Short North gallery features work of 'old school' CCAD grads

Netherlands native Helma Groot has lived most of her adult life in Columbus, where she is a working artist and art teacher at Bexley High School. In between, she spent time as a youth living in Indonesia, where she said she was influenced by the culture in practical and conceptual ways that persist to this day. Indeed, the playful nature of her paintings, mobiles and assemblages, often boasting the bright colors of the Southeast Asian nation, belies something deeper.

“Playful is a good description, but there's meaning behind it,” Groot said. “For example, my ‘After the Flood' pieces are about global warming. Rising sea levels are going to affect the places and things I love.”

Groot will show two paintings and a mobile as part of “Old School 2,” an exhibition of work by CCAD graduates from the '70s and '80s, in May at Sean Christopher Gallery. Columbus artists Lisa Horkin, Marty Hoffelt-Husted, Michael Kaiser, Mary Ann Sullivan and Robert Tavani are among those featured. The exhibition will pay tribute to 1980 CCAD grad Lee Baumgarten, who passed away April 25 and who was to have work included in the exhibition.