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Tour of homes turns spotlight on artist Bellows

Soon featured at Columbus Museum of Art, realist connected to two Marble Cliff homes

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The Grandview Heights/ Marble Cliff Historical Society is planning a mix of art and architecture for this year's tour of homes.

The triennial tour will again be held on Mother's Day, May 12.

All three homes featured on the tour are in Marble Cliff; two of the residences once were occupied by relatives of George Bellows.

Bellows, a native of Columbus, was a noted realist painter of the early 20th century.

The Columbus Museum of Art will showcase his work in an exhibition scheduled to open Aug. 23.

"It's just an accident that we're spotlighting George Bellows the same year the art museum is having a exhibit of his work," said historical society President Tracy Liberatore. "We were doing some brainstorming about this year's tour and came up with the Bellows connection to Marble Cliff. Then we found out about the art museum's exhibit."

While details still are tentative, it is expected that artwork will be displayed at Marble Cliff Village Hall on Mother's Day, historical society Trustee Pat Mooney said.

Melissa Wolfe, the museum's curator of American art, will give a talk about Bellows at 7 p.m. April 30 at the Grandview Heights Public Library, he said.

"It will be a good advertisement not only for their exhibition, but for our upcoming tour of homes," Mooney said.

One of the homes on this year's tour, the residence at 2041 W. Third Ave., was featured in the society's 2001 event, Liberatore said.

"We don't always have a theme, but that year we were spotlighting Marble Cliff in honor of the village's centennial," she said. "Our last tour in 2010 spotlighted Broadview Avenue. This year we have kind of a George Bellows theme."

House captains have been assigned to each of the homes featured on this year's tour and planning continues for the Mother's Day event, Mooney said.

"It's amazing that we have two homes in Marble Cliff that are connected to this great artist," he said.

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