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12 for 12

In honor of the Columbus Bicentennial, each month throughout 2012 we will highlight a local Columbus artist from the Museum’s collection. Look for “12 for 12″ blog posts each month, plus follow us on Facebook and Twitter for interesting tidbits about the artists’ life and work. To kick things off we’re starting with George Bellows.

George Wesley Bellows (1882 – 1925) was arguably the most celebrated American painter of his generation. Born in Columbus, Ohio, he attended The Ohio State University, where he played on the varsity baseball and basketball teams. Bellows left Columbus in 1904 to study art in New York City, quickly becoming associated with the charismatic artist Robert Henri and his artistic group later characterized by the term Ashcan School. Bellows’ work exemplified Henri’s call to depict the experience of the everyday, often gritty working-class, world around him.  “It seems to me,” he wrote, “that an artist must be a spectator of life: a reverential, enthusiastic, emotional spectator, and then the great dramas of human nature will surge through his mind.”  The artist’s facile brushwork perfectly conveyed the teeming vitality and heady brashness of human and natural drama.

By his mid-twenties, Bellows had risen from art student to art luminary, winning nearly every major award in the art world, and becoming a member of the prestigious National Academy at the young age of twenty-seven. His dazzling career, however, was brief; he died tragically at the age of forty-three from a ruptured appendix. In his short professional life, Bellows created an enormous body of work that includes more than seven hundred paintings, almost two hundred editions of lithographs, and an equal number of drawings. He is celebrated equally for his seascapes, portraits, city snow scenes, and socially engaged genre, as he is for his depictions of working-class urban life. The Columbus Museum of Art has one of the largest and most important collections of works by Bellows in the world.

CMA Game Show Returns: Q & A with host Susie Starliner

CMA Game Show 2

This Friday is the return of Game Show 2 at CMA. To give you an idea of what to expect, here’s our interview with our fabulous host Susie Starliner.

How would you describe Game Show?
It’s really just a classic game show, but with a creative twist and an extra sexy host (me)!

What should we expect from the next CMA Game Show?
Expect more exceptionally witty banter from myself and co-host/hunk Tod Tabler with hot new games, cash bar, prizes and some super secret, super sexy special guest appearances!

Tell us about Wonderland and Fake Bacon’s involvement.
Well, I heard that there were a lot of really smart people in those groups, plus who could ignore all of the creativity coming out of Wonderland Columbus and the hilarity of the Fake Bacon crew?  I’m a woman that appreciates the talent that the Columbus community has to offer. Sexy!

What kinds of fabulous prizes can people win?
Anything from video games to spa treatments. All of the prizes are being sponsored by Small Business Beanstalk and come from local, independent businesses.

Do people have to participate or can they just watch and be entertained?
There will be plenty to keep people entertained, however, we encourage participation. It’s a chance to display your creativity, and Columbus has some VERY creative people. And, of course, if you press your luck, there’s a distinct possibility of a fondue pot in your future.

Can you tell us anything more about the grand finale game that Wonderland is creating?
Well let’s just say it will be the sequel of all sequels.

In the spirit of James Lipton…
What is your favorite word?

Sensuous.  It rolls off of my tongue like hot butter.

What is your least favorite word?

Impossible.

What turns you on?
Creativity, bocce ball and ’70s soul music.

What turns you off?
Doubters, and when Tod doesn’t wash his toupee!

What sound or noise do you love?
Squeals of excitement.

What sound or noise do you hate?
Whistle tips and that wah-wah-wah sound.

What is your favorite curse word?
I love you.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Professional Sherpa.

What profession would you not like to do?
Survey says: Air Traffic Controller.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Whoopee!

Game Show 2 returns to the Columbus Museum of Art this Friday July 22, 2011 from 8 – 10 pm. Purchase advance Game Show tickets or some tickets may be available at the door. You can also RSVP on Facebook.

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