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The voice of the heartland, John Mellencamp, brings his mixed-media exhibition Paintings & Assemblages to The Mansfield Art Center. A Grammy Award winner and member of The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Mellencamp is also an accomplished painter, collector, and activist. Paintings & Assemblages documents America’s heart and soul, exposing unsettling, but beautiful truths with an attitude of defiance, and narrative sensibility.
As his musical career flourished, Mellencamp began to paint earnestly in the 1980’s. His affinity for portraiture, influenced by the works of Otto Dix and Max Beckmann, shares a kinship with German Expressionism of the early twentieth century. Like his music, Mellencamp’s paintings are carefully composed through the structural requirements of harmony, rhythm, and order. His large-scale oil portraits and mixed-media pieces examine subjects that speak to the viewer with a voice as powerful as his songs.More…
This year we’re continuing our weekly look at unique events and attractions that are within an easy driving distance of Richland County. For the first time in two years, we’re sharing events taking place in-person, although by all means please all ahead and verify what social distancing, masking, etc.
Of course, we regularly feature the many extraordinary places to visit right here in Richland County and encourage our readers to get out and experience what is on offer in our own backyard.
A corner of Ohio is going to be a bit more colorful this summer.
Many in the area caught the “Immersive Van Gogh” exhibit which has run for over six months at Lighthouse ArtSpace Columbus. The next edition of immersive experiences is opening this weekend in the same space, located at 940 Polaris Parkway.
Immersive Monet & The Impressionists is a tantalizing exploration of vibrant colors on a jaw-dropping scale. The Impressionists were radicals that shook up the art world in the 19th century. Striving to capture the ever-elusive effects of sunlight and movement in expressive brushstrokes, they captured both the transient nature of beauty, and the timeless beauty of nature.More…
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The Mansfield Public Art Commission will host a ‘Public Art Q&A’ at the Richland Area Chamber of Commerce on Monday, April 25th, at 3:30 PM. Local artists and businesses are encouraged to attend this in-person event, or may also attend online, to learn more about the Public Arts Commission, the public art permit process, and some upcoming opportunities and ways to get involved with public art.
Zoom attendance information is below.
The Commission was formed in 2021 and comprises 9 members, including local artists and community members involved in Mansfield / Richland County. Since the commission was formed late last year, 33 artists both in and outside of Richland County have been vetted for public art, and those portfolios are available to view online. Printed copies of Artist Portfolios will be made available. These artists were surveyed with the question ‘What kind of public art do you envision for Mansfield?’ and from those contributed responses, the PAC developed a set of 8 ‘Guiding Principles for Public Art’. The commission has also outlined ‘Considerations for Design Review.’More…
Richland County Solid Waste has recently announced winners of its annual poster contest sponsored by Milliron Recycling.
All winners will receive a family day pass to the Ohio Bird Sanctuary, Kingwood Center Gardens, and Kelly’s Mini Golf as well as other opportunities to engage in Richland County’s parks and recreation.
This year’s theme was “‘Bee connected to nature: reduce, reuse, recycle.” The calendars will be on display at the Mansfield Art Center throughout the month of June.
From 560 poster calendar entries from 18 local schools, overall winners were: Stephen Greene III, 4th grade, from Mansfield Spanish Immersion; Layla Krizan, 7th grade, from Madison Middle School, and Kylie Brockway, 12th grade, from Crestview High School.
The following student posters were also picked to represent the 2022/2023 SCRAP recycling trailer calendar: Francis Paynter, Sacred Heart, Shelby, 2nd grade; Asherah Marie Hapin, Mifflin Elem, 3rd grade; Jessica Martinez, Spanish Immersion, 3rd grade; Jocelyne Doss, Lucas Middle School, 6th grade; Camylle King, Madison Middle School, 6th grade; Adalyn Wise, Clear Fork Middle School, 7th grade; Addie Sigler, Lexington Jr. High, 8th grade; Gracie Dawson, 9th grade and Charlie Schaub, 12th grade from Plymouth-Shiloh HS.
Mansfield’s remarkable collection of historic church buildings echo a time when religious belief and community worship found expression in brick, glass, and stone.
One of those remarkable structures is home to a congregation celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, and you are invited to learn about an art exhibit unlike others.
The stained glass windows at Grace Episcopal Church are the focus of a talk this Sunday afternoon. OSU Mansfield Professor Danny Butts will talk about the history of the windows and the “saints” which can be found in them.More…
The Main Library of the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library is a rather more colorful place as of late, and will be so until early October.
A photography display called “A Colorful Dream” is the reason. Artist Adrien Broom’s 40 piece photography exhibit is a wonderfully creative journey through the color spectrum. It is on display at the Main Library in downtown Mansfield through October 9.
Over a three year period, Broom, a contemporary fine art and commercial photographer in Brooklyn, created sets that are designed to extract and display the essence of basic colors — red, yellow, blue, etc.. Photographs chronicle the travel of a young girl exploring each color-filled “world.”More…
From our friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County
By Nicholas Dekker
Everywhere you look throughout Richland County, you’ll see that a love of the arts uplifts and enhances the community. Eager crowds gather to experience the work of local visual artists, musicians and performers at the region’s theaters, galleries and performance stages.
You’ll find colorful creations in all forms at the Mansfield Art Center. This award-winning facility is renowned for its stunning exhibitions, artist sales and classes in ceramics, glass art, sculpture, pastels and more. Element of Art Studio showcases the work of artists with developmental disabilities; you can tour the gallery, purchase artwork and take classes.More…
Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center is holding its annual Artapolooza Fine Arts Festival through this Wednesday at the MOESC Conference Center at 890 W. Fourth Street in Mansfield.
The gallery will be open from Monday, March 22 through Wednesday, March 24 from 8 AM to 7 PM. Masks and social distancing will be required.
The art awards presentation will be done virtually. A slideshow presentation and gallery walk will be available to view on Mid-Ohio ESC’s website at the conclusion of the event. More…
The Mansfield Art Center is gearing up for their 76th Annual May Show, and is now on the lookout for artists.
Requirements to be considered for the exhibition include being an Ohio resident or student, and the work (there can be up to four submitted) must have been completed within the last four years and suitable for immediate hanging or display. More…
Indulge your artistic impulses this month and head to the Mansfield Art Center for one of their fascinating workshops.
The following are on tap for the remainder of the month. Click on any for additional information. More…
Painting, creating, performing and more. Area students are invited to share their artistic talents at Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center’s annual Artapolooza festival. This year it will take place March 31st through April 2nd at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center (890 W. Fourth Street, Mansfield). Students from all area schools, not just MOESC member districts, are all welcome to submit projects for the festival. More…