Monday, July 30, 2012

NCALP Champion Awards

We’re seeking nominations for the NCALP Champion Awards to be presented to outstanding individuals and organizations who have demonstrated leadership in the child welfare field, particularly in relation to youth who are aging-out of the foster care system. Four honorees will be selected in the categories of Individual, Organization-Private, Organization-Public and Youth. Awards will be presented at the annual NCALP Autumn Wine Celebration on Friday, October 12, 2012, at The Bluestone.

Nominate worthy individuals and organizations by going to:

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Need a little inspiration today?

Take a moment to listen to this powerful podcast - Derek Clark shares his triumphant life through 13 years of foster care to living the life of his dreams.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Gary James

After creating stained glass art in its traditional form for over twenty years, Gary James realized that he needed to free himself from its inherent limitations. Flat glass has a narrow selection of colors – he wanted a palette that was more expansive. More importantly, where he had once relished emulating the design styles of the likes of Tiffany, Lafarge and Wright, he yearned to break free of them and find his own way.

Drawn to the qualities of pastel and watercolor, James thought it might be possible, and perhaps much more interesting, to apply those techniques to glass. Traditional methods of applying vitreous paints (kiln fired glass paints) result in a rather narrow palette of color. However, through numerous trials James discovered that he could customize the color by taking advantage of enamels that fired at different temperatures and by applying the paint to both the front and back sides of the glass. Further, by layering multiple pieces of glass one behind the other James was able to achieve an abstraction and depth of color unlike anything he had ever seen in stained glass.

The “creative” process challenged James to devise still more innovative ways to apply washes and textures to the surfaces of the glass. “As I worked, an unexpected and welcome evolution of the process occurred,” said James. “This divergence from old traditions, this new direction, this more primitive and impressionistic approach has enabled me to achieve a deeper level of expressiveness. A level that goes beyond what many even consider to be stained glass. My desire is to delve into and more fully explore this journey that I can consider to be my own.”

Check out Gary's website to see the glass masterpieces he has created!

Marc Hollander, D.D.S.

Dentist by day and a budding glass artist by night, Marc Hollander is one of the featured artists for our Autumn Wine Celebration. Hollander spends his free time blowing glass at the Columbus non-profit studio, Glass Axis. Hollander’s favorite glass blowing techniques include the beautiful Venetian cane working and incalmo. His work incorporates bright, vivid colors involving multiple color applications, intricately designed shapes that are both fun and beautiful.

Glass art comes naturally to Marc. Since he was a kid building models, he has always enjoyed working with his hands, making “things”. Whether it be crafting topiary sculptures for his unusual back yard or making one-of-a-kind sculptures in his patients’ mouths, it is all the same. “I get to take something from an idea to something that can be looked at, seen, and enjoyed,” said Hollander. “Blowing glass is an extension of this.”

From making a sketch, to planning which colors to use and how to use them, to taking the first gather of 2100 F molten glass and blowing a bubble in it, every step is a thrill for Hollander. “The process never ends,” says Hollander. “I always try to push my creative and physical limits to come up with something new and different.”

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

3 Babes and a Baker

Carla Saunders is a former bakery owner who took a converted a gyro truck, and turned it into Columbus’ first mobile gourmet cupcake truck. The Three Babes and a Baker truck has since been outfitted to bake and store a variety of cupcakes ranging from German chocolate to red velvet to pineapple upside down cake.

In addition to operating at The Market at 15th and High and at the NW corner of the High and Gay St Intersection, Three Babes and a Baker also caters private events such as birthday parties and other gatherings.

Contact Carla Saunders, head baker, to order your own Three Babes and a Baker cupcakes.

Follow 3 Babes and a Baker on Twitter and Facebook.

The Wine Bistro

With two locations in the Columbus Metro area, The Wine Bistro is a warm, inviting restaurant and bar that has been quenching residents' thirst and hunger for many years.

Serving an extensive array of fine wines, beers and light dishes, The Wine Bistro is the perfect mix of charm and convenience. The Bistro's expert staff is always nearby to offer advice and information about the wines they serve and they make every visit a truly educational experience.

Visit one of The Wine Bistro locations and RSVP for our Autumn Wine Celebration today!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Meet Lisa Horkin - One of Our Featured Artists

This year, we are adding a unique element to NCALP's Autumn Wine Celebration by featuring the works of local glass artists within the Columbus community at our event. In addition to having their works on display during the event, the artists will be in attendance to answer questions.

A native Ohioan, Lisa Horkin has worked as an artist in Columbus for 10 years. In addition to creating art of her own, she has also lectures and teaches art to others. Horkin received her BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design where she majored in painting.

Nine years ago, she expanded into glass blowing as a means of creative expression. Lisa specializes in smaller glass objects and works primarily at the Glass Axis studio in Grandview and she also has a small studio in her home.

Check out some of her pieces!