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Art Access Gallery

'Summer Salon' all about colorful creations


A diverse collection of artwork featuring vibrant colors is on display in the exhibit "Summer Salon," on view through Sept. 1 at the Art Access Gallery, 540 S. Drexel Ave.

The exhibit features the art of Sally Bennett, Anthony Gelpi, Susan Mahan, Marc Ross, Paula Rubinstein and Nancy Schaff. The use of vibrant colors is a common theme among their pieces.

Ross, who teaches art at Gahanna Lincoln High School, uses acrylics, colored pencils and graphite to create his complex paintings.

"They're done by layering different colors," he said. "Depending on how fast one layer dries, I can figure out what's going to go on top of it, what's going to work and I just keep working."

Ross said he gets ideas for new works when he's painting.

"Inspiration comes as I work," he said. "As I'm working on (paintings), they sort of find their own direction."

Mahan, a Cincinnati resident, said she creates collages with found materials, including "photographs, vintage books, vintage magazines, or even a catalog that arrives in the mail. Anything I can glue down is fair game and I put glazes under and over (the materials) with acrylic paint."

Mahan said she created the works featured in "Summer Salon" at the urging of Art Access proprietors Gail Burkart and Barb Unverferth.

"The owners have encouraged me to make bigger pieces and to my expand my repertoire of florals and still life, so it gave me a little challenge," Mahan said. "I was willing to accept that challenge and try something different."

Gelpi specializes in blown glass, while Rubinstein creates still life works involving a fusion of paper and paint. Bennett focuses on abstract works using acrylics. Schaff creates still life works and landscapes with pastels on paper.

For exhibit hours and more information, call 614-338-8325.