Oh, Holiday Season. You’re so festive, but things can get out of hand when you’re around. Shopping malls become High Spazz Zones where every driver is angry and McWidgets sell by the gross. Thankfully, there are less traditional (and more rewarding) ways of reaping your splendor. The Festivus holiday open house and art show at 400 West Rich took place on Saturday. More than 30 local artists have rented studios in this Franklinton warehouse, including Andew Lundberg, Columbus Artmobile, David Denniston, Etsy Team Columbus, Joss Parker, Jurate Phillips, Lisa McLymont, Michael Halliday, Sara Adrian, and Shawn Walburn. The space is basically like a sweet urban hotel where you visit everyone’s rooms and get blitzed by awesome feats of expression. Also on Saturday, the cool kids from Cow Town Low Brow opened their latest art show Salon De’ Salon at Hot Head Salon in Clintonville. With 50 bold new works by Ashley Voss, Carolyn Slebodnik, Corey Aumiller, Cyrus Fire, Dan Gerdeman, Joey Monsoon, Stephanie Rond, Marina Goldshteyn, and Sharon Dorsey, the hair-themed exhibit donated a portion of proceeds to The Hair Theater Fund.
See? Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be a mass-produced frenzy fraught with swear words and fistfuls of Advil. It can involve real people with real souls, and keep dollars in your local economy. Click here for more photos of Festivus and here for more photos of Salon De’ Salon.