Pottery has never been more than a pastime for Scott Caputo, even though he earned a master's degree in ceramics from Ohio State University.
These days, Caputo works in the local history and genealogy department at the Columbus Metropolitan Library.
Caputo will join 26 other artists whose work will be on display at the library system's third biennial staff art show, to be displayed through Feb. 9 in the Main Library, 96 S. Grant Ave. in Columbus.
The exhibit features 43 original works, representing painting, photography, yarn art and three-dimensional mixed media, among others.
All pieces are for sale.
Jami Goldstein of the Greater Columbus Arts Council selected the works through a juried process. There were 58 submissions.
Caputo said he had entered art contests and once had dabbled in pottery as a way to make a living, but figured having a regular job was better than being an overworked starving artist.
For years, his talent remained idle, he said, but he decided to refresh his skills two years ago.
"I think a lot of people in the library are artists, musicians," said Caputo, who also plays bagpipes.
Courtney Gilbert, a customer-service associate at the Driving Park branch, said she was at a music festival when inspiration struck. Her friend, whose nails were bedazzled in orange-gold polish and glitter, was holding a can of the orange Faygo soft drink.
The picture is titled "Faygo Glow."
Gilbert, who is studying film and video production at Ohio State, said she had her professional camera with her but not handy, so she used an older iPhone when she snapped the photo.
"There was a lot of symmetry between her nails and the way the can looked," she said.
She said she is pleased the library system has offered a way for its staff to show off its creative side.
The exhibit is held every two years to ensure other community-art partners are able to utilize the Carnegie Gallery, which typically has six exhibits per year, said Ben Zenitsky, a spokesman for the library system.
"Our staff is so extraordinary and passionate," Zenitsky said. "It's no surprise then that so many of them are immensely talented artists."