August 9, 2013
LIMA — Looking for inspiration? Head into ArtSpace/Lima.
“ArtSpace/Pops 2013: A Fine Craft Invitational” continues through Sept. 14 in the Ellen Nelson Gallery, featuring works by 22 artists based in Ohio.
The show is a study of art versus craft — and finds middle ground in fine craft. This is not your average art festival fare, but it offers fun and whimsy nonetheless. One wall is occupied by a large-scale paper work that features origami cranes that are waist-high. Other works showcase fine woodworking or pottery skills.
Bill Sullivan, operations manager at ArtSpace/Lima, explained that three years ago he wanted to do an art sale but received no response from the arts community. Undeterred, he picked up the phone and invited artists to participate — and this show was born.
“And it’s a fun show,” he said. “It happened almost by accident.”
The exhibition features non-traditional work in wood, metal, clay, paper, fabric and jewelry. It’s perhaps more easily defined by what it is not: There are no paintings or photographs. Almost all the works in the exhibit are for sale.
“I love this show. I’m so glad that fate decided it would work out this way,” Sullivan said.