Support the Arts this Holiday Season...
While spending time with family and giving gifts around the holidays, support your local arts venues and artists by buying artful gifts and gifting experiences like tickets to concerts and performances! Below we have listed some Ohio studios and venues (organized by location) that make holiday gift giving easy as they provide you with high quality art and arts experiences.

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Art.sy is officially Online. Explore the Art Genome. Discover the world’s greatest art.

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Tickets are now available for the ReelAbilities Columbus Disabilities Film Festival. Nine award-winning, international films will be screened in central Ohio from Saturday, November 3 through Wednesday, November 7, 2012. This is the first time Columbus and VSA Ohio will present a disability film festival. Venues include the Columbus Museum of Art, Arena Grand Movie Theatre, OSU Urban Arts Space, King Arts Complex, and Ohio Historical Society. A full schedule, trailers, tickets and more information is available at Columbus.ReelAbilities.org.

Tickets can be purchased by credit card, online at Columbus.reelabilities.org or with check or cash by contacting VSA Ohio at 614.241.5325. Ticket options include a Festival Pass ($75, valid for all 9 screenings), Opening Night ($20, Saturday, Nov. 3), or as individual screenings ($10, Sunday Nov. 3 – Wednesday, Nov. 7). Discounted rates for each ticket option are available to students, seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, and groups over 20. All ticket purchases include access to discussions and art experiences. Due to space limitations pre-purchases are recommended, but can be bought at the door.

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Last week, our community lost a fabulous artist and amazing person. The folks over at Open Door wrote a beautiful eulogy for Elaine Gaines, an artist who passed away. Elaine was well known throughout Ohio for her abstract works of art and was a contributor to the Accessible Expressions Ohio exhibition.

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Shifting Perspectives Photography Exhibit at the Dublin Arts Council

Just in time for National Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October, the Dublin Arts Council will be exhibiting a show of photographs of individuals with Down Syndrome depicting their stories and their everyday lives. Read more to learn about the exhibition details as well as opening reception.

The ReelAbilities Columbus Disabilities Film Festival is two months away!! We have been developing some awesome programming as part of the festival and this blogpost will serve as a bit of a teaser. See below for more details on specific speakers, workshops, and events we are planning...

Last week I was fortunate enough to be able to drop in on an animation workshop being conducted at the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence that was led by 17 year-old Dani Bowman, an artist and entrepreneur on the spectrum based in California.

Read further to learn about my visit with her and her workshop participants as well as some useful links to her personal work as well as OCALI.


Africa by David Callihan of Visionaries and Voices, Cincinnati. 

The Open Door Art Studio of Columbus, Ohio welcomes a new show to its gallery space that will be up from August 11th through September 21st, 2012. I was fortunate enough to be able to volunteer at the opening receiption for this event and was amazed at the diverse showing of visitors from all over the state.

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