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On Location/Columbus

the American weigh … 


Penny Scale detail



With Charlie Einhorn


My eccentric friend Chris Steele is an artist, designer, model maker, inventor of of odd contraptions, spin-art virtuoso, founder of Citizens for a Better Skyline (pioneering the first murals to appear in the Short North), photographer, ceramist, and accumulator of assorted weird stuff. I first met him in 1972 when we opened Benchworks, a fine crafts collective in German Village. He brought an enormous old penny scale he had rescued from the then recent demolition of old Central Station. I agreed to let him place it at the entrance of our store and he came around regularly to collect his coins. The many scales he has kept on collecting throughout these past 4 decades now make part of the largest private collections of these once ubiquitous marvelous objects, sought by museums, history buffs and collectors all over the world. Find out how you can see that amazing collection by reading below.  

The American Weigh: Christopher Steele Collection
The Ohio State University Urban Arts Space
50 W. Town St., Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone:    614-292-8861   614-292-8861
Show opens February 2 – closes March 7, 2010
Reception: Friday February 26, 2010 5-7pm
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday: 11 am to 6 pm
Thursday: 11 am to 8pm
Free Admission 





Welcome to the show ...




Scaling up an exhibition




How much do you weigh?




Chris & guest, neon artist Candice Watkins














Dave and partner Annette started a series of house concerts on Sundays this past summer, and the word spread. The house is now packed for these informal gatherings, and local musicians frequently sit in to jam, some of which has been recorded.

Dave Powers, is a friend, a piano player who played at my wedding, a monster talent, musical genius, with a photographic memory full of encyclopedic knowledge and facts, and the largest collection of recorded music in his possession, primarily jazz, but just as exensive in classical and more. Since there is no tune or riff that he has heard that he can’t remember, his improvisations are amazing and often fun in the wry way he incorporates that into his playing. So, yes, I love listening to Dave play and hope many others get to enjoy it.  — Charlie

“You’re Invited!”
NEXT HO– USE CONCERT: Feb. 21, 2010
The House Jazz Concert Series 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Music by the Dave Powers Trio plus an occasional special guest 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Light appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages provided.
Bring your own favorite favorite bottle of wine if you like.
Minimum suggested donation $15.00
4320 Scenic Drive, Columbus, OH 43214 
We draw a great crowd of people and of course the music is awesome!

Annette & Dave