A New Season for Artful Living

Left to right: Celeste Sheets, Diane Christian-Budd and Jenn Sczur

Photography by Jon Keeling


Spring is the perfect time for a fresh start, and indigenous craft gallery is throwing open the doors on its new space. Less than a mile away from the original O’Bryonville gallery, which opened in 2006, the new location in East Walnut Hills sparkles with tall windows, high ceilings and new art and artists to discover.

The staff of indigenous will keep the party rolling with special events throughout the spring and summer. During the neighborhood’s Walk on Woodburn on April 20, the gallery will host a trunk show by local metalsmith Elise Jens. “Elise uses all sorts of stones and beach glass in her nature-inspired jewelry,” says indigenous owner Diane Christian-Budd. With the purchase of a piece from Jens’ “Save the Bees” designs, a donation is made to the Planet Bee Foundation. You can meet the artist from 3 to 9 p.m. at indigenous.

The gallery’s ninth annual artTILE exhibit runs April 28 through June 10. Art tiles are like potato chips, Christian-Budd says: You can’t stop at just one. She’s collected art tiles for 30 years and looks forward to presenting the show of more than 1,000 tiles made by dozens of invited artists each year.

“An art tile is a stand-alone piece that you can hang on a wall like a painting,” Christian-Budd says. “Their size and range of designs make it easy to put together a collection.”

During the exhibit and every day indigenous offers items from more than 150 artists, mostly from Cincinnati and the tri-state area. You’ll find handcrafted pottery, jewelry, art glass, prints, fiber arts and works in metal and wood.

“The East Walnut Hills business district is really vibrant,” Christian-Budd says, “with lots of independent shops and eateries.” Warmer weather is the perfect time to visit again or for the first time. 


indigenous is located at 1609 Madison Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206. For more information, call 513.321.3750, email mail@indigenouscraft.com or visit www.indigenouscraft.com.