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A new exhibit opens at the Columbus Museum

Even though "Past Is Present: Contemporary Approaches to Historical Decorative Arts and Design" isn't supposed to open until Saturday, I saw the exhibit last week. It was already up and it's a very interesting one.

The exhibit is worth taking time to visit the Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Road. It's open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

I know that there are centuries old examples of silhouettes made with human hair and it's kind of creepy. But there are contemporary artists making similar decorative objects using human hair. And it's still kind of creepy to me.

But there are some beautiful pieces in this exhibit, including this intricately wrought clock made of wood and metal. It's spectacular.

There are woodcuts, silhouettes, stained glass, embroidery, cut paper, wall coverings, ceramics, miniature portraits and woodworking.

The whole exhibit is fantastic. It will be up until July 22 in the third floor galleries.

Visit the museum. If you have small children, make sure they don't touch anything. That is, unless you are in the Transformations gallery, that's just for little ones.

The best thing?

It's free and it's always cool inside. Temperature wise, too.

Call 706-748-2562.

PS You know what? This exhibit isn't the one I'm talking about. There is a similar exhibit that's part of the permanent collection. But still go and take a look at both exhibits.

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