Ohio Arts Councils Riffe Gallery to Present ''Go Figure''
by Molly Rutledge

December 11, 2015

Hannah Brokenshire

Columbus, Ohio--Curated by Ohio University Dean Emeritus Charles McWeeny, Go Figure, the first exhibition of 2016 in the Ohio Arts Council's (OAC) Riffe Gallery, will be on view from January 28-March 23, 2016.

Go Figure showcases 13 Ohio artists' explorations of the human form as a narrative vessel. From surreal to hyper-real, this exhibition tells profound stories about what it means to be human.

Juliellen Byrne Columbus
Isabel Farnsworth Kent
Clotilde Jiménez Cleveland Heights
James Oberschlake Ripley
Frank Oriti Cleveland
Emil Robinson Cincinnati
Laura Sanders Columbus
John Sousa Springboro
Gregory Spaid Gambier
Ed Valentine Delaware
Art Werger Athens
Pheoris West Columbus
Jaymi Zents Chesterland

Opening Reception | Thursday, January 28, 5-7 p.m.
Mingle with the artists, exhibition curator, and other art enthusiasts at the public opening reception.

Curator's Tour | Friday, January 29, 12-1 p.m.
Ohio University Dean Emeritus and ceramic artist Charles McWeeny will give an in depth tour discussing topics from artists inspirations to his personal thoughts on the figure.

Open Figure Drawing | Wednesdays, February 3-March 23, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Columbus-based artist Mary Jane Ward will lead fun, free, informal explorations of the human figure through drawing. Open to all levels of experience! Check out a class during your lunch break, engage in all eight sessions, or simply observe the artistic process in action. Supplies, including easels and pencils, as well as a live model will be provided free of charge. Registration is not required; space is limited to 10 participants on a first come, first served basis.

Handwritten Love Writing Workshop | Thursday, February 11, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Create a Valentine in poetry for a special "figure" in your life with OAC Artist in Residence Amy Greenberg. Art supplies will be on hand to adorn your prose. Register in advance at riffegallery.org January 29-February 9.

Stop-Motion Goes Mobile Family Workshop | Saturday, February 20, 2-4 p.m.
Construct a miniature theatre set to serve as the background for stop-motion short animated videos. OAC Artist in Residence Kate Stenger will lead participants through using the free app Vine. Bring your imagination, storytelling skills, and smart phone or tablet. This workshop is geared toward children ages 6 and up. All children must be accompanied by registered adult. Register in advance at riffegallery.org January 29-February 16.

Riffe Gallery admission, events, and programming are free and open to the public.

Go Figure is produced by the OAC's Riffe Gallery. Media support is provided by CD102.5, CityScene, Ohio Channel, WOSU, Ohio Magazine, and WCBE 90.5 FM.

Image Credit: Emil Robinson, "Polar Bear Club 3," 70" X 90, 2014, Oil on linen.

About the Riffe Gallery: The Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery showcases the work of Ohio's artists and the collections of the state's museums and galleries. The Riffe Gallery is located in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, across from the Statehouse on High Street in Downtown Columbus. The gallery is free and open to the public.




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