Women on Women: Nov. 10, 2017

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Join 400 West Rich, and partners Women On Women art show for Two Girls One Piece, a collaborative exhibit. Women on Women will be celebrating local female artists and representing works that they create together. A collection of 2D and 3D works will be accompanied by video and performance pieces, creating a highly dimensional show that will be a feast for the eyes.

The exhibit will take place on November 10, 2017, Friday from 7pm to 10pm at the artist collaboration space at 400 West Rich Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215 This will be a benefit show, with proceeds going to Women Have Options – Ohio!

For more information, contact Tona Miller Pearson or Richard Willes.

400 W Rich Street in East Franklinton began a new chapter when it opened it’s doors to local artists on July 1, 2011. Twelve studios and a handful of adventurous tenants served as the beginning steps for transforming this former industrial, manufacturing warehouse into a dynamic, multi-functional arts complex, located within walking distance of downtown Columbus. 400 has since grown to become a home away from home to over 140 Columbus based artists, craftsman, designers and performers. The building functions an all inclusive, artistic community in the heart of East Franklinton and offers not only studio space but a place for the creative class to meet, network, collaborate, brainstorm and do what they do best…create.


[INSIDE] OUTSIDE: CAW Exhibits 2017

Posted May 12, 2017Tagged

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Creative Arts of Women  welcomes visitors to
“OUTSIDE,” the Companion Exhibit to “INSIDE” [at the Cultural Arts Center]

The works on exhibit will represent 35 unique artistic voices that call central Ohio home. The OUTSIDE Exhibit will explore the external forces and exterior surfaces that make up our world.

The exhibit includes new motion mixed media work by Christine Guillot Ryan. She is known for her unique “Modular Mixed Media” works, where the finished works can be reassembled to create different configurations. Recently, Christine has been broadening her practice into motion and space, creating video installations and motion mixed media works.

Exhibit dates are June 28 through August 16, with an Artists Reception on July 7 at 6pm. Regular gallery hours are Monday – Friday Noon-4:30pm, and Saturdays 9am-2pm, and by appointment. For more information, contact Brian Baby, exhibit coordinator.


Not On Our Watch: Hope and Liberation Coalition Exhibit

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Not On Our Watch — Monongalia Arts Center
Exhibit January 13 – February 4, 2017

Opening Reception: January 13, 2017, 6-8pm

Exhibit Opening to be held in coordination with a panel discussion on Human Trafficking at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center, January 13 at noon, moderated by Terri Davis and will include several experts in the field: Theresa Flores and Margeaux Gray (survivors); Dr. Patrick Kerr, Associate Professor, Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, WVU School of Medicine; Anne M. Lofaso, Professor, WVU College of Law; Dr. Susan Newfield, Associate Professor, School of Nursing; and Dr. Hanni Stoklosa, Harvard Medical School and Executive Director of HEAL Trafficking (Health, Education, Advocacy, Linkage).

In collaboration with the Hope and Liberation Coalition, artwork in this exhibit deals with the complex issues of sexual exploitation, and will be referenced in the panel discussion of the role that healthcare worker serve in the identification, healing and prevention of human trafficking.

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Shown above: “Hope and Liberation #1 and #2,” by Christine Guillot Ryan, Mixed Media on Canvas, both 36 x 36 in.


GCAC CAP Artist Award Winners

Posted Sep 18, 2016Tagged ,

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The Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) announced the three individual artist CAP Artist Award Winners: Christine Guillot Ryan (Mixed Media Painting), Melinda Rosenberg (Sculpture), and Rick Braveheart (Photography.)

The GCAC annual Community Arts Partnership Awards program luncheon is held at COSI, 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio, with the awards presented to both the artists and business leaders.

Photo: David Ryan / jdryan3


Pieces of PARTS @ High Road Gallery

Posted Jul 16, 2015Tagged , ,

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

HIGH ROAD GALLERY at 12 E. Stafford Avenue in Worthington welcomes visitors to
“Pieces of PARTS: Mixed Media Works by Christine Guillot Ryan.”

