Glass in Columbus I'm going to sum up 2009's art theme in Columbus by saying it's been all about glass and Egypt. Why glass? This year's exhibits include the Chihuly Reimagined exhibit at Franklin Park Conservatory, a Chihuly Illuminated exhibit at Columbus Museum of Art in October, Chihuly will be on display at Hawk Galleries in October and the BIGG exhibits at OSU Urban Arts Space and Hawk Galleries.

I recently ventured downtown to see the BIGG: Breakthrough in Global Glass exhibit at the OSU Urban Arts Space. An exhibit by OSU professor emeritus E.F. Hebner is also on display. The FREE exhibit was impressive and it was great to see what they did to update the old Lazarus building. It's a LEED ("Green") building and they have some signs outside the building on the walkway telling the history of the building and about it's rebirth. I love the Art Deco styling and lettering on it-it's still under construction as is the area-with condos under construction across the street. (The exhibit is FREE, but be sure to take some money to feed the meter!) Here's some photos from the exhibit:

The OSU Urban Arts Space

An exhibit piece shows the reflective properties of glass.

An artist has fun with colors and word interplay.

More traditional looking vases.

Other things going on this weekend Friday night: COSI Family Fun Night Admission after 5 p.m. is $8 and includes Extreme Screen movie The Dream is Alive. The Lost in Egypt exhibit continues through Labor Day and a new exhibit featuring NASA photos is now on display. Visit www.cosi.org for details. WaterFire tonight at Genoa Park. Open seating begins at 6:30 p.m. with entertainment by the Columbus Jazz Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. and lighting at 8:30 p.m. For more details on the FREE event, visit www.waterfirecolumbus.com.

Saturday WAGfest at Prairie Oaks Metro Park. In case you missed my last entry, the pet-friendly event is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with a walk/hike benefitting CAHS at 10 a.m. for $20.) The event is FREE, but take some cash to donate to CAHS, other worthy causes and to buy toys, treats and outfits with. There's also some booths and trailers with treats and drinks for humans. There's contests all day and your pet can cool off in a baby pool or the dog beach. NFL Alumni Caring for Kids Softball Tournament at Berliner Park. In addition to the games, there will be a Family Fun Zone including interactive activities, prizes, entertainment and daily autograph sessions.