Artscape: Destination Lyle

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Destination Lyle, a new show at Upper Arlington's Concourse Gallery, is aptly named for a couple of reasons.

For one, the exhibit highlights work from the Lyle Gallery, which has operated out of director Tim Knapp's Discovery District home for the last three years. So the name reflects the "in the know" appeal of that space.

The timing is significant, too. This show marks the end of the Lyle's "destination" status. Soon, the gallery will relocate to a more conventional space, Knapp said - likely in the Short North.

In Destination Lyle, Knapp and Lyle Gallery assistant director Barbara Schuberth present a combination of contemporary and historical painters that reflect the gallery at its essence.

In a word, the show is bright.

The busy, graphic watercolors of David Schackne draw the eye as you enter the Concourse Gallery, housed in the oversized lobby inside Upper Arlington's Municipal Services Center. Karen LaValley's sunflower still-life paintings command attention in the back corner.

It's also Columbus-grown.

All four of the artists have a local connection, like Schackne, who designed many schools for the Columbus Board of Education as a practicing architect.

Like Destination Lyle, the Lyle Gallery has a strong focus on regional painters, and often features both living and historical artists in the same show. A few select pieces from Emerson Burkhart and Ralph Fanning round out the historical aspect of this particular show.

LaValley, the only living artist among the group, paints plein-air art outdoors. The results are scenes from parks and neighborhoods around Ohio. The "Rooftops" series, painted in Sunbury, shows pastel rooftops and twisting, wintry trees. The trees come up again in "Winter at Hoover," which LaValley painted from the boardwalk in the mudflats at Galena's Hoover Reservoir, where the trees sprout from the frozen river.

Her work is a staple at the Lyle Gallery, which closed Sunday after its most recent show ended and will re-open once Knapp secures a space in the Short North.

The old gallery was open weekdays during business hours, and all of the rooms in the home were used to display art. In warm-weather months, the shows would spill out into the backyard.

"It has ambiance. It has something different about it," Schuberth said. "So I think we're going to have a weird challenge to re-do that in the Short North."

Although Knapp's home will still be used for special events and shows, Knapp and his partner are looking forward to having the place to themselves.

"We've had a really good time there on Town Street," Knapp said. "In the new gallery space, we'd like to do more museum-quality, historical works and less contemporary art."

"Destination Lyle"

When: Through Monday, Jan. 25

Where: Concourse Gallery, Upper Arlington