3 artists: clay, country and composition

Published: Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 12:00 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 7:29 PM


What: “Curves and Corners,” an exhibit featuring Abbe Cheek, Micheline Daemen and Ray Wilson

Where: Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main St., Troy

When: Continues through March 3

Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays

More info: (937) 339-0457 or www.troyhayner.org

Three art worlds are colliding at the Troy Hayner Cultural Center this winter, and the overall effect is a good thing.

Abbe G. Cheek of Columbus is presenting her contemporary pottery; Micheline Daemen of Troy is showing her realist and abstract paintings, and Ray Wilson of Columbus is presenting his photography.

Abbe G. Cheek

She was more fortunate than most kids while growing up. Instead of Play-Doh, she got to make her first shapes out of clay in her mother’s studio. Today, she favors earth tones for her hand-built plates, bowls and vessels. My favorite work of hers is a small white Penland Plate with splashes of hunter green and taupe.

“Porcelain’s delicate and translucent qualities are further enhanced by the layering of subtle glazes on my thrown forms,” said Cheek, who now has a studio of her own in the basement. “Designs found in nature are my inspiration.”

Cheek has shown her clay pieces extensively in the Columbus area and has been juried into Ohio Craft Museum’s Best of Show every year since 2008.

Micheline Daemen

This viewer’s “best of three” artists would have to be Daemen, not only for the quality of her works but also for her obvious talent across various mediums and styles. She started attending the school of the Arts Decoratifs in Ixelles, Belgium, at 15. She continued her visual arts education at the Academie des Beaux Arts in Belgium, where she studied drawing, watercolor and oil painting.

“You don’t think about things very often, but when I was very young I had all the courses in Belgium, and one day the teacher gave me my drawing back with a notation that she wanted to see me after class,” said Daeman, who moved to the U.S. in 1986. “When my grandmother came to get me, my teacher told her I was very talented and should become an artist.”

Smart teacher. Daemen followed her advice and has been working on her craft. Layers of oils in a beautiful sunset with loads of texture? Check. Hard edges and wonderful composition in an acrylic abstract? No problem. Dreamy floral watercolor? Got that covered, too.

“The subject matter depends upon how I feel that day and what is going through my mind at the time,” said Daemen, who has lived in Troy for the past 10 years.

She is now a member of the Western Ohio Watercolor Society and is also showing her works at The Art Vault Gallery in Troy.

Ray Wilson

His photography career began while on a vacation trip to Alaska. A professional photographer saw his travel shots and “insisted that he get familiar with more details, gain skills and get serious” about his photography. He began his foray into imagery with film, but now uses digital almost exclusively.

“I don’t remove from images those things which were there originally, nor insert things not there,” Wilson said.

Nature usually takes care of the beauty, and Wilson enhances the scene in several different ways. Sometimes he doesn’t have to travel far to unmask that beauty.

“Baby Japanese Maples” is a case in point.

“My wife and I were at breakfast when she noticed how the overcast day made the leaves appear gray,” Wilson said. “She directed me to get out on the deck and take the shot.”

Taking the shot is only the beginning, however. For “Ash Cave,” Wilson took five separate exposures and combined them in a software program to capture a wider range of lights and shadows. The technique is called high dynamic range. Another image, which has sold, is titled “Fall Flies Away.” The subject is milkweed at Caesar Creek State Park.

“To me it doesn’t look like a photograph at all. It looks like a painting,” said Cyndy Shreffler, a Troy resident who has taught ballet at Hayner since 1977.

Wilson has exhibited his photography at the administration offices of Worthington and Grove City, at the High Road and McConnell galleries in Worthington, and the Ohio State Office Building and Motorist Mutual Gallery, both in Columbus.

Carrie Fisher once sent producer a cow tongue after friend was allegedly assaulted

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 12:58 PM

Carrie Fisher Stuck Up For Friend Who Was Allegedly Assaulted By Sending A Cow Tongue To Producer

Apparently, Carrie Fisher wasn’t afraid to take matters into her own hands when it came to getting even.

Heather Ross, a longtime friend of the late “Star Wars” actress, opened up to a Tucson, Ariz., radio station about her own experiences with sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood following allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein.

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Ross told the station about in incident in which a producer (not Weinstein) picked her up to take her to dinner, but pulled the car over and climbed on top of her, pinning her to the seat.

She said that when she managed to get him off of her, he said, “You’ll never make a movie in my town and get the F out of my car.”

When Ross confided in Fisher, the actress decided to get revenge.

“About two weeks later, she sent me a message online, and she said, ‘I just saw [blank] at Sony Studios,’” Ross said. 

“’I knew he would probably be there, so I went to his office and personally delivered a Tiffany box wrapped with a white bow,’” 

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She continued, “I asked her what was inside and she said, ‘It was a cow tongue from Jerry’s Famous Deli in Westwood, with a note that said, ‘If you ever touch my darling Heather or any other woman again, the next delivery will be something of yours in a much smaller box!’”

Fisher’s actions definitely had an impact on Ross.

