COLUMBUS, Ohio—The second-annual Columbus Open Studio and Stage (COSS) event will take place this fall on Oct. 7-8. Presented by Columbus Open Studio and Stage in partnership with the Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) and Art Makes Columbus/Columbus Makes Art, COSS invites the public to step into 50 different Columbus artist studios, see behind the scenes at seven local theaters and to explore 12 community art collectives.
“The first Columbus Open Studio and Stage was a resounding success, with more than 1,300 studio visits and nearly $24,000 in art sales over the weekend,” said Jami Goldstein, vice president of marketing, communication and events at the Greater Columbus Arts Council. “We were thrilled with the response from visitors last year, and we’re excited to continue our mission of highlighting the incredibly talented artists of our city and giving people a chance to peek behind the scenes of their creative process.”
To participate, the public can order a map online. Starting in early, August maps will be available for pick up in several central Ohio locations, and will serve as each participant’s pass for admission into participating studios. Participants will also be able to download an app for their smartphones with a complete map of COSS sites; a receipt or a physical map will still be required for entry. Registered participants will also be invited to sign-up for timed group tours at seven Columbus performance venues.
Many artists will include demos in their studios, and community arts partners will have demos and (in some locations) hands-on activities. Tours are self guided, as participants use the map to choose their destinations throughout the weekend.
“COSS showcases the process of art-making that happens before most audiences see the work,” said Stephanie Rond, one of four founding members of Columbus Open Studio and Stage. “We’ve seen similar events be successful in other cities and felt that Columbus could definitely put its own stamp on the concept.”
Artists showing their studios include: Sarah Achor, Laura Alexander, Tom & Deb Baillieul, Mary Barzcak, Lisa Belsky & Lance Thompson, John Bolzenius, Rick Borg, Adam Brouillette,Richard Duarte Brown, Christopher Burk, David Butler, Rob Colgan, Daniel Colvin, Mary Ann Crago, Katherine Crowley, Nora Daniel, Jacci Delaney, Patrick Durkin, Gerald Fitzpatrick, John Fitzpatrick, Kent Grosswiler, TradeMark Gunderson & Christy Brand, Katerina Harris, Cody Heichel, Adam Hernandez, Lisa Horkin, Alan Jazak, ArtCat Kraemer, Linda Langhorst, Holly Leonard, Cat Lynch, Jurate Phillips, Pedro Prieto, Rebecca Rea, Briden Schueren, Cat Sheridan, Will Shively, Mindy Staley, Adlai Stein, Carol Stewart, Christopher Tennant, Sheila Terry, Kendric ton, Barbara Vogel, Roger Williams, Charles Wince and Jen Wrubleski.
Visitors can get to know the artists’ work prior to the studio tour by visiting a special exhibition at the Carnegie Gallery in the Columbus Metropolitan Library main branch from Sept. 7 through Oct. 8. An opening reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7.
The event includes tours at the following performance venues: CD102.5 Big Room, Ohio Theatre, Palace Theatre, PromoWest Express Live!, Shadowbox Live, the Short North Stage’s Garden Theatre and the Southern Theatre.
Additional community arts partners include Central Community House, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Cultural Arts Center, Glass Axis, Guitar House Workshop, Idea Foundry, Igloo Letterpress, Open Door Art Studio & Gallery, TRANSIT ARTS, UA Creative Studios, Upper Arlington Concourse Gallery and Wild Goose Creative.
Columbus Open Studio and Stage will take place throughout the city on Oct. 7 and 8 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Maps can be purchased on columbusopenstudioandstage.com starting in August. Maps are $10 for one, $18 for two or $35 for four. Kids 12 and under are free. For more information visit columbusopenstudioandstage.com.
This event is sponsored by: the Ohio Arts Council, Crane Group, Greater Columbus Arts Council and Art Makes Columbus/Columbus Makes Art. The official media partner is CityScene. Columbus Open Studio and Stage was founded Columbus-based artists by Amy Leibrand, Lisa McLymont, Stephanie Rond and Catherine Bell Smith.
The Art Makes Columbus/Columbus Makes Art campaign is supported by: American Electric Power, Cardinal Health, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, PNC, and The Sol Morton and Dorothy Isaac, Rebecca J. Wickersham and Lewis K. Osborne funds of The Columbus Foundation. Major media sponsors include the Dispatch Media Group, ABC6/FOX28 and CD102.5 visit columbusmakesart.com.
About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, the Arts Council funds exemplary artists and arts organizations and provides programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. The Arts Council thanks the City of Columbus and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support. www.gcac.org
CONTACT: Jami Goldstein