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Art Access Gallery

Pair sharing spotlight in 'Combinations'

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Art Access Gallery, 540 S. Drexel Ave., is featuring new works by Columbus artists Queen Brooks and Nicholas Hill in an exhibit that highlights both their own styles and their common ground.

The exhibit, titled "Combinations," opened June 28 and runs through July 27.

Brooks and Hill said they chose to exhibit their work together because their prints complement each other.

Brooks' works are African-inspired, while Hill's prints were inspired by a recent trip to India. The work of both artists, however, features intricate patterns.

"Queen and I have known each other for 20 years. We both really use color in expressive ways," Hill said. "Although our work is different, I think there are common roots."

Hill teaches printmaking and drawing at Otterbein University. His work is included in such public collections as those of the Library of Congress, the New York Historical Society, the U.S. Department of State and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Last year, he co-curated an exhibition of works by contemporary American and Indian printmakers in New Delhi. The exhibition continues to tour India.

Brooks is a painter, carver and arts educator who has taught at Ohio State, Otterbein and Ohio Dominican universities.

Her work has been featured in Essence Magazine and in the International Review of African American Art.

Brooks said she and Hill had long been considering a joint exhibition, and Art Access Gallery provided an ideal venue.

"My work is very bright and intense and his work is subtle and soft. The way that the show is put together, they actually do complement each other," she said. "They just work well together."

Art Access is also featuring the work of another Columbus artist, Antoinette Savage, in the gallery's Conference Room. Savage's exhibit, "Ancestral Blessings," is a collection of oversize dolls that pay tribute to her African ancestors.

Savage is a self-taught doll-maker, sculptor and "wearable art" artist. She has exhibited in a variety of venues, including the newly opened Hilton hotel in downtown Columbus.

She is known for using bright "Kool-Aid colors" as the signature palette for her art.

"The colors that I choose allow me to infuse both life and breath into my art," she said, "which builds my passion for my art and keeps me connected to my ancestors."

For exhibit hours and more information, call 614-338-8325 or visit artaccessgallery.com.

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