Front Row Center Newsletter from the Greater Columbus Arts Counsil
By Gretchen Hirsch

The calendar says summer begins on June 21, but for artists and arts lovers throughout the country, summer officially arrives three weeks earlier, June 7-9, with the opening of the Columbus Arts Festival, presented by Time Warner Cable and produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

Now in its 52nd year, the nationally acclaimed Festival offers something for everyone in a spectacular city-within-the-city located on the scenic Scioto Mile. With its water features, green spaces, and easy access, the venue is perfect for the event, says Festival Director Scott Huntley. “The Columbus Arts Festival is a celebration of all the arts, and our location makes it possible to showcase not only the finest in art and craft, but also in music, dance, and the spoken word.

“This year, more than 1,000 artists in 16 different media vied to enter the Festival,” Huntley said. “The Festival grounds, which include two great new bridges over the Scioto River, offer an endless gallery where visitors can enjoy viewing wonderful art by more than 270 artists who were juried in by our panel of art experts. Visitors have lots of opportunities to chat with the artists in a relaxed setting.

“The stages are in use,” Huntley continued, “so our patrons can also find almost every kind of music and performance. When it’s time for a break, the food is terrific and the ambience unmatched. The Festival is free to attendees, making it the ideal destination for families constant on a budget.”

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Meet Ashton Bushby, an 11-year-old photographer and Emerging Artist at the 2013 Festival! Artist Profile
KATE MORGAN Headshot Award-Winning Emerging Artist at the 2013 Columbus Arts Festival

As the most comprehensive online events guide and resource for arts and culture in central Ohio, offers a virtual guide through the Columbus art world with a searchable database of events, concerts, performances and more. is an engaging place for artists and arts organizations to share what they do, with thousands of users per month. The Artist Directory allows visual, performing and literary artists to create a profile and portfolio to showcase their work—for free—and enables art enthusiasts to easily search for and connect with them. Our monthly artist profile series features interviews with some of the many talented individuals who make up central Ohio’s thriving creative community. This months profile features local artist Kate Morgan. She describes her work as “portraiture” and her mediums include printmaking, painting and mixed media. Last year she was chosen as one of the emerging artists for the Columbus Arts Festival and is back again this year. Kate offers her knowledge and insight about what the experience is like for the artists featured in the festival.  Be sure to visit Kate at the Festival and check out her work at booth #M249!

By Alyse McBride

“I have met so many wonderful people and have had discussions sparked by one of my pieces, but the conversations ended up on an entirely different subject. It’s not about someone buying a piece of art from me. It’s about seeding a creative passion that extends beyond the piece itself.  Along the realm of selling, art is so subjective. There is no guarantee that anyone will like what you like. Some of my favorite pieces I have made never sold, so I kept them.”

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Sneak Peek

COSI presents MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition

COSI is excited to be one of the first science museums in the country to host MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition! The Discovery Channel's Emmy®-nominated series will come to life this summer at COSI, to give you a chance to uncover the truths behind popular myths. Not only can you explore props, gadgets and blueprints directly from the MythBusters TV set, but you actually BECOME the MythBuster in MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition.

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CAPA and Broadway in Columbus Present Wicked

Back by “Popular” demand! Wicked, the novel turned musical by Stephen Schwartz, tells the story long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkindland. Two girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes “the most complete-and completely satisfying-new musical in a long time” (USA Today).

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The New Albany Arts Council Presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.

The New Albany Arts Council highlights their 20th anniversary season with their production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. The show includes a cast of 45 children ages 8-15, from all over the Central Ohio area, bringing the beloved story of Ariel and her friends to life onstage at the Jeanne B. McCoy Center for the Arts. Featuring over 100 handmade costumes, this production is sure to take you ‘Under the Sea’ for an experience you will not soon forget!

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GCAC appreciates and acknowledges support from: City of Columbus, Franklin County and the Ohio Arts Council.

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