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Artists, exhibits, etc.

By Fran Watson · April 12th, 2001 · Quick Draw
For those who need a free art fun fix, it's here. Or there, rather, at THE CARNEGIE CENTER in Covington on April 22, 1-4 p.m. where "Everybody Is An Artist." They'll have kite construction, doll making, instrument design, art instructors and ... ta-da! ... live "polkafunkabilly" music by The Flock. All ages welcome. 859-491-2030.

And speaking of "all ages," THE FITTON CENTER FOR CREATIVE ARTS in Hamilton wants artists over 55 to exhibit in "A Celebra-tion of Age." Bring one work to the Fitton on April 19, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and exhibit from May 6-June17. No competition. No jurying. No entry fee. Entry forms: 513-687-4014.

Someone always wants to know if their prize piece of art is (a) authentic, and (b) worth anything. THE CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM will help you out on the former, but dollar value will have to be the owner's call. It's the annual CONSULT-A-CURATOR day on May 9, 4-7 p.m. Start cleaning out your attic now; limit of two art works per person.


Art is springing up at the AULT PARK FLOWER show this year, April 25-29. Twenty-five Cincinnati artists were invited to submit two slides each to a committee with an eye to being used on the annual poster for the event. In addition, one painting per artist was chosen as the central theme in various floral arrangements. Nice idea! And good utilization of our abundance of homegrown artists. 513-872-5194.

A recent evening at the CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER featured two Newsweek art writers, Peter Plagens and Cathleen McGuigan, who recently wrote about the architectural splash being made all over the nation by designers from other countries. And, of course, in other countries, specifically Spain, home of the wild and woolly Guggenheim Bilbao museum, designed by American architect Frank Gehry. After opening remarks by the writers, an audience nearly as illustrious as the speakers asked questions and made comments about the marked trend and its local pertinence via Zaha Hadid's proposed design for the new home of the CAC at Seventh and Walnut streets. How apropos is this news from Columbus: Italian architect, Renzo Piano -- whose international plaudits include the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, the Terminal of the Kansai International Airport in Japan, and the reconstruction of the historic Berlin Potsdamer Platz -- will accept the Ninth Wexner Prize on April 20. Piano, the first architect to receive the award, will lecture on his career on Tuesday evening. The week is filled with events in Columbus featuring the prize winner and his works. For more information and reservations: 614-292-3535 or www.wexarts.org

contact fran watson: fwatson@citybeat.com


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