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Combining Artistic Energies

The Constella Festival

2 Comments · Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Last fall, as the economy continued its downward spiral and arts organizations laid off staff, Tatiana Berman started to map out plans for a new arts festival in Cincinnati, and this week — defying the odds — the Constella Festival of Music and Fine Arts debuts, aligning an impressive array of artists with the city’s major performing ensembles and arts venues.    

Fired Up

Darren Goodman gorgeous glass creations

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Darren Goodman plays with fire. It’s part of his artistic medium of choice — he blows glass. His extraordinary, downright gorgeous results are now on view in the Cincinnati Art Museum’s biennial 4th Floor Award exhibition, this year titled Trial by Fire. It’s up through year’s end.  

The Paper Chase

Sara Pearce’s career in papers continues, but with some new twists

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Sara Pearce had the world — many worlds — at her fingertips, but her fingers couldn’t feel. The former Enquirer arts reporter had volunteered for a buyout from the paper in September 2008 and wanted to become an artist herself. She’d finally create collages from the antique world maps, fashion magazines and other papers she’d collected for decades.   

Bootleggers, Booze and Hypocrisy

Ken Burns' latest documentary features local gangster George Remus

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Ken Burns believes his new three-part, 5½-hour Prohibition series, to be shown on public-television station WCET at 8 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, contains many revelations about the disastrous era when America banned booze.  

Planet of the Apes

Artist John Bavaro reminds us we’re all primates

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Could art be the missing link? Oxford, Ohio, native John Bavaro would probably say yes. His current exhibition in the Duveneck Gallery at the Carnegie Center Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington uses both traditional and digital painting to examine the similarities between humans and non-human primates. The exhibition is a sort of homecoming for Bavaro, who left Cincinnati in 2001 for a faculty post at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania.   

Intimate Visions

CAC exhibition “uses beauty to discuss difficult issues”

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Realms of Intimacy: Miniaturist Practice from Pakistan, which opens the Contemporary Arts Center’s 2011-12 season Sept. 23, isn’t really about Pakistan. It’s not even all about small pictures. “It’s about using beauty to discuss difficult issues,” says Assistant Curator Justine Ludwig.  

Hooked On Comics

The Cincinnati Comic Expo returns for a bigger, better second year of fun and fantasy

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Comic book culture is embedded in our collective imaginations like never before, inspiring a slew of Hollywood blockbusters like Batman and Superman (for starters), as well as a number of gritty independent films, such as American Splendor, Ghost World and Road to Perdition. The genre also attracts all manner of craftsmen to explore it as a new medium, from Michael Chabon to Kevin Smith to Stephen King.   

Scarred But Not Scared

Photographer turns lens on young breast cancer survivors

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 14, 2011
“It’s beauty in a whole different way, shocking at first, but so meaningful,” says Litsa Spanos, whose gallery, Art Design Consultants Inc., will show the traveling photography exhibition The SCAR Project from Sept. 29-Oct. 2. The show presents photographer David Jay’s life-size prints of young women whose struggles with breast cancer have left them scarred but valiant.  

Yes to YES

Gallery one of many to invigorate Main Street District

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 7, 2011
YES is one of several recent additions to Over-the-Rhine’s gallery district along Main Street, which is being invigorated with a new wave of DIY energy. Along with the print studio and store Static Age, the design collection Losantiville, the clay studio MUD on Main and the Final Friday PopShops — one-night-only bazaars that show up in empty properties — Main Street’s galleries are becoming more geared towards affordable, accessible art and design.  

Expansion Plans in a Recession

Arts organizations and events are adapting to the tough economic climate

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 31, 2011
“I've had the opportunity to learn patience,” says Tod Swormstedt, founder of the American Sign Museum. He’s talking about a problem that other Cincinnati arts organizations and supporters of planned festivals, theater renovations and other projects have to share — how to raise money as the Great Recession grinds on.  

Farewells and Final Fantasies

A writer and artist reflects on the Cincinnati arts scene

3 Comments · Wednesday, August 31, 2011
I moved to Cincinnati a little over eight years ago. Now I’m moving to Chicago to return to academia and to give myself a much-needed span of time to turn inward and concentrate on improving my art and my writing.  

From Far-Flung Realms to Greatest Hits

Local visual arts venues prepare for another intriguing season

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The fall season’s museum show that has attracted the most advance interest — because of its ambitiousness and its timeliness — is the Contemporary Art Center’s Realms of Intimacy: Miniaturist Practice from Pakistan, which opens Sept. 23 and continues until an as-yet-not-finalized January date.  

Urban Rock Hunter

Artist Stevie Grueter unearths buried memories

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Artist Stevie Grueter digs rocks out of the ground with a railroad spike. She's barely 5 feet tall and lugs them home like she's cradling a baby. That's where her art begins — on the uneven surfaces of rocks. Her life began in the rubble of an earthquake. It struck the Greek island of Crete, killing her parents.  

Head Games

Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis' porcelain busts infuse wit and technology

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 17, 2011
How many people can make jokes in porcelain? Or even, going up to the next level, are witty in porcelain? Artists Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis regularly carry off that difficult feat in the course of creating works of considerable beauty and technical éclat.  

From the Catbird's Seat

Artist Daniel Dorff documents the changes at Washington Park

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Daniel Dorff literally has the catbird seat from which he keeps his artist's eye on the transformation now underway in Over-the-Rhine’s Washington Park, where Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation is building an underground parking garage for patrons of Music Hall and others.