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5th Street Gallery

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By Janet Berg · October 4th, 2006 · The Road to Wellness
About a year ago, Ober-Rae Starr Livingstone heard from a policeman on his beat that there was a space coming available at the Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel at the corner of Fifth and Race streets downtown. The owner wanted something creative there, different from anything else in the Carew Tower or city center.

Livingstone and nine other artists decided to move their work into the space. He felt that it was his calling to help transform the static corporate mentality with the vibrant, healing light of art. The 5th Street Gallery was born, breathing life into the area.

The warmth and energy of this space is evident from the street as you approach the gallery, a welcome relief from the concrete and blacktop surrounding it. Inside, colorful paintings, ceramics, glass, sculpture and jewelry are displayed, surrounded by the light of large windows.

The coalition of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky artists take turns manning the gallery, so there's always someone knowledgeable and friendly to assist you and answer questions.

We know that art elevates us, bridges gaps and heals hearts. In addition, the mindset here is "What can I do for the gallery and the city as a whole, not what can it do for me." All of the members are of like spirit and are committed to this philosophy.

Each artist has different talents that they bring to the group, and all share in time and financial responsibilities and decisions. Not only do they help each other, but they're giving unknown and multicultural local artists a high-visibility venue to show their work.

The gallery is in a great, user-friendly location convenient to hotels, convention center, etc. The goal is to help resurrect the art scene downtown by being inclusive. While most of the art is original, there are also postcards, posters and prints in all price ranges.

Each month a different guest artist is showcased; they're also expected to take turns staffing the gallery in return for the opportunity. I am honored to be the guest artist Oct. 11-Nov. 13. The artist's opening reception is Saturday, Oct. 14 from 5-9 p.m. You are invited -- come and say hello and treat yourself to some fine art!

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday. Call 513-579-9333 for more information.

JANET BERG is in private practice in Mason and does individual sessions and group/corporate workshops. Contact her at 513-680-1875 or www.janetberg.com.


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