Virginia Kistler @ Kettering, Ohio

FLC member Virginia Kistler recently completed a public art commission in Kettering Ohio. 
Located in the Oak Park neighborhood, her piece entitled "Mutual Homes" was completed using stainless steel. 


FLC @ Ohio State Fair 2018

French Leave Collective has two members with work in this years Ohio Sate Fair; Crystal Tursich and Kyla Rafert
The State Fair is always a tremendous show and definitely worth a visit! 
Check out the Fine Arts Exhbition at the Fair from July 25th to August 5th. 


Kyla Zoe Rafert @ Phoenix Rising

FLC member Kyla Zoe Rafert presents an exhibition of original works in the hallway gallery of Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative at 243 N. 5th St. #140 in Columbus, Ohio, from April 3rd through April 30th 2018. The exhibition will be available for viewing during the building's open hours, Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 6 pm, and Saturday 9am - 1 pm. An artist's reception will be on Saturday April 7th from 4 - 7 pm. Food and drink provided.

Rafert's artwork uses fairytale-inspired narratives that toy with themes of femininity, lost innocence, puberty and death. Stage-like in their presentation, the works often depict intricate, Victorianesque scenes that are technically stunning, visually lovely, and often slightly foreboding. 
The majority of the works on display will be etchings, a centuries-old fine art printmaking technique where the artist uses acid to etch a hand-drawn image onto a metal plate and the plate is then inked and used to transfer that image onto paper via an etching press. Also included in the exhibition will be several mixed media pieces that use a combination of hand painted and screen-printed elements. 
Kyla Zoe Rafert is an artist and illustrator living near Amanda, Ohio and is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, with residencies at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Vermont Studio Center and Women's Studio Workshop, among others. Her work has received national recognition by New American Paintings, American Art Collector, and elsewhere. She received her B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and her M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Find her at www.kyla-zoe.com.

​detail of etching entitled Perimeter


Update Series with Liz Morrison

Update Series is a collection of posts that bring you up to date on our members current activities! First up is Liz Morrison!

Liz kept busy in 2017, teaching watercolor and drawing at Columbus College of Art & Design, continuing to experiment with text-based watercolors, and launching her new business, Painted Bouquet! She offers custom artwork of wedding flower arrangements as unique wedding and anniversary presents. It's off to a successful start, with happy customers and a supportive following! Liz looks forward to a new year full of art-making and growing her business. Follow her @paintedbouquet and check out her shop on etsy!


Nicholas Skowron joins FLC

Nicholas Skowron received a Bachelor of Art degree in Architectural Studies from Kent State University in 2011 and received an MFA in Printmaking from Kent State University in 2014. He has exhibited work in a number of juried exhibitions, including the New Prints exhibition Somewheres and Nowheres juried by Nicola Lopez at the International Print Center New York in November 2014, and most recently in CICA Museum's Contemporary Landscape exhibition in Seoul, South Korea. He was awarded the Thomas D Little Prize for Excellence in Printmaking in 2013, and the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for 2015. His art practice focuses on themes of entropy, structure, accumulation, repetition, historical reference, memory and the breakdown or reimagining of those systems.


Virgnia Kistler @ Dayton Metro Library

Virginia Kistler was recently selected to produce an original piece of sculpture for the newly renovated Dayton Metro Library.
Virginia Kistler (b. 1976) American, UNTITLED, 2015, Rubber, stainless steel, wood.Collection of the Dayton Metro Library, 2016.2 
The Kuosi Society Costume from the Bamileke people and the Relief Fragment from Persepolis, both from the Dayton Art Institute’s permanent collection were chosen by the artist as inspiration for this work.
 "My work is a contemporary take on the traditional craft of textiles, inspired by the Relief Fragment from Persepolis and theKuosi Society Costume. To contemporize the craft, I used laser cut, synthetic rubber. Like many Persian and Bamileke textiles, I employed the use of radial symmetry. If you look closely at the work, you will see textile patterns that are inspired by both cultures." -Virginia Kistler, artist


Crystal Tursich @ Maine Media Workshops

Crystal just completed an exciting workshop at Maine Media College. Her description of her time there is below.
In August, I attended a workshop at Maine Media Workshops + College in Rockport, Maine. The workshop was Creating Visual Narratives instructed by Susan Burnstine. It was an intense one week workshop aimed at getting participants to realize the personal thread that runs through their work and to create new work with this realization in mind. Susan had us show work that inspired us as well as our own work, do free writing activities, focus on visual metaphors, and travel to different places while shooting each day. For me, we determined that my common thread or topic is "ties that bind." I focused on this topic throughout the week. My goal in attending the workshop was to create a new body of work and return to the very personal self-portrait work I had done previously. Through Susan's guidance, I feel I'm on the path to making that new work. The images I've included are some of my favorites from the week. These photos were taken at the Topsham Fair on the last day of shooting. I focused on using my reflection in combination with environmental elements in the different spaces to begin building on a narrative of my past and present.