VISUAL ARTS Bus route puts two exhibitions mere steps from stops

La Guardiana (The Guardian) by Sam Robbins, at MPX Gallery
Columbus Dispatch article
Thursday, November 17, 2005

La Guardiana (The Guardian) by Sam Robbins, at MPX Gallery

Call it the art bus: Grab the No. 2 bus along N. High Street and, at various stops, find sculptures, installations, photographs and more.

Step off the coach around 15 th Avenue and walk across the Oval at Ohio State University to Hopkins Hall for a visit to "Built/Not Built."

The exhibit displays drawings, models and documents of several large public projects that might or might not see the light of day....

Next stop: the Clintonville neighborhood.

Get off the bus at Longview Avenue, a couple of blocks south of North Broadway and visit MPX Gallery.

There you’ll find "Fotografias de Mexico," a series of black-and-white photographs by Tom and Sam Robbins of Columbus.

Tom Robbins teaches architecture at Columbus State Community College; his wife, Sam, teaches art history and literature at New Albany High School.

"We fell in love with black-and-white photography, working in the darkroom and shooting," Mr. Robbins said. "It was something we could do together."

They captured Mexican street scenes and candid portraits of individuals during a three-week trip in the summer.

Images such as La Guardiana (The Guardian) and El Albanil (The Mason) are sensitive and finely crafted.

The exhibit continues through Nov. 29 in the gallery at 3313 N. High St. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Call 614-261-1264.

Bill Mayr is a Dispatch arts reporter.