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If These Walls Could Talk

Bar/restaurant mural captured the ’80s — bad styles and good times

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Before Burger Madness, there was mural madness at Arthur’s, the Hyde Park restaurant/bar. From 1981 to 1992, Jerry Dowling painted caricatures of 142 regulars on a 44-foot wall. The characters are still there — on the mural, anyway — but the character has changed.  

Opposites Attract

Thunder-Sky show plays some heady mind games

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 8, 2012
I’m obsessed with the title of Thunder-Sky Inc.’s latest show, Reverse Psychology. The name, a play on two artists’ opposite aesthetics and themes, doesn’t work for me — or does it? Should I be celebrating differences, or searching for similarities? I don’t know what to think, and I think that’s the intent.    

Artists’ Personal Trails Converge at Phyllis Weston

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 17, 2012
You don’t know where some trails will lead. Roads diverge, loop, merge and meander. “I took the one less traveled by,” Robert Frost wrote, “and that has made all the difference.” Phyllis Weston Gallery presents Paper Trail as an opportunity “to explore the brilliant variety of paper as a medium.” But the medium really isn’t the message here.  

Glass Toast, Balloon Sushi and The Art of Food

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 13, 2012
The greatest thing since sliced bread might be the glass toast by Sandra Gross and Leah Busch at The Art of Food, in its sixth year at the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington.   

Strangely Sentimental

Thunder-Sky’s Small Potatoes considers knick-knacks as art

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Small Potatoes, a strangely sentimental exhibit at Thunder-Sky Inc., is like a heapin’ helping of Grandma’s comfort food. It’s unapologetically lumpy, undeniably homemade and served without fancy presentation but with a whole lot of love.   

There’s Still Hope

Beyond Emancipation traces black history through nine artists’ work

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 31, 2012
As the nation observes Black History Month, Beyond Emancipation acknowledges that sometimes it’s tough to keep hope alive. But, even more, the show celebrates the fact that hope has always been there and always will be.
  

Art: Beyond Emancipation

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Thom Shaw, the great Cincinnati artist who died in 2010, has the last word in Beyond Emancipation at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center — and it’s not what you might think. Shaw was known for his sta  

Democratizing Art

Thunder-Sky exhibit of abstract works leaves room for visitors’ own interpretations

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Infrastructure represents opportunity. That was the thinking of “construction clown” Raymond Thunder-Sky, the quiet, self-taught artist and downtown icon who saw possibility for improvement whenever a wrecking ball swung. In his world, police stations gave way to amusement parks.   

Art: Infrastructure

0 Comments · Monday, January 9, 2012
  

Art For Everyone’s Sake

Miami University campaign reaffirms art’s importance

1 Comments · Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Miami University’s New Year’s resolution came in August, when it declared the 2011-2012 term the “Year of the Arts.” Part II of Out of the Shadows: The Rise of Women in Art, opens Tuesday at the Miami University Art Museum.