Arts preview: Franklinton Friday presents a Festivus for the rest of us

Jim Fischer

What could be better than Festivus at 400 W. Rich in Franklinton? How about three days of Festivus? It's a Festivus miracle! (Tell me you didn't seethatcoming.)

Anyway, yep, the warehouse art/business space is expanding its annual December event to a full weekend this year, opening during Franklinton Friday and continuing on Saturday and Sunday. And that's just part of what's in store this weekend in Franklinton.

Here's a primer on Festivus and the rest of it to get your visit started.

Festivus, 400 W. Rich

Early reports indicate there might - just might - be an aluminum pole as part of this year's Festivus festivities. In any case, this year's bigger and badder event will feature about twice the number of local vendors as past years (trust me, a full list would be a great way to fill column inches), not to mention live music and, of course, food trucks.

"This is just going to be a much bigger version of what we've done in the past," said Festivus coordinator and 400 W. Rich tenant Austi Welsh of Quirky Clean. "There are a couple of other holiday shows that same weekend, and we didn't want people to have to choose to not go to one or another."

Participating vendors include tenants at 400 W. Rich, as well as other local makers of handmade and craft items of all kinds.

"It has a laid-back feel, but people will still get to see some beautiful pieces of fine art and also the best of what Columbus has to offer in local, handmade items," Welsh said.

400 W. Rich will also have its typical Franklinton Fridays fun, with lots of open studios and exhibitions in its two upstairs galleries, this month from Mat Marrash and W. Ralph Walters. In addition, the space will feature its annual C-Note show, a full gallery of works made by resident artists priced at $100 or less.

7-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10; noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11

400 W. Rich St., Franklinton

400westrich.com

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Columbus Idea Foundry Open House & Market

The Idea Foundry's quarterly open house takes on a holiday flair each December.

"A lot of our members are makers and artisans who like that last minute opportunity to get out there in front of the public," said CIF Chief Operating Officer Casey McCarty.

CIF members will not only showcase wares, but also skills, with a host of teachers offering demonstrations and the occasional short, drop-in class during the Open House. Look for quick make-and-sometimes-takes in welding and wood turning. Gift certificates for classes are also offered as popular gift-giving items.

The Idea Foundry is also about six weeks out from unveiling its new second floor, which will include two new business tenants and a worksharing area.

7-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9; noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10

421 W. State St., Franklinton

columbusideafoundry.com

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Thumb Box, Ohio Art League

This exhibition of small pieces is an Ohio Art League tradition (albeit not a continuous one) dating back to 1916. Members artists submit items that check in at smaller than 6 inches by 6 inches by 6 inches.

This year's show will be the first Thumb Box held in OAL's X Space at 400 W. Rich. The show will open during Franklinton Friday and remain on view through Jan.27.

7-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9

400 W. Rich St., Franklinton

oal.org

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Artists Going Rogue, Artists Wrestling League

This studio/collective will present a massive collection of (mostly) new works in a variety of mediums based on the "Star Wars" universe.

Curated by AWL members Brent Elam and James Kindler, the show is obviously tied to next week's opening of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," and mirrors an AWL show held at the Vanderelli Room prior to the opening of "The Force Awakens." Confirmed participants are: Brent Elam, Nick Elam, James Kindler, Kent Grosswiler, Kevin Russell, Charles Freed, Max Jones, Jason Williams, Ben Eargle, Vitto Vittorobo, Kate Menke, Micah Morris, Madi Wharton, Heather Splain and Alli MacGregor.

This year's show will be held in the AWL studio.

6-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9

400 W. Rich St., Franklinton

facebook.com/ArtistsWrestlingLeague

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Cheers! Art + Music Market, Creative Babes

Bonus! The Babes' second annual Cheers! Market doesn't open until Sunday afternoon, but it's being held in Strongwater Food & Spirits at 400 W. Rich and, well, it features the work of local creatives, so it's a perfect fit for those who wait until day three of Festivus.

Vendors are all "women-owned or co-owned businesses," said Creative Babes co-founder Hilary Buchanan. More than 35 participants will present jewelry, weaving, letterpress and more.

Live music, poetry and comedy are also planned throughout the event.

Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11

Strongwater Food & Spirits, 400 W. Rich St., Franklinton

creativebabes.com