Richard Butz’s former architecture/interior design practice had slowed down significantly in the past several years since the economic downturn, so the painter decided to turn his personal studio space on the bottom floor of a building on Main Street in Over-the-Rhine into a place where he could exhibit his own art as well as that of other artists.
The first exhibition at RBds in March was of the proprietor’s own paintings, but for his first outside-sourced exhibition, Butz invited printmaker Jonpaul Smith — an artist whose work he had seen at various area galleries like Miller Gallery and The Carnegie in Covington — to show.
Smith also displays his large, woven paper pieces abroad in institutions like the Kyoto Municipal Museum in Japan or the Penang State Art Gallery in Malaysia.
Jonpaul Smith's exhibition runs through Aug. 10 at RBds Gallery, 1425 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-378-0618.
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