Arts preview: Art 360° coming to CMA
Charles Bluestone just wanted a bowl of eggs.
What he got, eventually, was a lot more.
When Bluestone was a young attorney living in Manhattan, his nightly walks took him past a particular apartment that featured a bowl of cream-colored ostrich eggs on a living room table that could be seen from the sidewalk. He would imagine having such an elegant display in his own home, a dream further inspired by his regular visits to the Forbes Galleries, with its collection of Faberge Eggs.
Fast-forward some years, Bluestone having relocated to Columbus, where he is working for the state's Attorney General's office and serving on the board of the Ohio Art League. He sees ostrich eggs in a display at a Whole Foods and asks the manager if he can have them when the display came down.
"I ruined them by trying to wash them," Bluestone said with a chuckle. So the question became, still inspired by Faberge and the Ukrainian art of Pysanky, "Can you paint an egg?"
He approached Columbus artist Hani Hara, who accepted the challenge, and, after proving it could be done, gave birth to Art 360°.
"The original idea was to have 10 eggs done by different artists, and a catalog that could be sold to raise some money for the Ohio Art League," Bluestone said. But the project continued to grow, as Bluestone found artists from around the state to participate and an early patron in the Southern Ohio Museum & Cultural Centerin Portsmouth.
The full collection of 48 eggs (by artists from every corner of the state) can be viewed online at arthatchingacrossohio.com, and at the Columbus Museum of Art, which welcomes the exhibit beginning April 15.
"As an artist myself, I am fascinated by the breadth of interpretation represented in the works that are part of Art 360°," said Rod Bouc, executive deputy director of operations and chief registrar.
Bluestone's one regret amid the exhibition's unanticipated success?
"I still don't have a bowl of eggs," he quipped.
Columbus Museum of Art
April 15-Aug. 14
Opening reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21
480 E. Broad St., Downtown