Christine Guillot Ryan works in a variety of mixed media techniques, and is known for her unique “Modular Mixed Media” works, where the finished works can be reassembled to create different configurations, each complete: “Perception is reality: I always have choices in how I choose to see my world.” Pieces of PARTS exhibits over 28 works that span 6 years and a wide range of media; from modular works on canvas, archival digital art prints, and mixed media sculpture.

Exhibit dates are July 24 through Sept. 26, with an Artist Talk on Sept. 26 at 2pm. Gallery hours are Fridays and Saturdays Noon-4pm, and by appointment 614-781-6454. For more information, contact Carol Hershey at 614-781-3867.

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Enrollment open: 2-day Mixed Media workshop

Posted Feb 2, 2015Tagged

Explore 2D Mixed Media – 2 Day Workshop

Date: Saturday & Sunday, March 7 & 8: 10am – 4pm
Location: McConnell Arts Center of Worthington
Instructor: Christine Guillot Ryan
Fee: $125 | MAC Members: $122.

Explore both collage and mixed media painting techniques to make artwork that celebrates experimentation, layering processes, and creative freedom. Learn image transfer, cutting and gluing methods, stenciling, paint textures, glazing and layering to create dynamic and interesting artworks. 

More information, supply list, and online enrollment  (MAC website) >


remnants [CAW] Artists’ Reception May 30 2015

Posted Feb 2, 2015Tagged , ,

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Creative Arts of Woman (CAW) announces its 2015 member group exhibit “remnants” at the OSU Urban Arts Space. This will be the organization’s largest show, opening with an Artists’ Reception May 30, 2015, Saturday 6-8pm.

The exhibit will include over 100 works by members, and will run through July 11, 2015. OSU Urban Arts Space is located at 50 W. Town St. Columbus Ohio, parking and map available at Visit: UAS.OSU.edu. Gallery hours are Tue-Sat 11am-6pm, and open late Thursdays until 8pm.


Now through Jan 30: COLLAGE 2015

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The Concourse Gallery presents COLLAGE 2015, an exhibit of 6 accomplished artists in collage Jan 7 – Jan 30 2015. N. Penney Denning is the exhibit curator and organizer, as well as one of the exhibiting artists. The Concourse Gallery is located at 3600 Tremont Road in Upper Arlington, in the Upper Arlington Municipal Center.

Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 8AM – 5PM

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Louise Captein  Keny Galleries Artist Page >
N. Penney Denning  Artist Website >  
Eglé Gratis  [no website]
Martin Hugo  Artist Website > 
Margee Bright Ragland  Artist Website >
Christine Guillot Ryan  About the Artist >


CAW exhibit “Woman as ________” through Jan 18

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The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio presents “Woman as _______.” a group show featuring the work of Creative Arts of Women at Tacocat Cooperative, in Grandview. CAW members created a mosaic of 10 x 10 inch artworks based on the theme, proceeds to benefit The Women’s Fund. There will be additional artworks by Creative Arts of Women members on exhibit, from Dec. 4, 2014 through Jan. 18, 2015.

EXHIBIT OPEN SUNDAYS 12-5pm
Tacocat Cooperative | Studios & Gallery | 937 Burrell Ave, Columbus Ohio 43212
(Grandview, near NW Blvd & Goodale.)

Tacocat Cooperative website >
Creative Arts of Women website >
The Women’s Fund website >


Converging Boundaries: Solo Show @ CAC

Posted Oct 3, 2014Tagged , ,

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After positive reviews by both critics and visitors, the Cultural Arts Center announces the last week of CONVERGING BOUNDARIES, an exhibit with over 150 new works by mixed media artist CHRISTINE GUILLOT RYAN, curated by ERIC RAUSCH. “Taking fragments of the external world, I merge them with paint to capture visions of morphing inner realities.”

