Calendar April 2013

It Looks Like It's Open - 13 E Tulane Rd, Columbus, Ohio


Studio-mate shows not at the studio:

In A Sense / Innocence: A Community Collaboration

Ohio Art League Gallery // April 4 - 27, 2013
Featuring works by The Children of Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities Early Childhood Education Partnership
with OAL Member Artists: Ryan Agnew, Christine Miller, Daric Gill, Catherine Bell Smith
& FCBDD Studio Art Teachers: Danielle Norman, Therese Brady, Darren Thompson, Kathy Bernon

Paintings by Ryan Agnew
Bexley Public Library // March - April, 2013
Also featuring favorite children's book covers re-designed by art students at Ohio Dominican University

Jesse Hemminger will be exhibiting his work in cleveland on April 13th at the Mini Maker Faire, all day at the main library in downtown Cleveland.

April 6th, this Saturday: a CAW reception at Open Door Studio Heidi Kambitch and Heidi Madsen bring a painting to life with Clowning and a 2 person body puppet.  Short Improv performance starts at 6pm. 

April 13, Heidi brings Art Car and OpenheartCreatures to Agora at Juntionview Studios.


Illio Studio events:


Friday, April 5 7:00pm-9:00pm 

Healing Concert, Christopher Reynolds

An evening of music and healing with Christopher Reynolds from Strongsville Ohio. Christopher Reynolds is a teacher, adjunct professor in creativity, religious studies and art, a musician and a shaman. Patriarchy and the late modern worldview are passing away. A deep reunion of sacred feminine and sacred masculine in a quantum, holistic universe is coming forth in our midst. $5 suggested love-offering.


Saturday April 6 10:00am-3:00pm 

Healing Workshop, From the Wounded Father to the Sacred Pipe 

The Restoration of the Sacred Masculine, lead by Christopher Reynolds, M.Ed. With the ongoing meltdown of patriarchal structures occurring around us, a post-patriarchal activism which separates and celebrates the masculine away from patriarchy is being called forth in both men and women. In story-telling, music, and ritual, this workshop is a healing journey that follows the threads of recovery through the 12 steps, dreams, spiritual emergency, Earth-based spiritual practice and lives of fathers and sons. We will journey together into a masculine capacity to feel the Earth, the Ancestors, the Spirit, and generously participate in the 13.7 billion year old expanding universe. Christopher Reynolds is a teacher, adjunct professor in creativity, religious studies and art, a musician and shaman. Open to both men and women. $30 registration fee.


Sunday, April 7, 7:00-10:00
March FUN-A-DAY showcase

show off what you've been working on april 7th at illio (13 e tulane) from 7-10pm. hang drawings or writings, display videos on a laptop or projector, share your music with an mp3 player, whatever! this is an open house style event so stop on it whenever. if you want to show your work, get in touch and show up early (~6:30).

there will be snacks!


Sunday, April 14, 2:00pm
Open Meditation : Letting Go

Change. We can't stop it. According to the Buddha's teachings, a central cause of human suffering is our habit of grasping onto things that don't last. This spring I have found I need to remind myself again and again that to be truly happy, I must learn when it's time to hold and when it's time to let go. Tibetan lama, Togmay Sangpo (1295-1369) put it this way,

"Attached to your loved ones you're stirred up like water.
Hating your enemies you burn like fire.
In the darkness of confusion you forget what to adopt and discard.
Give up your homeland--
Loved ones who have long kept company will part.
Wealth created with difficulty will be left behind.
Consciousness, the guest, will leave the guest-house of the body.
Let go of this life--
This is the practice of Bodhisattvas."

[Bodhisattvas = beings aimed toward awakening]

We should not stop loving our loved ones, but must recognize that truly being present for them requires us to love unconditionally, without anything binding us or them. Sangpo tells us to "give up [our] homeland" and when we are able to do that fully, we can walk anywhere and it will be our birthplace. When we live fully, rejecting nothing, our actions accord with the logic of the moment (which contains the future and the past). We may not act the way we used to last year or the way other people expect of us. Nor do we reject the wisdom of others just to assert our independence. Thich Nhat Hanh wrote in his own journal during his first trip to the US (later published) that, "A free person neither adheres to nor violates life’s rules. The most glorious moment in life is to witness a friend’s return, not exactly a return, but an infinitely exquisite moment when he emerges from the chaos caused by the annihilation of his last refuge. There he is, liberated from the hard shell of a thousand lifetimes, standing nobly in the brilliant light cast by his burning refuge. In that moment, he will lose everything, but in the same moment, he possesses everything. Beginning at that moment, we are truly present for each other."

