Tri-Village News

2013 Tour of Homes

Church, tour center on work of artist Bellows


Along with tours of three of Marble Cliff's notable residences, visitors to the 2013 Tour of Homes will be able to get a taste of art in an exhibit at Trinity United Methodist Church.

Two of the three homes featured on the tour have a connection to artist George Bellows, and the art exhibit will feature Bellows' work, including an original Bellows oil painting, Portrait of My Father, from the collection of the Columbus Museum of Art.

The Grandview Heights Public Library hosted an April 30 program about Bellows presented by Melissa Wolfe, the museum's curator of American art, which served as a kickoff to the tour of homes, said Marble Cliff Mayor Kent Studebaker.

The exhibit on Mother's Day also will include reproductions of Bellows' artwork and two pieces from the collection of Grandview resident Sally Kriska, Studebaker said.

"Sally has a lithograph of a Bellows oil painting and a photograph of Bellows as a member of the local YMCA that will be on display," he said.

The exhibit will be the fourth stop on the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Historical Society's 2013 Tour of Homes, which will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Mother's Day, May 12. The exhibit will be on display in the atrium of the church, 1581 Cambridge Blvd.

Sue Campbell, a docent from the art museum, will give a presentation as "Aunt Fanny," the sister of George Bellows' mother, at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. in the church atrium.

"Aunt Fanny was an important person in George Bellows' life and in character Sue will be giving a lot of information about the artist," said Jane Harris, a historical society member and a docent at the art museum who helped arrange the exhibit.

Campbell's program will last about 15 minutes and include questions from the audience, Harris said.

Later this year, the art museum will present "George Bellows and the American Experience," an exhibit featuring more than 35 paintings and some of the Bellows lithographs the museum recently acquired.

"We have the largest collection of Bellows' work in the country at the museum," Harris said.

The Columbus museum's exhibit will run Aug. 23 through Jan. 4, 2014.

All three homes on this year's Tour of Homes are located in Marble Cliff, at 2041 W. Third Ave., 1930 Cambridge Blvd. and 1449 Arlington Ave.

Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at any of the four sites on the day of the event.

"Parking will be available at the church, which is an easy walk to each of the homes," Studebaker said.

"From the village's standpoint, we're thrilled to have Marble Cliff spotlighted in this year's Tour of Homes," he said. "It's great that the village, historical society, art museum and library have been able to work together on this year's event."