> Over 150 new works, from 6 x 6 inches to 6 x 6 feet
> Mixed Media on canvas, wood, and pigment art prints
> Modular Works interactive display

GALLERY OPEN 6 days + 4 evenings:
Mon 1-4pm & 7-10pm
Tues-Thurs 9am-4pm & 7-10pm
Fri-Sat 9am-4pm 

Cultural Arts Center website >


3rd Chalk the Block Public Artwork @ Easton

Posted Sep 27, 2014Tagged

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Saturday Sept. 27, Christine Guillot Ryan will be one of the returning artists creating public chalk artworks for the third year at the Chalk the Block event Sept. 27-28 at Easton Town Center. Chalk the Block is a 2 day event, with over 40 artists creating the works on Saturday, from 10am to 6pm, and live music. The chalk artworks will be on display through Sunday, Sept. 28.

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Gigantic collection at Cultural Arts Center playfully surreal

Posted Sep 15, 2014Tagged , ,

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By Elizabeth Trapp
From the Sunday September 14, 2014 edition

“Converging Boundaries,” an exhibition by Christine Guillot Ryan at the Cultural Arts Center, is massive.

Showcasing 150 recent works by the multimedia artist, the gallery has been transformed into a surreal world of canvases filled with floating silhouetted figures, warped text and endless DNA-like strands.

Ryan’s work is married to abstraction. Her painted surfaces operate on both a macro and a micro level — on the one hand appearing as chaotic, allover abstract compositions; and, on the other hand, revealing seemingly endless layers of images connoting specific objects.

Although most of the 150 pieces closely align themselves with the discipline of painting, they don’t seem too far removed from the darkroom, resting somewhere on the sliding scale between photography and painting.

Witnessing Couple, in which two silhouetted figures dominate the canvas, is densely layered with references to painting and photography. Often, the artist alters found images, text or diagrams on a photocopier, so the text seems to melt.The altered images are then applied to the canvas in a photo-transfer method. Relief prints of a footprint or body print are stamped on the surface of some of the canvases in viscous paint.

On other canvases, altered self-portrait photographs seem to float in space.There is a sense of curiosity and playfulness in Ryan’s work. Connecting Jane uses childhood images of Jane (from the school books about Dick and Jane) and S-curve monkeys from a Barrel of Monkeys game. Playing for Keeps juxtaposes photocopied images of human hands and modular figure- drawing forms.

Additional images include photographs, paper-chain-link sculptures and modular paintings. Ryan’s appetite for experimentation, playfulness and images brimming with energy is a cornerstone of the exhibit.

Read review online >


Feature: “Converging Boundaries”

Posted Sep 12, 2014Tagged , ,

COLUMBUS ALIVE: ARTS // FEATURE

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From the September 11, 2014 edition

Christine Guillot Ryan’s current exhibit “Converging Boundaries,” which opened Sept. 5 at the Cultural Arts Center, is a powerful, extensive representation of her recent work and process. Ryan, a self-described perfectionist and workhorse, creates meticulously complex and ethereal mixed-media pieces capturing both abstract and recognizable elements of the human condition.

“Converging Boundaries” features 150 intricately created pieces that one could spend hours examining. The sheer number of pieces in the exhibit is impressive (especially considering she started the project in December 2013 after defeating a bout of artist’s block), but once you realize the work that goes into each, the output is extraordinary.

Ryan’s work, from an aesthetic viewpoint, is characterized by using diptychs (two complementary pieces paired next to each other). But Ryan doesn’t quit there; her diptychs can be rotated or reoriented in any way and still work as a cohesive pair — no matter how the two are hung together (vertically, horizontally).

“I thought about how many ways I could make them work. What I started was this technique that I call modular mixed media, where as I work on it, I continue to move the piece,” Ryan said during an August interview at her Upper Arlington home studio. “You start out with one thing in mind and then it’ll end up being something else. I love there’s always that element of surprise.”

While creating two pieces that coalesce on all four sides is a fastidious process that immediately engages the viewer and compels the imagination, Ryan is approaching this technique with more than a visual fascination.

