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Art Around Ohio

Video: Art Around Ohio Mini-Series

Art Around Ohio is a special four-part mini-series hosted by Aimee Wissman, marketing and exhibitions fellow at the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery. Originally published on the OAC's Instagram page, Art Around Ohio takes you inside the homes, studios, and workspaces of artists around the state and explores the creative communities that call Ohio home.

Episode 1 | Julie Woodrow (Marysville, Ohio)

We begin our journey in Marysville, Ohio, located about 27 miles northwest of Columbus in Union County, where Ohio artist, ceramicist, and arts educator Julie Woodrow creates whimsical pieces inspired by the plants and animals right in her backyard.

Julie’s sculptural work invites viewers to delight in what she calls “a playground for the eyes.” Looking around her home, where her kitchen table doubles as her studio, feels a lot like looking at her artwork. The house is positioned in a rural oasis, a world unto itself: a potter’s wheel sits outside near the chicken coop and all the outdoor cats are named after comfort food. Inside, the home is filled with Julie’s collection of her work and plenty of hidden treasures. Watch as Julie demonstrates the sculpting process and talks about how she approaches her work as a teacher at Worthington Kilbourne High School —and keep an eye out for a cameo by Julie’s chickens, who often serve as her models!

Julie (@julie.woodrow) is represented by Sherrie Gallerie in the Short North Arts District. To view more of her work, visit or


 Episode 2 | Wellston High School Art Club/Make Wellston Beautiful

Art Around Ohio Episode 2 takes us to Wellston, Ohio, where local high school students have teamed up with the nonprofit organization Make Wellston Beautiful to design and paint community murals.
Hear about how this creative partnership came about and how young artists are making their mark on their hometown, one colorful building at a time.


Episode 3 | Laura Donnelly (Malvern, Ohio)

In this episode, Art Around Ohio journeys to Malvern, Ohio, to speak with Laura Donnelly, an Ohio artist and founding resident artist with Market Street Art Spot (@marketstreetartspot) a co-op gallery in Minerva, Ohio.
In this video, Laura discusses how she uses clay to create a canvas on which she paints and draws portraits, flora and fauna, as well as whimsical characters and designs from her imagination.
You can explore more of Laura's work on the Market Street Art Spot website:



 Episode 4 | Jasper Elementary (Piketon, Ohio)

In this final episode of Art Around Ohio, we're traveling to Piketon, Ohio, where students at Jasper Elementary worked with teaching artist Pam Kellough (@pamelakelloughmurals) to create removeable table-top murals inspired by jungle animals. As art teacher Samantha Walls explains, this project incorporated artwork by all students and staff members, and working with Pam opened students' eyes to potential career paths in the creative arts.

The painted panels sit atop a rainbow of picnic tables when the weather is nice and can be moved inside and displayed on the wall during other times of the year. The mural project was supported by an Ohio Arts Council grant.



The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. Connect with the OAC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or visit our website at


Videos produced and edited by Amanda Etchison, Communications Strategist; Aimee Wissman, 2020-21 OAC Riffe Gallery Marketing and Exhibitions Fellow; and Cassie Rea, 2021 Ohio Arts Council Arts Administration Fellow

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