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Earthly Delights ImageThe Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery is presenting a new exhibition of contemporary photography by Ohio Artists, Earthly Delights, starting August 4. The images, curated by Kenyon College Professor Marcella Hackbardt, are inspired by the textures and places on planet Earth. The artists work in both analog and digital methods and use tools like social media and virtual reality. The collected work showcases different photographic processes, which reflect the artists’ ability to explore the relationship between humans and Earth.

“Throughout the exhibition there are multiple references to human presence and needs, from footprints to shelter, and a responsibility to truly comprehend the notion that we are part of the Earth, an Earth that gives us life and delight,” Hackbardt explained.

The exhibit runs August 4 - October 9, with a variety of special programs you can enjoy during the run. There is an opening reception on August 4 from 5 - 7 p.m., followed by a Curator’s Tour on Friday, August 5 from noon - 1 p.m. Other special events include:

Snap and Wear a Pic of ____ lets you get inspired and capture images with your smart phone or camera, which photographer Stephen Takacs will transfer onto a t-shirt. This workshop takes place on August 25, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Flip Found Vintage Photos allows you to transform found photography with Shari Wilkins, embellishing and transforming antique cabinet cards and antique portraits. This workshop takes place on August 25, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

On September 22 from 5:30 - 8 p.m., OAC Artist-in-Residence and playwright Michael London will present Excavating Stories through Creative Writing. Guests will go through creative writing exercises using the Earthly Delights exhibition as inspiration.

Stephen Takacs will offer another workshop on October 1 from 2 - 4 p.m. Squeaky Clean Image Transfer will teach families and friends to transfer their own photos into mixed-media collages using hand sanitizer. This workshop is for those 6 and older; those 17 and under must be accompanied by a registered caregiver.

For more information, including registration information, click here.