“I really feel there’s not one way to look at the world, so I love the idea that it points out there are multiple ways of looking at things. But you do ultimately have to make a choice in any situation. You can’t see all of the ways at once, so you have to choose in that moment, but you can always change your mind. It really illustrates the philosophy that there are endless opportunities and ways to see the world,” Ryan said.

Ryan further develops philosophical ideas in her work by adding a variety of elements. She blends paint (and spray paint) with Xeroxes, rubbings and transfers.

Everything from retro books (a teacher’s edition of “Fun with Dick and Jane” and a 1963 Reader’s Digest Atlas), casts of Barbie and He-Man dolls, and found objects (a decades-old napkin from a Delta airline with a Coke campaign showing “happiness” in eight languages, and a pre-op EKG of Ryan’s heartbeat) are incorporated. Ryan also creates “energy strips,” paper chains made of images personal to the artist that can have universal resonance for the viewer.

The cornucopia of images and figures Ryan presents in her work could feel disjointed, but after careful inspection, you see how all fit together in transferring a theme.

“Almost everything I’m interested in has a light and a dark side,” Ryan said. “There’s the shadow side we don’t want to acknowledge and the parts of ourselves we reject. It’s about the idea of fighting for integration between the parts we accept and the parts we reject in a totality.”

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“Converging Boundaries” is a Massive, Must-See Exhibit

Posted Sep 4, 2014Tagged

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By Jesse Tigges
From the September 4, 2014 edition

This is a busy weekend for the arts in Columbus, with Gallery Hop and a handful of enticing exhibit openings. One opening reception that everyone should make an effort to visit is Christine Guillot Ryan’s “Converging Boundaries” at the Cultural Arts Center. Guillot Ryan’s latest mixed-media works are big — in terms of size, numbers and thought. The exhibition features 150 of Guillot Ryan’s diptych works. Some are tile-sized, while others are as big as walls.

Where this collection truly excels — with no short shrift to its aesthetic appeal — is how the artist created each piece and what is being explored. Guillot Ryan is capturing the ephemerality of imagination while layering in imagery of the everyday world. And here’s the kicker, Guillot Ryan’s two-piece works can be oriented next to each other in any way, with the individual canvases still working as a pair but creating an entirely different vision.

CULTURAL ARTS CENTER > Sept 5 – Oct 4 2014
139 W. Main St. Columbus OH 43215  |  CulturalArtsCenterOnline.org
MON 1-4pm & 7-10pm  |  TUES-THURS 9am-4pm & 7-10pm  |  FRI-SAT 9am-4pm

Online Review >


Eric Rausch to Curate September 2014 CAC Exhibit

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The upcoming September 2014 exhibit at the Cultural Arts Center, “Converging Boundaries: New Mixed Media Works by Christine Guillot Ryan,” will be curated by Eric Rausch, artist, curator, arts administrator and organizer.  Rausch was born and raised in the Midwest, earning his BFA in Ceramics from The Ohio State University. Eric currently manages and teaches out of the Ceramics Studio at the Cultural Arts Center. Rausch sits on the Board of Trustees for Glass Axis, the Board of Directors for Green Columbus and the Steering Committee for the Central Ohio Visual Arts Consortium. 

“Looking back on the last few years, I realize that I have been curating shows sine 2009 but only recently that I have professionally taken on the role of “curator.” To me, curating a show is more than just arranging artwork in the gallery based on what the exhibiting artist has to show, instead the joy of curating is in the months leading up to the exhibition. Through thoughtful conversation with Christine as her work developed we worked together to put forth the most engaging, interesting and professionally executed art works in a comprehensive exhibition. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Christine Guillot Ryan as her curator, this exhibition is not one to miss.” 

For more information and to view Eric’s works, visit his website.
[ Photo by jdryan3 ]


The Origins of Abstraction opens Aug 7 2014

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Join Ohio Art League members Peggy Mintun and Stephanie Rond August 7 through September 19 this year at the Carnegie Gallery of the Columbus Metropolitan Library for “The Origins of Abstraction,” jurors of esteem Barb Vogel and Elsie Sanchez.

