Just in time for great weather ... guest writer David S. Guion, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Dublin Arts Council, shares some great ideas to celebrate art, nature and warmer temperatures!

The weather is improving. It's time to get out and about and enjoy our area parks. And what better way to discover hidden treasures than by finding Dublin Arts Council's Riverboxes? Small 3D original works of art, the Riverboxes are hidden in our Dublin, Ohio parks and will bring you in touch with your creative side -- and the environment. Riverboxes are modeled after the hobbies of Letterboxing or Geocaching and provide "an intriguing pastime combining navigational skills and rubber stamp artistry in a charming treasure hunt-style outdoor quest." (Thank you to Letterboxing.org for that definition!)

Riverboxes contain a space that houses a journal, artist and site information and an artist-created ink stamp. Hobbyists bring their own journal and ink stamp, placing their "mark" and a note in the Riverbox journal, while also logging and stamping the artists’ stamp in their own journal.

We've discovered that it's a perfect way for grandparents to spend time outdoors with grandchildren. It's also a truly creative first date. You can begin this new hobby in Dublin and can enjoy it all over the world!

Dublin Arts Council began the project in 2007. Currently there are seven Riverboxes, created by Ohio artists, on view in Dublin parks that have access to the Scioto River. Three more will be unveiled on May 21 in Washington Township's Homestead and Kaltenbach Parks. This collaboration with Washington Township is the first "Riverbox Tributary" project, linking Washington Township parks' watershed environments with the Scioto River.

The new Riverboxes will be as unique as the artists who were selected to create them:

  • Giancarlo Calicchia of Cleveland. Calicchia was raised in Italy and works with natural materials, primarily stone. His artwork can be found in Italy, Mexico, Haiti, the U.S. and Canada.
  • Andrea Myers who creates abstract layered organic artwork. Myers recently moved to Columbus from Chicago. She currently teaches at the Columbus College of Art and Design.
  • Katlin Rothacher, a graduate of Kent State University who lives in Hartville, Ohio and works primarily in fiber and textiles.

The artists visited the parks in February and are busy putting the finishing touches on their Riverboxes. We can't wait to see what they have created!  All three artists will be on hand at the opening reception, May 21 from 10 a.m. -12 noon at The Homestead Park, Lakeside Pavilion, 4675 Cosgray Rd., in Hilliard, Ohio.  While there, visitors can make a potato ink stamp and paper bag journal and be among the first to receive clues to the whereabouts of the newest Riverboxes. As with almost all we do at Dublin Arts Council, the event, and the activity, are free of charge.

Please visit www.dublinarts.org for information about the unveiling and for clues and GPS coordinates for the whereabouts of all of the Riverboxes. To learn more about Letterboxing or Geocaching, please visit www.letterboxing.org, www.atlasquest.com and www.geocaching.com.  Please be sure to tell us about your experience in our online guestbook. 

~Guest blog post by David S. Guion, Ph.D., Executive Director, Dublin Arts Council.