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Art: Vanishing Cincinnati at the 5th Street Gallery

By Jane Durrell · May 19th, 2009 · CityBeat Recommends

When David and Barbara Day cast a clear eye on the city, what they see are things the rest of us can no longer find. In Vanishing Cincinnati, an exhibition of the Days’ handcrafted prints, present time dissolves. The #49 streetcar cruises through Eden Park, the art deco Greyhound bus terminal still stands at Fifth and Sycamore streets and steamboats are docked at the foot of Mount Adams. The prints, from the Days’ pen-and-ink drawings touched with color wash, are meticulously detailed and perhaps more telling than a photograph would be.

The Days, specialists in historical architecture renovation, also designed Gateway Bell Tower at Liberty Street and Reading Road, the floor mosaic in the Market House at Findlay Market and other local landmarks. Their affection for the city is apparent in all their work and enriches our understanding of where we live.

The show continues at Fifth Street Gallery through June 6 and is a prelude to a book they hope to publish under the same title, reproducing 60 of their drawings with accompanying historical text. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays. Get gallery details and find nearby bars and restaurants here.



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