The Ohio Craft Museum's new exhibit will showcase turned wood forms created by 15 established artists and 30 emerging artists from across the country that the others have invited as their "guests."

The Ohio Craft Museum's new exhibit will showcase turned wood forms created by 15 established artists and 30 emerging artists from across the country that the others have invited as their "guests."

"Be Our Guest: A Progressive Invitational" will open Sunday at the museum and run through March 31.

"This is a really exciting show for us, because we have the chance to show not only pieces by these artists we know so well, but some wonderful turned wood forms created by artists we weren't aware of," said museum/artistic director Betty Talbott. "It really is an exquisite exhibition."

Featured artists include Christian Burchard, Ron Fleming, Binh Pho, Betty Scarpino, Mark Sfirri and Jacques Vesery.

The established artists featured in the exhibition were selected by the American Association of Woodturners, Talbott said.

"Setting up this exhibition has been like Christmas for us," she said. "We get to open up a box and see these wonderfully turned wooden shapes and forms. I think people will really enjoy viewing these exquisite pieces."

Although "Be Our Guest" opens Sunday, the opening reception for the exhibit will take place from 1 to 4 pm. Sunday, Feb. 7.

At 3 p.m. participating artists J. Paul Fennell and Andi Wolfe, the artist Fennell invited, will present a gallery talk.

"Valentine Mobiles," a hand-in-hand parent/child workshop will also be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 7. Participants will use paper hearts, string and wire to create kinetic sculptures they can hang at home.

The free workshop will be led by Tracy Rieger. Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling the museum at 486-4402.

Rieger will present "Mokume Game," a CraftView afternoon workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. March 7. Adults and teens will be able to learn the Japanese technique of layering sheets of polymer clay to create a faux wood pendant.

The fee for this workshop is $12; for Ohio Design Craftsmen members the fee is $10. Fees include materials. Space is limited. Call the museum to register.

The Ohio Craft Museum, 1665 W. Fifth Ave., is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays during exhibitions.

Admission is free.