Hidden Columbus: Around the World in Bexley

Linda Deitch

Few people realize that an extraordinary cache of global culture awaits visitors on the top floor of Capital University's Blackmore Library. The Schumacher Gallery, spread over 10 rooms and open from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday during the academic year, features art and antiquities from different eras and regions of the world. Donated by Robert and Phyllis Boehnke, the 250-piece Inuit art collection is the cornerstone of the free gallery. The collection includes one of the Midwest's largest assemblages of Inuit sculpture (stark carvings mainly done in soapstone), as well as stunning stone-cut prints on paper of owls, fish and other symbols of the Arctic. Other highlights include captivating African ceremonial masks and Asian and Oceanic treasures.