“There’s No Place Like Home” reflects the diverse work of artists

A dozen artists approach the concept of home in various and sometimes surprising ways in the Brandt-Roberts Galleries of the Far North.

For the second time, and following the first themed exhibition in 2019, artists – all living in Ohio or with ties to the state – created 25 new works for “There’s No Place Like Home.”

“You would think they would all be landscapes and some are,” said gallery owner Michelle Brandt. “But some artists took a different path and I liked that they mixed things up.”

"circus crow" by Bernard Palchick

First, the more traditional landscapes:

In one of his works, Mark Gingerich captures rolls of hay in an Ohio field at sunset. Using oil and sand over gesso, Richard Lillash achieves a pastel, chalky texture in his accompanying paintings “Cottage Interior Early Morning” and “Cottage Interior Afternoon”.

David Reed achieves a collage effect by presenting trees in his small works “Toward Winter” and “Lakeside Contemplation”. In contrast, “Three Trees Over the Hill” by Janet Grissom, bare fall trees produced with thick brushstrokes.

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The largest painting is Cody Heichel’s “Downtown Columbus” measuring 4 by 5 feet, an attractive street scene at dusk and perhaps after a downpour.

Migration

In Christopher Burk’s spare gouache on “Flooded House (Blue)” paper, only the top of a house can be seen emerging from the flood waters. Jolene Powell gives an abstract slant to her Hocking Hills acrylic scene “Solstice Series: Cold Moon”.

Bernard Palchick, whose artist statement describes his fascination with the history of ancient Ohio, painted Indian mounds. “Landscape III,” its sunset scene of mounds and trees, is punctuated by two breakout boxes, repeating the image in a smaller, slanted fashion above the larger painting.

Palchick also painted “Circus Crow,” a larger-than-life purple bird pulling a red ribbon scattered across a branch. The avian portrait was inspired by a crow the artist sees in his home outside of Columbus.

"Hay at sunset" by Mark Gingerich

For Kendrik Tonn, the house is the setting for his work, often involving models. In “Baily seated with a mask”, a naked man is lounging on a chair in front of a fireplace.

Caitlin Cartwright boldly portrays female swimmers in her artwork. “Migration” – created from acrylic, latex, paint and a fashion magazine – features a bright red woman standing at the edge of a lily pond.

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For Jason Morgan, a simple kitchen object – a spoon grabbed and chewed repeatedly in the trash can – came to represent the house. He painted it larger than life in a neorealistic style, placing a buckeye in the bowl of the spoon.

"Moment" by Jason Morgan

And in some of the exhibit’s nicest paintings, Marianne Miller paints chickens in a backyard, a clothesline with objects slamming in the breeze, and Columbus’ beloved Goody Boy Diner in the summer scene. “Dining on High”.

Tucked away in a corner of the gallery is another small exhibit, “Intersect”. Here, Brandt is showcasing artwork that should have gone to the “Intersect Chicago” art fair in early November which was canceled due to COVID. Faithful to the artists, it presents the various works of Gavin Benjamin, Christopher Burk, Jeffrey Hirst, Elsa Munoz and Terry Rogers.

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“There is no place like home” continues through December 23 at the Brandt-Roberts Galleries, 642 N. High St. Hours: 1 pm to 5 pm Wednesday through Sunday. Masks are mandatory. Call 614-223-1655 or visit www.brandtrobertsgalleries.com.

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