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Mom, daughter combine artistic talents in exhibit

Nautical photos on display at Whole World are enhanced by 'marbling'

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A mother-daughter art exhibit nine years in the making currently is on display at Whole World Natural Restaurant and Bakery, 3269 N. High St.

"Seeing the Sea Through Different Eyes" represents a collaboration between Clintonville artist Ann Alaia Woods and her daughter, Kathryn Woods Prentice, a chief petty officer and sonar technician with the U.S. Navy.

Prentice, a Columbus College of Art and Design graduate who joined the Navy in 2000, took a series of what her mother called "extraordinary photographs" while her ship, the U.S.S. McFaul, was being deployed to the Persian Gulf in 2004. These included storm-tossed seas, the pattern of the vessel's wake in the water, and a pod of dolphins cavorting alongside the ship.

Woods, with some prodding from her daughter, over the years has used an artistic technique called marbling, which adds painted designs to paper that reflect the images Prentice photographed on the voyage. Woods would produce one or two of the marbled images each year after receiving the photos from her daughter.

"In this particular collaboration, what I was trying to do was take her photographs ... as a springboard for marbled images that I could manipulate on the tray," Woods said. "The photographs accompany the images."

Woods said she and her husband, Alan, have long been patrons of Whole World Natural Restaurant and Bakery, and after she complained about the blank walls, she was invited by owner Dan Otanicar to put up some of her artwork.

Woods, who also is a renowned calligrapher and grand-prize winner in the World Handwriting Contest from 2005-07, immediately thought of Prentice's photographs and her marbled images.

"It's a lovely space and people can sit and read about it on plaques that explain the background of the collaboration," Woods said. "It's a really nice, warm place to have an exhibit."

"Seeing the Sea Through Different Eyes" will remain on display at the restaurant through the end of the year, the Clintonville resident added. The exhibit also features some of the local artist's acrylic paintings, which evoke Greco-Roman mythology, according to Alan Woods.

Although once again deployed to the Persian Gulf aboard the U.S.S. McFaul, Prentice knows the joint project with her mother is now on display.

"She loves it," Woods said. "She's glad to see that I'd finally gotten to that point."

Whole World Restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays.

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