Preview: Our 2015 Best of Columbus Issue

Kristen Schmidt

Call me biased, but our best issue of the year lands in subscriber mailboxes this weekend and on newsstands next week. The 2015 edition of Best of Columbus is crammed with recommendations on the best restaurants, festivals, shops and attractions, as voted by darn near 10,000 of you and dozens more recommendations from our staff of editors. Truth be told, we hoard Best of Columbus ideas all year; these are the insider tips we've gleaned from hours of getting to know Columbus inside out. We consider them 100-word love letters to the places and activities to which we'd send our closest friends and loved ones. Of course, that includes you.

One "best of" that is all over our cover story but mentioned only briefly in the magazine is Danielle Evans, the artist who created the "object illustration" that makes up our cover image (pictured above). Danielle wheeled a cart full of geraniums, begonias, seeds and soil into our basement photo studio one May morning and proceeded to make magic. Over the course of several hours, Danielle made what I can only call a sculpture, forming our nameplate and cover line with her hands. We captured her fascinating process in a time-lapse video. We know you'll be just as amazed to see Danielle's artistry as we were.

Danielle does work for national clients, fashioning words from objects as diverse as sand, pasta, lemons, jam and even ground meat. But she lives right here in Columbus. When art director Carrie Sosnowski and I approached her about creating our cover, Danielle could not have been more enthusiastic about doing work for a local publication. And we thought it only appropriate to introduce you to this talented local artist in our Best of Columbus issue.

Three to See

Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival kicks off Friday at Creekside Park in Gahanna. Have fun, but behave while doing it. creeksidebluesandjazz.com

Sensitive Irish crooner Damien Rice plays the LC outdoors on Saturday. promowestlive.com

Spend Father's Day at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, which will offer putt-putt golf and grilled food all day. fpconservatory.org