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Glass Axis Studio hunting for new space, director

The center has a lease that gives it one year to find new home

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Glass Axis has announced it will likely leave the Grandview area next year.

The building the nonprofit glass art center leases on Norton Avenue was sold earlier this year after being on the market for five years.

"We have signed a lease to stay another year on the site while we search for a new location," said Sarah Riggle, president of the Glass Axis board of directors.

"There are a couple areas we are looking at," she said, including the east Franklinton neighborhood.

The lease extension runs through Sept. 14, 2014.

Having to move is nothing new for Glass Axis. The art center came to Grandview 10 years ago when it was forced to move due to development of the Arena District.

"We've been very happy in Grandview," Riggle said.

In addition to the pending relocation, Glass Axis also is conducting a search for a new executive director.

Eva Ball announced earlier this summer she will step away from daily management of the art center on Oct. 1.

In a note to Glass Axis members, Ball said her decision followed her recent marriage and desire to focus on her family.

She will take on a new role as director of strategic development for the studio.

Glass Axis board member Glenn Roulette will serve as interim director while the board conducts a search for Ball's permanent replacement, Riggle said.

During Ball's three years as executive director, Glass Axis upgraded and remodeled its gallery space, redesigned its website and became more active in seeking grants.

Ball has also been recruited to serve as the creative director a new conceptual art and culture center forming in the Woodland Park neighborhood of Columbus. The center, still unnamed, is scheduled to open in the spring.

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