Donna Estep - Columbus Open Studio & Stage


Part of the 400 Square family, 400 W. Rich is a group studio site where you will find 12 COSS artists in 10 separate studio spaces. You can park on the street (all spaces are at this time unmetered), in the gravel lot on Lucas and Rich (free), or the parking structure behind River & Rich off McDowell (small fee). To enter, walk east on Rich to the open gated lot just before the railroad bridge, and walk toward the back of that space (follow signs) to the garage door entrance. There you will be greeted by a volunteer with a map of the COSS participating studios within 400. Do NOT use the brightly colored doors on Lucas—those are secure doors for artists only. Be sure the visit my fellow 400 Square artists while you’re here!

Restrooms available

Handicap accessible


Printmaking, Mixed Media



As a child of the ‘80s, Donna McCarty-Estep’s nostalgia drives her creativity. Inspired by popular culture, she pulls inspiration from movies and literature to create portraits that evoke those same feelings in others. With a mix of stencil and direct painting, fun is both the purpose and the end result.


Art is…what? One word prevailing in my work is “fun.” The mixing of bright colorful stencil techniques with direct painting in acrylics and punctuated heavy black line work really makes it pop! Life is too brief for boring, mass-produced art. I hope that what I do will make others realize how important art is for our daily lives.


I will be working on several mixed media paintings over the course of the weekend.

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