Motive’s Mantra: Sexy, Svelte, Socially Motivated Artistic Forum Growing with Community

Motive’s Mantra: Sexy, Svelte, Socially Motivated Artistic Forum Growing with Community

Motive‘s mantra: A sexy, svelte, socially motivated artistic forum growing with the Columbus community.

What was once a chaotic and cramped affair returned to us this month seductive and graceful. The word Motive (adjective) — causing, or tending to cause, motion. Motive has grown up, moved out and has come home from break with a whole new look and energetic rhythm.

I joined more than 100 people at Vue to experience Motive — tailored for the “creative class,” Motive combined elements of networking along with live artist workshops, demonstrations and interviews.

Vue, ensconced within the Brewery District, is a spacious, open, two-room venue with high ceilings and enough space to make an event fun sized. It is located at 95 Liberty St. downtown off South Front street west of World of Beer. Previously held at Brother’s Drake (always a kind space to seedling events), Motive has definitely outgrown the Meadery’s walls.

Walking in to the right, I could see the non-profit organization Alternative Fashion Mob setting up to talk to guests about the upcoming Alternative Fashion Week events, taking place April 18-25.

This is one the most exciting fashion shows in Columbus, allowing designers to showcase non-traditional looks, typified by local model Basil, wearing Kelli Martin’s Anti.label design with hair and makeup by Jeffery Steele.

Jim Sanders, a local photographer, stopped over to talk with me for a few minutes and I introduced him to Basil whom I know from social dancing and fashion events. Jim mentioned his strong family heritage for ballroom dancing. Feeling inspired, Basil and I danced a little East Coast Swing for Jim who was interested in learning couples dancing with his wife Regan. After catching up with the “mobsters,” I stopped over to talk to DJ Scotty Boombox who was playing music and setting up an actual record turntable, throwback to 33 1/3, for his show with custom mods for blue lighting and grounding. The sound was thumping.

Local artist’s work was hanging on the walls as well as images shared on a large screen projector from Amandda Leigh Tirey. To further foster creativity, there were markers and paper taped to the wall to draw on. A bartender handled drinks while the artists, models and creatives mingled and networked. In the back corner, EccoLyfe Designs was busy making custom stickers from drawings on 6×8 cards.

Feeling hungry, we stepped outside and walked over to the food truck Land Yacht Barbecue to enjoy tasty sandwiches. I would definitely eat there again and my friend enjoyed the vegetarian burger.

Looking for the featured speakers, I found Sangeeta Lakhani, the former owner of the Columbus bar and restaurant Bodega (If you’re like me you have spent more than one Monday eating grilled cheese and tomato soup at Bodega). She is the current owner of The Table. Sangeeta is polite, happy and a 21 year veteran restaurateur. She made it very clear that owning a restaurant means you do a bit of everything including offering a shoulder to cry on.

Next I found Amandda Tirey, a spunky visual artist who shared her work on the projection screen during the show. She explained that the creative process for her was somewhat abstract — and when she tried to implement structure, it didn’t turn out as expected.

Ruby Harper is the Greater Columbus Arts Council‘s Grants and Services Director — I asked fellow photographer David Ryan to help me find her in the crowd and he graciously introduced me. The first thing you notice about Ruby is her positive energy, which is off the charts. She seems like the kind of person that knows everyone. Ruby is a pro assisting with artist grants, knowing how to write, showcase and win them.

I think many people already know Johnny DiLoretto and if you don’t, well you should. He is the Director of Communications at the Gateway Film Center and former lifestyle correspondent for WSYX Channel 6 and WTTE Channel 28. He talked about programming at the Gateway and his experiences (both good and bad) as a personality in Columbus. We can’t wait to see more Johnny D.

The interviews were all conducted by the very entertaining Tim Fulton. We know if Tim is involved, there will be thoughtful questions requiring real answers and cool socks.

Overall, the changes made by the Motive crew were wholly necessary for the growth of this strange, beautiful creature. I was still able to bravely throw a major wink at my artistic competitors in the room and simultaneously experience a largely present sense of arts community bonding and admiration.

All the sessions were video-taped, so be sure to checkout Motive to watch the replays if you couldn’t make it to the show – and by all means, get there next time.

Now It’s Dark Arts & Culture correspondent Sophie Fisher contributed to this article.

Tony Bentivegna

Tony Bentivegna writes reviews, articles and photographs for NID Magazine and can be reached at [email protected]