Take advantage of free art events in central Ohio to help lift your mood and get you out of the house.

Art appreciation

Winter weather getting you down? Get out of the house and get some culture during these free events:

• Friday, Jan. 27

The Wexner Center for the Arts kicks off its winter exhibits tonight from 6-9 p.m. Visit with others, as you explore David Smith: Cubes and Anarchy, Sarah Morris: Points on a Line, and a new lobby installation by artist Ernst Caramelle. DJ Trueskills warms up the night with vintage soul, funk and other classic sounds. A cash bar and light snacks will be available. The center is located on the Ohio State campus at 1871 N. High St. I can remember my sculpture instructor at Ohio University saying she wasn't related to the famous sculptor David Smith. I like his work and I hope many of you will, too. For more information, visit www.wexarts.org/info/visit/.

• Sunday, Jan. 29

The Columbus Museum of Art is free on Sundays. (I know I've mentioned this before, but always like to remind people of great, free resources in central Ohio.) While the museum's permanent collection is free, the Caravaggio exhibit costs an additional $5 for adults. Also, beware construction on I-71/I-670 has begun. The museum has a link to help you plan your route due to the construction. The museum is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.columbusmuseum.org.