Close Encounters of a New Kind

Missed connections personal ads inspire Sophie Blackall’s quirky paintings

1 Comment · Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Missed connections — anonymous personal ads posted on websites like Craigslist — are something of a generational phenomenon. Sure, people have always shared brief moments with one another, later wishing they had said hello, given a compliment, asked for a phone number.   

Narrative Figuration (Review)

The magic of Realism is on display at the Weston Art Gallery

0 Comments · Monday, April 4, 2011
In the Weston Art Gallery’s new group exhibition Narrative Figuration, on display now through June 5, curator Daniel Brown assembles five talented local artists whose chosen mode is representational, figurative work. All five artists have studied at the University of Cincinnati (DAAP). Their work focuses on genre scenes, with a renewed interest in beauty.  

Movement, Stillness and War

Downtown’s Weston gallery presents three strong, divergent exhibitions

0 Comments · Monday, January 31, 2011
Dennis Harrington, director of downtown’s Weston Art Gallery, looks for connections when he brings artists together for exhibition. This time, however, he did not find a common thread linking artists Diana Duncan Holmes, Elissa Morley and Todd Reynolds, whose work is now on display. So there’s no need to overexert yourself in search of a common theme. Enjoy each exhibit for its individual mastery.  

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.  

Brian Joiner's Creative Life

Cincinnati mourns the loss of a beloved artist

2 Comments · Monday, October 11, 2010
Brian Joiner, an esteemed local artist, passed away Oct. 8 after being diagnosed with liver cancer several months ago. He always tried something new in his work and as an African-American artist often addressed tough issues regarding race, politics and spirituality with irony and humor. For his ever-joyful presence, boundless energy and seemingly unlimited generosity, he will be missed by all whose lives he touched.  

Fall Arts Preview: Visual Art

Area museums and galleries offer cornucopia of exhibitions this fall

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Over the next few months area museums and galleries are presenting a variety of outside-the-box fare, including quilts, wedding dresses, motorcycles and even an installation made of trees. The Taft Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum, Contemporary Art Museum, Country Club, Manifest Gallery, Carnegie Center, Weston Art Gallery, Carl Solway Gallery and Thunder-Sky Inc. are pulling out all the stops for patrons.  

The House In My Head (Review)

Weston Gallery offers thought-provoking group show

1 Comment · Tuesday, June 29, 2010
The house in your head — the one nobody can foreclose on — is probably an element of the internal life of each of us. But what happens when six artists zero in on explicitly externalizing their visions of such a place? The results are 'The House in My Head,' which fills downtown's Weston Art Gallery through Aug. 29.  

Disturbing Reality (Review)

New group exhibit at the Weston shows art with a psychological bent

1 Comment · Wednesday, April 7, 2010
'Disturbing Reality' at the Weston Art Gallery is as much a group therapy session as a group exhibition. In addition to the expected scenes out of a child's anxiety closet, there are a surprising number of cathartic, even comforting, images. The nine artists in this circle seem to feed off one another.  

Sharks, Symbols and Simulacra

Three exhibitions rich in imagery and narrative open the Weston Art Gallery's new season

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2009
In the Weston's first exhibitions of the season, Ryan Mulligan, Casey Riordan Millard and Michael Sharber reinforce the overt qualities of fantasy and illustration in one another's work while also calling attention to more understated emo-aesthetics and pseudo-spirituality. Their strength is allowing and controlling the bleed of their personal lives into their richly ambiguous terrains.  

tour de force (Review)

Thin Air Studio transforms nature at the Weston Gallery and vise versa

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Gnarled tree limbs arc above each entrance of downtown's Weston Art Gallery. Lashed together with twine, the limbs create a web-like mass that spreads throughout the Weston's lobby, soaring above in great domes, coiling around pillars, growing up and out of the stairwell.