Sandra Okamoto: Two new shows this Saturday at Rankin Arts Center

Two new shows this Saturday at Rankin Arts Center

sokamoto@ledger-enquirer.comJune 21, 2012 

I've written about Kenny Gray before. He's a great local photographer who, I think, spends more time teaching others about how to take great pictures than he spends taking pictures.

Kenny's in charge of the photography classes and the galleries for Columbus State University.

I didn't really understand how CSU has set up the photography galleries in the Rankin Arts Center, 1004 Broadway, until I spoke to him recently.

I did know it was on the second floor. The main gallery is just as you exit the elevator.

There's a second gallery to the left of the main gallery.

The problem is, no one can just go in the building and look at the beautiful photographs.

I've been able to see them whenever I go up to do stories with folks with the Columbus Ballet. The ballet studios are also on the second floor.

But if you want to go to the galleries to see the exhibits during your lunch hour or right after work, you'd better hope someone is going into the building. It's locked up tight. I understand the reason. It's for the safety of the young dancers who take classes there as well as the students who live in the dormitories in the same building.

There is a Columbus State University student who works the desk when you press the button just outside the door. He or she will ask who you are visiting and then let you in.

However, we are talking about students and if CSU is on vacation, like it is right now, there's no one there to let you in the building.

That's a frustration that Kenny has. And he doesn't see anything he can do about it right now.

However, there will be someone to let you in the building on Saturday.

There will be a reception for two new shows from 5-7 p.m.

The first show is "My Columbus," which showcases our city. It's in the main gallery.

The second show is pictures taken by a group of area photographers called Photopia.

Kenny was the judge of this show.

In case you can't make it to the reception Saturday to see the shows but want to see them, call Kenny at 706-641-7144 or 706-888-1109 and make an appointment. He'll meet you at the Rankin Arts Center.

Kenny's also holding a call for entries for Columbus Photographers 2012. This exhibit will open in September. Photographers who live, work or study in Columbus are eligible.

The entry deadline is June 30. Go to to enter.

Artists for Pasaquan now two days

Here's something a little different.

Every year, the first Saturday in November, Pasaquan holds its Artists for Pasaquan Day. I've complained in the past that I've never been able to go because I'm at Steeplechase in Pine Mountain.

Artists for Pasaquan offers tours of Pasaquan, the home of eccentric folk artist Eddie Owens Martin. There is also music, food and an art show and sale.

It's also the final time Pasaquan is open to the public until the following spring

If you're an artist and want to show your work, call Meg Anderson at 229-623-5545.

If you're a musician and want to perform, contact Sean Rox Michael Schoff at

If you want to volunteer, contact John or Penny Rogers at

It costs $5; children 6 and younger get in free.

It's going to be Nov. 3-4. Wait, I can go on Sunday!

Call 229 649-9444.

Sandra Okamoto, arts writer, can be reached at or 706-571-8580.

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