Franklinton Friday … and Festivus

Jim Fischer

Space. The December edition of Franklinton Fridays has it in spades, from X Space to outer space to warehouse space.

Franklinton Fridays are held every second Friday from 7 to 11 p.m. In addition to great art by local artists, FF features free food, a food truck and live music. Most exhibitions remain on view through month's end. (We recommend checking individual spaces' web sites.)

This month, the festivities continue past Friday - specifically through the Festivus celebration Saturday at 400 West Rich. The airing of grievances and feats of strength will be accompanied by the ongoingC-Note (everything under $100) show and a Holiday Market including vendors Hannah Hoffman Jewelry, Williams Honey Bees, Buttergirl Bakery and Red Hen Crates. 400 West Rich will also be accepting non-perishable food, clothing, toiletries and toys to be donated to nonprofit outreach organizations in Franklinton.

The weekend, of course, begins Friday. Here's a look at a few of the highlights.

Ohio Art League X Space, 400 West Rich

The Ohio Art League will mark the opening of its new space at 400 West Rich during Franklinton Fridays.

"What better way to introduce ourselves to the neighborhood?" said OAL board co-chair Andrew Ina.

X Space is at least a temporary home for OAL after the organization lost its previous space in the South Campus Gateway last year. As the League continues to search for a full-time home, the approximately 1,000-square-foot X Space will serve as a gallery, teaching and programming space both for and by OAL members.

"We're thinking of it as a project space," director Kim Webb said. "Our members can exhibit work, teach classes, we can have performances and installations. We want to keep it organic."

Both Webb and Ina have studio space at 400 West Rich, as do many other OAL members. The partnership seemed to make sense, Ina said.

"There's a lot going on [in Franklinton] now," he said. "It's the right time to be here."

The opening will include an exhibition of works by active OAL members, including M.J. Bole, Horishi Hayakawa, Angela Jann, Amy Leibrand, Andrew McCauley and Barbara Vogel. Music will be provided by Perennial Rye and DJ Krate Digga.

The OAL will hold its annual meeting that evening as well.

X Space at 400 West Rich

Opening reception, 7-11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11

400 W. Rich St.

Cloud City Collective, Vanderelli Room

Cloud City Collective: A Tribute to 'Star Wars' is a group show featuring 2-D and 3-D art inspired by the diverse settings of the "Star Wars" films and expanded universe. Artists in the show span from the very young to professional Central Ohio artists, including Pilgrim Heidi Kambitsch, Adam Brouillette, Cyrus Fire, Danielle Forbes, Brent Elam, Alli MacGregor, Josh Ramsey, Tona Pearson, Randal Pearson and Alicia Jean Vanderelli. The show runs throughDec. 21.

Vanderelli Room

Opening reception, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11

218 McDowell St.

Where Everybody Knows Your Name, Donna Estep, Rehab Tavern

Estep's latest solo show (curated by Rehab bar manager Samantha Knight) features pieces depicting some of the artists' favorite characters, including Frankenstein, Edward Scissorhands and the landlady from "Kung Fu Hustle." For some, she has taken a slightly off-kilter approach, rendering Clint Eastwood with a taco in his hands where a rifle would normally be.

"Life is too short for boring art," Estep said.

Rehab Tavern

Opening reception, 7-11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11

456 W. Town St., Franklinton

Solo shows by Derek Stewart and Colleen Rosshirt, 400 West Rich

In addition to its ongoingC-Note show, 400 West Rich will display the work of two of its studio artists. Stewart's drawings capture sci-fi fantasies and apocalyptic moments. Rosshirt's colorful stained glass ornaments and light catchers come in a variety of shapes and sizes - even in the shape of Ohio.

400 West Rich

Opening reception 7-11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11

400 W. Rich St., Franklinton

Holiday Exhibition, Glass Axis

The studio's Kennedy Galleries will host Glass Axis' rotating holiday-themed exhibition, with pieces that fit the mood of the season. The fires make the space a nice stop during a chilly Franklin Friday evening.

Glass Axis will also hold its annual glass art sale Dec. 11-13. Walk-in glassblowing and flameworking classes will be held throughout the weekend.

Glass Axis

Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11

600 W. Town St.