The theme is the garden of good and evil. I have three art cars. This is my medium.
The vibe for Comfest is relaxed. Let’s just show up, hang out, enjoy the performances, and celebrate just being there. We are all here in this moment in time, having a good time.
One of the positive things about what I do is, it is oriented for everyone. You don’t have to come in with a specific ability, look, or age.
We are getting people registered to vote. Why? Because I am running for Columbus City Schools Board.
This event is a fun introduction to yoga to the community who might not otherwise try yoga.
We have the best hibachi in the city. Steak, chicken, shrimp, fried rice, egg yoke, and yum yum sauce. All of that good stuff.
I use real butter and real sugar, It is what your grandmother made. I suggest eating in moderation.
The picture doesn’t do the process justice. The part of me that rode skateboards, loves musical instruments, etc. wanted to stay a little longer and admire the work.
I am adventurous and I am not afraid to make ugly. I taught myself a lot, because I don’t’ have fear. Fear is the biggest enemy of being creative.
I didn’t see a particular style that I wanted to copy. I wanted to have my own unique approach to it. I bought some books and materials, and learned how to do it on my own.
I create all of these pieces from my head. I don’t have a set imagery in mind. They are all stylized landscapes.
If it is square I made it. If it is round he made it.
I like to use exotic hard woods that I buy from all over the world to make things people can appreciate and use every day.
I work in a lot of layers to develop my bold colors. Thematically, I am focused on pride, diversity, and love.
I grew up on a farm. I got into sculpting to become a better welder. I found out that I have a passion for it.
My inspiration is animals, people, places, and things. All the nouns.
I draw what I feel and what I think. I tell the world what I am about with my drawings.
I don’t restrict myself to traditional photography. I think of myself like a photographer that paints.
My goal is for you to look at the painting and sort of hear the music and feel the rhythm and vibe.
Follow what you love doing. Find your own style. Be true to yourself.
The goal is to create a three dimensional perspective in a two dimensional space to put a smile on your face and engage you with color.
This years highlight for me was the Big local Arts Village. That was the location to see a local band performing live and to view the hands on demonstrations.
I do graphite pencil drawings. They are photo realistic.
I play with fire and I hit stuff with a hammer.
I want people to learn. This is a dying art form. Not many people are doing this anymore.
I have a 10 year rule. It takes me 4 years to get it right. Then, I do it for another 4 years, and then I’m sick of it. Then, I move onto something else. I have not ran out of decades yet.
I thought that it was an amazing thing that I could make an all wood drum. I ran with it. I stumbled upon some different ideas that weren’t out there like changing the drums a little bit that made them dynamic in another way.
The one eye is about introspection. It is about closing your eye to physical distractions of life and getting to know your true self outside of this vessel, outside of your body, race, sex, social standing and how much money you make.
I do like to paint women. I can get nice whimsical with their hair and their clothes. I could do men. I just find them a little boring.
Our primary focus is to address those most critical health needs in our community: chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer screenings.
We do high impact cardio dance fitness, and strength conditioning classes to help tone and tighten and lift those things that might be loose.
We are putting fresh produce back on Mt. Vernon Avenue.
On our website, you can find information about multiple programs that can help you with down payment assistance or assistance with closing costs.
Tokyo is my favorite city in the world. I have been twice. In middle America, being able to celebrate eastern culture in this way is amazing. Having a little bit of Japan to come to me in this way is exciting.
We have been bringing this to Columbus for the last 25 years and as you can see, everyone is enjoying it.
It means push yourself to that limit, then go over that limit. We always want to challenge ourselves.
It is common that most people do not know about our music. Even Vietnamese barely know about our own cultural instruments. There is very little exposure.
This festival is a great opportunity to connect with people around music and dancing.
It is alcohol ink on yupo paper. Yupo paper is kind of like a polypropylene sort of like a plastic. You can get the ink in all different pigments like hues. You mix the ink with rubbing alcohol and put it on this paper.
When you are on the stage, people expect you to play.
This took be back down memory lane to the school visits at COSI and Mr. Lewis’ science classes at the Battelle Math Science program! This festival isn’t just for kids, it is for the young at heart!
It is said that most people have a least one book in them. I admire people who have the dedication to publish that one book. Everyone I talked to was excited and passionate to share about their books.
What is unique about the book is it has an interesting blend of history, personal narrative, fiction, documents (excerpts from newspapers and sociological discussions of the time period) and why people would be doing what they did.
When looking at traditional lynchings, people of color represent anywhere from 50 to 75% of those lynched. Way out of proportion to their numbers. When talking about tar and featherings, people of color represent like 10%, which is much closer to their actual number.
The media shows Catholic sisters as being judgmental and dour. I wanted my books to dispel the myths about Catholic sisters.
Christine Brennan broke down many barriers as a female sports journalist. When you go to her website, she has a special section where she tells journalism students exactly what they need to do to follow in her footsteps.
I wasn’t done with Angie’s story. Fat Angie was a book that touched a lot of young people. As it relates to death, after the time when people stop bringing you the casseroles, and coming to your door saying, “I’m Sorry,” seven months later if you don’t have someone to talk to, how do you cope with some of that.
Since I have a background in journalism and went to journalism school in Chicago, I decided to write a book about women who are reporters. I tried to focus on back in the day when they were called “girl reporters.”
Young people are unpredictable. The world is unpredictable. The ending of the book is a surprise even to me.
You write with your hands, you cook with your hands, you hold a dying elderly person with your hands. I feel most of our emotional connections are done through our hands.
My book is about the Vietnam war but it’s not a war story. It is a coming of age story.
This was a concert that was more than singing and playing instruments in excellence. It was ministry in excellence. “Just to think that He did it all for me” …. Enough said.
The event had a friendly vibe. There were so many locations (about 30) where artists were creating art and displaying art. Although well attended the event didn’t seem overly crowded.
There is a lot to do at the Arnold Sports Festival that is free (on the cheap). I didn’t scratch the surface of what was offered. I felt like there was so much to do with so little time. It is easy to get overwhelmed with all that is offered.
Grip strength is exactly what it sounds like. They make us pick up odd objects with our hands.
I think it is important to do what you love to do for a living. There are not enough people in the art field that show other young artist that they can do this.
I LOVE watching artists create.
It was clear all are dedicated and committed or else they would not have been invited to perform/compete at the Arnold Sports Festival.
I like to lift heavy. People think you are going to get big and bulky when you lift heavy. That is not the case. Lifting also changes you on the inside. If you know you can lift 405 you can do anything.
Today I did my best squat lift thus far, 358 pounds, a 182-pound bench press, and a 420-pound dead lift. That is almost my best. My best dead lift is 425 pounds.