The Fam Five: October Arts & Entertainment
Dublin is incorporating its longstanding commitment to public art into a health campaign. The Dublin Arts Council’s Public Art and Wellness Challenge invites participants to get outdoors and experience new works by local and regional artists, inspired by the city’s series of Riverboxes. The self-guided art tour incorporates journaling and reflecting and a tribute to the city’s original piece of public art, Leatherlips, the Scioto Park sculpture celebrating its 30th anniversary.
Visit dublinarts.org for details and to get a challenge booklet, which serves as a guide to the program.
You’ve probably seen ridiculously awesome pictures of sidewalk art, but have you ever seen it being created live? Easton’s annual Chalk the Block returns Oct. 10-11, and visitors can watch local artists create amazing works right on the pavement. Works in progress can be viewed on Saturday, with finished works on display Sunday.
Easton, 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus,chalk-the-block.com
WEX AT HOME
The Wexner Center for the Arts is an incubator and presenter of contemporary art, so you might think it isn’t intended for kids. While that might be true of some exhibitions, the Wex serves the whole community, especially in this time of quarantine.
Wex At Home is a series of video presentations that include hands-on activities and other art instruction as well as talks on a variety of arts-related topics designed to engage the entire family. Content is updated throughout the week.
When celebrated Columbus artist Aminah Robinson died in 2015, she left her East Side home and studio to the Columbus Museum of Art. After painstaking renovation and cataloguing, the house soon will be used as an artist-in-residence space.
In November, CMA will open an exhibition of items—art, journals and other ephemera—titled Raggin’ On, after Robinson’s word to describe her technique of making fiber art, which she called RagGonNon, for her predisposition for using found materials and for continuing to add on to existing pieces. The exhibition opens Nov. 19.
Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St. (Downtown), Columbus, 614-221-6801,columbusmuseum.org
For the past five years, Cartoon Crossroads Columbus has celebrated all things comics and animation, capitalizing on the national reputation of institutions such as the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State University as well as the rich, local comics scene. (Other local organizers include the Columbus College of Art & Design, the Wexner Center for the Arts and the Columbus Museum of Art.)
This year’s event—exhibitions, workshops, panel discussions and more—will be held virtually Oct. 1-4. If you’ve got a young comics/zine fan in your house, you’ll want to investigate further. Or drop in for one of the sessions with brother-sister team Matt and Jenni Holm, who’ve collaborated on titles including “Sunny Side Up” and the “Squish” and “Babymouse” series.
This story is from the Fall 2020 issue of Columbus Parent.