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Baughman makes her way back to the Westerville Music & Arts festival


Ginny Baughman's career as an artist has come full circle.

She launched her career 20 years ago when she entered and was accepted into the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce's Music & Arts Festival. She exhibited in the festival for one year only.

"For some reason, I didn't get back into the arts festival," Baughman said.

After a few years, she said, she stopped submitting her work for consideration.

She decided to give it a try this year and was accepted to display her work in the festival's Westerville Walkway, which features works by local artists.

The music and arts festival will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 13-14 at Heritage Park, 60 N. Cleveland Ave.

Baughman will display original works and prints in her booth.

For years, she has sketched and painted; the majority of her pieces focus on Westerville landmarks and homes, including Uptown, the Westerville Municipal Building and Yarnell's Farm.

Inventorying her work for the festival, Baughman said she was surprised with how much she found.

"When the kids were little, that's what I did -- just drew," said Baughman, a stay-at-home mom. "I didn't realize how many things I had buried in my portfolio."

Baughman is a Dayton native who holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Dayton.

She teaches art classes in Westerville on a variety of subjects, from drawing and cartooning to pop-up and found-object art.

She long focused on sketching and painting, mostly of landscapes and architecture.

"Architecture's always been my thing. Artists find their niche," said Baughman.

She gained local renown about 20 years ago, when she sketched and sold images of Uptown. Those works were popular then, and she's updated some of them to offer at the arts festival.

She's sold her works through Uptown shops and at local bazaars, and used to do many private commissions, primarily of people's homes.

In recent years, she's shifted her focus to contemporary art, creating figures primarily out of found art.

That work has drawn attention, Baughman said, and has been featured in galleries locally. She painted a mural that, until recently, was featured at COSI.

She's planning a show at the University of Dayton next year.

Baughman said after taking a bit of a break from sketching, she returned to it last year while she and her husband spent three months in Brussels.

While he was working, she said she would find spots around the Belgian city to sit and sketch the architecture.

"I think I'm finding my niche as an artist, and I kind of have split personalities, but I need to keep both ends going," Baughman said, pointing out the stark contrast between her sketches and her modern-art pieces.

"My life is art. I've often thought about trying to do other things ... (but) art is my thing."