Arts preview: gARTdens

Jim Fischer
Columbus Alive

In conversation with Stephanie Rond last fall, the artist happened to mentioned that a project she was very excited about was a collaboration with Oakland Nursery. It seemed an odd partnership, but I guess everyone wants to be associated with the arts scene in Columbus, including the Dispatch Home & Garden Show, a place you might not normally expect to find work by some of the city’s notable artists.

In partnership with the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the show features 10 gARTdens, collaborations between landscapers and local visual and performing artists and arts organizations, including fashion designer Celeste Malvar-Stewart, painter/muralist Sarah DeAngulo Hout, roots-rock band the Salty Caramels and the Ohio State University Marching Band.

Rond launched a series called City Dwellers for the collaboration, concerning wildlife found in urban environments, and also what our responsibility as humans is in cohabitating these spaces with animals, as she explained by phone during install.

Some of these pieces will find new life at homes hidden throughout the city once the show is over.

Through Sunday, Feb. 24

717 E. 17th Ave., North Side

Ohio Expo Center