Gallery owner makes time for her own art

Alicia Jean Vanderelli has developed a well-deserved reputation as an arts organizer and advocate in Columbus. Since opening the Vanderelli Room in 2014, Vanderelli has become central to the evolution of Franklinton as an arts neighborhood, and fostered the growth of a community of Columbus artists, many of whom have shown work in her space.

But along the way, she was leaving less and less time for her own art, something she has prioritized amid some other life changes in the last 12 months.

“This is stuff that needs to come out,” Vanderelli said in a recent sit-down at a Franklinton coffee shop. “I intend for this work to continue.”

Vanderelli's recent body of work has her examining imagery and ideas at the intersection of Biblical prophecy, mental illness and the life of her late uncle, who created fantastic narratives in which he was involved in end times-type stories.

“He's the catalyst,” she said of her uncle and the stories he'd written that were born of concerns both physical (muscular dystrophy) and mental (schizophrenia).

Longtime friend Christopher Tennant approached Vanderelli about doing a dual show in which he would explore some of the same themes. “Lucid Revelations” runs throughout November at Wild Goose Creative.