24-Hour Comics Day

This is our 3rd year of participating in 24-Hour Comics Day and we’re looking forward to seeing what creative things come about this time around! This event is a challenge to conceptualize, draw, write, pen and color an entire, 24 page-long comic in as many hours. While few are able to complete the challenge, we all have a great time. No one is required to stay the whole time, of course, and you’re welcome to come and go. All ages and experience levels are welcome. There is plenty of laughing, consulting, advising, napping, and snacking that goes on at the same time. If you think you might be interested give us a...

Book Signing with Martin D. Yant

The author of the infamous book Rotten to the Core, Martin D. Yant, will join us this December to sign copies of his book. Also joining us will be the author of The Ohio State Reformatory: An Overview and Louis Bromfield and His Malabar Farm, Joe...

Talk with Tom Batiuk

The creator of such comics as Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft, Tom Batiuk, will give a talk and sign books for November’s First Friday celebration. We’re so excited to have Tom back again! This time around we are celebrating both the publication of his fourth collection in the series of The Complete Funky Winkerbean and the publication of Roses in December: a Story of Love and Alzheimer’s. Roses got a great review...

The Art of It All: A Week of Arts & Culture in Richland County

Back by popular demand, “The Art of It All” returns this July from the Saturday the 18th through the Saturday 25th. Like last year, it is a week packed with cultural events: at least one arts-related event on every day. The purpose is to highlight every venue, event, and artist we have here in Richland County to prove that one needn’t travel far for quality arts and entertainment. Richland County has an astonishing wealth of creative people and we should support them and their endeavors. Sat, July 18, 1-9pm, $5/$7 The week kicks off at the Mansfield Art Center’s annual summer event, Art Explosion! Often referred to as Art-X, this event is an art and music festival fundraiser held annually in the summer. Artists, vendors, music, food, and drink. www.mansfieldartcenter.org Sat, July 18, 2-4pm, Free At Main Street Books, Ohio poets and poetry appreciators will gather for a reading by Christine Howey and Barbara Sabol, followed by an open mic. www.MainStreetBooksMansfield.com Sun, July 19, 3pm, Free Piano recital by Rachel Ballitch at the Congregational Church. Mon, July 20, 6-8pm, $15 Element of Art will be holding an open studio session, a beach-themed BYOC (Bring Your Own Creativity) event. The cost includes snacks, paint, brushes, canvases, easels, and still life inspiration from the shore. www.eoastudiogallery.com Tues, July 21, 6:30-7:30pm, Free Visit The Renaissance Theatre to catch a special sneak preview of their summer musical, Mary Poppins. See the hard work behind the magic. mansfieldtickets.com Wed, July 22, 7pm, Free At Relax, It’s Just Coffee, Doug Wertz of the Mansfield Playhouse and Joe Fahey of the OSU-Mansfield Theatre Department will read...

Poetry Potluck

In the spirit of the surrealist artists and literary salons of old, we are going to play the parlor game called exquisite corpse. (I promise, it’s a lot more fun than it sounds.) To play, we will all bring a line of poetry we especially admire. That will go at the top of a long page. We will each get someone else’s page and write a second line of poetry on it. Then we all fold the paper over the first line and pass it on, so the next person sees only the last line added. We continue passing the poems around, each time folding it so only one line shows. When we’ve all written on all of them, we read aloud the one we started. All the while, we’ll drink wine and eat snacks. (I hope that was...

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