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First Common Wealth Bank is one of OAL's new exhibition partners.  The space is located in the Short North Arts District on the same corner as Hammond Harkins Gallery, Brandt Roberts Gallery, and (Not) Sheep Gallery. The address is 647 N High St., Columbus, OH 43215.

Currently on display at the venue are the marble series of paintings by OAL member Todd Jones. The process of ink marbling has provided Todd with hours of endless experimentation. The use of layering and distortion comments on the complexity of the self and the mind. A dialogue between panting and the unexpected outcomes of marbling give the work a mind of its own, such as the battle of self-opposition being fought within the psyche. These paintings are an investigation into the inner human nature. By studying psychology, Todd's art allows him to express this understanding. His knowledge, beliefs, and experiences with each subject inform how he illustrates the internal self. The persona he reveals cannot be seen by the naked eye. Through studying how color relates to personality, these portraits are an exploration of identity. While studying psychology, he has been fascinated by personality development along with psychology of color. Color is used to define the piece, along with revealing the work’s personality and conflicts within. The use of color on each is a short visual summary of prominent characteristics. 

First Common Wealth Bank Hours:

Mon - Thu:

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Gateway to the Arts

Gateway to the Arts is a partnership between OAL and the John Glenn International Airport. The space is located at John Glenn International Airport on the ticketing level in a side hallway near Max & Erma’s.

Tom Baillieul's artwork is the current exhibition. Tom holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Earth Science from the University of Massachusetts. He has worked in such diverse areas as: mineral exploration around the world; preparing environmental impact studies for the U. S. Government; and leading the clean-up of retired nuclear facilities. Behind the scenes, though, he has always created art. Training and experiences in the Earth Sciences have shaped the way Tom perceives the physical world - giving him the ability to think in four dimensions, the three spatial dimensions and “deep time.” A life-long interest in Anthropology and the evolution of abstract reasoning in humans, along with time spent among other cultures in southern Africa informs his integration of cultural symbolism in many artworks.

Tom’s art emerges from the ideas that pop continuously into his mind. Inspiration can come from any source: a gallery exhibition, a word or phrase, a news article, ocean waves, back alleys, satellite images, patt erns in tree bark, a wild print dress, a machine, or a circuit diagram. Each idea demands treatment in specifi c media and styles – whether it be paint, fi ber, or a mixture of materials. Nearly every piece he creates is narrative. Viewers are presented with a concept, a snapshot image, or a question - whether addressing issues of social or environmental justice, cosmic connections, travel, or the humor of the surreal. Tom likes to challenge viewers’ perceptions of reality and try to get them to think deeply about who they are in relation to the world around them. They are then encouraged to complete the story from their own experiences.

Tom’s award-winning artwork appears regularly in solo and juried shows around central Ohio, and is found in private collections across the country. Since retiring from the Federal government, he has become the coordinator of exhibitions for the Columbus Cultural Arts Center, and is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Ohio Art League. Tom is represented by the Terra Gallery, Dublin, Ohio.


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