18 Ohio Art League members create artworks inspired by life lessons
January 26 - April 15, 2017

Image courtesy of the artist: April Deacon, Origin, 2013, acrylic, enamel, gouache, 25" x 81"

Curated by Richard Fletcher, associate professor in the Department of Classics at The Ohio State University, this is the fourth curated collaboration between the Riffe Gallery and Ohio Art League (OAL). The selected artworks represent a range of media from painting, sculpture, photography, video, and site-specific assemblages.

Fletcher has dedicated his recent research and teaching practices to how ancient literature, philosophy, and mythology can be reactivated through contemporary artistic practices. Fletcher asked artists how their experiences shape their artwork, and like the handbooks by ancient philosophers, how their artwork communicates life lessons. Come Along With Me brings together a selection of OAL artists at different phases of their careers and lives.


Donald Black Jr., Shaker Heights | Mary Jo S. Bole, Columbus | Peter Clay, Gilboa | April Deacon, Wheelersburg | Curtis Goldstein, Columbus Charisse M. Harris, Akron Angela Jann, Columbus Dan Jian, Columbus Suzan Kraus, Newbury Yana Mikho-Misho, Twinsburg Sharon Mohler, Yellow Springs Kellie Morgan, Columbus Jenniffer Omaitz, Kent Boryana Rusenova-Ina, Columbus Kim Schoel, Lakewood Ann Corley Silverman, Columbus Adrian Waggoner, Columbus Kimberly M. Webb, Columbus

Image courtesy of the artist: Angela Jann, Mars, 2016,  lenticular lightbox, 18" x 24"

EVENTS & PROGRAMMING | Free and open to the public

Opening Reception | Thursday, January 26, 2017, 5 – 7 p.m.
Join us for the public reception and be the first to view this dynamic exhibition with the exhibiting artists and curator. Live music by a duo from the Knot Brothers.

Curator’s Tour | Friday, January 27, 2017, noon – 1 p.m.
Richard Fletcher will lead an in-depth tour discussing exhibition themes, the selection process, and the artists’ work.

Drop-in Workshops with Artist and Educator Melissa Vogley Woods | Wednesdays, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  
Previous experience is not necessary for any of these workshops, only interest and curiosity.

March 8: Poetic text and collage
March 15: Folded book making
March 22: Interactive mail art
March 29: Personal narrative tree project
April 5: Stitched book binding workshop
April 12: Narrative-based collage project

Family and Friends Poetry and Valentine Playshop with Author and Poet Amy Greenberg | Thursday, February 9, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Create a Valentine in poetry for a loved one. Art supplies will be on hand to adorn your prose. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER by February 7.

Image courtesy of the artist: Donald Black Jr.,  The Black Cannon, 2015, photography, 21" x 32"



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including President's Day, February 20.


MARY GRAY | Riffe Gallery Director

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