The museum is part of a larger professional organization called Ohio Designer Craftsmen. Those are the folks that bring us Winterfair each year in Columbus, one of the country's premiere art events. They know how to put on a great show.
If you have not visited the Ohio Craft Museum before, the outward appearance is deceptive. It's an older building with tall ornamental grass along the front, and doesn't scream ART from the outside. The inside will take you by surprise. A huge piece of modern art is on the wall as you enter, and the entire museum has an updated, open layout that beautifully accommodates the exhibits. The quality and creativity of the art work will grab your attention from there -- beautiful textiles, expertly crafted wood, whimsical sculptures, stunning glass work, tantalizing ceramics and metals. There is no way you can attend this without wanting to take something home!
We will all be at the crowded shopping malls buying mass produced items this holiday season. Adding this little gem to the top of your list of shopping destinations will give you an enjoyable cultural experience and ensure that you'll land some truly memorable and distinctive holiday gifts. Admission is free.
Here are photos of SueLacy Designs jewelry included in Gifts of the Craftsmen this year:
Above: sterling silver and labradorite pendant
Below: sterling silver and 14k gold pendant, earrings
Below: sterling silver and freshwater pearl necklace