Spotlight: Featured Artists at the Governor's Residence

Spotlight: Featured Artists at the Ohio Governor's Residence is a program created by Ohio's First Lady Karen W. Kasich. The program celebrates the work of Ohio artists by showcasing their artwork to visitors of the Ohio Governor's Residence and Heritage Garden.

The program enhances the ongoing partnership between the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Governor's Residence and Heritage Garden, where the works are displayed. All Ohio artists are eligible to submit their work for consideration. Quarterly artists will be selected by the Office of the Ohio First Lady with assistance by the Ohio Arts Council. 

To view these special exhibitions, visit the Ohio Governor's Residence and Heritage Gardens. To schedule a tour call 614-644-7644 or email


Summer 2016: Louise Captein (2D) and James Mason (3D)
Spring 2016: Jennifer Rosengarten
Winter 2016: Kelley Booze
Fall 2015: Beverly Whiteside
Summer 2015: Lee Heinen
Spring 2015: JoAnn DePolo
Winter 2015: Doug McLarty
Fall 2014: Jessica Summers
Summer 2014: Robert Wright
Spring 2014: Ron Anderson
Winter 2014: Janice Price
Fall 2013: Wallace Peck


poly pussy willow by cynthia tinapple and blair davisWorthington woodworker Blair Davis and artist Cynthia Tinapple collaborate on unique inlaid bowls and furniture. Twenty years ago the couple veered from traditional inlay techniques and developed their own processes for firing patterns into wood. Using low-fire polymer clay combined with locally harvested woods, they create decorative and practical items that are collected and exhibited widely. Blair Davis' cabinetry work graces homes and businesses in Worthington, and his bowls are sought after by clients and friends. He creates vases, bowls, platters, and drums out of native maple, walnut, cherry, oak, and elm trees. Cynthia Tinapple creates patterns that she inlays into Blair's vessels and cabinetry. She became known for her work with polymer clay and for her blog,, which is regarded as the definitive source of polymer clay art around the world. The couple's home showcases their collaborations with patterns climbing the stairs, circling a wooden sink, inserted into floors, and surprising visitors at every turn. Neighbors all over town call when trees come down or storms blow through, knowing that Blair and Cynthia can salvage memories and create beauty from natural disasters. Image credit: Poly Pussy Willows, 2016, natural willow branches with polymer clay.

Download the complete Spotlight brochure here.


vanda hughes photo of lake at sunset

Growing up in Columbus, Ohio, provided creative exploration and an opportunity for Vanda Sucheston Hughes to flourish in her passion for art. Her mother, a poet, encouraged Vanda to explore her passions early on. Beginning as a painter, Vanda has turned her attention to photography within the past five years. Her approach to photography is to happen upon the unexpected moment of beauty. She views the sky as an ever-changing canvas in which she is able to look up and discover the new and the incredible. Each of Vanda's photographs embody the landscape of the central Ohio area, often capturing moments within her own neighborhood and surrounding parks. As a reference to her passion for painting, Vanda has printed her photographs on canvas to emulate the idea that her photographs are an extension of her paintings. Image credit: The Casting Pond, 2015, photograph on canvas, 36" x 36"

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