Remembering Mike Amann, Covington's public arts advocate
0 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Mike Amann wasn’t interested in
overthinking things. The designer, gallery owner, contemporary art
collector, husband and new father was more prone to spontaneous acts of
creativity than pre-calculated plans. Whatever the project, he always
dove right in and went for it.
by Jac Kern
Decision made one day after BLDG's Mike Amann passed away
UPDATE: Cork ‘N
Bottle has reached out to BLDG and the public to apologize for the removal of
The London Police mural made possible by BLDG and Mike Amann, who passed away
Cork ‘N Bottle’s
Tim Hue met with BLDG owners to apologize for the unfortunate timing of the
mural removal. The company says it will donate $1,000 to the American Cancer Society in
Mike Amann’s name and work to bring The London Police back to Covington to
create a new mural. Both the gallery and Cork ‘N Bottle shared the news on
update on the Cork-N-Bottle
London Police - Official mural situation:
We just had an excellent meeting with Tim Hue from Cork
N Bottle issuing a formal apology along with a gracious $1,000 donation to the American
Cancer Society on behalf of Mike Amann.
We fully accept this apology along with Tim's eagerness
to correct the situation. We will be working with Tim and Cork N Bottle on
replacing the mural in a timely fashion.
Also, we would like to state that the unfortunate
timing of the event was in no way intended to be malicious or insensitive in
Thank you Cork N Bottle for doing the right thing for
the City of Covington and our community.”
‘N Bottle also reached out to fans on their page:
understand and sincerely regret the hurt that the removal of the art mural has
caused our community. We acted out of a concern of a Maker’s Mark copyright
violation – which we feared might affect our relationship with a key supplier.
We certainly had no intention of offending The London
Police - Official, BLDG
or the community who had come to appreciate and enjoy the mural. We have been a
part of this community for 50 years and as always, wish to work
in the best interest for our community's development and growth. We regret the
loss of this piece of art, and thank you for your comments and your enthusiasm
for Covington. We too share your passion for our neighborhood and love being a
part of this community. In furtherance of our sincere apologies, Cork 'N Bottle
has made a donation in the name and memory of Michael T. Amann to The American
Cancer Society. We invite others to join us.”
POST: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12
The London Police
mural on the side of Covington’s Cork ‘N Bottle has been removed by the liquor
artists TLP came to Greater Cincinnati this August as part of a collaboration
with Covington’s BLDG. The London Police created one large mural and several
smaller graffiti works across Covington during their two-week stay. Cork ‘N
Bottle owners, according to BLDG, agreed to keep one of the works on the side
of their building for at least one year. The mural was removed Monday.From BLDG’s Facebook Page:
“Huge loss in
Covington today. Cork 'N Bottle decided to paint over their The
London Police - Official mural today. Let us state that the agreement of
the mural being painted on the building was that the painting would be up for
at least a year after completion. From this point forward, we will surely only shop at The Party Source for all our spirits!”
comes just a day after BLDG owner Mike Amann passed away Sunday after a battle with stage
four neuroendocrine cancer.Friends of Amann
and fans of the artwork reached out to Cork ‘N Bottle on Facebook for an
explanation. The liquor store posted the following statement this morning.
London Police mural was removed from our building at 501 Crescent Ave.
yesterday. The reasons for this are that the contract to have it painted was
unauthorized and the image was an infringement on the Maker’s Mark trademarked
bottle image. Please look for new art coming this spring as a new mural is
being properly contracted.”
This blog will be updated when more information becomes available.
by Jac Kern
firm Landor Associates hosts coinciding events Friday at the iconic Shillito’s department
store building downtown. Miketoberfest is a benefit for Mike Amann, owner of
Covington design firm BLDG and linchpin in the Greater Cincinnati arts scene,
who is battling stage 4
neuroendocrine cancer. The fundraiser features live music and DJs, grub from
local food trucks and local art and handmade goods for sale from 5-11 p.m.
Meanwhile, Landor will also be guiding Shillito’s Abandoned tours every 10
minutes during that time. Visitors will go underground to explore the former
department store’s cafeteria, showrooms and Santaland for a spooky experience
perfect for Halloween. Admission for Miketoberfest is $15; tours are $10. All proceeds from the night benefit the Amann family. Go here
for more details.
The Cincinnati Art Museum is said to be
the site of various hauntings, which sets the stage for Friday’s Art After Dark
event. The museum will host ghost tours at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. and screen
the 1922 classic Nosferatu with Folk
Rockers The Ridges providing a live score to the film from 6-8 p.m. Appetizers and
drinks (including Great Lakes Nosferatu ale) will be available for purchase;
admission is free.
style gets the spotlight at Rise of the Cool Kids, a production feature from
local retailers, designers, bloggers and other area fashionistas. The event
takes over Washington Park Friday with a happy hour 5-7 p.m. benefiting
Artworks; a dance party and projected fashion show 7-11 p.m.; and after-parties
at nearby 4EG bars. $10 tickets are available in advance online. Limited cash tickets
will be available tonight at the park.
For a classy twist on the adult Halloween party, check out The Malice Ball: OTR Brewers' Masquerade Saturday. The Christian Moerlein
Brewery serves as a chilling setting for a masquerade ball, complete with
masks and makeup artists to elevate your mysterious look, a DJ, photo booth,
local bites, drinks served by fave Japp’s and Bakersfield bartenders and a
special dance performance by Pones Inc. The Malice Ball runs 8 p.m.-midnight.
Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and include a drink ticket and
free shuttle to and from Washington
Park and Mercer Garages. Register here.
Channel your inner
Jules Verne at the Cincinnati Museum Center’s Gears & Beers event Saturday.
It’s a steampunk soiree — Victorian aesthetic with a sci-fi edge — complete
with a costume and gadget parade, live entertainment and plenty of microbrews
and food pairings. The party kicks off at 8 p.m. Admission is $40; $30 for CMC and Enjoy the Arts members. Go here
for event lineup and menu details.
For more art openings,
parties and other stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks,
full calendar and Rick
Door for weekend theater offerings. Be sure to read ScaryBeat for more Halloween
events and holiday inspiration.