Couchfire Collective

April 19, 2010, 2:47 am
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We had a blast at Art School Throwdown pt. 1!  There was Jeopardy, chair building and canvas stretching.  Not to mention some cool art and good food.  Part 2 is this coming Saturday at the OAL Gallery in the South Campus Gateway.  On display will be the works that jurors Denny Griffith and Karen Bell selected as well as the results of the chair building and canvas stretching competitions.  6-11 this coming saturday-don’t miss your chance to vote for the people’s choice award and see who gets selected for a cash prize!  Hope the sunshine is treating you all well.

Oh yeah, have you registered for Agora 7 yet?



Agora 7
April 6, 2010, 4:49 pm
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So maybe you were fooled and didn’t actually check to see if the Agora site was up and running for this year….maybe you weren’t.  The good news is that Agora 7 is fast approaching and the registration sites are now open.


Vendors of all kinds


film/video artists should e-mail

musicians and bands should e-mail time is limited, but we’re building a list for both this and future events)

performers other than musicians should e-mail

if you would like to be a sponsor in one way or another, please e-mail and learn how this can be mutually beneficial for your business and our event.

We’re all excited about this year’s Agora and we hope you are too.  Further information and full details can be found at  Once you’ve registered, invite your friends to come and see your art/music/wares/food/whatever.  At the very least, save the date(May 22) for a day of local food, music and art.


Art School Throwdown!
April 6, 2010, 3:57 am
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Hey all you college types!  Registration for the Art School Throwdown is open until the 13th of April.  This is your reminder that you should register.  It is only 5 dollars and you’re guaranteed that all the pieces you submit will hang for the first round on April 17th at Junctionview studios.  There will be chair building, a canvas stretching race, and art history Jeopardy!  Jurors will be judging works in different categories including painting, drawing, print making, film, sculpture and more.  Selected works will go on to hang at the OAL gallery on April 24th.  Best of all, there will be cash prizes!  Remember the only way to win anything is to enter.  Full details and registration here!  Once you’ve registered, why not invite all of your friends?

Hoping to find out more stuff about Agora 7?  Too bad-you’ll just have to keep checking back….

-Bryan K.

March 25, 2010, 3:34 pm
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Hello eveyone!

Thanks to all you folks that participated, contributed, and golfed at A-Holes this past weekend!  We handed out two awards.  The People’s  Choice goes to Junctionview Studios for their Bob Barker/Plinko madness and the Best Concept award goes to the Mother Artists at Work for their grocery-toting chaos.  All the groups did a wonderful job(and made some money) and we were very impressed with the amount of time and effort everyone put in to make this happen.  Since we had so much fun we’re hoping to do it again in the future.

Now, we have a few things to announce.  First, we want you all to know that registration is now open for the Art School Throwdown.   See our events page for more details and to sign up!

Facebook event here

Second,  Sam Corlett’s band, Maza Blaska, has a show tonight at Rumba Cafe!  Music starts @ 10pm.  They will be playing with Manor Animals and Sharif.  If that’s not enough Sam for you, then why don’t also come to the Karate Coyote CD release party?!  That’s tomorrow night @ Skully’s.  This is My Suitcase and Stretch Lefty will play before them and then DJ Self Help will be spinning afterwords.   The fun starts @ 9pm!

Maza Blaska

Karate Coyote

Finally,  The Little Professors are also playing tonight.  They’ll be playing with Wing and Tusk and Russell Boiarsky at the Thirsty Ear in Grandview.  Music starts @ 10.

Hopefully all of you are doing well and maybe we’ll see out there tonight!  Or tomorrow!  Or whenever!

-Bryan K.

March 11, 2010, 2:53 pm
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Looking for something to do tonight to celebrate the sunshine?  Either way, I’ve got the perfect thing!  Come out to the Thirsty Ear(in Grandview) and hear the Little Professors.  Our opener will be Judo Wolf(they may or may not go by a synonymous name and the band may or may not include fellow Couchfire member Sam Corlett).  Music will start right around 10pm and we promise not to keep you out too late-so you’re nice and fresh for that 9:30 you’ve got tomorrow a.m.  Thanks for reading and hopefully we’ll see you tonight!

-Bryan K.

