Athens, Zanesville Artists Featured in Riffe Gallery Exhibit

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The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery will present Artists of the Winding Road A-Z, an exhibition spotlighting the community of creatives guiding Appalachian Ohio to civic recovery and renovation through the arts, April 7-23.

Painters, ceramists and sculptors from Athens to Zanesville create a wide range of contemporary art and fine craft. Seven of those artists come together in Artists of the Winding Road A-Z, curated by Susan K. Gottlieb of Zanesville. This exhibition includes free opportunities for the public to interact and learn about the artists, their processes, and the region’s influence on their work.


Alan Cottrill | Zanesville
Kelsey Duncan | Athens
Paul Emory | Zanesville
Brad Schwieger | Athens
Michael R. Seiler | Zanesville
Yan Sun | Zanesville
John Taylor-Lehman | Zanesville


Thursday, April 7, 5–7 p.m.
 Mingle with the artists and other arts enthusiasts during this free reception.

CURATOR’S TOUR by Susan K. Gottlieb

Friday, April 8, 12–1 p.m.
 Stop in for a guided tour of the exhibition to discover stories behind the artwork.


Want to mix up your lunch routine? Brown-bag your lunch and listen to four of the featured artists.

Paul Emory, painter, Monday, April 11, 12–1 p.m.
 Paul Emory will lead a conversation about his recent assembled pieces, their construction, and their relationships to his timeless paintings.

Alan Cottrill, bronze sculptor, Tuesday, April 12, 12–1 p.m. 
National award-winner Alan Cottrill, for whom sculpture is a second career, will speak about his approach to his subjects and his artistic philosophy. His masterpiece of Thomas Alva Edison, which has been on display in the Ohio Statehouse rotunda since last summer, is slated for permanent installation in the U.S. Capitol Building during April.

John Taylor-Lehman, found object sculptor, Friday, April 15, 12–1 p.m.
 Emphasizing the environmental aspects of his art, John Taylor-Lehman will discuss his transition from talented amateur to exhibiting professional artist whose works in the folk art tradition are now sought after and collected.

Michael Seiler, painter, Thursday, April 21, 12–1 p.m.
 A vastly experienced teacher and lecturer, Michael Seiler will give a presentation focusing on the evolution of his asphalt and alkyd paintings, engaging the audience through questions and answers and offering suggestions for individual artistic expression.


Yan Sun, live portrait painting

Wednesday, April 13, 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
 Ohio State Senator Troy Balderson will sit for his portrait executed by internationally renowned Muskingum University Professor Yan Sun. On Friday, April 22 from 12–1 p.m., 
Ohio Speaker of the House Cliff Rosenberger will sit for his portrait by Sun.

Kelsey Duncan, live pottery demonstration

Tuesday, April 19, 12–1 p.m.
 Athens artist Kelsey Duncan will demonstrate basic techniques for ceramic production. He will also discuss his own artistic vision and inspirations behind his evocative works.

Riffe Gallery admission, events and programming are free and open to the public. Artists of the Winding Road A-Z is produced by the OAC’s Riffe Gallery. Media support is provided by CD102.5, CityScene, Ohio Channel, WOSU, Ohio Magazine and WCBE 90.5 FM.

The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery showcases the work of Ohio’s artists and the collections of the state’s museums and galleries. The Riffe Gallery is located in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, across from the Statehouse on High Street in Downtown Columbus.