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Art: Bestiary at Manifest Gallery

0 Comments · Monday, November 15, 2010
'Bestiary' sweeps through all three rooms of Manifest Gallery in a lively embodiment of the kind of show the East Walnut Hills gallery has to a degree pioneered and does well. An idea (in this case "animals") is thrown out worldwide, thanks to the Internet, and a stringent jury/curatorial process sifts the keepers from what is usually a heady number of submissions. This time, 410 artists submitted images of 985 works. Twenty-five works by 17 artists, from France, Canada, England and the U.S., made the cut.  

Art: Beverly Erschell at Architecture Foundation

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Beverly Erschell's paintings of Cincinnati, currently enlivening the Architectural Foundation's new downtown quarters, catch the city in Jazz riffs of color and form. Erschell, based in Kentucky, usually sees downtown from across the river and that's the way she often paints it. She leaves the river to catch views of Covington and further Cincinnati scenes.  

Limits & Boundaries (Review)

Jarrett Hawkins creates a vocabulary of shapes and forms at Weston Art Gallery

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Jarrett Hawkins' soaring sculptures almost stride through the street-level space at the Weston Art Gallery. His show includes works that exude strength and others that seem tethered rather than standing on their bases, as though they might rise on their own if not held back.  

Art: A Global Affair at The Carnegie

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Multi-show openings at the Carnegie Arts Center expand in a new direction Friday with Andrea Kay's performance of 'Flutterby' in the Otto M. Budig Theatre at 8 p.m. Kay combines her drawings, watercolors and a narrative into a dramatic presentation created when her father was dying of Alzheimer’s for "a reflection of how each of us faces the loss of a loved one." Kay’s art works will remain on view through Nov. 23, as will exhibitions by Yvonne van Eijden, Stefan Chinov, Charlie Goering and Petra Krauckova.  

Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Review)

Dayton Art Institute hosts Abstract Expressionist work that was once revolutionary

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 8, 2010
'Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art Museum' showcases revolutionary Abstract Expressionists' work that caused a sea change in the way the western world came to view art. The exhibition also includes works created in response to this mid-20th-century American movement's initial impact. On display at the Dayton Art Institute through Oct. 10.  

Surprise and Delight

Humanitarian mission to Cuba produces kinship among Americans

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Cubans don’t confuse people with their governments. Again and again, we were met with surprise and delight. Surprise because Americans there are rare, delight because Cubans are predisposed to like us. I was fortunately enough to spend some time there, camera in tow.  

Art: Touch at Kennedy Heights Arts Center

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Reversing the usual order of things, Kennedy Heights Arts Center encourages visitors to get the feel of Brenda Tarbell's ceramics in the exhibition 'Touch,' on view through Sept. 25. "There's a Braille to my sculpture," she says. "It is meant to be explored tactilly. It is meant to be touched." Other works in the show, not necessarily touchable but influenced by organic forms and textures, are presented by Claire Darley, Rebecca Nebert, Lisa Wilson and Rebecca Nava.  

The World of Wayward Comic Book Artist (Review)

Sandy Plunkett, Swallow Press

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Sandy Plunkett reverses the normal order of things. Instead of languishing through youth somewhere in Ohio, longing for New York, he did his languishing in New York's Upper West Side and came to southeast Ohio to find his creative home. The World of a Wayward Comic Book Artist reflects sketchbook/journals Plunkett has kept since 1992, by which time Athens, Ohio, was his town.  

Out of the Mountains (Review)

Meredith Sue Willis, Ohio Univerisity Press

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 11, 2010
A benefit of our shortened attention spans is the re-emergence of the short story. That pleasurable form of fiction, sliced thinner than a novel but at its best equally compelling, for a decade or two languished out of fashion but returns full of ginger. In Out of the Mountains, Meredith Sue Willis gives her characters the juice of life. Some turn up in more than one story, prompting the pleasure of recognition.  

Art: Patricia Timm at Augusta Art Guild

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Pat Timm looks at Kentucky landscapes with a photographer's eye, and the results of her observations are just a pleasant drive along the river away at the Augusta Art Guild (116 Main St., Augusta, Ky.). Kentucky Landscapes: Photography by Patricia Timm opens 6-8 p.m. Friday with hours from noon-6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 21. Timm says she began using her camera "to tell a story, to dig deeper into what I saw through the lens. I found myself connecting to landscapes and events in a surprising new way (that is) profoundly spiritual."