The basis of abstract is the elements of design; color, line, shape, texture, form, and space. But, how are those elements transformed into abstract? From life and from nature. From culture and situations. From your emotions, as a poetic visual expression. There is always a source and a meaning, even if it is to see how the paint hits the canvas, such as with formalism. “Real Life Cable” by Christine Guillot Ryan is one of the 21 works selected for the exhibit.

Opening Reception: Aug 7, 2014, 6-8pm
Carnegie Gallery 96 S. Grant Avenue, Columbus Ohio 43215


Artist Talk @ 1st Summer Workshop Week 2014

Posted Jun 27, 2014Tagged ,

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Christine Guillot Ryan was one of the three artist instructors to give Artist Talks the the conclusion of the first Summer Workshop Week held by the Cultural Arts Center in June. Director Geoffrey Martin and Workshop Coordinator Todd Camp were very enthusiastic about the success of the new program, and gave a special thanks to Eric Rausch, who originally conceived of the program, and worked for over a year to make it a reality. “We definitely plan on continuing the program next year, based on the participant feedback. Over and over we heard how valuable it was to be able to focus for a full week on one art form.” Check the Cultural Arts Center website for the news on the next Workshop Week.

 


2014 Solo Exhibit @ the Cultural Arts Center

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UPDATE: Opening Reception: Sept. 5, 2014, Friday 5:30 – 8:30pm

Christine Guillot Ryan to Exhibit at the Cultural Arts Center in 2014
The Cultural Arts Center Exhibit Jury recently announced artists selected for solo shows in the Main Gallery in 2014 and 2015. Christine Guillot Ryan was one of the artists selected, and will be creating a new body of work for this exhibit scheduled to open September 5, 2014. “I selected the title ‘Converging Boundaries’ since I am currently working on pieces which blur the boundaries between painting, photography, sculpture and collage.”

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Explore Mixed Media 1-Week Workshop

Posted Jun 1, 2014Tagged

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JUNE 23-27 2014
Cultural Arts Center, Columbus Ohio
Instructor: Christine Guillot Ryan
UPDATE: Artist Talk / Slide Show Thursday June 26 4-6pm

Explore both collage and mixed media painting techniques to make artwork that celebrates experimentation, layering processes, and creative freedom. Each daily session will begin with a demonstration of a variety of materials and techniques (image transfer, gluing methods, stenciling, paint glazing and layering, etc.). Participants will be encouraged to alternate work on multiple pieces during each day, to explore different ideas and allow drying time between layers. Workshop participants will complete a variety of personal artworks, size and format based on individual preferences.

Explore Mixed Media Workshop Outline – June 23-27 2014


WOSU’s Broad & High Focuses on “Exchanges” Artists

Posted May 2, 2014Tagged

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WOSU’s Broad & High created an episode on “Exchanges”, that featured interviews with CAW member mentors and their Fort Hayes students, created by Jackie Shafer and Andrew Ina. Christine Guillot Ryan, mixed media artist, was interviewed with her student partner Marie Morgan, a talented college-bound photographer. The piece aired April 30, 2014, and can be viewed on the WOSU website.

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Happy Together Exhibit April 19 – May 25 2014

Posted Apr 9, 2014Tagged

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Adam Brouillette and Meghan Kwast have curated a show with over fifty participating artists. The theme of the show centers around each artist’s interpretation of marriage or life-long commitment. 

The couple have asked for thoughts and advice about marriage from a most thoughtful community of thinkers, creators, and observers: the artists that surround them everyday. The show will feature work from married, unmarried, and divorced, gay and straight, young and old to get multiple points of view on the subject. The resulting exhibition will consist of this variety of work along with posted statements about the theme from each of the artists. Artists in the exhibition include:

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CAW [Creative Arts of Women] + Fort Hayes Exhibit “Exchanges”

Posted Mar 9, 2014Tagged

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 CAW [Creative Arts of Women] and Fort Hayes have a special relationship, one of CAW’s founders, Stephanie Rond, was a Fort Hayes graduate. “Exchanges” is an exhibit that explores the dynamics of mentorship, and celebrates the results of 10 CAW members who mentored the 2014 Fort Hayes Senior AP Art class over four months, to complete a portfolio of work to get college credit. The students exhibit their work along side work done by their CAW mentors, that were inspired by the mentor relationship. 

