October 27, 2016 - January 7, 2017

(L to R: Frederick C. Graff, Codding Hill; James Lefebvre, No Riders; Jeri Ellis Platt, Four Sisters)

Watercolor Ohio 2016 is a broad and diverse display of 82 artworks showcasing water-based media and its modern applications. The Ohio Watercolor Society (OWS), a member based nonprofit dedicated to artists working with water-based media, produces this annual competitive juried exhibition. Carrie Burns Brown, a mixed media artist and National Watercolor Society member, served as the exhibition juror. Watercolor Ohio 2016 is produced by OWS and the OAC Riffe Gallery proudly presents the 2016 display. 

Click here for a full list of exhibiting artists.


Public ReceptionSaturday, October 29, 1 – 4 p.m.
With live music by the Ohio Fingerstyle Guitar Club.

Exhibition Tour | Thursday, November 3, noon – 1 p.m.

With Christopher Leeper, artist, educator, and former Ohio Watercolor Society president.

Drop-in Watercolor Classes with Suzanne Accetta | Wednesdays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Watercolor Ohio 2016 exhibiting artist Suzanne Accetta illustrates children’s books, teaches drawing and painting for theatre at Otterbein College, and has been a professional visual artist for over 25 years. She will teach watercolor painting techniques to all skill levels among the Watercolor Ohio 2016 display. Workshop themes will vary from flowers, animals, faces, fruit, still life, and abstract. No registration required. Supplies and space available on a first-come, first-served basis. Dates: November 2, 9, 16, & 30; December 7 & 14; January 4.

Drop-In Artist Demonstrations | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Ohio Watercolor 2016 artists showcase their water-based media techniques in the Riffe Gallery. No registration required; seats available on a first-come,
first-served basis. 
Thursday, November 3, Charles Rowland explores design using edges and creates “found” color to add interest and impact. 
Wednesday, November 9, Judy Anderson shows an abundance of creative possibilities when strong, realistic objects/shapes share the paper with “what if”
Thursday, November 17, Cody Heichel demonstrates how to produce a strong sense of light in watercolor, and discusses overarching themes like
composition, balance, and unity.
Wednesday, December 7, Jeff Stahler shares his tips on adapting watercolor to cartoons.                      
Wednesday, January 4, Carol Griffith preserves watercolor’s transparency and showcases individual brushwork with a unique solution.                  

 Family & Friends Workshop with Cody Heichel | Saturday, December 3, 2 – 4 p.m.
Columbus-based watercolorist and Ohio Watercolor 2016 exhibiting artist Cody Heichel will demonstrate wax-resist techniques in fine art and craft-based projects. Participants will create personalized watercolor paintings, as well as one-of-a-kind greeting cards to share with family and friends. Registration open October 27 - December 1


Writing Workshop with Sharon Short | Thursday, December 1, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Sharon Short- Literary Life columnist for the Dayton Daily News, executive director of the Antioch Writers’ Workshop, and two-time Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence award-winner- will lead a writing workshop based on Ekphrasis, a long honored tradition of creating written work inspired by a specific piece of art. Sharon will guide participants in selecting an artwork in the Watercolor Ohio 2016 exhibition to brainstorm ideas, characters, and settings for fiction, dramatic writing, creative nonfiction, or poetry. Registration open October 27 – November 29



MTWF 10 a.m - 6 p.m.
THUR  10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
SAT  11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Closed Sundays and state holidays. 
Holiday Closures:
December 24, 2016
December 26, 2016
January 2, 2017


MARY GRAY | Riffe Gallery Director

Vern Riffe Center for Government & the Arts, First Floor Lobby
77 S. High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215-3414

Front Desk: 614-644-9624
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Art Inspired by the Front Lines | October 18 - November 13, 2016

A collaboration between the Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery and Ohio Department of Veterans Services, artwork with military themes by living Ohio veterans and active service members.

Central Ohio Watercolor Society | January 6 – February 4, 2017

A select display of Central Ohio Watercolor Society member artwork will be on view in the Vern Riffe Center lobby, directly outside the OAC Riffe Gallery.