Arts preview: Columbus Open Studio and Stage

Jim Fischer
The near east side home studio of Richard Duarte Brown

Twenty-six artists, seven stages, two days.

Sadly, you probably won't be able to get to every stop on the first-ever Columbus Open Studio and Stage, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try.

The event, which offers a sort of behind-the-scenes look at the richness of the Columbus arts community, is the brainchild of four Columbus artists – Stephanie Rond, Catherine Bell Smith, Lisa McLymont and Amy Leibrand.

"Columbus already is set up with a lot of home tours and we hope this is of interest to that audience," Rond said.

"This kind of event even engages not just the person who goes to a gallery or museum on a regular basis," Smith said.

"I'm drawn to the idea of stimulating people's curiosity," McLymont said. "Visiting these spaces will immediately answer questions you didn't know you had."

"It can create that connection between the process and the final piece," Leibrand said. "Sort of putting the puzzle pieces together, to have the process demystified."

The concept began as a smaller-scale studio tour, but interest among artists and the addition of the Greater Columbus Arts Council to the planning team resulted in an increase in scale.

"It makes sense for Columbus, where we have all types of artists who all want to work together as one creative community," Rond said. "When Jami [Goldstein, GCAC vice president of marketing, communications & events] suggested adding stages I thought 'Yes!' That's just how we [in Columbus] are."

Participating stages include CAPA-operated venues, including the Ohio and Lincoln theatres, the Short North Stage, Shadowbox Live and the CD102.5 Big Room.

Maps, which serve as tickets to the tour stops, are available at seven local partner locations for $10 each. There are stops in many Columbus neighborhoods, including the Short North, Milo-Grogan, Franklinton and Clintonville, as well as in surrounding communities, including Bexley, Upper Arlington and Hilliard.

McLymont said great care was taken to represent not only a variety of locations but also mediums. Participating artists include painters, sculptors, fiber artists, photographers and artists working in glass, metals and paper.

In-home studios are represented, with locations found in basements, workrooms and garages. The experiences within each space are likely to be just as varied.

"We provided some general guidelines [to the artists], but we didn't want to dictate," Leibrand said.

Columbus Open

Studioand Stage

11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday,

Oct. 8 and 9