Home Doll market The Pots & Prints exhibition runs until July 21 at the All People Arts Gallery

The Pots & Prints exhibition runs until July 21 at the All People Arts Gallery

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A captivating exhibition of ceramics and prints by a dozen artists is on view in the small and hospitable All People Arts Gallery, 1865 Parsons Ave., on the south side of Columbus.

“Pots & Prints” features nearly 30 works — alternating prints and ceramics in the gallery installation — by artists both known and new to the city’s art scene.

Julie Byrne, whose eccentric sculpted figures are familiar to gallery-goers, has several pieces in this exhibit, including “Icarus,” a sober, elven-like man rising from a base of thick green foliage.

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Jim Bowling, professor of art at the University of Otterbein, creates narrative sculptures, including ‘Mo(u)rning’, a contemplative man sitting naked on an antique doll‘s bed, and ‘Past Imperfect’, five multicolored figures shaped like a blob emerging from an ancient chest.

Young artist Asa Jordan has produced the whimsical “Slider”, a small ceramic mug adorned with an image of the title hamburger.

Established printmakers include Karen Campbell with her colorful monotype “Crossing to Safety”; and Christine D’Epiro Abbott whose “Preparing for the Next Day” documents a cluttered living space (during COVID, perhaps) in a largely abstract presentation but with discernable household objects.

In Elaina Workley’s detailed ‘Analog Daydream’, snippets of urban buildings and brown-toned rooms coexist in a sophisticated print.

Combining collage and engraving, Lynne Wise has created a sumptuous portrait: “Green Eyes” uses layers of color and subtle additions of fabrics, threads and sequins to create the face of a complex and attractive young woman.

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All People Arts formed in 2017 and opened their gallery in 2020, just as the COVID-19 pandemic was beginning. The goal of the organization and the gallery is to provide space and artistic opportunities for local artists and the Parsons Avenue community, as well as to reach out to greater Columbus, said gallery director Annie Burley, who is also an artist.

“We’re artists supporting artists,” Burley said.

Executive director (and artist) Shelbi T. Harris-Roseboro said the gallery and the organization’s outreach programs — workshops and community events — are important to the South Side, which “doesn’t have much access to art”.

“But we also want to be present in the Columbus community as a whole,” she said.

Upcoming events will include the gallery’s upcoming exhibition, “Who We Are,” featuring works by artists with disabilities from art studio Art Outside the Lines, which opens August 3, and a community weekend of events. in September celebrating the anniversary of All People Arts.

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“Pots & Prints” continues through July 21 at All People Arts Gallery, 1865 Parsons Ave. Visit www.allpeoplearts.org.