January 16 – April 3, 2022 | Darren Goodman | Trail of Tears | Elizabeth T. Black & Foundation Gallery
Group Tours are Welcomed | Please call 419.756.1700 at least 24 hours in advance to schedule a visit.
After a decade of sharing Darren’s Glass Experience with audiences around the world, the “Trail of Tears” exhibition is coming to the Mansfield Art Center.
Comprised of exhibitions throughout Paris, from Corning New York to the Museum of Glass in Washington State, this will be Darren’s largest and most comprehensive exhibition in the United States.
January 16 – April 3, 2022 | Heidi Weller | Recent Paintings| Spotlight Gallery
I have recently started oil painting after a career in commercial and industrial photography, and while the realistic image still holds sway, my goals are abstract. Pictures and images are not so much the aim as a resolution, a crystallization of shape, color and line into a whole of an experience that has resonance.
I enter the studio every day with great anticipation of what might happen, what might be explored and what might emerge. I try to work with an open mind and open heart, to allow those inarticulate thoughts and feelings within me to roam freely on the paper.
April 16 – May 22, 2022 | Lucas Hargis | Mixed Meta4 | Spotlight Gallery
A mixed metaphor is a mashup of two common phrases, clichés or idioms: “Don’t count your chickens in one basket.” “We’ll burn that bridge when we get to it.” “You opened that can of worms, now lie in it.”
For the first time ever, a single species can consciously affect the worldwide climate. Humans decide the fate of all life on Earth. The scope & scale of what we are capable of, well, I can’t seem to get that out of my system.
“The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;—
Little we see in Nature that is ours;”
from The World is Too Much With Us, William Wordsworth
I use more than my fair share of clean water. I eat genetically-modified corn & such. My chickens are boneless & skinless & I sometimes forget where the meat comes from. I produce waste of all kinds that doesn’t simply evaporate once I’m done with it. I do my part to screw the world up. I’m trying, in small ways, in conscious ways, to educate myself & to do better, to be a good steward.
As best as I can understand why I’ve made these particular works for this show, I keep returning to one phrase: alive, beautiful & strange. I feel it describes all of nature, life, humankind included.
May 8 – June 5, 2022 | 77th Annual May Show | Elizabeth T. Black & Foundation Gallery
The 77th Annual May Show is a juried exhibition open to ALL Ohio artists. This year’s juror is painter & sculptor Paul Fletcher. Works in all mediums will be on display.
Inspired by nature, Paul specializes in wildlife & landscapes using his traditional painting skill in an impressionistic style. His paintings represent personal experiences that he hopes brings a feeling of serenity & awareness of the animals & fragile environment that surrounds us all.
Announcement: We will be accepting Digital Submission this year. Please stay tuned for more details.
June 26 – August 7, 2022 | John Mellencamp | Paintings & Assemblages | Elizabeth T. Black Gallery
The voice of the heartland, John Mellencamp, brings his mixed-media exhibition Paintings & Assemblages to The Mansfield Art Center. A Grammy Award winner and member of The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Mellencamp is also an accomplished painter, collector, and activist. Paintings & Assemblages documents America’s heart and soul, exposing unsettling, but beautiful truths with an attitude of defiance, and narrative sensibility.
As his musical career flourished, Mellencamp began to paint earnestly in the 1980’s. His affinity for portraiture, influenced by the works of Otto Dix and Max Beckmann, shares a kinship with German Expressionism of the early twentieth century. Like his music, Mellencamp’s paintings are carefully composed through the structural requirements of harmony, rhythm, and order. His large-scale oil portraits and mixed-media pieces examine subjects that speak to the viewer with a voice as powerful as his songs.
He has exhibited his work in galleries and museums across the United States including: The Butler Institute of American Art- Yougstown, OH; The Tennesse State Museum- Nashville,TN; The Museum of Art- Deland, FL; ACA Galleries- NY; and The Morris Museum of Art- Augusta, GA.
The Mansfield Art Center will be showcasing a full collection of Mellencamp’s work, including recent paintings, in the Elizabeth T. Black Gallery from June 26- Aug 7, 2022. An Opening Reception is scheduled for Sunday, June 26, featuring food trucks and craft beer from The Phoenix Brewery.
June 26 – August 7, 2022 | Mindy Tousley & George Roby | Manifestations in Paper & Clay | Foundation Gallery
Manifestations in Paper & Clay, explores the friendship between Mindy Tousley & the late George Roby, the synchronicity of their work, and their shared use of abstraction to present their observations and experiences of the world through their art, exemplifying the larger conversation between artists which crosses time.
Mindy Tousley, is the Executive Director of The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) and a committed studio artist. Her practice as an artist using paper is influenced by her own background as a ceramicist, and is built around her appreciation for the beauty of the accidental mark or the random act. In this, her approach is very much like Roby’s approach to the clay. Her work is based on her observations of her everyday life, the natural world, and the urban environment, banality, absurdity and ugliness or beauty. She finds joy in creating order out of chaos, unbalancing and rebalancing and then finding the center.
