In a pleasing departure from the usual holiday frou-frou, The Betts House is showing small, uncluttered, abstracted house portraits by Marcia Alscher, who understands the geometry of buildings in a visceral way. The Betts House, built in 1804 and now the oldest brick house in Ohio, is itself small and uncluttered. Alscher's paintings are perfectly at home in its rooms.
Regular hours (11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday-Thursday) are extended to 12:30-5 p.m. on Saturdays through Dec. 18, with family-friendly craft activities and seasonal refreshments. Visitors are invited to tour the house and to learn about 19th-century celebrations of Christmas and how customs changed from the Federal to the Victorian period, the eras during which five generations of the Betts family lived there. Parking for the small-scale museum, located two blocks west of Music Hall at 416 Clark St. in Over-the-Rhine, is available on Clark and John streets, Central Avenue and the Town Center Garage on Central Parkway behind Music Hall.
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