Arts: Ray's Living Room

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

You know how their food tastes. Now the owners of Rigby's Kitchen and Tasi Cafe are giving the city something new to chew on.

Kent and Tasi Rigsby, the husband-and-wife team behind the Short North restaurants, opened a new art gallery, Ray's Living Room, in June. The venue, across the street from Tasi, serves as both a showcase of local artists' work and a catering space for private events.

The couple named the gallery in honor of close friend Ray Hanley, the former president of the Greater Columbus Arts Council who died in 2006.

"His living room was, in effect, a gallery," says Kent Rigsby, explaining that the room was minimally furnished and had white walls. "That became the precedent for the gallery."

Kent Rigsby says he and Tasi aren't novices at selecting art for display.

"With Rigsby's, we've always had original art in the restaurant. It sets the tone for our dining," he says.

The gallery features an eclectic mix of work by local artists.

"What will drive it is the local talent," Rigsby says. "There's such an incredible abundance of talent in Central Ohio and Columbus."

Stop in during July or at the August Gallery Hop to see Chas Ray Krider's collages of photographs and James Friedman's pictures, which look inside the core of sports equipment, along with work from other local artists.

Ray's Living Room

17 Brickel St., Short North