The Ohio Art Council's Riffe Gallery explores the life experiences that shape us with Growing Pains an exhibition opening July 27 and on view through October 15, 2006. Growing Pains features artwork by Ohio artists working in a wide range of media and exploring the many markers in life's journey-from family dynamics to that place we call home. As the experiences that frame us are varied so are the ways in which artists can explore these themes. Growing Pains brings together many artistic disciplines from Janis Mars Wunderlich's witty sculptures to mixed-media works by Michael Arrigo. Each artist seizes different influential experiences to explore. Bridgette Murphy Milligan revisits her childhood home in her mixed media paintings. Paige Williams' abstract latex paintings explore her role as a new mother and look at the lexicon of new imagery that has entered her life; while Eliar:a Calle-Saari's woodcut prints are rich with her exploration of cultural identity and the cross generational ties between mothers and daughters. Growing Pains is curated by Bellamy Printz.
Featured artists include Michael Arrigo (Toledo), Eliana Calle-Saari (Gahanna), Benjy Davies (Albany), Marcella Hackbardt (Mount Vernon), Brooke Inman (Cleveland), Liz Maugans (Bay Village), Bridget Murphy Milligan (West Salem), Robert "Boomer" Moore (New Marshfield), Migiwa Orimo (Yellow Springs), Nathaniel Parsons (Cleveland Heights), Christina Pereyma (Troy), Lynn Whitney (Waterville), Paige Williams (Cincinnati), and Janis Mars Wunderlich (Columbus).