Riffe Gallery’s “Flashback to Now” Exhibit Combines Past, Present

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Flashback to Now, an exhibition that combines past with present, highlights 16 of the Ohio Arts Council’s (OAC) earliest individual artist grant recipients of the 1980s. Work created at the time of their first grant(s) will be presented alongside current pieces.

Curated by Ann Bremner, Flashback to Now: OAC Support for Individual Artists will be on display July 23-Oct. 18 at the OAC’s Riffe Gallery.

Exhibiting artists include Dorothy Gill Barnes (Worthington), Mary Jo Bole (Columbus), Nancy Crow (Baltimore), Jack Earl (Lakeview), Maureen France (Cincinnati), Henry Halem (Kent), Frank Herrmann (Cincinnati), Janice Lessman-Moss (Kent), Charles Massey (Columbus), Paul O’Keeffe (Cleveland Heights), Penny Rakoff (Cleveland), Aminah Robinson (Columbus), Gregory Spaid (Gambier), Brinsley Tyrrell (Ravenna), Garie Waltzer (Cleveland Heights) and Walter Zurko (Wooster).

All Flashback to Now events are free and open to the public. An opening reception will be held Thursday, July 23 from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited to meet the curator and the exhibiting artists.

Dorothy Gill Barnes with glass by Nate Ricciuto, "Cherry Blocks with Glass," 2013 (Riffe Gallery)
Dorothy Gill Barnes with glass by Nate Ricciuto, “Cherry Blocks with Glass,” 2013 (Riffe Gallery)

Other upcoming events include:

Curators Tour, Thursday, Sept. 10, 6-7 p.m.

Discover the process behind the exhibition. Curator Ann Bremner leads a guided tour through the gallery.

Wandering and Writing: The Idea of Place in a Gallery, Thursday, Sept. 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m. 

How do we find our place in a gallery, responding to the works that most compel us to write? Ohio poet Terry Hermsen has years of experience guiding both students and adults through galleries around the state. Explore fresh techniques for “entering a work of art” using poetry or prose from his book Poetry of Place (NCTE, 2009). Registration opens July 23. Secure your spot at

Free Family Workshop with artist Leah Wong, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2-4 p.m.

Artist Leah Wong will guide families through a combination of basic calligraphic brush and scissor cut techniques. The resulting paper cutouts will be used to construct a collaborative installation on view within the Riffe Gallery through the close of the exhibition. All children must be accompanied by a registered adult. This workshop is geared toward children age 6-17. Registration opens Aug. 14. Space is limited, so secure your spot at