Or, as the Zen poet Saigyō (1118-1190) wrote simply,

"I'll forget the trail I marked out on Mount Yoshino last year,
go searching for blossoms in directions I've never been before."

As spring air blows in from the South and the buds of trees burst open into flowers, what new trails should we make? As we sit in quiet meditation together, what new blossoms will we find?

As we have in the past, we will sit for two 20/25 minute sessions with an open discussion before and after. The two sessions of sitting meditation will be broken by silent walking. Then we'll have tea! Those new to meditation are welcome to join and participate as much as they feel comfortable. 

Last month we made support for those who wanted child care, but it ended up no one needed it. If you need a responsible person to watch your kid(s) so you can participate, send me a message (or fb or at 614-499-3350). I want to help make sure this quiet practice is accessible to parents. I'm excited for the connection!


Monday, April 15, 6:00-8:00
Frack Action Ohio!

A meeting to discuss strategy and compare notes on ending hydraulic fracturing in Ohio. 

Feel free to drop in! 

Contact for more info. 


Saturday, April 20, 1:00-4:00
Fuse Factory Work Shop: Make a Hopperbot. 

Fee: $32.50; $52.50 for 2
Instructor: Matt Howard
Enrollment limit: 10

In this workshop, participants will create a simple electronic hopping toy that is propelled by an off-balance spinning weight. This workshop is suitable for adults and children aged 10 and up.


Saturday, April 27, 1:00-4:00
Fuse Factory Work Shop : Build a BuzzBot

Fee: $42.50; $77.50 for 2
Instructor: Andrew Frueh
Enrollment limit: 10

In this workshop, each student will build their own vibration based robot. These energetic little robots are related to bristle-bots, and they buzz their way around the room. They can even push small obstacles! In building, customizing, and playing with these simple robots, students will explore the phenomenon of using vibration as robotic locomotion.

The BuzzBot kit is designed by Columbus artist Andrew Frueh. The body for the bot is designed and printed on a 3D printer in the artisan studio run by him and his wife, Melissa. The BuzzBot is designed to be sturdy and reliable, yet allow each student to customize their bot. You can put the legs in different arrangements, add antennae, attach a tail… it’s your robot.

The first part of the workshop will consist of building a BuzzBot. This will require working with a soldering iron and a hot glue gun. During the workshop, students will solder some wires, then assemble the robot, customize the legs and other features, and then put their robots into action. The second part will consist of activities for completed robots. These activities will be chosen by the group, but could include any of the following: a robot race, robots are coming to smash the city!, robot ballet, etc. In this part, students will be looking at how vibration causes locomotion as they bend legs and modify their bots to get different behaviors.

This workshop is suitable for adults and kids aged 10 and over who are interested in robotics, and/or just like to make things. Optimally, students should have at least a little soldering experience beforehand, but the soldering is very minimal (only three spots), so first-timers should be okay if they feel confident.

Sunday, April 28, 1:00-3:00
Embracing the Journey IV

A Workshop Series and Community Group celebrating Self-Discovery, Transformation, and Spiritual Growth

Please RSVP to or to ensure your spot in the workshop! This is an in person workshop.

Many of us feel a great calling to tap into our sacred nature, yet we are also seeking guidance; manners of practicing and integrating the profound revelations and transformational experiences we have had in our journey in healthy lasting ways. This workshop series will assist those who wish to dive deeper into spiritual exploration with helpful tools and a supportive community to share their discoveries with.

Workshop Series Cost is a sliding scale - $10 - $15

These workshops offer a safe, comfortable, and supportive environment for spiritual exploration and reflection. All paths are welcome. No prerequisites of any kind are needed! If you have ideas or suggestions for future workshop topics, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Please post a comment on this page or send us a message email to either of the email addresses listed below.