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New exhibition to open, public art to be dedicated

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A new exhibition and public artwork will be celebrated Tuesday, June 17.

At the Dublin Arts Council from 6 to 8 p.m., the latest exhibition, "Uncommon Objects," will be unveiled and the public artwork Tree of Life, Future Tense will be dedicated.

"Uncommon Objects" was born from the work of Columbus artists Andrew Ina, Luke Ahern and Michael Ambron.

The paintings "expose the common threads connecting their practices while revealing the unique manner in which each addresses the conceptual framework of the exhibition," information from the DAC said.

"We had worked with Andrew (Ina) in the past when he was a recent graduate and his work has become quite popular," said David Guion, Dublin Arts Council executive director.

"I asked him if he'd be willing to exhibit in the gallery and he mentioned he had colleagues that would make for a good group exhibition and round out the way he was exploring painting and his process."

The paintings are abstract and combine objects not often seen in paintings such as sand and turf.

"It's a combination of different materials, not just paint, but also some unusual materials incorporated into the process," Guion said.

"It's unusual that it's focused on abstraction," he said.

"We usually don't do that in the gallery or do it quite sparingly.

"This is more about an approach to the artist's process."

The exhibition will be on view through Aug. 2.

Also at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Tree of Life, Future Tense will be dedicated.

The work of Columbus artist Mary Jo Bole was created in 1991.

"I made it from 1991 to 1993," she said. "It was part of an exhibition at the Wexner Center called 'My Yard.' "

The bronze sculpture of a tree trunk was also exhibited at the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati.

The piece took a full year to cast and was done in New Mexico.

"It's called Tree of Life, Future Tense because it incorporates a living red oak tree that will eventually consume my piece," Bole said.

The new piece was installed in front of the Arts Council building where a piece by Joseph Wheelright formerly stood.

"It's a nice replacement," Guion said of the new artwork.

A red oak has already been planted in Bole's artwork.

"(The artwork) is about six feet high and the tree adds another six to eight feet," Guion said.

"It's quite a large piece. We're happy it survived the winter."

Both Bole and the "Uncommon Objects" artists will be on hand at Tuesday's reception and dedication.

The event is free and open to the public. Bleu & Fig will provide hors d'oeuvres.

The new works can be viewed at the Dublin Arts Council, 7125 Riverside Drive, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m.to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

For more information, look online at dublinarts.org.

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