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Backyard Treasures

Manifest Gallery thinks locally, showcasing area artists

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Casting a wide net is Manifest Gallery’s usual mode of operation. The “neighborhood gallery for the world” on Woodburn Avenue in East Walnut Hills attracts entries and exhibits works from all over this country and beyond. However, a current exhibition called Backyard reflects a deliberate narrowing of the field.  

The Anthologist by Nicolson Baker

Simon & Schuster

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Nicholson Baker is a word nut, in a good way. In The Anthologist his narrator and perhaps alter ego, poet Paul Chowder, muses on “divulge” in the very first paragraph — “What a juicy word. Truth opening its petals. Truth smells like Chinese food and sweat” — and you’re off on a tear through Paul’s passionate beliefs about rhyme in poetry.  

Art: Idyll at Prairie Gallery

0 Comments · Monday, December 7, 2009
Artist Celene Hawkins knows that vision is selective. What she sees is often strikingly beautiful but disturbing. In what might be called alternative readings of our environment, Hawkins looks for “systems of order and decay,” conditions not mutually exclusive, and interprets them variously in her exhibition Idyll at Prairie Gallery. Through Dec. 31.  

Drawn by New York (Review)

New Taft exhibition showcase rarely seen works

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Historical societies’ “attics” — actually, they call it “storage” — are a lot like those at your great aunt Eloise’s house, only even better. You don’t know what you might find because there’s so much up there.  

Art: New Voices at Miami University Center for Community Engagement

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Twenty-one SCPA students participating in Prairie Gallery-sponsored New Voices, held at the Miami University Center for Community Engagement, examine the area around the school's new home. After basic photography instruction at Prairie, the group collaborated with InkTank’s creative writing program at the Drop Inn Center to produce photographs responding to writings by Drop Inn residents. Through Dec. 18.  

Art: Drawn by New York at the Taft Museum of Art

0 Comments · Monday, November 30, 2009
One of the best institutional “attics” belongs to the New-York Historical Society, judging from the new Drawn by New York show at the Taft Museum of Art, running now through Jan. 17. For this show, around 80 pieces were chosen from a larger version of the exhibition, which appeared earlier at the Society’s headquarters. The purpose is to highlight drawings in watercolor, ink, graphite, pastel and other media.  

Lectures/Art: Thin Air Studio

0 Comments · Monday, November 2, 2009
“Tidal,” a smaller example of Thin Air’s inspired use of Ohio River driftwood and other natural materials, is found on Main Street, permanently installed in Iris Book Cafe’s courtyard. Christopher Daniel and Kirk Mayhew, the sculptors who collaborate as Thin Air Studio, will speak about their work at 2 p.m. at Iris during the Main Street Second Sunday event.  

The Last Of His Mind (Review)

John Thorndike - Swallow Press

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2009
The Last of His Mind is not a laugh a minute. But if it’s not a fun read, perhaps it’s an important one. The subtitle, “A Year in the Shadow of Alzheimer’s,” acknowledges the subject matter as that terror hiding in our closets. We, or someone close to us, will outlive our mind. The value of this book is in its engagement with the demon, bringing it to recognizable size and letting us know how one man met his father’s diminishing abilities.  

Art Is All Around Covington

Month-long Full Spectrum event sets out to prove city's well-rounded cultural worth

0 Comments · Monday, September 28, 2009
As Covington gets ready for Thursday's launch of its October-long Full Spectrum (a celebration of the arts intended to attract 10,000 or more visitors) it's positioning itself as a major regional cultural force. This is a move to bring overdue attention to the arts in a city traditionally overshadowed by its larger neighbor, Cincinnati, says Natalie Bowers, Covington Arts District director.  

Attractions: Museum Day

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2009
On Saturday a number of area institutions will be open free to holders of Museum Day admission cards (available at the participating institutions, even if you’re not a Smithsonian subscriber). At Betts House, the quirky little museum at 416 Clark St. two blocks west of Music Hall, Julie Carpenter, executive director, says, “Visitors can try their hand at blacksmithing, take a tour or explore our current exhibit. We think it will be fun for kids and grownups.” Among other area participants are the Fire Museum, Xavier University’s Art Gallery, and more museums than you knew existed in Ripley.