Blake Turner calls it the Shed because -- well, that's what it is.

Blake Turner calls it the Shed because -- well, that's what it is.

But as the capitalization implies, it's something else as well.

For the second year in a row, beginning today, May 26, the shed in the backyard of Turner's Clintonville home will be transformed into the Shed, a sort of popup art gallery.

The project, according to its website, turns the private yard into a "shared space for cultural exchange, building community and the interrogation of local and global histories," designed to encourage the exchange of ideas and culture among artists and thinkers.

"I think the idea for the Shed is really quite lovely," said local artist Tess Elliot, whose installation titled Fall of Shame, Wall of Maim will open for a one-night exhibition from 6 to 8 p.m. May 26. Turner and his wife, Amanda, live at 214 W. Como Ave.

Blake Turner, a native of Houston who is a candidate for a master's degree in fine art and technology at Ohio State University, said one of the requirements for the program is to have an exhibition, but he opted to try a different venue from any of those available on campus. He didn't have to look beyond his backyard to find the perfect spot.

"I like that the Shed can be a place where people try some things," said Turner, who received his bachelor's degree in new media from George Mason University. "The stakes are a little bit lower. I think it's unique in that way."

Leah Frankel, who met Turner in the master's program at Ohio State, is one of the artists who exhibited work at the Shed during its inauguration in 2015.

"It was a really great experience," the Eastmoor resident said. "He made it very flexible so I could do what I wanted.

"What makes the Shed unique is that people can just come to a barbecue and also experience art at the same time."

"It creates a wonderful social environment," Turner said. "People are there to see art, but also to meet up and see their friends or family."

The largest show last year drew about 60 people, he said. Dubbed Neon Suburban Wasteland, the exhibition featured the works of students from Glass Axis.

"I think it's a site of make-believe," Elliot said. "It's a shed that pretends to be a gallery. The work that goes into it becomes a little more experimental."

A native of Queens, N.Y., Elliot also is a master's-degree candidate at OSU. Her mixed-media installation at the Shed is "situated visually within the aesthetic vernacular of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, looking closely at one incidental Hall of Famer inducted in 2013, Warren Sapp," according to the venue's website.

"I'm a huge fan of the sport," Elliot said. "I love the game. But the more I started watching, the more I realized there was this darker side to the sport."

Three more artists will display their work at the Shed in 2016: Cameron Sharp on July 16; Christie Whisman on Aug. 25; and Edgar Endress on Sept. 24.

Turner, who hopes others will replicate his concept for the Shed, is in the process of assembling a board of directors and hopes to establish a nonprofit organization "to really kind of strengthen the process of supporting the artists." His goal is to achieve that by the end of the year.

"I think it would be successful in more places," Frankel said. "More people could really see art without having to go to a museum."

For more information, visit or the Shed's Facebook and Instagram pages.