Most people would not typically view a pepper, two coat hooks, an antique Christmas tree bulb, and a bundle of leafy greens as “treasure.” Wilmington-based portrait artist Jason Morgan would beg to differ. “The theme for the exhibition this year (“My Treasures Are Within”) was a perfect match for The Prestige , which contains the most ordinary objects. And yet, I still think they are visual treasures,” Morgan said. “For me, what is ‘within’ is the challenge to represent these objects both technically and compositionally in such a way that the viewer will see them as treasures, too.” This approach won over at least one viewer, as Morgan’s acrylic piece was chosen for one of three $500 Juror’s Choice Awards at the 12 th Annual Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry (OOVAR) Juried Exhibition closing ceremony on Jan. 12. Presented by the Ohio Arts Council (OAC), Columbus Metropolitan Library, and Friends of the Library, the exhibition showcased Ohio artists registered in OOVAR, a database of work of more than 1,900 artists from Ohio and all over the world. This year, 37 artists working in a variety of mediums were selected for the show , which was held in the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library. Works explored the theme of “My Treasures Are Within,” a phrase inscribed in stone above the library’s main entrance. For Dayton-based artist Glenna Jennings, the theme inspired a literal look into what it means to be invited into someone else’s space. Her archival pigment print called At Table #47 (Dayton, Ohio) depicts a post-Thanksgiving get-together with a group of friends and their furry family member, a dog named Cody. It was also selected for an OAC-sponsored Juror’s Choice Award. “The entire At Table series addresses this theme, as the photographs are quite often interiors of homes or familiar spaces, where the ‘treasures’ consist of both the people within and the material abundance they share,” said Jennings, an assistant professor of photography at the University of Dayton. “The notion of home runs throughout much of my work ... I would like viewers to feel they can enter the photographs to be present in some way, especially in cultural spaces they may have never yet seen for themselves. Finding familiarity in difference is important in my work.” Observation of one’s surroundings is a key part of Charlotte Lees’ artistic process and resulting work, as seen in her Juror’s Choice Award-winning piece entitled My Space. “Using nature as my catalyst, I collect and store the images that I see around me. I hold them in my memory bank to be later transformed into unique works of art. These images and impressions are my 'treasures within,’” said Lees, who resides in Solon. “To incorporate mirrored steel was a new challenge, but I felt it gave the viewer an entrance into my world. I would like the viewer to enter My Space and reflect on the gift of nature and enjoy the moment.