MadLab's gallery holds a ray of sunshine this month, collectively formed by a dozen artists in the exhibition "Mellow Yellow," the sixth-annual invitational of work with a common color.
The idea originated when curator Abbey L. Carter Logan, an artist and therapist who counsels students at Ohio State, was a gallery assistant at MadLab. Logan noticed that a lot of orange paintings happened to sell, so she proposed a show of nothing but, calling for entries among friends from MadLab and her alma mater, Capital University.
"It's evolved each year," Logan said. "We just started forming this community around the color theme."
This year's yellow-tinted show includes works by Bethany Jozwiak-Butler, a local art teacher currently on sabbatical.
"I always have fun with the color theme, but it's hard because I don't use a lot of yellow," she explained.
Butler resolved her concerns with light splatters and thin color washes, as in the series "Moonlight Turns the World Into an X-Ray of Itself."
Tom Kelly, making his fourth appearance in the color shows, introduces a warm, wheat-like tone to his usual all-white palette in "You and your sister live in a lemon world," a title inspired by a song from The National and two crafty sisters who are friends with the artist.
"This is the one time of year we get him to put color in his paintings," Logan joked.
It's also the one consistent opportunity for some of the participating artists to show publicly, according to David Gentilini, a gallery assistant at Capital who has two paintings in "Mellow Yellow." Many have day jobs unrelated to producing art, but each year they're motivated to create new work for Logan.
"When Abbey says, 'Paint in red this year,' I paint two pieces," he said. "This is her way to force people back into the process."