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North Market mixes good food, good art

The arrival of fall brings changing colors, fallen leaves, the scent of pumpkin spice and the excitement of ghoulish hauntings. Fall means harvest season, and Columbus welcomes it with endless seasonal activities. The North Market, located near the Arena District, is host to many of those autumnal festivities.

The North Market Harvest Art Shows began Thursday, Oct. 1 at Columbus’ North Market.

Every year, North Market opens its doors to the International Baccalaureate Art students and art majors of the Columbus Alternative High School for an art exhibit open to the community.

The exhibit features original art created by the students of Columbus Alternative High School, a college-prep high school on the north side of Columbus.

The art show is located on the second floor of North Market on the west wall.

Marc Ramsey, OSU art education graduate and art teacher for the Columbus Alternative International Baccalaureate program, an honors program at the school, has volunteered at North Market for many years.

Ramsey, who has been teaching at Columbus Public Schools for 29 years, 24 of which he spent at Columbus Alternative, has always produced some kind of exhibition to showcase his students’ art.

He had such positive experiences volunteering at events such as the Apron Gala that he approached North Market six years ago with a vision to celebrate and showcase his students’ art with the community.

By partnering with Mary Martineau, North Market director, the two have coordinated such an event with the North Market Harvest Art Show.

“We always try and get out students’ art out into the community. They are so gifted. Columbus should see their talent,” Ramsey said.

The art show is a gallery viewing in which Columbus Alternative students’ art is on display on the west wall on the second floor of North Market.

The featured art varies from canvas paintings to mixed media to masks. All types of art are created by the 32 students participating in the show.

Student ages range from 14 to 18 years. They are sophomore, junior and senior art students at Columbus Alternative.

The artists are also all a part of the International Baccalaureate program, meaning that they take honors art and writing classes at school.

Around 36 pieces will be shown, Ramsey said.

“There will be a video of a student that is studying film added in a few days. … It is a film he made from Legos that shows different
interpretations of the word ‘Harvest,'” he said.

The art show is an opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate the hard work and talent of high school students in central Ohio and is meant to be seen by the community.

“It is the perfect showcase for the students’ work,” Ramsey said.

The North Market Art Show featuring works by Columbus Alternative high school students is open now until October 31 on the second floor of North Market at 59 Spruce St., Columbus, Ohio. Admission is free with entrance to North Market. For purchasing inquiries of art on exhibit, contact Marc Ramsey at Columbus Alternative High School, 2632 McGuffey Road, Columbus, Ohio.

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