The old joke about Ohio weather - "If you don't like it, wait a minute and it'll change" - could be adapted for RAW Columbus' biannual art events.

The old joke about Ohio weather - "If you don't like it, wait a minute and it'll change" - could be adapted for RAW Columbus' biannual art events.

Which is not to say you'll automatically dislike any of the more than 70 participating artists, from fine artists and craftspersons to filmmakers to fashion designers to musicians and performance artists to hair and makeup artists to… you get the picture.

RAW Showcase Director Dayna Melton said the format - fashion show-meets-pop-art gallery with live music - works both for audiences and artists.

"There's always something going on, then shows are super-eclectic, and the artists get a lot of eyeballs on their work," Melton said.

Motif will mark designer Paul Dumas' third RAW show.

"It's more like a party than a gallery show," said Dumas, who makes work as Gray Wolf's Chainmaille.

Dumas started making chain-mail fashion pieces five years ago and now sells his original designs online and at shows. He also takes commission work. He will have five designs modeled on the runway at Motif.

"I open and close each ring individually. It takes patience but I don't consider it painstaking," Dumas said. As for custom work, Dumas said, "If you can think it, I can link it."

Laurie Wheatley will bring her large-scale paintings as well as smaller paintings on patches and wallets to Motif for her second show with RAW.

"I'm excited to participate this year with new artists and people I haven't met before," Wheatley said. "I'm kind of an introverted person, but meeting so many other artists gives you the feeling of having something in common right away."

Wheatley has been painting for almost 20 years, inspired by her painter grandmother and art teacher mother.

"Most of what I do is from free painting, and the whimsical fantasy landscapes are just what come out most," she said. "I've always been fascinated by bright colors."

RAW is an international organization that supports "emerging artists and underground artists looking for a platform," Melton said.

"One of our catchphrases is 'we dig the underground.' There are some established artists who are still with us for a variety of reasons, but we're always looking for new artists. If you have talent we want to put you out there in front of people," Melton said.