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October 21, 2014

Sherri Geldin talks Transfigurations at the Wexner Center

Image credit: Pablo Picasso; Nu au fauteuil noir (Nude in a black armchair), 1932; Oil on canvas 63 1/2 x 51 in. (161.3 x 129.5 cm); Wexner Family Collection © 2014 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The Wexner Center for the Arts is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and in a big way. Through the end of the year, you’ll be able to see art from Leslie and Abigail Wexner’s personal collection—including pieces from Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti and Jean Dubuffet. The show—titled Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection—fills the center’s entire gallery space. Sherri Geldin, director of the Wexner Center, talked with us about what it means to have the show at the Wex.

What can people see in the Transfigurations?

It is an opportunity for people to see works of absolutely exemplary quality, and in the case of the three primary artists, an extensive sweep across their respective careers. It’s a very in-depth look at their wok in particular. It is beautifully installed. There’s a wonderful opportunity for people to compare and contrast the works by each artist.

How have people reacted to the collection?

People are stopping me in the lobby to say thank you. It’s very gratifying, and precisely the response we have hoped for. People are spending time here, not speed dating with the work. They are spending time reading, really enjoying the experience. You have to recognize that this is a collection that hasn’t ever been seen publicly in its entirety. This is the first time that people have the chance to see the totality of what [the Wexners] have collected for over 40 years.

What makes this the perfect collection to celebrate the center’s 25th anniversary?

In so many ways, the Wexner Center is focused on the contemporary. I have always maintained that while contemporary art can sometimes be a bit perplexing to people and be slightly inscrutable, it is really part of an ongoing continuum of creative practice that began with the dawn of time and follows a very natural evolution over the decades and centuries.

To learn more or purchase tickets, visit —Heather Weekley, @heather_weekley

Posted by Capital Style on October 21, 2014 08:47 AM | Permalink

October 20, 2014

New Albany Women’s Network hosts annual Fashion Show

1020 NAWN Fashion ShowMake your Saturday a fashionable one: The New Albany Women’s Network (NAWN) is hosting its annual fashion show, Brunch and Bellinis, on Nov. 8. Held at Winding Hollow Country Club, the fashion show will feature clothing from local stores like Ladybird, Cheesecake Boutique, Nicole’s for Children and Tigertree. Guests will also enjoy brunch and a silent auction.

Each year, proceeds from the annual NAWN fashion show benefit a different area organization. The 2014 event is supporting Cornerstone of Hope, a group that provides support to those grieving the loss of a loved one. Past recipients include Rachel’s House, the YWCA Family Center and Directions for Youth and Families.

“The Board was unanimous in our decision to support Cornerstone of Hope; this organization is inspiring, and is in line with our mission to enrich and foster a united, strong community,” said Jennifer Glover, NAWN’s president,  in a release. “I am pleased to see this focus on mental health in our community and honored to serve with NAWN in supporting these efforts.”

The event begins at 11 a.m., and tickets cost $45 per person. Or, grab your girlfriends and get a table—a table of 10 costs $400. To learn more or to purchase tickets, visit –Heather Weekley, @heather_weekley

Posted by Capital Style on October 20, 2014 09:23 AM | Permalink

October 9, 2014

Put on Your Poker Face at A Casino Night with Komen Columbus

Photo courtesy Komen Columbus

Komen Columbus is continuing its celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Oct. 17. The organization is hosting A Casino Night with Komen Columbus, happening at Via Vecchia Winery in the Brewery District from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Tickets, which cost $75 (young professionals ages 21-35 can snag a $50 ticket), include wine tastings and casino games. Purchase tickets online, and head to the Komen Columbus website for more information. –Heather Weekley, @heather_weekley

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October 3, 2014

Dress for Success Columbus’ Beyond the Suit Luncheon

Photo courtesy Dress for Success Columbus

Dress for Success Columbus, an organization that outfits women in need for job interviews, is gearing up for its annual Beyond the Suit luncheon later this month. On Oct. 24, Dress for Success (learn more about its mission here) is welcoming a panel—including Ronette Burks of the Ohio Reformatory for Women—to speak about women transitioning from incarceration into the workforce. Moderating the panel is Stephanie Capparell, a news editor for The Wall Street Journal and a supporter of Dress for Success. We chatted with Capparell to find out the reasons she’s involved with Dress for Success and what she hopes people learn at the luncheon. -Heather Weekley, @heather_weekley

You’re a big supporter of Dress for Success, even sending clothes here to Columbus. What do you like about its mission?

I have been donating to Dress for Success for several years now. Then I came to find that my niece was on the board, and I became more involved. I am a big supporter of opportunity for people. For younger people and younger women, they need opportunities. I like that Dress for Success is very focused on that, and the most practical aspect on how to get an interview is how to get your game face on. It’s extremely important. A lot of similar organizations don’t do this so well. They think everyone is on the same page with how to approach the workplace. The second thing I love is that they have long-term engagements. I think that’s extremely important that they stick with these women and help them.  It’s asking what bigger issues there are and asking what the big picture is.

What do you hope people take away from the presentation at the luncheon?

