Written and Photographed by Doreen Dawkins
One Sunday afternoon I was experiencing cabin fever. Just bored! I decided to walk around Franklinton. I parked my car at a free meter. Here is the view from where I parked my car (a space near Rich Street):
According to Wikipedia Franklinton is bordered by the Scioto River on the north and east. Greenlawn on the south and Interstate 70 on the West. I didn’t walk that far. I decided to walk where I saw color. I walked a few streets to the West then walked North to East Broad Street, then I walked one street over to the East and walked South to my car. Here is what I saw:
The Vanderelli Room is a local art gallery ran by an amazing artist named A.J. Vanderelli. She showcases all different types of artists. They have jazz on Thursdays. There are also community events that are hosted her, such as yoga and guided meditation. I give classes donation based guided meditation classes here.
What speaks to you regarding the outside of the building?
Harley. This is A.J.’s pup or dog Harley Jean.
I can’t say enough about A.J. Vanderellie. She does so much for the community and she is an amazing woman.
More pictures from my journey:
My take: Franklinton is an Arts district! In times past, I would have been concerned with the criminal element, but I didn’t see anything close to that. My disclaimer is that I went on a Sunday afternoon and was in my car by dusk. This is something I will do again. I usually try to interview and take as many portraits as possible when doing street photography. This is a different take on street photography as I didn’t see many people outside. Franklinton is a great place to just enjoy art.