An art exhibition can provide an opportunity to enjoy the beauty and grandeur of an artist's vision.

Sometimes, it also can help spotlight social issues and provoke thoughts from the viewers.

With the Ohio Craft Museum's next exhibition, "it's time for some thinking," museum director Betty Talbott said.

The museum will present "Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home," an exhibition of nearly 30 works by 14 artists that explore the issues of homelessness, migration and displacement.

"They are issues that are always important but are especially timely now," Talbott said.

The opening reception will be 6 to 8 p.m. July 20.

Representatives from the YWCA Family Center and Rebuilding Together will be on hand to provide information about their programs.

The exhibition was organized by Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, and this will be the first time it's been on view outside of Pittsburgh, Talbott said.

Its works include glass, fiber, wood and metal, as well as video, she said.

A collage and sculptural structures created by Pittsburgh artist Seth Clark focuses on deteriorating architecture.

"These structures, designed to be huge forces of permanence, are continually being challenged, destroyed and forgotten," he said. "The buildings, often on the brink of ruin, have something very energized and present trying to escape from their fragmented reality."

Inspired by the exhibition, the craft museum will conduct ongoing service projects.

Visitors will have the opportunity to help make fleece blankets and plastic bedrolls for those in need.

"We've set up a space in the museum where people can stop by and add a little bit to a blanket and then another person can add their contribution," Talbott said. "It's a community project with a lot of hands involved."

The museum also will accept contributions of toiletries and winter outerwear that will be given to homeless shelters and other organizations to distribute, she said.

The service projects are funded in part by a Franklin County Neighborhood Arts grant, Talbott said.

Two workshops will be held as part of the exhibit.

Fiber artist Kate Gorman will guide participants in creating a small art quilt with images of home and shelter in "DIY: Shadowbox Shelter," a workshop that will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 13.

The fee is $25 and online registration is available at ohiocraft.org/education.

The exhibition will conclude with the "Hand in Hand" family workshop from 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 7.

Children and parents or other adult relatives will paint a brick with images or words of welcome, usable as outdoor art.

This workshop is free, but registration is required and can be made online or by calling the museum at 614-486-4402.

The Ohio Craft Museum is at 1665 W. Fifth Avenue, Columbus. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 4 p.m. weekends.

Admission and parking are free, but donations are encouraged.

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