Unseen/Seen BexArts Public Mural Project

Featuring Local Bexley Artists Christine D'Epiro Abbott, George Leach, Kim Rohrs, and Eleanor Rupp
Featuring Local Bexley Artists Christine D'Epiro Abbott, George Leach, Kim Rohrs, and Eleanor Rupp
Featuring Local Bexley Artists Christine D'Epiro Abbott, George Leach, Kim Rohrs, and Eleanor Rupp
Featuring Local Bexley Artists Christine D'Epiro Abbott, George Leach, Kim Rohrs, and Eleanor Rupp

BexArts is proud to announce its public exhibition, Unseen/Seen, which includes the installation of 4 public murals featuring artwork created by Bexley residents, Christine D’Epiro Abbott, George Leach, Kim Rohrs, and Eleanor Rupp.  The murals were selected from a public call for artwork and more than 30 residents submitted pieces as part of the selection process.  The murals are generously funded by a grant from the Bexley Community Foundation’s Susie and Charlie Rath Creative Fund for the Arts.  Abbott, Leach, and Rohrs are all practicing studio artists, and Eleanor Rupp is a recent graduate of the Bexley City Schools and her work was selected from a pool of student submissions.  More information on their works can be found at www.bexarts.org.

The murals are located along Main Street in Bexley, Ohio at Brassica (2212 E. Main St.), The Drexel Theatre (2254 E Main St.), Giuseppe’s Ritrovo (2268 E. Main St.), and RE/MAX Main Street (2404 E Main St.).  BexArts cannot thank the business owners, partners, and the City of Bexley enough for their support in getting this project off the ground.

BexArts is Bexley’s non-profit community arts council and was formed in 2016 by residents interested in enhancing Bexley’s already lively arts scene with diverse and innovative programming.  The mission of BexArts is to:

“enhance the vitality of Bexley by inspiring, enlivening and engaging the Bexley community, its residents and visitors through meaningful experiences in the arts.”

Susie and Charlie Rath established the Creative Fund for the Arts through the Bexley Community Foundation in memory Susie’s father Leland S. McClelland.  McClelland was a highly regarded local artist and longtime Bexley resident. The fund was established to promote the creative arts, including the visual and performing arts, vocal and instrumental music, writing and communication, design, and digital and other media, in the Bexley Community.  More information about the Creative Fund for the Arts and the Bexley Community Foundation can be found at www.bexleycommunityfoundation.org.

Artist Statements//

 

Christine D'Epiro Abbott received her BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio and MFA from Washington University in St. Louis.  As an undergraduate student, she studied printmaking at the Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow, Scotland.  Following her MFA, Christine was an artist-in-residence for a year at The Luminary in St. Louis, Missouri.  She also completed an artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont.  Her work has been exhibited extensively in Columbus, Ohio and St. Louis, Missouri as well as nationally.  Permanent art collections include the Hilton Columbus Downtown, Greater Columbus Convention Center and Nationwide in One Nationwide Plaza.  Professionally, Christine has taught elementary age to college students with a wide variety of backgrounds and has over ten years of experience in a commercial art gallery setting.  She is currently a Core Member at Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative.

 

I create abstracted representations of my home’s interior with printmaking and collage.  The work starts as an observational drawing on a surface for printing, recording the spontaneous composition of belongings as they are found.  The image is transferred to paper by printing layers of saturated inks on top of corresponding collages to develop unique monotypes.  In some areas, the recognizable depiction dissolves altogether into a formal pursuit of shape, color, and texture.  The finished composition presents rooms that are both real and imagined, encouraging viewers to envision entering the lively scene.  By offering an abstracted perspective of our home, I invite the viewer into our ordinary and vibrant world.  To Do Ta Da presents a view of my living room, a site of constant transformation as well as laundry, now playfully turned inside out and magnified on the side of a building as a part of the BexArts Unseen/Seen mural series.

 

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George Leach’s art is reflective of the people and places he travels to and works with. As a former elementary school teacher and now as a Family Lawyer, he has the opportunity to meet people in varying levels of conflict and turmoil within the legal systems of Family, Juvenile, and sometimes Criminal law. He sees firsthand the heightened emotions of families in turmoil and or transition and he tries to capture the real-life emotions in his paintings. He feels fortunate to have nearly 50 paintings in several county court houses that are viewed by thousands of families each year as they enter into and negotiate through the specific legal system they are in.

 

The "Cuban Ferry" was inspired from a recent trip to Cuba with a group of artists from Columbus.  Our trip is the brain child of Michael Reese and his company to have an artist exchange between Columbus and Cuba.  As part of the exchange, our work will be included in few collaborative shows here at the Columbus Museum of Art and two cities in Cuba.  The work of the selected artists will be on display in each location.  This particular piece came about on the day we were as a group of 13 artists supposed to leave the hotel timely and travel by taxi to the Ferry docks and go across the bay.  Unfortunately, as is evidenced from the position from which I painted this piece; we missed the Ferry because I was the last artist to meet in the lobby.  However, had we made the Ferry, I would not have been able to catch this amazing image with which to paint from.  This painting is very textual and influenced by a painting I own by one of my favorite New York artists, Jonas Lie.

 

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Kim Rohrs

I draw inspiration from cellular forms. These forms flow, oscillate and intersect in my paintings. At times obsessively painted and at other times concealed or muted, the cellular form drives my paintings and allows me to explore themes through this most basic representation. I enjoy giving attention to the many parts that make a whole. Specifically, the way in which cells provide life for all organisms and therefore allow for consciousness to occur.  I often use resin to create physical space between the layers of paint, and when viewed from the side, there is a visual record of the process. in this way, the path may not be completely seen, but is not forgotten.

 

In Common Goals and others in this series, I have been considering the history of movement created by a multitude of small parts moving toward the same goal. Flocks of birds, weather patterns, traveling groups and even the movement of blood cells through our bodies are inspiration for me. I am interested in documenting the overall movement created and recognizing that no single act is done in isolation, but is the result of many parts coming together toward a common purpose.

 

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Eleanor Rupp

 

I am a recent graduate of Bexley High School.  My concentration in Studio Art has been drawing/painting, but I’ve also taken classes in photography and printmaking.  Currently, my favorite artistic medium is watercolor painting. I like to focus on creating contrast, texture, and color in my work. Most of my pieces are realistic or similar to impressionism. I hope to continue my art education in college, with plans to major in Studio Art.

 

Bloomington is a watercolor painting of a building from Bloomington, Indiana. I discovered it during my first college visit and I was intrigued by all of the architecture in town and on campus. I realized that the more I visited colleges, the more I became inspired by the beautiful buildings and surroundings. In this painting, I focused on color and texture to create a realistic image.