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Art: Alan Grizzell at The Betts House

By Jane Durrell · June 7th, 2011 · CityBeat Recommends

Artists can show us new ways to look at things or places we otherwise might not give a second glance. That's exactly what happens in the exhibition The Art of Alan Grizzell: Over-the-Rhine, now on view at The Betts House, Ohio's oldest brick house, in the Betts-Longworth Historic District Downtown. Grizzell, who has lived in OTR since graduating from the Art Academy in 2006, sees his neighborhood with a gentle eye, enjoying the muted colors, the merging shapes of old buildings that have stood in place longer than most people have been alive.

The sense of looking down a tunnel of time is increased by Grizzell's choice of borders for his oil paintings, often using old window frames rather than conventional enclosures. A church, for instance, is seen behind a wooden arch that might once have held a church window. The exhibition runs through June 30. The Betts House, two blocks west of Music Hall (416 Clark St.), is open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and from 12:30-5 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturday of each month.

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