Lines & Edges

Sue Cavanaugh | Elsie Sanchez | Barbara Vogel | Leah Wong

August 10 – September 8

Lines & Edges is a collaborative exhibition featuring textile installation artist Sue Cavanaugh, Paintings by Elsie Sanchez, Visual Artist/Photographer Barbara Vogel & and paper artist Leah Wong. These talented artists from Columbus, Ohio will transform our Gallery Space to make it a truly unique experience for all to enjoy.

Sue Cavanaugh:

Cavanaugh works by hand with cloth, cord, dye, paint and occasionally wood and wire. She does this by hand and without assistants. Her work has been seen in national and international exhibits at the Columbus Museum of Art, Oceanside Museum of Art, Springfield Museum of Art (Ohio), Ross Museum of Art, Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum of Art, Ohio Craft Museum and Zanesville Museum of Art. Awards include Best of Show, Shibori Cut Loose exhibit, Textile Center, Minneapolis; Ruth Lantz Fiber Award; Janet Long Memorial Award for Excellence in Fiber; Ohio Arts Council Professional Award; and the Lynn Goodwin Borgman Award for Surface Design.

In 2012 she was selected by the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Free State of Saxony for an artist residency in Dresden, Germany. She worked in a studio at Geh8 Kunstraum und Ateliers for 80 days culminating in a two-person exhibit with Rotterdam painter Marielle Buitendijk.

Cavanaugh’s work is in collections of the Hilton Columbus Downtown and the Ohio Arts Council and private collections in Ohio, New Mexico, California, New York, Chattanooga, and West Seattle. She is represented by Muse Gallery, Columbus, Ohio, and gráficas gallery, Nantucket, Massachusetts. She lives in downtown Columbus, Ohio, and has a studio in the 400 West Rich artist community.

Elsie Sanchez:

Elsie was born in Havana, Cuba and migrated to the United States at the age of nine. She currently resides and works in Dublin, Ohio. She earned her MFA and BFA (Summa Cum Laude) in Painting and Drawing from The Ohio State University. Her work is represented in Columbus by Keny Galleries. She has participated in many solo, two-person, juried, and group shows. She also has been part of numerous invitationals, most recently at the Ross Art Museum at the Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware Ohio, at the Carnegie Gallery of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, and at the Strathmore Hall Arts Center in Bethesda Maryland. In April 2017 Elsie participated in “Extended Relationships” a three-women show at the Southern Ohio Museum in Portsmouth, Ohio. She is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Excellence Award, and has earned numerous other awards including those from the Greater Columbus Arts Council and Ohio Exposition Commission.

In 2015, Elsie returned to Cuba for the first time since leaving the country. There she met with Cuban visual artists and was introduced to their work. She also traced her steps taken as a child: visiting the home she left and exploring the neighborhood where she played.

In her intricate woven, cloth-like abstract paintings, Elsie examines the interaction between the individual and the collective. The density, openness, boldness, and subtlety in her paintings reflect absence, fragility, and resilience.

Barbara Vogel:

Barbara Vogel received her BFA and MFA from the Ohio State University. Her images are based in alternative photographic processes.

Her work is in the permanent collections of the Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, Ohio, the Southern Ohio Museum in Portsmouth, Ohio, and the Ross Art Museum in Delaware, Ohio. Her work can be seen at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital, the Hilton Columbus Downtown, and the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. 

In 2017 her work was exhibited in an exhibition with artists Leah Wong and Elsie Sanchez titled “Extended Relationships” at the Southern Ohio Museum. In 2019 her work was shown in a national group photographic show at the von Liebig Art Center in Naples, Florida. In 2019 she also had a solo show at the Zanesville Museum of Art.

She is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Excellence Award, and has earned numerous other awards including those from the Greater Columbus Arts Council and Ohio Exposition Commission.

Vogel is a board member of the Ohio Craft Museum and a member of Spring Street Studios, both in Columbus. She resides in Grandview Heights, Ohio, and is represented by Sherrie Gallerie, also in Columbus. 

Leah Wong:

Born in Qingdao, China, Leah received her BFA in oil painting from the China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou, China and earned her MFA in painting from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. As an undergraduate, she studied with internationally celebrated abstract artist Zao Wou-Ki. She taught at Shanghai Theater Academy in Shanghai before moving to the US in 1993. She currently lives and works in Columbus, Ohio.

“Open space in nature inspires me to rethink traditional landscape perspectives. For example, bird’s-eye views flatten the earth. Water, in turn, reflects its surroundings. Water can create moving images. It can also double or shatter images. Viewing the earth from the sky, we see patterns, a mix of manmade structures and organic nature.

My recent work synthesizes elements of painting, drawing and paper-cut methods to rethink image-making. I employ an X-acto knife as one drawing tool. I ink and paint lines and then reconstruct existing lines and shapes by cutting them.

To inspire curiosity, I inject color emotionality into abstract forms. The communication between cuts in the paper and the line drawings on the paper produces a space that opens up possibilities. The light-and-shadow effects create multiple layers and contrasts that recreate positive and negative spaces.

I reimagine my environment by changing perspectives to create a sense of floating energy. Each piece occupies space independently but also works in coordination with the others in a site-specific environment.” 

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