Notes from the 15th Annual Easton Art Affair

The 15th Annual Easton Art Affair is an art festival taking place at Easton Town Center, a major mall on the east side of Columbus. My family and I browsed around there today, so I thought I’d drop some notes about my favorite artists (so far).

CanterburyPhotoI have to list John R. Jay Canterbury first because I purchased one of his prints. The artwork that is the basis of this print was made by pressing a canvas against a door and painting on the canvas through the door in different positions, with different paints, etc. But what first caught my eye were his photographs, which typically looked like Jackson Pollack or Arthur Dove, or maybe Mondrian before his Paris phase, and more than anyone Rothko, but were in fact extreme close-ups of curbs, parts of buildings, roads, etc., the specific detail being selected for its composition and color.

Next I’ll have to mention David Scherer’s “Very Cool Clocks” which live up to their names very well, many of them reminding me of figures and objects in Dali paintings. Please visit his website — he has a quite a few photos of his artwork (which reminds me of Picasso a bit) as well as his clocks. The one I almost purchased today, but didn’t (as my wife slapped her forehead at me just for buying the print), looks something like this one:

SchererClockGoldThe rest of the artists I’m going to list in alphabetical order. Some worked in glass, some in paint, some in photography: one made knives. Take a minute and check out their work. They will be there again tomorrow, Sunday, June 28th, until 5 p.m. I’m listing these artists in short order, sometimes with little to no detail, only because I often didn’t get a chance to speak with the artist. Rain clouds started coming in and people had to start closing up their tents.

Jake Asuit Custom Knives (Beautiful and interesting knives, some of them made out of hand tools, railroad spikes, etc.)

Kirsten Bowen Fine Art

Kimberlee Forney

Ryan Mayes Fine Art Photography

John Parker’s Lamps of Note (This artist converts unusable musical instruments — guitars, saxophones, etc. — into floor lamps, work he began as an offshoot of his instrument repair service. His wife assured me none of the instruments used were capable of being repaired. One of his table lamps is made from a banjo. She said the banjo repair guy said to him, “Do the world a favor and turn this one into a lamp.” She volunteered this information without asking me, probably seeing the look of shock on my face at the idea of a perfectly playable instrument being turned into a lamp.)

Ruby Rose Studio

Veena’s Art and Design (Just a “mailto” link — she doesn’t seem to have a website.)

Robert W. Walker

Bill Watkins’s Unique Metal Art (An auto body repairman who creates some amazing metallic art. At first I thought they were glass.)

Published by James Rovira

Dr. James Rovira is higher education professional with twenty years experience in the field in teaching, administration, and advising roles. He is also an interdisciplinary scholar and writer whose works include fiction, poetry, and scholarship exploring the intersections of literature and philosophy, literature and psychology, literary theory, and music and literature.. His books include Women in Rock, Women in Romanticism (Routledge, 2023); David Bowie and Romanticism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022); Writing for College and Beyond (a first-year composition textbook (Lulu 2019)); Reading as Democracy in Crisis: Interpretation, Theory, History (Lexington Books 2019); Rock and Romanticism: Blake, Wordsworth, and Rock from Dylan to U2 (Lexington Books, 2018); Rock and Romanticism: Post-Punk, Goth, and Metal as Dark Romanticisms (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018); and Blake and Kierkegaard: Creation and Anxiety (Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2010). See his website at for details.

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