“Exchanges” is now on exhibit in the Shot Tower Gallery in the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center, 546 Jack Gibbs Blvd (614)365-6681, and will run through April 4, with an artist reception and performance March 20, Thursday, 6-8pm.

 


Small Works Show by MUSE Gallery Artists

Posted Oct 2, 2013Tagged

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Opening Sunday Nov 10, 2013
The annual Small Works Show by MUSE Gallery artists begins Sunday, November 10 2013, and will be on exhibit through December 24. Several new artists have joined the MUSE Gallery in 2013,  including Los Angeles native Christine Guillot Ryan, mixed media artist. The date of the Artists’ Reception will be announced soon on the MUSE Gallery website and A Muse Gallery Facebook Page.
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21 Returning Artists, 9 New to “Chalk the Block”

Posted Sep 30, 2013Tagged

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SEPT 28-29 2013 – Easton Town Center Hosts Second Chalk the Block
Christine Guillot Ryan was one of the 21 Returning Artists to the 2nd Chalk the Block Event at Easton. The 30 selected artists started creating original works Saturday at 10am, and will finish that day by 6pm. The finished works were be on view through Sunday evening.

“Last year’s event was fabulous, my first time creating a large work in a day, in public! I really enjoyed the interaction with people as I was working, and meeting many more local artists. Many thanks to Adam Brouillette for working to help bring this event to Columbus!” For photos and more information, visit the Chalk the Block website.


Summer Salon @ Muse Gallery Opens June 6

Posted Jun 4, 2013Tagged

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MUSE Gallery’s Summer Celebration is Thursday evening, June 6, 6-9pm.
Join fellow art appreciators and enjoy good company and good art in a beautiful setting. New art will be on exhibit from Gallery Artists salon-style. MUSE Gallery is located in German Village, 188 E. Whittier Street. Call 614-565-0314 for more information.

MUSE Gallery Exhibit Schedule 2013 / 2014
June – Summer Salon – OPENING fajita party THURSDAY, 6/6, 6-9 pm $5
July – Sare – OPENING Friday, 7/5, 6-9 pm
August – to be announced
September 10-October 10 – New work by Sol Halabi – OPENING Friday, 9/13, 6-9 pm
October 10-November 10 – New work by Mitzi Prince – OPENING SATURDAY, 10/12, 6-9 pm
November 10-December 25 – SMALL WORK – holiday treats throughout the month
January/February 2014 – Retrospective of Donald Roberts’ work
March 2014 – New work by Kim Goldfarb – OPENING Friday, 3/7, 6-9
April 2014 – to be announced
May 2014 – New work Robert Livsey-Wells & Carole Pryharska – OPENING Friday, 5/2, 6-9 pm


Marcia Evans Gallery: 4 Women in Print

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Marcia Evans Gallery presents 4 WOMEN IN PRINT, the work of 4 women artists who work in print. The current exhibit continues through March 30, 2013. Gallery hours: 11am to 5pm Tues. thru Sat. and by appointment: (614) 298-8847, located at 8 East Lincoln St., Columbus Ohio, in the Short North Arts District. 

CHRISTINE GUILLOT RYAN has degrees from both UCLA and the Art Center in Pasadena. Christine uses paint and collage to create multilayered richly colored modular visual environments that explore the relationship  between the material and the intangible, she creates very limited edition prints of details from select mixed media collage paintings.

SANDY KIGHT studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and Wittenberg and Ohio State Universities, she enjoys focusing on earth, water and sky to create inviting landscapes in the painterly process of monotype printmaking.

