German Village Business Community

July 2012 Spotlight


Helping Fuel German Village’s
Emerging Arts Scene


     The proprietors of Muse Gallery, mother-daughter duo Hali Robinson and Caren Petersen, have been in their German Village space for only one short year but have come to revel in the local culture that is showing an increasing appetite for fine art.  “We have a really wonderful, albeit mostly new, clientele here in the Village and feel like we’ve hit a real sweet spot between their penchant for exceptional art and the artists we represent,” states Robinson, Petersen’s daughter and Muse Gallery Manager.

     Muse specializes in mid-career artists that are collectable and have been featured in museums, auctions, and specialty art shows such as SOFA (International Exposition of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art).  Many of the artists are also showcased in books and movies on their careers. Paintings, sculpture, and various forms of mixed media art, all from contemporary living artists, enjoyably grace the two spaces that make up Muse Gallery and Circle Galleries – Petersen’s secondary art brokerage and resale business dealing in artwork leasing for homes and businesses as well as high-end fine art sales.

      Both women are fully engaged in all aspects of the Gallery but offer differing perspectives and work styles which, over time, have created a unique balance that works for them.  Petersen, who has been an art consultant for over twenty-five years, has a sharp eye for quality and movement and an instinct for recognizing burgeoning artists. Robinson, who has a direct personality but a quiet approach to selling artwork, clearly enjoys connecting with others who share her love of art. She beams, “I don’t feel the need to push anything on anyone. I trust people to discover their own feelings and responses and then I share with them what I know about the artist  and their body of work.”

     Robinson and Petersen are also a believers in supporting community and emerging artists. One of her favorite events, the German Village Art Crawl coming up on July 21st, combines both. Muse Gallery also happens to anchor the event’s south side entrance at Whittier Street and Macon Alley and Robinson says that she and her mother enjoy the energy and emphasis on local area artists. “It’s like a smaller, more intimate version of the Columbus Arts Festival. Glammed-up garages, live music, tasty food and cocktails make for a really fun atmosphere, plus it gives us an opportunity to spend an evening chatting with fellow art lovers and making new friends. How cool is that?”

     Check out Muse Gallery during the German Village Art Crawl taking place on July 21st from 6 – 10 pm in Macon Alley between Frankfort and Whittier Streets. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate and can be purchased for $20 online here or in person at the German Village Visitor’s Center at 588 South Third Street in German Village. To learn more visit

Muse Gallery
188 East Whittier Street
Columbus, Ohio 43206

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