2018 Artists in Residence Bios
Angela was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She has lived on the north side for most of her life and graduated from Northland High School. Angela pursued her art interest for a number of years by attending the Columbus College of Art and Design on a fine arts scholarship. She has taught art for almost 20 years at several Central Ohio cultural art centers. Angela also works on portrait commissions and offers private lessons in her Galena home studio. Between jobs and teaching she enjoys oil painting and working with pastels. Angela currently belongs to the Ohio Plein Air Society, Worthington Area Art League, and the Ohio Pastel Art League. She has entered numerous competitions across the country and has received awards in oil painting, pastels, and miniatures. www.artbyangelagage.com
I have been an artist for as far back as I can remember. I always loved to draw as a child and later took classes in drawing and painting while in high school and in college. I worked for a number of years in the graphic design business before turning my attention to fine art, specifically painting. I love to paint a variety of subject matter, with plein air landscapes being my favorite. I have been a member of Ohio Plein Air Society for a number of years and enjoy the paint-outs and competitions, as well as the camaraderie I share with the fellow artists in this group. I paint in what I would call a “painterly realism” manner and consider myself to be a Contemporary Impressionist.
Edith Dean is a Columbus, Ohio native who grew up in a family immersed in the musical arts. However, Ms. Dean learned to express herself through the visual arts. She earned both a BFA and MFA from The Ohio State University and also attended the Kent State University Blossom Summer Art program on scholarship. College revealed a love of line and drawing. Drawing led to printmaking and a graduate degree. A lack of presses after college meant she had to take up painting in order to continue – a panel, brush, and paint can be set up anywhere. In my work, I want to convey to the viewer what I get when looking at a figure or the landscape, – its atmosphere, the mood, the color, the essence. Exact truth isn’t so important, but the truth of expression, what I perceived, that is very important. What were the colors, was it hot, was it exciting and energetic, was it damp, was it… To me, it is all about communication. Ms. Dean has had numerous solo exhibitions at The Ohio State University, Michael Orr Gallery, The Bockrath Gallery, and Mount Vernon Nazarene College in Ohio. She also has participated in numerous regional and national group exhibitions including The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery in Columbus, the Springfield Museum of Art (Springfield, OH), and The Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition. Her work is included in private and public collections, including the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, Indiana; McGraw Hill in NYC; Bradley University, Peoria, IL; and Dickinson State College, Dickinson, North Dakota.
Highly regarded by both the public and his peers, central Ohio prolific landscape painter Rick Akers is well known for his art painted “en plein air” which is French for “painting under the open sky.” While the vast majority of Rick’s offerings are created in and around the vistas of central Ohio, Rick has documented the varied scenes in nature across the continental United States, producing artistic compositions from Maine to Montana and Michigan to Florida. Heavily influenced by Van Gogh, Gaugin, Degas, and Monet, Rick emulates these Post- Impressionist/ Impressionist visions of color and movement. The non- traditional application of paint using only a palette knife is Rick’s preferred technique. Heavy paint is applied in mood-varying schemes, sometimes subdued and quiet , but more often, spontaneous and vivid. One can feel the energy exuding from Rick’s work. Rick Akers studied at The University of Dayton graduating with a BFA in Commercial Design. A 30-year career in this field exposed him to countless designers and fine artists who ultimately developed his creative eye and artistic preferences. Another major influence in the maturation of Akers’ artistic ability stems from his extensive collection of 18th- 20th Century Fine Art. His fondness for Ohio art, painted in the Impressionistic style, represents the majority of his collection. Since his first personal exhibition in 1998 with Sharon Weiss Gallery, over 500 private collectors, art dealers and patrons from across the country have procured Rick’s work. Rick has won numerous awards and consistantly donated paintings to raise money for organizations in Columbus such as Art for Life, BRAVO! for Children and Art of Recovery. Accolaids include acceptance into the juried Ohio State Fair, “All Ohio Show;” two of Rick’s paintings were accepted into a juried National Show with one awarded 2nd place and Rick has just concluded a very successful 20th Anniversary show at the Sharon Weiss Gallery in the Columbus Ohio Short North Arts District.
Wendy McVicker is a poet and Ohio Arts Council teaching artist. She has been stirring up poetry in a variety of settings for many years. She is currently involved in leading a creative writing residency for seniors in southeastern Ohio. Her poems have appeared in many small journals over the years, and in anthologies, including A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford (ed. Becca J. R. Lachman). Her chapbook, The Dancer’s Notes, was released by Finishing Line Press in 2015. She performs with instrumentalist Emily Prince as the duo another language altogether, often in collaboration with dancers and other musicians.