: (614) 447-PLAY or www.columbuscivic.org
Festival Latino has been proudly providing the community with the opportunity to experience traditional and contemporary Latin American culture through the presentation of performing and visual arts, educational workshops and authentic cuisine since 1996. 2012’s Festival Latino will be even bigger and better than the last, taking advantage of everything Genoa Park and the newly revitalized riverfront have to offer.
Providing the community with a variety of local and international Latin American music acts, live music will be on the main stage starting at noon and continue throughout the entire festival. Latin Grammy Award winner Obie Bermudez will headline on Saturday and the Dominican Republic’s merengue superstar Miriam Cruz is the headlining act for Sunday.
Traditional Mexican dances will be performed in the dance plaza. Cultural workshops and education areas will engage those of all ages, local artists will display their work and represent their culture—and don’t forget about the food court where you can enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine.
Where: Genoa Park (downtown Columbus)
When: Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily.
For more information: Admission is free; www.FestivalLatino.net.
Photo credit: Randall L. Schieber