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One of Gahanna, Ohio’s hidden treasures is Art Garden Studio. Located at 98 Granville St (614/383-8278), it offers a creative haven for aspiring artists of any age. Workshops and private classes can be arranged for groups, parties and events. We sat down with manager Annie Seaton to learn more about Art Garden Studio.
When did Art Garden Studio open? September, 2010
What’s the story behind the business? Juli Hess (owner) started teaching classes more than 10 years ago through the Gahanna Parks & Recreation Department at home school co-ops and out of her home. Owning a studio was always her goal. She increased her students to a number that could support a space and we’ve been growing ever since.
What is Art Garden Studio’s mission? Our mission is to “grow artists,” and give those student artists a place to call home and build confidence and self-esteem through art.
Describe Art Garden Studio’s customers, in general. The majority of our students are children ages 4-17. Some have multiple interests, but others only have our art classes for an extracurricular activity. It’s important for every child to belong to something and we believe our artists have a place to belong in our studio. We also offer adult classes.
What sets your business apart from the competition? We have a product and a service. While learning and growing as an artist, you walk away with something tangible!
What kinds of classes are offered? Fine art classes in all 2-D mediums are offered. Watercolor, Acrylic, Pastels, Drawing, etc. We get crafty on the weekends with Holiday or seasonal themes.
Do you offer private events? Sure! All of our weekend workshops can be turned into a private event, as well as Adult Paint Parties and Birthday Parties.
What kinds of classes/ events do you offer for out-of-town visitors? Our Weekend Workshops are perfect for out-of-town guests because you may simply pay by the class. The workshops are only 1-1.5 hours, so it’s fun to drop in.
What would you most like people to know about Art Garden Studio? Art Garden is a place to learn a skill for life, to take with you at every age. We will meet your skill level where you are and grow the artist in you.
What are your hours? Our hours are creative! We are here when classes or Summer Camps are in session, but typically 10 am-7:30 pm daily and Saturday until 12 noon, but also when our programs are in session.
NOTE: Be sure to visit Art Garden Studio’s open house during Gahanna’s Holiday Lights Celebration (11.22.15). Make-it-and-take-it Holiday Canvas Painting ($5) mini-workshops will be offered every 30 minutes starting at
3 pm! To learn more about what’s happening at the 2015 Holiday Lights Celebration, go to VisitGahanna.com
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The Gahanna OH Convention & Visitors Bureau recently unveiled the all-new Holiday Lights Celebration concept that will kick off the holidays on Sunday, Nov. 22 from 3- 7:30 p.m. This Q&A with Gahanna CVB Executive Director Laurie Jadwin shares details about the new festival-like concept and what community members and visitors can look forward to in late November.
What is changing this year for the Holiday Lights Celebration?
This year, instead of a 30-minute parade, we are hosting 4-1/2 hours of activities and entertainment that will incorporate all of the elements of our Holiday Lights Parade tradition – and more. Simply put: it will be the same, just in a new and better format.
Why won’t there be a Parade?
The annual Holiday Lights tradition has been produced by the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau, not the City of Gahanna. In staying true to our mission to attract visitors to Gahanna and engage our community members, we developed this idea to allow people from near and far to get into the holiday spirit for an entire afternoon and evening.
We tested this concept at last year’s event and featured several attractions in advance of the Parade – live reindeer, horse and carriage rides, a game truck, holiday themed snow plows, and much more – and received GREAT feedback from businesses, community members and out-of-town visitors alike.
We are expanding upon this and are creating interactive events that people from all generations will enjoy, including:
Above all, the intent is to make Holiday Lights a celebration that truly involves and engages our entire Gahanna community and draws visitors!
Who is in charge of Holiday Lights?
The Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau is in charge of Holiday Lights. We are a non-profit 501C-6 organization with a small but mighty staff and a dedicated volunteer committee.
Will Holiday Lights remain a free event?
Holiday Lights is a free event, just as it has been in all the previous years. There has never been any discussion of making this event a paid event.
Was this decision made to save money?
This is not about money. We did not make decisions around this event lightly, nor did we make them overnight. These changes are something that our volunteer committee has been discussing for some time. We decided to implement these changes this year because of the great feedback we received last year from businesses, community members and visitors.
A few things to note:
Gahanna is a dynamic and vibrant city, and we are excited about the possibilities for community involvement and future growth that this new concept presents. We are looking forward to debuting the new Holiday Lights Celebration on Nov. 22 from 3 — 7:30 p.m. and to welcoming 10,000+ residents and visitors to our beautiful downtown area to help us kick off the holiday season!
For more information, watch the Events section of www.VisitGahanna.com for updates and follow @VisitGahanna on Facebook,Instagram and Twitter.
Gahanna OH Convention & Visitors Bureau proudly welcomes guest writer Rowan Evans, Community Liaison with Jorgensen Farms, to our blog today.
Like a perfectly brewed cup of tea, Jorgensen Farms is infused with pleasure and vitality. While it’s not always easy to capture the experience of those qualities in words, many of our guests at the farm are, nonetheless, sure of the effect. Like a cup of tea, serenity.
As a member of Gahanna’s Herbal Trail, Jorgensen Farms is thrilled to share the pleasure and vitality of the herb gardens on the property in the programs and tours that we offer throughout the year.
Fresh herbs may star in a culinary class or, when dried, become part of the chorus in a potpourri presentation. We are devoted to sharing with our guests what we’ve learned about the practical aspects of growing, harvesting, cleaning and storing herbs. We are no less enthusiastic about taking a creative approach in our classes as we explore tea-blending or the sensory use of herbs in creating homemade personal care products.
