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Traditional Arts in Ohio: Embodied Learning and Pewtersmithing

Ohio Arts Council Folk and Traditional Arts Contractor Cristina Benedetti visited Millersburg, Ohio, to meet Willa Hollingsworth, a pewterer and owner of Three Feathers Pewter. At the Three Feathers workshop, she learned about Ms. Hollingsworth's study of the traditional craft through years of apprenticeship and practice.
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We Can Support Ohio Arts by Working Together

Even in a time of social distancing and limits on traditionally presented arts gatherings and events, Ohioans can still find creative ways to support our state's wonderful arts organizations, arts educators, and artists.
13th annual OOVAR Juried Show jurors' choice award winners. (From left) Linda Hutchinson (Kent), Donna Coleman (Oberlin), Angie Rucker (Westerville), Ohio Arts Council Artist Programs/Percent for Art Director Kathy Signorino, and OAC Executive Director Donna S. Collins. (Not pictured: People’s Choice Award winner Samantha Bias (Cleveland)

Ohio Artists Take Home Exhibition Honors at 13th Annual OOVAR Juried Show

The work of four Ohio artists received awards at the 13th annual Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry (OOVAR) Juried Show, which celebrated its closing reception at the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Carnegie Gallery on Feb. 29.
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Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards Announced

Members of the Ohio Arts Council board have approved $375,000 in grant funding to be awarded to Ohio artists through the OAC’s Individual Excellence Awards program for state fiscal year 2020.
Shifty exhibition at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts

A Creative Collaboration Unfolds on Stage: Music and Live Artmaking Combine at the Fitton Center

What color would you make a major chord if you were to hang it on a gallery wall? How would you transpose an artist’s sketch onto a music staff? These are possibilities the Butler Philharmonic Orchestra and visual artist Billy Simms hope to explore during a collaborative performance at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts on Feb. 1.
Horseshoe Lake by Barry Underwood

Governor’s Awards Artist Addresses Environmental Themes in Nature-Inspired Photos

It’s tempting to say that the magic behind Barry Underwood’s colorfully illuminated images is more than just a trick of the light, but the Cleveland-based artist would be the first to tell you that light is exactly what makes his photography possible.

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