Exhibition features art work made by young people at Star House

The creation of art can be both hopeful and expressive, and Star House provides an opportunity for local young people who need both.

The art room at Star House, a local agency/drop-in center that serves Columbus youths experiencing homelessness, is staffed largely by volunteer members of Visible Invisible, an Ohio State University student group formed specifically for that purpose. In addition to providing time, resources and materials, Visible Invisible puts on an exhibition of Star House artwork each year.

This year's show, “Metamorphosis,” will be held Saturday, March 30, at the Ohio Union.

“The theme this year is that these youth have many experiences beyond just not having a home, and lifting up their identity outside of homelessness,” said Esther Kaplan, president of Visible Invisible.

Kaplan said that while the art room is open to anyone who uses Star House, many of its regular visitors do so as a way to express an existing interest in or talent for art-making, while others discovered a similar talent.

“A lot of the young people have a huge passion for creating, and we're working to make connections within the art community and to provide opportunities to take this work beyond Star House,” Kaplan said.