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Local artists look back at the year that was

As 2014 rounds to a close, it dawned on me just how many exciting things happened over the last year from the Columbus arts community. So I asked a few artists who had a big year about what impacted them the most. Here’s a sample of some of their responses, with the entirety of the interview available at columbusalive.com.
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Art preview: Last Chance: Susan Danko

Cleveland native Susan Danko hasn’t exhibited a solo show in Columbus in almost a decade, making this showcase a must-see before it closes. Danko is inspired by nature, mostly the splendor she sees during her walks through the wilderness. Danko’s paintings — a mixture of large and smaller versions — are distinguished by her pristine and vibrant color palette that actually makes the trees, streams, rain and every aspect of the wilds even more spellbinding and dreamlike.
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Art preview: “Merry & Bright”

The annual “Merry & Bright” lighting display at the Franklin Park Conservatory should be a yearly destination, but if you need more incentive, there are a handful of other holiday events to entice you with one more reason to stop by. Thursday evening has the holiday variety of its Cocktails at the Conservatory event with “’Tis the Season: A Classic Cocktail Party” — complete with a specialty menu of eats and drinks. And Sunday the conservatory hosts the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus for a holiday concert in the Grand Atrium.
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Arts preview: “An Introduction to Appaloosa Genetics”

When it comes to paintings, biology is somewhat of a rare inspiration. While Ashley Shellhause technically sees horses as the inspiration for her series currently at the Upper Arlington community center, it’s the science behind the animals’ beauty that’s the fundamental basis. Shellhause has owned horses since childhood, and decided to take a deeper examination of their characteristics through the book “Horse Color Explained: A Breeder’s Perspective” by Jeanette Gower.
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Studio Proof: “Think Outside the Brick” brings out the kid in everyone

When the annual Lego exhibit “Think Outside the Brick” comes to the Columbus Museum of Art, no one can predict what will be on display because the imagination used in creating art out of Lego is endless. For the last couple of years, this exhibit has showcased the infinite possibilities within some tiny blocks. As I perused the sculptures for this year’s exhibit, this was palpable, but I also felt an intense bit of nostalgia.
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Art preview: “The Art of Giving: Small Treasures for Holiday Gifting”

If you’re doing some last-minute gift shopping for the art lover in your life, this Short North gallery is a sure bet. Representing 20 local artists, this show contains a plethora of styles and mediums. Besides the diversity of work, the low price-point for pieces — some for as little as $30 — means you can give an actual “work of art” this year and not break the bank.
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Review: “Korczak’s Children”

Think of “Korczak’s Children” by Jeffrey Hatcher as a sort of “Child’s Introduction to the Holocaust.” Hatcher, familiar to Columbus audiences from local productions of “Three Viewings,” “Murderers,” and “Scotland Road,” introduces us to the Polish-Jewish author, pediatrician and educator Janusz Korczak, who presided over an orphanage in the Warsaw Ghetto. Korczak’s educational philosophy centered on respecting children as individuals, promoting their rights and treating them like adults.
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Local artists look back at the year that was

As 2014 rounds to a close, it dawned on me just how many exciting things happened over the last year from the Columbus arts community. So I asked a few artists who had a big year about what impacted them the most. Here’s a sample of some of their responses, with the entirety of the interview available at columbusalive.com.
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