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Art for the Home

Through September 8 at Asterisk Gallery.

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Fake-wood entertainment centers and cheap torchères are serious affronts to tasteful interior design. But finding affordable, unique home furnishings is a Herculean challenge. One solution: Art for the Home, a show of one-of-a-kind furniture, lamps, sculpture, ceramics, and framed art at Asterisk Gallery. Owners Dave Mikolajczyk and Dana Depew, among the 10 artists represented, are masters at transforming thrift-store trash into colorful, quirky treasure. Mikolajczyk's creations include a loveseat and recliner reupholstered in the fluorescent yellow felt that's used to make tennis balls. An old wingback chair is resurrected with orange vinyl upholstery and lime-green piping. Depew's found-object lamps have a sleek Bauhaus appeal. For quiet time, there's Jason Davis's hand-carved sandstone "Stone Effigy Seat" (pictured), which doubles as a chair and an altar, for use inside or out. The effigy -- a curious conflation of Buddha and Byzantine icon -- is ripe for meditation. Bridget Commisso's series of black-and-white photos captures with a fish-eye lens the splendor of Ohio's indigenous yard art. She's found young Elvis, the Three Wise Men, and chubby "kissing cousins." It's a good thing.

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