Art Beyond Boundaries, the Main Street
gallery where work by artists with disabilities is seen all year long,
opens its space to artists without disabilities as well for what has
become a popular yearly exhibition called Changing Perceptions,on view now in its ninth editionas Changing Perceptions: Merge.
I go with my gut,” says Sara Vance Waddell
about her philosophical approach to collecting art. And it is clear that
trusting her instinct has done her well as the marketing and
advertising CEO/president of her own media business.
Todd Slaughter doesn’t make the driving
force behind his artistic endeavors especially easy to understand. And,
actually, since he talks in pieces — individual art pieces — it can be
rather difficult to perceive unless one is being both extremely
observant and relatively obscure (also: intelligent).
The narrowing eyes glance sideways across the room and seem to ask, “What are you
looking at?” At the same time, they draw you into the small Sinton
Gallery at the Taft Museum of Art. Inside, other young black males meet
your gaze from every direction.
The strange ways we remember Elvis Presley are best
summed up by the lyrics of the late Warren Zevon’s “Jesus Mentioned,” in
which he imagines traveling to Memphis to see the dead King: “He went
walking on the water … with his pills.”
“I don’t know the people, but I like the way they look,” says longtime Cincinnati Post photojournalist Melvin Grier.
Grier is at Iris BookCafé, surveying
black-and-white photos of local musicians. Some are national names,
others up-and-comers. All were shot by fellow photographer Michael
Wilson, who should be a national name but isn’t.