Blank Slate Coffee’s “Art at the Airstream” Celebrates Local


If you’ve driven through Gahanna Ohio’s Creekside District any time during the past several months, you’ve likely noticed the large shiny Airstream trailer that sits in front of 167 Mill St. It’s the home of locally owned and operated Blank Slate Coffee … a small haven filled with great coffee, good people and inspiration. The business is taking the next step in its mission to build community by hosting “Art at the Airstream” on September 17. We chatted with owner Matthew Robertson, to learn more.


Artist: @yeeah_me/ photographer: @dir.nathanwilliam 

What’s your basic business philosophy? 

As residents of Gahanna, my wife and I believe in the importance of community.  We ascribe to the philosophy that, “A rising tide lifts all boats” and working to build up our community will be beneficial to all.  We use coffee to build community.

Tell us about your upcoming event, “Art at the Airstream.” 
Art at the Airstream (7-9 pm, Saturday, September 17th) will feature local visual artists as well as live musicians from the Greater Columbus area.  Several of the artists are current Gahanna residents.  Attendees are encouraged to view the work from each artist, enjoy the live music and consider supporting our growing art community by purchasing from a local artist.



What inspired you to offer this event? 
We were inspired by the glimpses of incredible local talent we were seeing, and motivated by the fact that currently there is not a solid, grassroots platform to allow those artists to be more visible.  We see the value in highlighting that aspect of our community and are happy to make the investment.

Where should people park during the event? 
Blank Slate Coffee is just a short walk from the Creekside parking garage, and there are a couple of small parking lots available next to and across the street from the event.

Is there an admission charge?
There is no charge. Attendees are encouraged to support the artists and musicians in whatever way they are able.

Where can people go to learn more?

Our Facebook page is a good source of information.

To learn more about Gahanna, check out – the official website of the Gahanna OH Convention & Visitors Bureau.


Get Creative at Gahanna’s Art Garden Studio!


One of Gahanna, Ohio’s hidden treasures is Art Garden Studio. Located at 98 Granville St (614/383-8278), it offers a creative haven for aspiring artists of any age. Workshops and private classes can be arranged for groups, parties and events. We sat down with manager Annie Seaton to learn more about Art Garden Studio.


When did Art Garden Studio open?
September, 2010

What’s the story behind the business?
Juli Hess (owner) started teaching classes more than 10 years ago through the Gahanna Parks & Recreation Department at home school co-ops and out of her home. Owning a studio was always her goal. She increased her students to a number that could support a space and we’ve been growing ever since.

What is Art Garden Studio’s mission?
Our mission is to “grow artists,” and give those student artists a place to call home and build confidence and self-esteem through art.

Describe Art Garden Studio’s customers, in general.
The majority of our students are children ages 4-17. Some have multiple interests, but others only have our art classes for an extracurricular activity. It’s important for every child to belong to something and we believe our artists have a place to belong in our studio. We also offer adult classes.


What sets your business apart from the competition?
We have a product and a service. While learning and growing as an artist, you walk away with something tangible! 

What kinds of classes are offered?
Fine art classes in all 2-D mediums are offered. Watercolor, Acrylic, Pastels, Drawing, etc. We get crafty on the weekends with Holiday or seasonal themes.

Do you offer private events?
Sure! All of our weekend workshops can be turned into a private event, as well as Adult Paint Parties and Birthday Parties.

What kinds of classes/ events do you offer for out-of-town visitors?
Our Weekend Workshops are perfect for out-of-town guests because you may simply pay by the class. The workshops are only 1-1.5 hours, so it’s fun to drop in.

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What would you most like people to know about Art Garden Studio?
Art Garden is a place to learn a skill for life, to take with you at every age. We will meet your skill level where you are and grow the artist in you.

What are your hours?
Our hours are creative! We are here when classes or Summer Camps are in session, but typically 10 am-7:30 pm daily and Saturday until 12 noon, but also when our programs are in session.

NOTE: Be sure to visit Art Garden Studio’s open house during Gahanna’s Holiday Lights Celebration (11.22.15). Make-it-and-take-it Holiday Canvas Painting ($5) mini-workshops will be offered every 30 minutes starting at
3 pm! To learn more about what’s happening at the 2015 Holiday Lights Celebration, go to 

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Follow Art Garden Studio on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. To learn more, contact Art Garden Studio at 614/383-8278) or via email:

Gahanna’s Griffin Gallery Showcases Work by Columbus Artist Emerson Burkhart


A remarkable collection of work by famed Columbus artist Emerson Burkhart (American 1905-1969) will be on exhibit in Gahanna, Ohio, October 2-31, 2015.


Griffin Gallery at Creekside is proud to present the special exhibition titled, “Emerson Burkhart: Reflections of His World – Columbus and Beyond,” at the gallery located at 77 Mill Street.

The gallery is collaborating with Burkhart historian, Geoff Hetrick, who is curating the works to be included in the exhibition. Visitors can expect to see 30+ paintings, many of which have not been exhibited in the past. A number of the works will be available for sale. Two of his best paintings, “The Light is Greater Hence the Shadows More,” first version, as well as “And We Love Our Luxuries” will be included in the exhibition.


Burkhart was well known around Columbus and pursued his passion of capturing Central Ohio life as he saw it. He is best known for his depiction of Columbus area street scenes, self-portraits, country landscapes, several important portraits of African-Americans and paintings he produced while serving as artist-in-residence on global educational trips with the International School of America.


“I am very excited to bring a wonderful collection of Burkhart paintings to Griffin Gallery at Creekside,” said Hetrick. “Many of the works have not been exhibited previously and come from collections here in Central Ohio, across the country and from an owner in Europe. The gallery team and I are committed to helping the public understand that much of the art produced by Burkhart was of equal quality to works created by other important regional painters of the ‘30s, 40s, and ‘50s such as Ivan Albright, Thomas Hart Benton, Clyde Singer and others.”


Hetrick will be speaking at the opening reception to be held on Friday, October 2nd from 6- 8:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

For more information, please contact the Griffin Gallery at Creekside: (614) 385-3600 or


Griffin Gallery at Creekside was established in 2014 by Gahanna resident Lew Griffin. His vision is to represent local artists, as well as showcase the work of historical artists with ties to the Midwest. The business model of the gallery is unique as all profits are directed to local charitable organizations.