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“ImageOHIO 15” as strong as ever

For 15 years ImageOHIO has held a juried exhibition representing the best from the state’s engineers of optical art. The project originally showcased only the photography medium, but as interest grew in other forms of visual creation, other elements were added and now include video and digital art. The result is a vastly diverse collection in this year’s iteration, on view at Fort Hayes Shot Tower Gallery through Feb. 20, representing artists with myriad concepts, inspiration and objectives.
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Staff Pick: “Actual Comedy: Trashing Resolutions”

Did you make New Year’s resolutions? Did you stick to them? Are you magically a better person now that it’s 2015? Hell no! So join some of Columbus’ funniest folks for a night of celebrating the abandonment of New Year’s resolutions.
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Last Chance: “I Am Doll Parts”

Three artists (Angie Mason, Crankbunny, Mab Graves) have crafted exceptionally textured paper doll sculptures that far exceed expectations. The striking figures encompass both an endearing quality and an aura of sorrow. By incorporating multiple two- and three-dimensional flourishes — electrical components, magnets and moving parts — some pieces even convey a life-like characteristic. Lastly, like most dolls, the eyes will linger with the viewer long after.
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“ImageOHIO 15” as strong as ever

For 15 years ImageOHIO has held a juried exhibition representing the best from the state’s engineers of optical art. The project originally showcased only the photography medium, but as interest grew in other forms of visual creation, other elements were added and now include video and digital art. The result is a vastly diverse collection in this year’s iteration, on view at Fort Hayes Shot Tower Gallery through Feb. 20, representing artists with myriad concepts, inspiration and objectives.
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Studio Proof: Tony Simione shines in the new Gallery at the Gateway

The Gateway Film Center recently debuted its first exhibit in the newly created gallery space (titled the Gallery at the Gateway) located in the hallway connecting the screening rooms. The inaugural exhibit “Not Human — Creatures in Film” is appropriately movie-themed and features the work of local artist and toy developer Tony Simione.
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Art preview: “You Are Here”

This exhibit, featuring work by a collection of first-year students in the Department of Art MFA program, is comprised of up-and-coming artists that could be major players in the Columbus arts scene in the very near future. The 15 artists in this exhibit a number of forward-thinking approaches that are conveyed in a host of mediums. Two- and three-dimensional pieces transform the traditional into the experimental by delving into the pieces with uninhibited deliberation.
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Last Chance: “Collage 2015”

Six contemporary artists — Louise Captein, N. Penney Denning, Egle' Gatins, Martin Hugo, Margee Bright-Ragland, and Christine Guillot Ryan — present collage with an innovative and imaginative approach. Forgoing the traditional two-dimensional concepts, these artists broaden the medium to include mixed-media and three-dimensional elements. The result is a wonderful collection of ideas and approaches from a collection of artists who push collage in new directions.
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Staff Pick: “The Great One”

With the NHL All-Star Game at Nationwide Arena this weekend, The Short North Stage will put on an original musical centered on one of the league’s most memorable moments — The Trade. Hockey fans know exactly what The Trade is, but for the less informed it refers to the Edmonton Oilers shipping NHL legend Wayne Gretzky, aka “The Great One,” to the Los Angeles Kings in 1988.
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Bibliohio: Recommended Reading from the Heart-Shaped State

“The Rub,” Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis (Elixir Press, 2014)
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Art preview: “Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretick's Iconic Images of the Kennedys”

Photojournalist Stanley Tretick’s covered every president from Harry S. Truman to George H. W. Bush, but is best known for his photographs of the late John F. Kennedy and his family. Tretick gained unparalleled access to the Kennedy family during JFK’s presidency, capturing many images of the President in candid moments with his children.
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