Columbus Open Studio & Stage Offers An Opportunity To See Behind Artist’s Closed Doors

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This weekend, we all have the chance to check out some amazing local art around Columbus. The fourth-annual Columbus Open Studio & Stage (COSS) event is a self-guided tour of 45 different Columbus artists at 18 locations.

You can see the behind-the-scenes at seven performances organizations and get to know eight community arts partners throughout the weekend. COSS is presented by the Greater Columbus Arts Council and Art Makes Columbus, and it’s a unique opportunity to take a candid look at all of the great art being created in our city.

“Columbus Open Studio & Stage has been embraced by the community, with more than 8,000 studio visits and $65,875 in art sales in the first three years,” said Jami Goldstein, vice president of marketing, communications and events at the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

“We’re excited to again offer the opportunity to meet our incredibly talented artists’ face-to-face, explore their creative spaces and see behind the scenes of the artists’ creative process. Columbus’ artists and arts organizations are a vital part of the city’s cultural fabric.”

If you want to participate in the event, it’s simple. You can purchase a map of the tour online and either pick up a hard copy at one of the community partners this week or at any starting point this weekend, stage and artist studios included.

The official event app shows studio addresses to help you find a starting point or, if you’re just not into using old-school paper maps, it can be your guide for the entire tour. Either the paper map or receipt from your online purchase will act as your pass for admission to the studios and timed tours at venues.

Some of the artists will host live demonstrations during the studio tours, which means you can really get an understanding of what goes into creating art. Throughout the weekend, you can visit the destinations in any order you’d like. They’re broken up by area, including Franklinton, Grandview, Downton/Clintonville/Short North, and Brewery District/OTE/Merion Village.

With so many artists and spaces participating in the tour, you may be wondering where to start. But don’t worry, we’ve got a few suggestions.

If you want to see what living in art looks like, stop by the home of artist Charles Wince. In 1988, Wince bought a “fixer upper” in a “bad neighborhood” for $38,800. Wince is a self-taught artist and his best-known work of art is his home in Harrison West. The house is absolutely stunning and it will definitely make you rethink how you incorporate art into your own home.

The Home of Charles Wince, via COSS

Anne Spurgeon is one of those artists that makes you think, how did Columbus get so lucky? She has exhibited nationally and internationally and her work has been reviewed in some impressive publications, including The New York Times. At her studio, Spurgeon will demonstrate how to make stains using natural and accessible elements from your kitchen or garden. Stopy by and have a hands-on experience, experimenting with items like coffee, turmeric, and pureed beets.

Works by Anne Spurgeon, via COSS

Art is so much more than a canvas or a sculpture. At CD 102.5, participants can stop by the independently owned radio station for a studio tour throughout the weekend. The radio station has been instrumental (pun intended, don’t hate me) in building up the music scene here in Columbus. During the tour, visitors can check out the CD 102.5 Big Room, broadcast studios, music space, and the green room.

via Facebook

TRANSIT ARTS is a citywide youth arts development program (ages 12-21) of Central Community House. There are programs that include open studio time with access to equipment and supplies, artist-led workshops in a variety of mediums, and performance and exhibition opportunities. This stop is home to two artists on the tour, Richard Duarte Brown and Mindy Staley. There will be music jam sessions on both days at TRANSIT ARTS, as well as studio tours.


In addition to the insane amount of art stops, participants can also stop into select restaurants offering deals for COSS map-holders. Touring all of this art is hungry work, so stop by Lineage Brewing, A Common Table, Strongwater Food & Spirits, Yellow Brick Pizza, Due Amici, Pecan Penny’s BBQ, The Walrus, or the Olde Towne Tavern for a bite to eat.

Columbus Open Studio & Stage will take place throughout the city on Sept. 14 and 15 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Maps can be purchased on Maps are $10 for one, $18 for two or $35 for four. Kids 12 and under are free. See you out there, fam.

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