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Lasting Legacy

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.    

Artist Diane Landry Makes Waves at the CAC

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The opening of a new show can be a tense, contentious time for an artist. Doubts arise: “What do the public and critics think? Does this show really work?" But at the Contemporary Arts Center’s recent opening of her show by every wind that blows, Diane Landry was above all that. Literally.   

A 'Superunknown' Impulse Binds Neo-Folk Artists

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Northside’s Thunder-Sky, Inc. wrestles with the term “outsider” art. Though it’s a marketable label, it can heap sometimes-false assumptions upon artists. They’re presumed to be uneducated, untrained, isolated, developmentally disabled and/or indifferent to profit. Thunder-Sky, Inc. co-founders Keith Banner and Bill Ross prefer “unconventional” to describe the works.  

In Living Color

Indianapolis' Matisse exhibit is a regional blockbuster

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 13, 2013
If I were to recommend just one show at a regional art museum right now, it would be the Matisse, Life in Color: Masterworks from the Baltimore Museum of Art exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art through Jan. 12, 2014.  

Museum Series Engages Art Lovers Who Have Alzheimer's

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
On the first Wednesday of each month, a group of special visitors gathers in one of three participating Cincinnati museums for a tour designed expressly for them. The group includes people whose memories are fragile in the extreme and their guests, the family members or others who accompany them.  

Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize Is a Grand Experiment

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Grand Rapids, a city of less than 200,000 people in western Michigan, isn’t quite ready to be considered one of the Midwest’s great art centers; Cleveland, Chicago and Detroit’s art museums are not yet in danger of being eclipsed by Grand Rapids. But with its annual ArtPrize — a festival-like art exhibition and competition that occurs in late September and early October — it has come up with a citywide visual-arts event like no other in the way it’s captured the public imagination.  

Early American Art Is 'Telling Tales' at the Taft

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 2, 2013
In 1850, when Robert S. Duncanson was painting landscapes on the hallways of what is now the Taft Museum of Art, art itself had a somewhat different place in popular culture than it has today. Duncanson’s landscapes are idealized scenes of nature and, as such, are considered uplifting.  

Photographic Memories

'Reverberation' exhibit showcases evocative live music photography during MidPoint

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Might a picture be worth a thousand songs? It’s possible that a photograph, as much as an MP3 player full of tunes or a head full of memories, is the best way to recall attending a concert by a favorite act. Not just something shot far from the stage on your shaky iPhone, but rather the kind of image that an inspired photographer — with media access and lots of skill — can take up close.  

Far-Reaching Exhibit 'Vessels' Is More than Just Bowls

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 4, 2013
As home to Vessels: All the Eyes Can Hold, Kennedy Heights Arts Center is a vessel itself, brimming with nearly 100 works representing 57 artists. Co-curator Lynn Conaway saw to it that this wouldn’t be a show of only stoneware pots, which is an easy place to go when the theme is “vessels,” so she asked artists to think outside the bowl.   

The Rise (and Return) of Digital Movie Houses

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 21, 2013
This fall, the Cincinnati region gets two foundational film creations — a brand new multiplex (and the introduction of a new chain) and a renovation/upgrade to an existing player.  

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