I want them to understand the big picture and what it means to help someone enter the workplace, especially from an extremely stressful, potentially unorthodox situation. You know that you’re one of a certain type of worker…it helps people to know whatever their tendency is, there is a place here in the workforce. These tools erase all the potential negative barriers toward employment. You have to have some ways at looking objectively at what someone’s talents are and then you can put them in the workforce. People are wrong when they try to find the perfect industry for themselves. You have to find the perfect thing that you like to do, and then you can fit into an industry. If people open up their mind to the opportunities for someone with their interest and skills, they will be happier.

Why is a program like Dress for Success important for women who are or were incarcerated?

It will help them to be confident and to help them understand that they have a potential in the workforce. There are people that can help them find the best way to enter that workforce and have success.


Posted by Capital Style on October 03, 2014 09:09 AM | Permalink

September 29, 2014

Columbus Symphony Orchestra kicks off Happy Hour Concert Series

0929 Columbus Symphony Orchestra Happy Hour SeriesPhoto credit: Randall L. Schieber

Looking for some after-work activities? Round up some co-workers and head to the Ohio Theatre for some easy listening during the Happy Hour Concert Series presented by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. The free concerts, which are open to the public, also include free appetizers and drink specials. The performances begin at 6:30 p.m., but the doors open an hour prior (so does the cash bar, so get there early to grab a drink, mix and mingle!). The first concert of the series is Thursday, Oct. 2, with Stephen Squires, a professor at Roosevelt University as guest conductor.

The Happy Hour series is free thanks to the PNC Arts Alive program, which helps to support art initiatives in several states around the country. “We know what art can do, how it changes perspectives, even changes lives,” said Michael Gonsiorowski, PNC regional president for central Ohio in a release. “From classical music and fine art to dance and theatre, we’re committed to keeping the arts alive in central Ohio.”

Make sure to mark your calendars for the future performances in 2015: They’re also happening on Feb. 12 and April 16. To learn more about the Happy Hour Concert Series, visit –Heather Weekley, @heather_weekley

Posted by Capital Style on September 29, 2014 11:05 AM | Permalink

September 25, 2014

Komen Columbus and Epcon Communities Partner for Condos for the Cure

Image courtesy Komen Columbus

In honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Susan G. Komen Columbus is once again partnering with Epcon Communities for Condos for the Cure. Epcon Communities, which develops homes and condo communities through Central Ohio, donates $1,000 to Komen Columbus for each home that goes into contract during the month of October. “Last year Epcon donated $10,000, and in total they have donated $35,000 to the cause,” says Becca Thomas, director of events and marketing for Komen Columbus. “The goal this year is to reach $10,000 again.”

To kick off Condos for the Cure, which is now in its sixth year, there’s a girls-only open house event on Thursday, Oct. 2. From 5 to 7 p.m., head to Epcon Communities’ brand-new development in Powell, the Courtyards of Powell. The ladies’ night is happening at the model house, and you’ll find hors d’oeuvres, drinks and live music along with vendors including Stella & Dot, Thirty-One Gifts and Mukha Custom Cosmetics. “It’s a free event, and it makes for a beautiful evening,” Thomas says.

For more information, visit Komen Columbus’ website or head to the Condos for the Cure Facebook page. To learn about Epcon Communities and where they develop, visit the Central Ohio page. –Heather Weekley, @heather_weekley

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September 23, 2014

Dress for Success group Y.E.S! Columbus hosts Brewed for Success

Y.E.S.! Columbus, a sister organization to Dress for Success, is hosting its signature annual fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. Brewed for Success, held at North High Brewing’s new facility on Cleveland Avenue, will raise money to help outfit women in need for job interviews through Dress for Success’ suiting program. We chatted with Mary Sundermeier, Y.E.S.! Columbus’ event coordinator, to learn more about Brewed for Success and where to get tickets. –Heather Weekley, @heather_weekley

Tell us about Y.E.S! Columbus.

It’s geared toward the working woman who wants to donate her time and talent to Dress for Success but works during the day and can’t come into the boutique to volunteer. We have after-hours happy hours where some of the proceeds go to Dress for Success. Everything we do is to champion the cause of Dress for Success. We are a young organization—only a couple years old.

What will people find at Brewed for Success?

Brewed for Success is at North High Brewing’s brand-new brewing facility on Cleveland Avenue. You are hanging out and you get to see the really incredible machinery that makes the beer right then and there. The cost is $30, and it includes two North High Brewing beers or a cocktail. We’ll also have food donations from places like Brio, The Table, The Rossi and Cheryl’s Cookies. We’re having DJ Pastel coming on at 10:30 p.m. to host a dance party. We are having a silent auction from 7 to 10 p.m. Some auction items include $100 to Southwest Airlines, a big package to Pure Barer, and tickets to the Blue Jackets and the Clippers. And a bunch of local artists are donating original pieces.

Where can we find more information and purchase tickets?

On our Eventbrite site, or people can purchase tickets ahead of time. We are also taking cash and credit at the door.


Posted by Capital Style on September 23, 2014 08:49 AM | Permalink

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