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Lonny Nichols on the Cultural Arts Center and its Studio Art Sale

Ashley Fuentes Ashley Fuentes Columbus Makes Art Presents 
Lonny Nichols on the Cultural Arts Center and its Studio Art SaleMulti-color glazed and cut bowl by Lonny Nichols. Find it and more at the Studio Art Sale at the Cultural Arts Center, Nov. 11 and 12. Photo by Ashley Fuentes.
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On Nov. 11, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., and Nov. 12, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., the Columbus Cultural Arts Center hosts its annual Studio Art Sale. Lonny Nichols is one of the enthusiastic student artists who will be selling at the event, and he shared about the sale and his involvement at the CAC.

Lonny Nichols at his workspace in the Cultural Arts Center Ceramics Studio. In the four years that he has been studying ceramics here, Lonny has gone from beginner to experienced artist, able to plan and create a ceramics art piece suitable for sale. Photo by Ashley Fuentes.

Lonny Nichols at his workspace in the Cultural Arts Center Ceramics Studio. In the four years that he has been studying ceramics here, Lonny has gone from beginner to experienced artist, able to plan and create a ceramics art piece suitable for sale. Photo by Ashley Fuentes.

Ashley: How long have you been doing the Studio Art Sale? How did you first get involved with the Cultural Arts Center?
Lonny: This is my third year doing the Art Sale. It’s a great experience and fun for me. I got my start at the Arts Festival four years ago — I toured the CAC building, and while I was here, I registered for ceramics lessons, because their demonstrators looked like they were having so much fun.

Ashley: What is your favorite thing about the Studio Art Sale?
Lonny: The community is very supportive, providing us a high volume of traffic. Plus, many people see the quality of the art coming out of the CAC studios. I’ve been in Columbus for 10 years, and I like to go to the studios downtown; last time I went to one of those shows, I thought that in comparison, the talent here at CAC was so much better. That kind of talent and instruction inspires me.

Ashley: What advice do you have for anyone interested in participating in the Studio Art Sale?
Lonny: Well, only CAC students, faculty and staff may enter. If you can enter, your work must be the best you can do, and you must have a pleasing display. CAC is trying to teach us how to market what we are making — how to take our art to a public level. The level of instruction here is really high, and many of our students do go on to sell their art.

Ashley: If you could have dinner with any artist, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Lonny: Joan Mitchell. She is an abstract painter and expressionist, and I really enjoy her perspective, and how she turns nature into abstractions. I would like to pick her brain about that.

Just in time for the Holidays, the Cultural Arts Center’s Nov. 11-12 Studio Art Sale offers unique, affordable art pieces that make perfect gifts. All items in the sale are made by students and faculty and are of the highest quality. Located at 139 W. Main St., the Cultural Arts Center is part of the Columbus Recreation & Parks Department.

Columbus Makes Art Presents is a bi-weekly column brought to you by the Greater Columbus Arts Council – supporting art and advancing culture in Columbus. The column is a project of the Art Makes Columbus campaign, telling the inspiring stories of the people and organizations who create Columbus art. Each column will be written by a different local arts organization to give you an insiders look at how #artmakescbus.

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