The late Archived Artist George Roby, a graduate of Cranbrook, was a highly respected Ohio potter, sculptor, and teacher who mainly produced both functional and sculptural works in the medium of clay. Many of his pieces in Manifestations are deeply personal sculptures chronicling his own unique emotional experience as a caregiver for his wife Sue, as they faced the daily realities of her Alzheimer’s diagnosis before her death in 2014. These pieces have mainly been shown as part of the Art Interprets Alzheimers Exhibition, which has travelled to over 20 different venues since 2012, and is now part of the collection of the AAWR. Roby’s other works are predominantly altered vessels. They embrace the concept of imperfection; a simple stretching of volume from the inside which throws the symmetrical pot off balance, or a line drawn down through the clay on the outside while it is wet and malleable, fresh from the potters’ wheel. His actions accentuate and draw our attention to the nature of the clay, and the imperfections of the individual.
June 5 – July 10, 2022 | Wilhelmina Marks | Through my Eyes | Spotlight Gallery
My photographs focus primarily on a sole individual, whether it is part of them or their whole being. In these unique portraits, I aim to capture emotion and movement in an abstract manner. As a dancer my intention is to bring life to the image through the body language and surrounding atmosphere.
I am inspired by the traveling of natural light through time and how it affects the space within the image. Overall, my desire in photography as it is in dance is to choreograph a moment in time that each viewer can either relate to or question.
July 17 – August 21, 2022 | Jennifer Winkler & Students | Mixed Media | Spotlight Gallery
Jennifer has been professionally painting for many years, beginning with commissioned portraits back in high school. In college her concentration switched from painting to sculpture, specifically lost-wax aluminum casting and steel fabrication. Throughout college and in the years after she won several awards and art competitions. She ahs worked as a sculptor for a water park feature manufacturer, sculpting their life-size prototypes in addition to being a sign painter, muralist, and figure painter for a wooden carousel manufacturer.
Jennifer is now passionately engaged in a teaching career at Smithville High School, where she is actively shaping and elevating young artists to reach their full potential. This exhibition will be a call and response of creation between the Teacher and the Student, showcasing the talents of Jennifer and the Smithville Smithies.
August 28 – October 16 | The Eye’s Mind | Photography | Elizabeth T. Black Gallery
This exhibition will feature the talented works of eight Ohio Photographers, offering a glimpse into the world around them. Each artist brings a unique approach to the medium, honoring tradition while pushing the craft forward by challenging the viewer to re-evaluate the possibilities of what Photography is and can be.
Participating Artists: Jeff Benedetto, Stephen Calhoun, Braxton Daniels III, J. Leopold Francl, Tina Gutierrez, Larry Hamill, Irv Oslin, Kate Shannon.
August 28 – October 16 | Joseph Maibach | Paintings | Foundation Gallery
Joe Maibach can tell you how long it took him to paint a painting based on how many Pabst Blue Ribbons he drank while he was painting it. If you asked him what he was painting, he would say he just thinks of cool shit, and paints it. That’s true, but the “cool shit” he’s painting arises undoubtedly from his love of nature and human anatomy. The shapes and figures in his paintings tend to swirl into each other and toggle back and forth between recognizable form and abstraction.
During the day Joe works as a prosthetic technician fabricating prostheses for people that have suffered a loss of limb due to accident or amputation. Joe went through his own experience with amputation when he lost his leg to cancer at fourteen, which gives him a rare insight and opportunity to use his love of art to help those who are facing the challenge of relearning to use their body.
“Plants, Animals & Body Parts” is the result of a man coming home to relax in the garage and have a few beers amongst his pile of wood, tools and lawnmower, and in Joe’s case, paint and canvas. It’s a culmination of years of sketching in class as a kid, making up superheroes, figure class in college, sitting in the backyard looking at nature, fabricating prosthetics, and shooting groundhogs, making their way somehow onto the canvas and into the gallery.”
August 28 – October 16 | Marcus Blackwell | Mixed Media | Spotlight Gallery
MARCUS P. BLACKWELL
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio and raised in Rochester, New York, Marcus currently resides in Columbus, Ohio. An artist all his life, it has only been within a small number of recent years when he made a life-changing decision to transition from his year career of 25 years in the financial service industry to finally pursue his art career in earnest.
With a foundation in studies in Illustration at the Columbus College of Art and Design and Multimedia Production at the Columbus State Community College, he is a self-taught, mixed-media visual artist who focuses on Illustration and Fine Art.
His interests, rooted in storytelling traditions, are mainly concerned with the creation of expressionistic abstracted and figurative images which explore and depict themes and ideas related to and concerned with Afrofuturism, dreams, mythology/folklore, symbolism, and social commentary.
Since 2016, many of his works have been featured in a wide variety of group and solo exhibitions in various venues in the Central Ohio area. He is a self-described comic book nerd, a skilled but disgruntled ex-musician, a fledgling would-be poet, and proud father of two adult sons.
October 19 – November 5, 2022 | Plein Air Society | Spotlight Gallery
The Ohio Plein Air Society is a collection of artists and art lovers sharing a common interest in outdoor painting. This exhibition will celebrate the plein air tradition with a juried group of works painted outdoors in the true spirit of plein air painting.
OPAS welcomes and supports artists of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds. Members come from nearly every county in Ohio, and from each of the surrounding states.
November 19 – December 24 | The 53rd Annual Holiday Fair | All Galleries
A showcase of fine art, functional craft, and gifts for the holiday season.