CAROLINE ROWNTREE studied in London England at St. Martins School of Art, and has had a long career in the graphic arts in New York. She is now living in Columbus, Ohio and is using the color and form of the landscape to produce her digital prints from her photographs.

PAULA ZINSMEISTER attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and creates works in various printmaking techniques including; intaglio, dry point, aquatint and montotypes. Paul’s subject matter is derived from nature, primarily organic and botanical forms.


Dispatch Review by Melissa Starker

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By Melissa Starker

The Columbus Dispatch Sunday February 3, 2013 5:39 AM

While she worked full time as a graphic designer, Christine Guillot Ryan was interested in creating fine art but had little time to pursue it.

Then, in early 2009, she lost her job, joining the ranks of the downsized.She looks back at the experience and considers it a gift in disguise.

“I finally gave myself permission to go down a few levels,” Ryan said, “and go for something that I think I’d been keeping at a distance, that’s a little more conceptual.”

She began working on a series of mixed-media collages inspired in part by her experience, one with which many people are all too familiar.They fill the gallery at the McConnell Arts Center of Worthington for the solo exhibition “Fairytales and Finance: Beyond Figures and Fragments.”

“The similarities between finance and fairy tales as systems of belief had been interesting to me for years,” Ryan said. “The recent economic crisis made it even more timely, as people saw what they had believed would keep them safe — their 401(k)s and home equity — as unpredictable and uncontrollable. For me and many others who had pushed down their dreams of more fulfilling work for job security, we saw the security end with a final conversation with HR.”

Using scans of international currency and thrift-store purchases, along with images from old books, food wrappers, Google Maps and online advertising, the artist layers thin slices and torn scraps of found imagery onto applications of rich, alluring color. One is first struck by their precision and intensity of information as well as a decorative beauty that is both unique and traditional.

With further investigation come a sense of wariness toward the commercial motives behind the materials and a desire to re-contextualize them.

Fairy-tale scenes and vintage illustrations of unrealistically slender women form part of the landscape above which origami butterflies soar in Leaving the Nest. Chasing Freedom incorporates pictures of models in a credit-card ad campaign jumping for joy over newfound spending power; they’re leaping over paper money from various countries.

At the same time, Ryan’s collages seek to capture the ways in which human consciousness is formed — by the fragments of thoughts, memories and sensations amassed over a lifetime. Each also allows for an element of control in the visual presentation by individuals who take possession of the artist’s work.

She forms each collage from modular pieces that offer multiple configuration options. The opportunity is even alluded to in titles such as 4 Ways 2 Go and Next Move, a grouping of canvases full of dance-move diagrams and extremities caught in motion.

Visitors are given a chance to experiment with the option that her work affords through an interactive station, for which Ryan’s pieces have been re-created in miniature magnetic form.

Dispatch Article PDF


Solo Exhibit @ the McConnell Arts Center

Posted Jan 25, 2013Tagged , ,

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Updated
FAIRYTALES & FINANCE: Beyond Figures & Fragments 
Modular Mixed Media Paintings by Christine Guillot Ryan
Exhibit JAN 10 – MAR 3 2013 
@ the McConnell Arts Center: 
777 Evening St., Worthington OH 43085  |  (614) 431-0329  |  McConnellArts.org

HOURS: Tue-Thurs 10am – 9pm  |  Fri-Sat 10am – 5pm  |  Sunday Noon – 5pm 

The Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington is exhibiting works by local artist Christine Guillot Ryan. The mixed media collage paintings on modular canvases can be reconfigured differently to make alternate views.

INVITATION TO PLAY: MODULAR ARTWORKS
An interactive display with smaller-scale Modular Art Magnets of the original works on canvas allows visitors to explore. The Modular Art Magnets have been very popular, and the magnet sets are available for sale through the McConnell.

MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE PAINTING WORKSHOP – ADDITIONAL SESSION [Sundays 2-5pm, Apr 14 – May 19, 2013]
Also offered at the McConnell, Christine Guillot Ryan is teaching a 6-session workshop on mixed media and collage techniques that she uses and has developed. The next 6-week Workshop will be offered Sundays 2-5pm, April 14 through May 19. Call the MAC @ (614) 431-0329 for information on the next session.


