Arts in the Alley was full of fun on Thurs, May 6, with gallery openings, upbeat tunes from a local DJ, and performances by several female impersonators on a stage set up among the restaurants, bars and apartments.
The festivities celebrated the opening of The Ladies of Ohio: Digital Divas, an exhibition of large-scale photographs by John Sherman Lathram III (above), in the Arts Initiative space. Lathram also was celebrating the release of his new book of photos of the "ladies." His show continues through July.
Across the alley the Ohio Art League gallery presented the opening of Amateur Cartography, works by Jen Adrion, a show that continues until June 26. And in the Shoebox gallery, works by Anne Mills and Alexander Contino are on view (below) throughout the month.
The partnership with The Ohio State University and the Royal Shakespeare Company is expanding! This summer, a second group of 20 local schoolteachers join the group of 19 teachers who have just completed their first year in the teacher leadership & education program. In addition, 10 Master of Fine Arts acting students from the OSU Department of Theatre join the program, too. The new teachers and MFAs will travel to Stratford upon Avon later this month for an intensive week of training with RSC actors and educators, and will continue working together and with OSU faculty for an intensive week on campus and in regular workshops throughout the year. According to the Arts Initiative's Karen Bell, the partnership has deepened and expanded its relationship with Columbus City Schools, Reynoldsburg City Schools and Metro High School. The new group of teachers includes: Kim Swensen (Metro); Kimberley Cox and Jessica Sharp (Reynoldsburg High School); Tonya Peacock (Hannah Ashton Middle School); Derek Hinkle and Sandra Guinto (Waggoner Road Middle School); Janice Bartels, Jean Reph, Rosalind Ebai and Alicia Fair-Foust (Wedgewood Middle School); Ron Hairston, Jill Sampson and Allison Volz (Hilltonia Middle School); Kathleen Waughaman (Windsor STEM Academy); Kelly Simmons and Faye Love (Linden STEM Academy); Art Isennagle III (South Mifflin K-6 STEM Academy); Michael Aberth (Hamilton K-6 STEM Academy); and David Hall and Melissa Rulong (the Graham Family of Schools). MFA students are Alex Boyles, Ashley Kobza, Victoria Matsos, Kevin McClatchy, Moopi Mothibeli, Charlesanne Rabensburg, Hannah Rockey, Ibsen Santos, Alison Vasquez and Aaron Zook.
Come on down to Arts in the Alley this Saturday for a Summer Art Market. ARTillery Ohio (above) presents a wide range of artwork for sale, along with live music and workshops in screenprinting and pottery-glazing in the alley at South Campus Gateway. Hours are noon to 8 pm.
Mahan Gallery in the Short North presents All I Need to Know: A Celebration of First Grade, with artwork by 24 first grade students taught by Cavin Bodouin in New Albany. Last year, his class exhibited their work in the Arts Initiative space. The new show opens June 26 and runs through July 1 at the gallery at 717 N High St.