Always popular are our classes that look at the revered, traditional use of herbs as good health allies and first aid friends. Whether to satisfy our guests’ casual curiosity or to encourage a deeper relationship with these priceless seeds, leaves, roots, flowers, fruits and bark, we find that offering folks new ways to experience the marvelous world of herbs is in perfect resonance with the farm itself.
In keeping with the learning opportunities, from 9:30-11 a.m. on October 22 , we’ll be offering a class titled “Blending Herbal Teas for Pleasure and Vitality.” (Offered as part of Mount Carmel’s Healthy Living series.) Imagine early morning mists at the farm segueing into fragrant steam from teacups as we explore basic herbal tea-blending techniques. We’ll visit and then venture beyond the familiar world of strictly leaf blends to discover other plant parts that offer unique flavor notes and traditional medicinal virtues. Registration is required and can be made through the Mount Carmel website.
Because Jorgensen Farms is a working farm, we are best able to share our story as well as our herbs, honey and produce at local farmers’ markets and the Ohio Herb Education Center in Gahanna.
Our request that visitors come by the farm “By Appointment Only” assures that the numerous tasks that provide vital support for the health and well-being of the farm get the attention they need. We invite anyone interested in visiting the farm to explore the Jorgensen Farms website where you can read about and plan to join us for the farm events that are open to the public. And, of course, we heartily invite you to visit us at the New Albany and Worthington Farmers’ Markets!
To learn more about Gahanna’s Herbal Trail partners and experiences, go to VisitGahanna.com or call 614/418-9114.
A remarkable collection of work by famed Columbus artist Emerson Burkhart (American 1905-1969) will be on exhibit in Gahanna, Ohio, October 2-31, 2015.
Griffin Gallery at Creekside is proud to present the special exhibition titled, “Emerson Burkhart: Reflections of His World – Columbus and Beyond,” at the gallery located at 77 Mill Street.
The gallery is collaborating with Burkhart historian, Geoff Hetrick, who is curating the works to be included in the exhibition. Visitors can expect to see 30+ paintings, many of which have not been exhibited in the past. A number of the works will be available for sale. Two of his best paintings, “The Light is Greater Hence the Shadows More,” first version, as well as “And We Love Our Luxuries” will be included in the exhibition.
Burkhart was well known around Columbus and pursued his passion of capturing Central Ohio life as he saw it. He is best known for his depiction of Columbus area street scenes, self-portraits, country landscapes, several important portraits of African-Americans and paintings he produced while serving as artist-in-residence on global educational trips with the International School of America.
“I am very excited to bring a wonderful collection of Burkhart paintings to Griffin Gallery at Creekside,” said Hetrick. “Many of the works have not been exhibited previously and come from collections here in Central Ohio, across the country and from an owner in Europe. The gallery team and I are committed to helping the public understand that much of the art produced by Burkhart was of equal quality to works created by other important regional painters of the ‘30s, 40s, and ‘50s such as Ivan Albright, Thomas Hart Benton, Clyde Singer and others.”
Hetrick will be speaking at the opening reception to be held on Friday, October 2nd from 6- 8:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
For more information, please contact the Griffin Gallery at Creekside: (614) 385-3600 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Griffin Gallery at Creekside was established in 2014 by Gahanna resident Lew Griffin. His vision is to represent local artists, as well as showcase the work of historical artists with ties to the Midwest. The business model of the gallery is unique as all profits are directed to local charitable organizations.
Guest post by Lloyd Bokman, a Gahanna resident, member of Green Energy Ohio (GEO) and serves on the Shepherd’s Corner Advisory Council.
Located right in the heart of a residential and commercial area just east of Gahanna at 987 N. Waggoner Rd., is a natural green oasis, retreat and sanctuary that few people know about. Shepherd’s Corner was established by The Dominican Sisters of Peace in 1992 on 160 acres of fields, woods, wetlands and streams.
Shepherd’s Corner Farm and Ecology Center seeks to provide a place in which people of all backgrounds can reconnect with the natural environment, themselves, one another, and our Creator.
In caring for the land, life, and spirit, Shepherd’s Corner provides environmental education, offers reflective experiences on care of creation, and renews the land while providing healthy, naturally grown produce. Over the past 6 years, farming at Shepherd’s Corner has donated 15,400 pounds of naturally grown produce to local food pantries. It is committed to donating 60-65% of its harvest to feed the hungry in central Ohio. The remainder is sold to raise money for its many programs, though the main fundraiser is the annual 5K Farm Fresh Run/Walk.
In 2005, a barn built in 1803 was donated to the Sisters. It was moved piece by piece to Shepherd’s Corner and renovated following the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. With numerous windows added, it is positioned to collect passive solar heat. The building has a clerestory added to its roof, bringing in natural lighting and ventilation and contains offices, a large meeting room, a library, art rooms, and a kitchen. The structure won the 2007 Designing Toward Sustainability Award Completed Project, given by the Columbus Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
While the Sisters and volunteers at Shepherd’s Corner are great at growing things, they do not let the grass grow under their feet. They are committed to ecology and sustainability and last summer installed a 13 Kilowatt, ground mounted system of solar panels to help meet their electricity needs, cut costs, and soften their impact on the environment. The cost of the installation was donated by the estate of the deceased parents of one of the Sisters, who has long been a valued member of the staff and the community.
On Saturday, October 3rd, between 10 am and 3 pm, visitors are welcome to attend Shepherd’s Corner Solar Tour, which is part of the 13th Annual Green Energy Ohio (GEO) Tour and the American Solar Energy Society’s National Tour. Guests can see the solar panels up close and learn more about them, visit the 200 year old renovated, passive solar barn with its meeting rooms or walk the grounds and trails, including the specially designed Labyrinth of plants and flowers. All are welcome. There is a lot to discover and hopefully, you will find a little piece of heaven on earth too.
Visit www.shepherdscorner.org for more information.
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