My name is Alex Hardesty. I’m a recent graduate from the Ohio State University, and like so many of my generational brethren, have found myself back home – not that there’s anything wrong with this, it’s just something that’s happened. And since my return I’ve noticed something about my surroundings: Coshocton has changed since I last left it. People have gone, buildings have evolved for better or worse, establishments have birthed, some have perished, sidewalks are thinning, people are sparse. The town in which I grew up seemed foreign, as if there were a Coshocton County in Kansas. I, myself, welcomed such a change and viewed it as an adventure; an adventure beneath the brick roads and paved driveways.
Throughout my journey into the depths of Coshocton I’ve discovered an undercurrent. A secret nesting place for the creative and active, where people come to share ideas and make art breathe. This place is the Pomerene Center for the Arts. I can remember walking through the doors of the center for the first time (coincidentally, to pose nude for the first time) and immediately knowing I was meant to be there, live there. Anne Cornell – the director of the center – welcomed me with open arms, eager to listen to what I had to say. I shared my ideas and passions with her, my dreams and hopes, and we’ve been collaborating ever since.
With all that being said, I invite you to explore the undercurrent of Coshocton with me. We’ll expose you to something different, something changed. For the better, not the worse.