The Gateway to the Arts Gallery just outside the food court at John Glenn Columbus International Airport is in a hallway leading to some very busy bathrooms.

The Gateway to the Arts Gallery just outside the food court at John Glenn Columbus International Airport is in a hallway leading to some very busy bathrooms.

Those on the way to the facilities pay scant attention to the works on the walls; they are people on a mission.

But on the return trip many slow down to take a look at the prints.

A custodian pushing a cart down the hallways toward the main concourse stopped by one observer of the prints last week and said, "Nice, aren't they?"

They are, and they're the works of northwest Columbus residents Sharone Putter and Ran Berdichesky.

Their collaboration, "Workscapes," is part of an ongoing partnership between airport officials and the nonprofit Ohio Art League in which the works of different local artists are exhibited each quarter in the gallery, next to the Max and Erma's restaurant in the terminal.

The inspiration for what would grow into "Workscapes," which Putter has indicated "portrays a lyrical interpretation of everyday scenes and events that would never make the headlines yet are always there in our peripheral vision, soon disappearing into oblivion," has its beginnings in a car trip the family took 12 or 13 years ago, Berdichesky said last week.

The couple's son was just beginning to learn how to talk, and his very first word was, "That," Berdichesky said.

The boy's "that" as they drove along was very often a construction site, a building going up, roadwork.

"Sharone felt this was something at some point in her, she would need to tackle it," Berdichesky said.

More recently, Putter, a printmaker and jewelry instructor at the Cultural Arts Center in Columbus, said she was inspired by observing a group of weary construction workers on the grounds of OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital at the end of a long day.

Putter began taking note of other worksites as she traveled around Columbus.

When Ohio Art League officials issued a call for the newest exhibit at the airport, Putter decided the prints she was making, with some assistance from Berdichesky, might work well in that setting.

"My additions should be as minimally invasive as possible," Berdichesky said. "It's just going to be something to enhance what's already there."

"I have always trusted Ran's instincts as an artist," Putter said.

"The Gateway to the Arts at John Glenn International is a high-traffic area that is a great place for Ohio artists to showcase their work," Elaine Roberts, president and CEO for the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, said in a news release.

"We enjoy the ever-changing display of artwork and take pride in being able to introduce visitors to a multitude of diverse Ohio talent," she said.

The printmaking technique Putter used is called collagraphy, which allows for immediate translation of latent images, Putter said in the announcement about the exhibit.

"Fleeting events taking place by the side of the road translate into rough metal cutouts," she said.

"When combined with found objects and then embossed onto the printmaking paper, the peripheral moves to the forefront of our attention and brings with it alternative narratives."

"In a way, all those images are things we pass every day and we don't pay attention to," Berdichesky said.

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