This weekend…
February 25, 2010, 3:01 am
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Hello everyone!  We here at Couchfire have quite a bit going on the next few days.

Tomorrow night, you can catch Sam Corlett in her band Maza Blaska at Carabar in Olde Town East.  They will be playing with Blake Miller, The Woozies, and Black Love.  As always, it’s a free show at Carabar and the fun will start around 10pm.

Maza Blaska

Saturday night brings a few options for everyone-the reception for Touchy Feely will be at the OAL space(in the OSU gateway) starts at 6pm and goes to 10.

Touchy Feely

After you’ve copped a feel, head next door to the Gateway film center to see the premier of Andrew Ina’s short film “Second Chance.”  It was filmed entirely in Glasgow, Scotland while Andrew was attending graduate school.  Tickets are $7 and the film starts at 8pm.


Couchfire is proud to support “Art Makes Noise.”  This event is to be a marriage of art and music featuring the work of several artists, the Super Desserts, and karoke hosted by DJ Dirtyoke.  Art Makes Noise runs from 8-12 at Junctionview Studios.

Art Makes Noise

And finally Bryan Kossmann’s band Fort Shame will be playing at Rumba Cafe with The Beatdowns and Aperture.  The rockin’ starts around 10!  Well, we certainly hope that you’ll find a way to support us and out friends this weekend-whoever said there’s nothing to do in Columbus-pssssh!

Fort Shame

-Bryan K.

News, Press, and Upcoming Events
February 11, 2010, 12:29 am
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The year 2010 has started off great for Couchfire – and our calendar is filling up quickly!

To check out our list of upcoming events, including FEAST, Touchy Feely, and A-HOLES, please visit our “events” page.

Some other exciting upcoming events are happening at Junctionview Studios in the next month as well-

February 13th
At Junctionview Studios
889 Williams Ave

I heART art.  Do you?
We assemble our friends to have this love themed show, highlighting the amourous to spiteful range of love themed artistic creations. Bring a date before dinner, or come and stay with your lonely self. We don’t mind either way.

Conversation hearts provided.

For more information, please contact

In other Couchfire Collective news, we were recently profiled in  GCAC’s “Front Row Center” newsletter, along with Wild Goose Creative and Columbus Music Co-Op, as an example of artists running a successful collective/co-op while fostering a strong sense of community. Couchfire member Jay Moffett talks about what our group does and what makes it unique and special. Click HERE to read the article, written by Jennifer Sadler.

And in individual member news:

Andrew Ina and Boryana Rusenova Ina Andrew and Boryana

After spending years abroad in Scotland at graduate school both Andrew and Boryana have come back for more as our newest old members!  Couchfire welcomes them back and looks forward to working again with them.  Since their return they have wasted no time, check out these events they are involved in!

This month Andrew will be premiering his short film, “Second Chance” at the Gateway Film Center on February 27th, at 8pm. It was filmed entirely in Glasgow, Scotland while Andrew was attending graduate schooll. It will be the opener to “Never Escape”, an action packed feature film created by Andrew’s close friend Jon Mancinetti. Come out that night, and support two talented local filmmakers. Tickets can be bought at the door for $7 or online at:

Andrew and Boryana will be part of a group exhibition at Art Access Gallery in Bexley, Ohio. The show will include a variety of artists and will feature entirely new work from the artists. The opening recpetion is February 26 from 5-8 pm.

Adam Brouillette Adam Brouillette

If your into music check out check out Ride to Ruin at the Summit on February 21st at 9pm.  Ride to Ruin is a band newly formed that Adam is part of.

Heroes and Legends
OSU Arts Initiative
1568 N. High st
Now-Through March 14th.

Check out Adam’s newest large scale works!

Additionally, Adam has been a key player in the recent plans to develop the old Wonder Bread factory in to Wonderland – a space of artist studios, retail, offices & coworking, and performance spaces. Read an article about Wonderland from the Columbus ALIVE here or visit for more info.

Sam CorlettSam Corlett

Come out and see Sam in Karate Coyote!
Skully’s Feb. 20th
It is their last local show before the release of their first full-length album, Inner Animals, on March 26th. The album was recorded by their friends at Central City Recording and will have 12 tracks.

Maza Blaska is playing @ Carabar Feb. 25th. for free- with Black Love and The Woozies. 10 pm.