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Concourse Gallery features the work of Ohio metalsmiths

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The works of 14 Ohio metalsmiths will be showcased at a new Upper Arlington Concourse Gallery exhibit running through June 21.

The Upper Arlington Cultural Arts Division, in partnership with the Cultural Arts Center, the Wexner Center and the Ohio Craft Museum, opened "Uncontained: Ohio Metalsmiths and the Vessel" May 6 at the Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road.

The exhibit features pieces fashioned from a variety of metals, including sterling silver, copper, brass, pewter and iron. It's open for viewing from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by appointment.

"We work about two years out," said Lynette Santoro-Au, director the Upper Arlington Concourse Gallery and manager of the UA Cultural Arts Division. "So we've been working on this a long time.

"We have a wide variety of materials, artists and backgrounds," she said. "These works represent anything from elegant dinnerware and decorative containers to ecclesiastical ware, and from conceptual work to personal adornment."

Columbus artists Michael Hays and Kelly Malec-Kosak will serve as curators.

In addition to selecting artists and works to be featured in the exhibit, both Hays and Malec-Kosak will have their own art on display.

According to information provided by the UA Cultural Arts Division, Hays has been recognized by the Ohio Arts Council; his work received the Rio Grande Jewelry Award in 2008, the 2011 Dresden Artist in Residency from the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Pamela Morris Thomford Award For Excellence in Metals in Body of Work from the Ohio Craft Museum. His work has been published in several books on contemporary metalworking.

Malec-Kosak has been the recipient of Ohio Arts Council's Individual Excellence Award, a Cincinnati Individual Artist Grant and a Greater Columbus Arts Council's International Artist Exchange Award, where she was a resident in Dresden, Germany. Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and Europe, most recently in "Reflection," at the Tacoa Bruce Gallery in Oakland, Calif.

In addition to the use of metal, each piece in the exhibit will represent a vessel.

"It's a difficult form to create using those mediums," Santoro-Au said. "It's technically very advanced and visually very beautiful."

Through the duration of the exhibit, which will close June 21, a gallery guide will be available so visitors can learn more about the artists and the works on display. Some of the items also will be available for purchase.

Additional information about the exhibit or scheduling an appointment to view it is available online at www.uaoh.net/culturalarts or by calling 614-583-5310.

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