The newly remodeled main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library is a real “Columbus” thing. So who better to honor that transformation than Columbus artists?

The newly remodeled main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library is a real “Columbus” thing. So who better to honor that transformation than Columbus artists?

The Friends of the Columbus Metropolitan Library and Stephanie Rond, who curates the library's Carnegie Gallery, asked the Art and Artists of 614, an online community of artists, to prepare “In Transformation,” an exhibition of works that celebrate the library's new look and the community it serves.

The Art and Artists of 614 has nearly 11,000 members on Facebook, and includes experienced professional artists, longtime creators who have never shown and people just getting started making art, said co-administrator Amy Leibrand, who curated the show with Rond. (“In Transformation” is also a juried show; Alicia Jean Vanderelli served as juror.)

This exhibition represents the gamut of that membership, Leibrand said, and really gives a cross-section of what kind of art is being done in Columbus, perfect for the setting, which draws a lot of viewers who might not venture into the city's galleries.

“There's a diversity in mediums, a diversity in the experience of the artists. We wanted to be inclusive, to have this exhibition represent what this group is about,” Leibrand said.

The show will remain on view through March 3.