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Craft museum turns spotlight on 'fresh faces'

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The Ohio Craft Museum's new exhibit spotlights those who are young at art.

"Inspired! Young Ohio Artists 2013" opens Sunday, July 14, and features clay, glass, metal and mixed-media works by artists under the age of 35.

"It's an exciting exhibit," said museum Director Betty Talbott. "It's been so much fun for us putting it up because we're seeing all of this new work by fresh faces.

"It's nice to know there's such a strong generation of new artists coming up, working in all of these forms," she said.

Each artist in the exhibit has an Ohio connection, either as a native of Ohio or as someone who studied art at an Ohio college or university, Talbott said.

"There are many universities in Ohio that have always had strong art departments," she said. "Ohio-based artists are still producing some of the finest clay, metal and glass work in the nation."

Exhibit artists include:

•Kent State University alum and New York-based artist Aaron Swank, who created a large weaving using ball chain from a lamp factory damaged during Hurricane Sandy.

•Recent Ohio State University master of fine arts graduate Tara Polansky, whose work combining photographs, ceramics and computer technology explores themes of memory and nostalgia.

•Scott Goss, a master of fine arts candidate at Kent State, who paints, engraves, fuses and slumps glass to a piece of copper.

•Amy Krusinski Sinbondit, a University of Toledo graduate and technical assistant at the Cleveland Institute of Art, who combines abstract letter forms and color to create sculptures.

"Inspired!" opens with a reception from 1 to 4 p.m. July 14. The exhibit will run through Aug. 18 at the museum, 1665 W. Fifth Ave.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the museum will present a CraftView Evening for adults and teens July 25 at BareClay Studio, 1469 Showcase Drive in Columbus.

Potter Lisa Bare Culp will teach beginning wheel-throwing and hand-building skills, and participants will create one or two pieces of pottery.

The fee is $18 for the general public, $15 for Ohio Designer Craftsmen members. Space is limited and registration is required by calling the museum at 614-486-4402.

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