The month of February is incredibly busy at the Columbus Arts Council. We are focusing on new art exhibits, classes for March, Youth Art Month and our membership drive that will be taking place soon! What a fun filled time to be at the Art Gallery!

The winners of the Faith-N-Art exhibit at Sip Coffee Bar are First Place Mike Oglevie with his photograph ‘Creation Shouts’ from Highland Park Church and Second Place Janet Hibbs Jones with her watercolor ‘Twilight Time’ from First United Methodist Church. Faith-N-Art exhibit will be on display until Feb. 28. Thank you to all who participated!

The next exhibit at the Art Gallery is by two artist, Libby Lemke Farmer and Joslyn Barcel-Tate. This is really a great exhibit featuring two Columbus natives that have made a name for themselves in the art world here in Nebraska and all across the U.S.

Libby Lemke Farmer is an illustrator, calligrapher, and designer. She is known for her internet sensation Libby Rae Studio where she designs custom wedding suites to branding to original artwork. Prior to graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a B.F.A in Textiles, Apparel Design and Communications she completed two internships with Lilly Pulitzer and Vera Bradley. After graduating she headed out to the East Coast to work as the lead Print Designer for Jude Connally a textile company in New York City. Her husband's job called them back to the Midwest which is where they currently reside.

Joslyn Barcel-Tate spent her summers working alongside her father at a family-owned sawmill, in Bellwood, Nebraska. There, her father taught her how to work on heavy machinery and fabricate new pieces of machinery, welding and how to run her own business. When she was 7, her father commissioned chainsaw carver, Steve Blanchard, to create a sculpture out of a 7-ton Redwood log. While watching Steve transform that log into a lumberjack, she knew that she wanted to be an artist.

Joslyn started her company in the fall of 2015 after working different jobs in "Corporate America." She began by taking one small step at a time. By sheer fate, a friend invited her to attend a seminar about bronze sculpting. It was after that Joslyn knew what her focus would be on as she turned to developing her talent in bronze sculpturing. Joslyn and her husband, Zach Tate reside outside Bellwood where she maintains a very active studio known as Barcel Bronze. Her work ranges in size from miniature to monument, but the focus is realistic bronze sculptures.

The Collage class planned for March is open for people to sign up. The date for that is March 3 at Lakeside Studio of artist Amy Tomasevicz. It is an all day workshop that starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. The cost is $40 including supplies and it is for high schools age and up. Please call the Art Gallery to sign up!

The youth painting class titled “Painting 101” for 6th grade through 12th grade students will also take place in the Art Gallery in March. Every Monday March 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. the class will meet where we will learn painting basics. The cost is $21.00 for each student and supplies are included. Please call the Art Gallery to sign up!

Rod Magg is executive director of the Columbus Area Arts Council.