When Sarah Vanderlip — winner of
Cincinnati Art Museum’s first Marjorie Schiele Prize — arrives here for
the Sept. 29 opening of her show, it will be an Ohio homecoming, a full
circle of sorts, for the California artist.
The young women photographed in Another Me: Transformations from Pain to Power have
all been victims of kidnapping or outright sale of themselves into sex
slavery. One is as young as 8 years old, none are more than 22. Rescued
and placed in the Sanlaap Shelter in Kolkata, they found returning to a
self they had lost hard going.
I first met Matthew Shelton in the bottom of a swimming pool. It was a program in which musicians performed on the floor of the empty Ziegler Pool in
Over-the-Rhine. Shelton, with his deep resonant voice and wry, smart
songs, made an immediate impression playing guitar in the pool’s deep
end. He towered above — or, rather, below — his surroundings.
Stuart Fink’s Shape to Shape at
Brazee Street Studios’ gallery One One bristles with energy, mostly
dispenses with narrative (who needs it?) and includes paintings as well
as sculpture. Best known as a sculptor, Fink studied to be a painter and
never really gave it up.
See Unrealized and Unforeseen, Antonio Adams’ solo show at
Thunder-Sky Inc., and leave feeling a bit more special, even if you
aren’t on his list of “good celebrities,” superstars and Divas of Pride.
Just witness the transformative power of art.
Music of Change: Hymns, Blues & Rock at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center ultimately succeeds in providing a fascinating journey
through the roles black music have played in America’s history,
eloquently showing how African-American music has been celebration,
protest, spiritual uplift, a means of communication and information
sharing … sometimes all at once.
NVISION, Emily Buddendeck's quirky venture at
4577 Hamilton Ave. in Northside, has grown steadily during its
four-and-a-half years of existence. “I opened on Leap Day of Leap year, Feb.
29, 2008. The day seemed appropriate because the shop was even more of a
leap during a recession, but it really merged the various things I had
been doing, career-wise,” she says.
In a space dedicated to interiors, the
expansive second floor of Bromwell’s downtown, Celene Hawkins brings
together several of the city’s most accomplished artists with works “in
which nature is found, observed and re-made in elegant and subtle ways,” for Flora and Fauna.
So, the outside comes into these high-ceilinged, fireplace-studded
display rooms to mutual benefit.