Central Ohio artists of every discipline are wanted in Gahanna.
Kevin Dengel, president of the Gahanna Area Arts Council, said the group is seeking experienced and emerging visual artists to display and sell their work at its headquarters, Momentum House, 116 Mill St.
Local musical talent also is being sought for a series of concerts at Momentum, he said.
“Our goal right now is to gather more artists of all different disciplines so that we can diversify the types of programming we’re able to offer at Momentum House this year,” said Christian Peck, the council’s development chairman. “Since we opened in the house last June, we’ve held lectures, classes, workshops and gallery shows, but most of them have been centered around visual art.”
Peck said the group hopes to find musicians and performers who would be interested in holding shows on dates that are still to be determined.
Dates will be selected based on how many performers answer the call, he said.
Dengel said some acts have been scheduled but many dates remain available.
“In keeping with our mission to support the creative economy, every performance will be paid,” he said. “The venue is small, so sellouts are expected and spillover anticipated.”
Peck said the arts council hopes to schedule one to two concerts per month.
“For each date, the concert would be open to the public and proceeds would be paid to the performers,” he said. “We’ll provide sound and stage (equipment), and we’ll help with ticket sales, but we’ll ask the band to help promote the event to their networks, too.”
For visual artists interested in displaying their work, Dengel said, the gallery’s exhibits typically last six to eight weeks, and the schedule is booked through March.
“So with enough lead time, even your works-in-progress will be considered,” he said. “(There are) no limitations on the subject matter. We want your biggest, boldest ideas.”
Dengel said the gallery is small, so it has space restrictions.
This year’s first show, “Still Calls the Wild,” opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, and will feature pairings of abstract nature compositions and Chinese poetry by Gahanna resident Jack Wills.
“Wills is a retired high school teacher who now lives here in Gahanna,” said Megan Adams, the arts council’s gallery chairwoman. “But he and his wife, (Toinette), used to live in Taiwan. Since retiring, Jack has immersed himself in guitar, poetry and art, which were previously always hidden passions.”
His work blends Eastern and Western influences, Adams said.
“I try to express in my paintings the way that nature makes us feel – sometimes as boundless and joyful as the expanse of a summer sky, and sometimes as anxious as the sharp edge of night,” Wills said.
Visual artists interested in displaying work and bands and musicians interested in performing should email email@example.com for more information.
Peck said Momentum House is used as an office and is a great resource for the group to organize, plan and hold meetings during the day.
“But our ultimate vision is that in the evenings and on weekends, we’re able to open up the venue for the entire spectrum of Gahanna’s creative community,” he said. “Be it band rehearsals, group meetings, house concerts, skill-sharing sessions, one-on-one tutoring or happy hours with friends, we know there are so many things people are interested in doing but that can be hard to host at home.”
Peck said among the group’s questions to artists are what they would create and what events they would hold if they had enough space.
“We’re here for you,” he said.