Java Central is a coffee shop by name, but owner Ralph Denick is striving to make it an art destination as well.

Java Central is a coffee shop by name, but owner Ralph Denick is striving to make it an art destination as well.

Denick and his late wife, Jane, have been active in the Westerville music and arts scene since the shop's opening in 2009, and frequently host artwork exhibits and musical performances.

This month, the shop is playing host to Ginny Baughman, a Westerville artist and teacher.

Baughman's display will be a combination of colored pencil work and paintings. Denick said he saw her recent work at the Westerville Music & Arts Festival and was impressed.

"It was considerably different," he said. "I asked her if she would like to have a show ... and she was very enthused."

Denick makes a conscious effort to present a variety of styles and artists in Java Central, and liked that Baughman provides another unique display.

"We have not had anyone with a similar style at all, and that's one of the things that attracted me from the beginning," he said. "Even within her show there are very different styles."

Baughman's work ranges from abstract to detailed, and she is known for her depictions of Westerville landscapes.

Though he admits he's no art expert, Denick said he enjoys the depth of Baughman's work.

"I find it very interesting and very diverse," he said. "Things are very colorful and they all have a kind of detail to them that I like. They have a lot of thought to them and a lot of symbolism. Some, you have to ask her, 'What did you have in mind with this?' But others are very straightforward."

Denick said he hopes that he can establish a reputation for Java Central's art exhibits, with the help of such talents as Baughman.

"I would like it to be a bit more prominent," he said. "It's a challenge for people to think of a coffee house as a legitimate gallery, but we certainly are. People are always surprised when they come in. ... I think we're one of the best galleries around, and certainly in Westerville."

Java Central has an artist reception for the Baughman exhibit scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 at the shop, 20 S. State St.