“It felt validating to know, Okay, first of all, this woman who I love as a friend was not just a fake Hollywood friend. That’s who she was. She spoke out and she put things out there in your face,” Ross said.

Fisher passed away on Dec. 27, 2016, after suffering a heart attack on a plane from London to Los Angeles. She was 60 years old.

Billy Joel, Alexis Roderick expecting second baby

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 5:43 PM

Alexis Roderick and Billy Joel are expecting their second child together.
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Alexis Roderick and Billy Joel are expecting their second child together.(Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images/Getty Images)

Billy Joel and his wife of two years, Alexis Roderick, are expecting their second child together.

Joel, 68, said his wife is due next month during an interview with The Belfast Telegraph

“This one is pretty good,” he said of his 2-year-old daughter, Della Rose. “She sleeps through the night. I hope the next one will.”

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The couple welcomed Della Rose in August 2015, a little more than a month after their secret wedding at Joel’s Long Island estate. The Los Angeles Times reported that two had been dating since 2009. Joel had been married three times before.

A representative for Joel confirmed to E! News that Roderick, 35, is due in November.

Joel is also father to 31-year-old Alexa Ray Joel with ex-wife Christie Brinkley.

Blac Chyna sues Kardashian-Jenner family for damaging her career

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 8:07 PM

Rob Kardashian And Blac Chyna

Blac Chyna has reportedly filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the entire Kardashian family. 

People reported that, in the filing, Chyna, 29, whose real name is Angela White, claims she has suffered “significant damages” because of photos posted online by her former fiance, Rob Kardashian.

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In July, Kardashian went on an Instagram rant -- that later moved to Twitter -- and claimed Chyna cheated on him, used him for money and abused alcohol and drugs. During that rant, he also posted nude photos of his ex-fiance. The two are parents to 11-month-old Dream Renée Kardashian. Their relationship was chronicled on the first season of their E! reality TV show “Rob & Chyna.”

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According to a KNBC report, the suit alleges assault, battery, domestic violence, harassment, intrusion into private affairs, false light, distribution of private materials, invasion of privacy and defamation. 

“Rob Kardashian is an abuser intent on destroying Angela White, the mother of his baby, who left him in 2016,” the suit reportedly says. “In revenge, the Kardashian-Jenner family became media predators, slut-shaming her on social media and killing her hit television show, which had already begun filming a second season.”

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The suit alleges Rob Kardashian “immediately grabbed the phone from her hand and violently knocked her to the ground where she landed on her hands and knees” when Chyna tried to call Tyga, the father of her 5-year-old son, King Cairo.

Rob Kardashian (right) and Blac Chyna (left) pictured in 2016. Once engaged, the two have broken up and filed lawsuits against each other.(Greg Doherty/Getty Images/Getty Images)

In addition to Rob Kardashian, the suit also names his mother Kris Jenner and sisters Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner. The suit says the family, described as powerful and vindictive, damaged Chyna’s career and reputation.

The Blast reported in Spetember that Rob Kardashian and Kylie Jenner filed a lawsuit against Chyna for assault, battery and vandalism. The suit claims Chyna attempted to strangle Rob and damaged Jenner’s home, which Rob Kardashian was renting.

Canada heartbroken: Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie dead at 53 of brain cancer 

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 7:23 PM

Frontman Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip performs onstage during the band’s 'Man Machine Poem Tour' at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada, on July 24, 2016. 
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Frontman Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip performs onstage during the band’s 'Man Machine Poem Tour' at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada, on July 24, 2016. (Andrew Chin/Getty Images)

The lead singer of the Canadian alt-rock band the Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, died Wednesday night after a battle with terminal brain cancer.

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Downie, 53, passed away surrounded by his children and family, according to a family statement on Twitter.

"Gord knew this day was coming – his response was to spend this precious time as he always had – making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived,” the statement said.

Downie was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, or terminal brain cancer, in December of 2015, but didn’t reveal the diagnosis until May of 2016, according to Rolling Stone.

"Gord said he had lived many lives," the statement continued.

"As a musician, he lived 'the life' for over 30 years, lucky to do most of it with his high school buddies. At home, he worked just as tirelessly at being a good father, son, brother, husband and friend. No one worked harder on every part of their life than Gord. No one."

The five members of the Tragically Hip started playing together in the mid-1980s. They gained some traction in the United States in the 90s, but never really caught on among American audiences.

They are huge superstars in Canada, though, producing 14 studio albums over three decades, with most going platinum, Rolling Stone reported. They were featured on postage stamps and received the Order of Canada.

Downie was also an environmentalist who worked on behalf of indigenous people and social justice issues.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called Downie’s command of language “profound.” 

He painted landscapes with his words, elevating Canadian geography, historical figures, and myths," Trudeau said.

"When he spoke, he gave us goosebumps and made us proud to be Canadian. 

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Downie’s family thanked fans for “the respect, admiration and love” given to Downie throughout the years, in their statement following his death .

"Those tender offerings touched his heart and he takes them with him now as he walks among the stars."