In July 2017, with support from the Wohlgemuth Herschede Foundation, Fresh A.I.R. Gallery opened SEEN Studios, a shared art studio space. Located inside the Chromedge Studios building in the thriving Franklinton Arts District, SEEN Studios is a place where Fresh A.I.R. artists can continue to grow their artistic practice, connect with patrons and other local artists, and advance their recovery.
SEEN Studios (#21) is located in the Chromedge building at 289 West Walnut Street in the Franklinton Arts District of downtown Columbus. The studio is open to the public on Franklinton Friday, the second Friday of every month, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Contact us to inquire about visiting at a different time.
Current Studio Artists
What do we create in the space that pain occupies? How do we utilize pain as a process through which to translate our inner stories? I became interested in using pain as a creative process the more I became trapped in my own body due to a series of neurological and musculoskeletal disorders, including fibromyalgia. It became a motif played out across multiple mediums, allowing it to move through and beyond myself. Each experience gave birth to something new, whether it was through writing, photography, collage, weaving, or movement.
David Leonard creates mixed media works out of repurposed materials, often discarded metal scraps and electronics. His robot sculptures are particularly symbolic: They represent the weakness one might associate with active addiction and the strength one might associate with active recovery. David has struggled with substance abuse since he was a teenager. Robots remind him of who he was when he drank, who he is when he doesn't, and how far he's come.
Kristin Morris is a Columbus-based ceramic artist and mixed media sculptor. She graduated from The College Of Wooster with a Studio Art major and later attended The Columbus College Of Art and Design, where she majored in Illustration. In 2003, she received a Masters of Social Work from the Ohio State University. Kristin is inspired by folk art, surrealism, the work of Tim Burton and Jim Henson, and popular culture. She loves inventing unique characters and telling their stories through her pieces with great attention to detail! Among other endeavors, she has sculpted for haunted houses, made props for a costume shop, and constructed animals for a water park ride. Kristin had an exhibit at Fresh A.I.R. Gallery in 2017 titled By The Sea and continues to work in SEEN Studios at Chromedge in Franklinton.
Marianne paints with household items, such as crayons, nail polish, makeup, and clay. She molds and blends these materials into abstract images on re-purposed surfaces, including old picture frames and foam. Her paintings of landscapes, dancers, musical instruments, and other subjects contain beauty and movement; they are also textured, unfiltered, and raw. Marianne's first show was at Concord Counseling. After her father's death, she began creating artwork prolifically for exhibits and fundraisers, including Fresh A.I.R. Gallery's Art of Recovery art auction. She continues to dive into her paintings daily to cope with depression, PTSD, and physical pain.