Opening Reception @ the MAC

Posted Jan 21, 2013Tagged , ,

GuillotRyan_MAC_Opening_LizRobertsThe Jan. 10 Opening Reception of Fairytales & Finance @ the MAC was very successful. An exhibit element that was particularly crowded all evening was the Modular Art Magnet Wall, which allowed people to play with smaller images of the works, reconfiguring to find their favorite configurations.

The Modular Art Magnets were so popular that the MAC and Guillot Ryan decided to make the Art Magnet Sets available for purchase. “The idea that my art could inspire many different people at their most basic needs area, the refrigerator, delights me!” the artist responded when asked if she thought magnet art would diminish the quality / exclusivity impression of the original modular works. “For me, sharing the artwork is the most important thing, and if more people can enjoy the works in different forms, that’s great.” (MAC Reception photo: Liz Roberts)


Columbus Alive: Behind the Scenes

Posted Jan 11, 2013Tagged , ,

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When the CEO of the interactive design and research firm Christine Guillot Ryan worked at as a graphic designer told her she was being laid off, Ryan hugged him.

It was an unusual response for someone losing a nearly six-figure salary, but Ryan knew this was the opportunity she had been looking for to swap an office for a home art studio.

Ryan’s latest exhibit of work, “Fairytales & Finances,” explores her feelings toward money following that moment in 2009. It also touches on what it felt like for her — a Type A workhorse who sourced her self-worth from her career’s success — to be underemployed.

“I feel like I had been mortgaging my soul by not making art,” Ryan said. “But the idea of being without material attachment is terrifying. To say the material is not important isn’t valid either.”

A self-described maximalist, Ryan’s mixed media modular paintings look rather simple from far away but up-close turn into a cacophonous forest of manipulated images designed by Ryan, strips of magazine advertisements, cutouts of princesses from old books, Xeroxes of blown-up dollar bills and painted outlines of various items that are familiar but abstract (Barbie dolls, hands, LEGO toys).

A common theme is strips of paper attached to the painting to look like bars of a business chart and simultaneously like stalks of grass. Sometimes they look like prison window bars. The subject matter in all of them is meaningful to the theme if you inspect carefully — like the ironically worded “Chase Freedom” mailing.

The idea is that simplicity can be found in accepting complexity; that dichotomies are only threatening if you let them be.

“The only thing that scares me more than financial insecurity is bare gallery walls,” Ryan said. “This is the work that makes me feel like I’m doing what I should be doing.”

She needn’t say as much. Her new car license plate could do all the talking. It reads, “Play Now.”

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CAW Small Works Show

Posted Dec 21, 2012Tagged ,

CAW (Creative Arts of Women) Member Artists put on a great show this year at Ray’s Living Room. Small and affordable unique artwork show a wide range of styles. On exhibit now until Jan. 8, 2013.

For more information, check out the CAW website, and Ray’s Living Room Facebook page.


Upcoming Exhibit @ the MAC

Posted Dec 15, 2012Tagged

Preparing for exhibit, working on 3 new pieces, inspired by the Mayan “end of the world” and REM’s “The End of the World as We Know It.” 

Check out the McConnell Arts website for hours, directions, and address. 

 

 


First Annual Chalk the Block @ Easton

Posted Oct 23, 2012Tagged

Chalk the Block was a two day event featuring artists decorating the Town Square at Easton Town Center with unique and colorful temporary artworks. 

Forty artists worked to create 6′ or 10′ designs while listening to the music of a half dozen musical acts. A featured space allowed an interactive component where the audience will be asked to participate in the creation of a community drawing. The event attracted even more people than anticipated, and artist/organizer Adam Brouillette reported that due to the enthusiasm of the local retailer, the event will happen again in 2013, Stay updated on Chalk the Block’s Facebook page to submit artwork to be included in next year’s event.