Bexley residents will have an opportunity to view art from the Columbus Museum of Art during a program held at Jeffrey Mansion on Saturday, Dec. 5.

Bexley residents will have an opportunity to view art from the Columbus Museum of Art during a program held at Jeffrey Mansion on Saturday, Dec. 5.

Dayna Jalkanen, CMA educator for family programs, said the museum is presenting programs in 14 central Ohio communities through December 2010 to coincide with gallery renovations.

"We are still open, but our main gallery space is being renovated," she said.

The museum doesn't have space available for family programs because of the gallery renovations, so museum staff is taking the programs on the road, Jalkanen said.

The museum will bring a piece of art from its permanent collection and host an art activity, gallery games and discussions about the art, Jalkanen said.

The Jeffrey Mansion program, which is free, runs from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 5, with the first hour designed for adults. A museum docent will lead a discussion about the artwork.

Jalkanen said that while the artwork for the program already has been selected, museum officials hope to keep it a surprise. She said it will be a 19th century European portrait, adding the subject matter and artist will be familiar to Bexley residents.

"We try to look at pieces we thought would resonate with the community," she said.

In Grove City, the museum will bring art that features landscaping and farming, while the featured piece for Powell is called "The Zoo."

Bexley recreation and parks director Michael Price said the program is a good fit because it brings people into Jeffrey Mansion and gets them involved with recreation programs.

"This is the type of activity that fits well with the dcor of the building and an opportunity to get involved with something a little different," he said.

Jalkanen said the museum hosts a variety of family programs, including the First Saturday and Family Sunday. Once renovations are complete there will be new family space called the Wonder Room, Jalkanen said. Renovations started at the end of October.