Business owner Sahaj Patel stated that, "In the past year or so I have had to face the reality of much larger national brands setting up shop within a short distance of our space. It has affected my small local business where we've been serving our downtown customers for over 15 years. I feel that making improvements to our space lets our current customers know how much we appreciate them and value their business. We also hope it might also make others take notice and give us a try... or try us again. After all, every business must do what they can to adapt and being a small business allows us freedom to do so."
Patel has started the first of several potential phases to transform his shop into his future vision. The first changes were a bit of hard labor on knees installing a new durable commercial flooring product that will stand up to the winter salted sidewalk foot traffic while giving the warm look and feel of hard wood floors. In addition, he has tried to created a bright yet warm environment with fresh new paint colors on the walls.
Through his customers, Patel became aware of local artist and arts community organizer Dennis Velco and the two met. Velco shares Mayor Coleman's and the Columbus City Council Member's vision to further Arts in Columbus with the long range vision of establishing Columbus as a premier arts destination. Velco shared that common vision with Patel and to that end he has opened his business walls to the art community under the arts management of Velco. Velco will not only display his own art, but also rotate the work of other artists through the space on a regular rotation. Velco is in the process of forming a new non-profit to serve as the organizational structure to not only this space but all community art projects he aspires to execute through the new non-profit. Velco states, "I was introduced to Columbus in my early twenties. After having served in the US Army I attended Ohio State University and remained in Columbus for several years there after. However, my past technology professional career required that I relocate. After having lived in many areas including New York City, Washington, DC and Los Angeles, we adopted our son and knew we wanted to raise him in a place we felt that we could really call home. So, after considering many locations throughout the US, we choose to return to Columbus in Dec 2010 and make it just that. Home. Since returning I've been building my network of local contacts and getting as active in the arts community as an active life with a 2 1/2 year old will allow. I am eager to put my past entrepreneurial and technology projects management skills to task in the Columbus Arts arena. I truly value Mr. Patel, his space and his customers as one of the many steps in allowing me to be active and serve this wonderful community that we now call home."
Through the end of January Velco has on display at this venue four artworks of his series titled "The Herd - Season 1". The individual pieces are "Bella", "Brutus", "Daisy" and "Maven". They are pictured here in order.
In Velco's own art he layers translucent and opaque colors attempting to best represent the energy impression of light and color, not only of the physical figure but also of the essence. The Herd series so far has depicted cows in an expressionist manner. Velco states, "Yes, they are cows, but as a symbolist they are much more than that. I use expressive colors and paint with heavy texture to attempt to allow my viewers to see more. To see them as entities. To see the figures as they are but also to conceive of them as other. I painted these four as a group at the same time and attempted to place symbolic meaning not only in each canvas but also to create an interrelation between the canvases. I hope the viewers might create stories about the works. You don't necessarily have to think what I think, but if you can possibly make a connection.. I'm very happy with that. I don't want a viewer to just see... I want them to think or feel... I want to spark. Think anything. I hope they'll love it, but even if they hate it.. OK... I evoked an emotion. For even that I'd be thrilled."
Many are drawn into Velco's paintings by the rich texture due to his painting process of applying the paint directly with his fingers. The paint’s own texture, viscosity, volume, loading pattern and application method at the time of each stroke influences the outcome as it rolls, slides or jettisons off his fingers onto the canvas to be fixed in place.
During his painting sessions, he acknowledges his planning while allowing himself full freedom to be influenced by the moment. In that space is where the majority of his application method takes root creating each work or series' final color, texture and form layer by layer.
To learn more about each:
Visit Velco's Online Art Gallery at http://www.DennisVelco.com/
Broad Street Bagels & Deli, http://broadstreetdeli.geomerx.com/
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Fine Art Finger Painting that Energizes Your Space.
Velco has been described as a Contemporary / Modern Post-Impressionist, Abstract-Impressionist and Expressionist Artist. His paintings are described as "colorful, energetic, rich with symbolism and texture while being both energetic and meditative / contemplative"
He uses his fingers to directly apply the acrylic onto canvas. The paint’s own texture, viscosity, volume, loading pattern and application method at the time of each stroke influences the outcome as it rolls, slides or jettisons off his fingers onto the canvas to be fixed in place. Expressionism, Post-Impressionism, Pointillism, Abstract, Symbolism.