Allison Ward, The Columbus Dispatch

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The Columbus Dispatch

Columbus, OH, United States

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Past articles by Allison:

Painter Lynn Hetherington Becker uses bodies as 'walking canvas' for art exhibit

Dublin artist Lynn Hetherington Becker's body painting work is on display at the Vanderelli Room in Franklinton. → Read More

New escape rooms at Easton Town Center take adventurers underwater, on secret missions

The Escape Game's 23rd location in the U.S. opened in Columbus at Easton Town Center earlier this month featuring five different escape rooms. → Read More

From Big Bird to Yoda, Marburn drama teacher shares love of puppets with students

Kevin Fish is the drama teacher at Marburn Academy, but he also has a degree in puppet arts. Those puppetry talents have helped inspire his students. → Read More

Cheers! Columbus Summer Wine Festival returns to Whitehall with food trucks, music 🍷

The Columbus Summer Wine Festival will return to Whitehall this July. → Read More

Hot sauce, spicy pizza, salsa will heat up taste buds at Columbus Fiery Foods Festival

The Columbus Fiery Foods Festival will take place Aug. 27-28. → Read More

'Such faith in democracy': Voting rights activist dies 12 days after husband

Peg Rosenfield championed voter access, same-day voter registration and campaign finance reform. She died Friday at age 90. → Read More

Fire at Carnaby Village Townhomes kills one, displaces other residents

One woman dies in fatal apartment fire on Far East Side. → Read More

Breakaway Music Festival will return in August for weekend at Historic Crew Stadium

The Breakaway Music Festival will return to Columbus. The event will take place Aug. 26 and 27 at Historic Crew Stadium. → Read More

Proof of vaccination, masks required at CAPA venues until April 4

Beginning April 4, CAPA will no longer require proof of vaccination or negative COVID test for entry to its five venues. → Read More

More than 50 breweries, 'Marvel' exhibit are highlights of Columbus Brew Festival at COSI

The Columbus Brew Festival will take place at COSI on Saturday, and attendees can also view the museum's visiting "Marvel" exhibit. → Read More

Arnold Sports Festival returns, promising more than bodybuilding and heavy weights

The Arnold Sports Festival returns to "almost normal" after being scaled back for two years because of the pandemic. It begins Thursday. → Read More

Gahanna's Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival returns in June

In a growing list of summer festivals returning to more normal schedules this year, the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival returns to June. → Read More

'Pass the brush': Richard Duarte Brown finds success in leading next generation of artists

Painter Richard Duarte Brown is not only the current Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson artist in residence, but he also won the Governor's Award for Arts. → Read More

Columbus Museum of Art receives $25,000 to create fund to preserve Aminah Robinson's legacy

Larry and Donna James donated $25,000 to the Aminah Robinson Legacy Project as well as 60 pieces of art from their personal collection. → Read More

Landscapers 'kick it up a notch' with elaborate garden displays at Home & Garden Show

Eight landscaping companies will wow visitors with their garden designs at the Columbus Dispatch Home & Garden Show running through Sunday, Feb. 27. → Read More

Ohio State Fair set to return to full capacity for first time since 2019

The Ohio State Fair will run from July 27 to Aug. 7 at the Ohio Expo Center with rides, food and a full slate of entertainment acts. → Read More

From backyard BBQs and movie nights to lavish patio dinners, Home & Garden Show has it all

Eight gardens by local landscaping companies will be on display at the show, which begins Saturday. Plus, more than 200 vendors will be on hand. → Read More

Where do the flowers come from for the Home & Garden Show? You might be surprised

Seely's Landscape Nursery in Hilliard describes process they use to force blooms on plants for Home & Garden Show. → Read More

Columbus Arts Festival to return in June to Scioto riverfront site

After talk of moving to the Arena District, the Columbus Arts Festival will be back along the Scioto River this June after a two-year hiatus. → Read More

Nannette Maciejunes to retire from helm of Columbus Museum of Art

Nannette V. Maciejunes has spent more than three decades at the Columbus Museum of Art, including the past 20 years as executive director. → Read More