Located inside cozy and quaint Highline Coffee Co. in Worthington, Ohio, Highline Coffee Art Space is an intimate art gallery that showcases the work of emerging and established artists who live in the central Ohio area. Over time, the Art Space presents a variety of media and styles, from acrylic and oil paintings to fine art photographs and mixed media work, from realism to abstract.
As an exhibit venue, Highline Coffee Art Space endeavors to support our talented local artists, while offering a welcoming and enriching environment. Come in to see the expressive work created in our own neighborhoods…and enjoy!
For more information, contact Highline Coffee Art Space director and curator Don Scott, .
Karen Sapp: Encaustics
Columbus artist Karen Sapp is exhibiting her encaustic paintings at Highline Coffee Art Space in Worthington in December. An artist reception is scheduled for Saturday, December 9, 2-4pm.
“The process I use to create my work mimics a personal effort to reveal what’s inside,” Sapp explains. “Scraping away the encaustic medium reveals the marks and colors from the layers of paint underneath. As I do that, I marvel at what I have exposed. Often it’s not intentional, but to me beautiful nonetheless. By revealing myself through my work, I believe I have the ability to help others.”
Sapp says that while her paintings are “about being vulnerable, they also honor those experiences that brought me to this place. Sometimes, I’m conflicted about how much I share, but it doesn’t feel right unless I’m digging deep. I’m most satisfied when I forget about how people might perceive my art. Instead, I get caught up in the smell of burning wax and pigment. When I get lost in the process, I find it comforting and I’m at peace.”
Sapp describes her formal art training as a melange. As a child she spent time making art at school while attending Saturday classes at a local college and going to a neighbor’s house for lessons. Every elective college course was another art or art history class. Even now, when Sapp isn’t painting, she teaches preschoolers to experiment with art materials by using their imagination as a means to release inhibitions.
“We all have stories to tell,” Sapp relates. “Whether the stories are about overcoming pain, feats of bravery, or just daily trials and tribulations, each one of us faces strife in our life. But we also have blessings. If you open yourself up and shed some of the outermost layers, you may find that being authentic is not only liberating but it’s where love is living.”
Christie Bruffy, owner and manager of Highline Coffee Co., says, “We’re excited to show Karen’s expressive encaustic work for the first time. We continue to support the central Ohio art community by exhibiting diverse styles of art from many of our talented area artists.”