Saturday, October 13th we'll be opening a new show
Bellow & Roost: A Seasonal Manifestation is a collaborative effort by Ali and Michelle Calis to celebrate the magic and mystery of the
autumnal season; when the living goes dormant, the air turns crispy,
and the skies grey. With a rustic unorthodox technique, they muster up
the enchantment of all those little creatures that tend to send tiny
chills down your spine, and pair them with quaint but curious patterning
to trick the eye.
Ali and Michelle combined forces thirteen years ago while studying fine art
and design at Ohio University. Upon completion Ali began
showing his paintings in several galleries around the country, and was
soon published in Roger Gastman’s book, Morning Wood. In 2006, a couple
years after making t
he joint trek to Cincinnati, Ali launched a creativegroup called AbleProjects with partner Ryan Little. Inspired by the large amounts of construction waste and other available resources, he quickly
began creating an assortment of large scale installations
throughout the city that were made solely from salvaged lumber.
Meanwhile, Michelle worked towards melding the unconventional nature of
art with the sometimes painful normalcy of designing interior spaces,
and attempted to create an atypical product. Finding herself especially
inspired by the effects of textiles and color, she began to create and
incorporate custom patterns into her work. The transition towards
collaborating was a natural one for the couple. These days when found
working together, he serves up the meat and she adds a dash of sweet.
Please join us on October 13th
from 6 p.m.-10p.m. for the opening night of this spooky-sweet, husband +
wife collaboration as you hop around Northside for the October edition
of Northside Second Saturdays!
This week at the park in stead of doing our usual classroom style programs we used fairy tales to get kids to use there own imaginations in the Discovery Garden. We did some story telling with character prompts and had a special scavenger hunt for fairies visiting on vacation, then we build some fairy houses for the vacationing fairies using bark, twigs and pine cones that had been collected ahead of time for the project.
All these houses were built by kids with limited adult supervisioin. I think they did a super job.
Friday night at InConJunction I went to a costuming workshop on building wings that open and close. It was quite fun and gave me an idea for a wingged steampunkish Alien Pet. The Workshop facilitator took some photos and you can check then outhere.
Cincinnati Museum Center A nice Museum in one of the most wonderful Art Deco buildings in the world. It has a special place in my heart because I met my husband in the basement of the Natural History Museum.