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A Hamilton-based creative arts center is building the community through the arts and culture. Learn more about their summer workshops, free galleries, and arts classes.

 

The Hamilton-based Fitton Center for Creative Arts aims to build community excellence through the arts and culture.

With a mission to “build community excellence through the arts and culture,” The Fitton Center for Creative Arts wanted to bring the city of Hamilton an art center that could be a place to feature art education classes, art galleries, live performances, and spaces for rent.

This non-profit arts organization was first brought to life back in 1990, when the community decided it needed an arts facility that should have a strong arts education factor. “The Hamilton Bicentennial was happening around this time so they decided that an art facility would be their main legacy,” explains Fitton Center Marketing Specialist Rebecca Gonya.

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts hosts workshops and classes for all ages.

The Fitton Center has something for everyone. “There are classes for all ages, several exhibitions throughout the year that has a wide variety of artwork, and a mix of live performances for children, adults, and everyone inbetween,” she says.

Completed in 1993, today the Fitton Center offers classes, workshops, and summer camps for all ages, and its galleries are open to the public year round.

The 2017-2018 Season Launch event will be held on Friday, August 18. “This free event will kick-off the new season and let the community know about all the great events, exhibitions, and classes happening at the Fitton Center,” says Gonya.

You can order tickets for performances and register for classes by visiting fittoncenter.org, by checking out the Center’s Facebook page, or by calling 513-863-8873. Galleries are free to view and some events are free to the public as well.

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts offers kids classes and workshops throughout the year.

Gonya says that tickets events range from $5 to $40 and workshops, which are about six weeks in length, are from $25 to $130. “If you are a member of the Fitton Center, you will receive discounts on event tickets as well as classes and workshops,” adds Gonya.

To learn more about the Fitton Center, visit www.fittoncenter.org. You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or sign up for the e-newsletter here.

 

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Our art guru explains how a local lady and her contributions to the arts inspired the Cincinnati Art Museum to honor her in a special way. Read on for more.

 

Alice Weston was awarded with the 2017 Cincinnati Art Award by the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Alice Weston received Cincinnati Art Museum’s 2017 Cincinnati Art Award for her lifetime contribution to the arts in Cincinnati and beyond. The museum honored Weston at its annual Director’s Circle Dinner on April 26.

Weston is a renowned Cincinnati contemporary art collector, educator, collaborator and artist, who, along with her late husband, Harris, created an ongoing legacy of philanthropy and support of the arts in Cincinnati.

Cameron Kitchin, the museum’s Louis and Louise Dieterle Nippert Director said, “The Cincinnati Art Museum is proud to recognize Alice for her decades of generosity and civic vision in the arts. Her commitment to the museums and cultural institutions of Cincinnati, and the artists of our time, has made an indelible impact on our city. Alice is an inspiration to us all.”

At the Cincinnati Art Museum, Weston is a current Trustee, a member of the Director’s Circle of the Founders Society, New Century Society, and Shareholder. Cincinnati Art Museum’s Gallery 303 is named The Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Gallery in honor of the Westons, who have supported the museum’s contemporary collection since the late 1980s.

Weston is a lifetime member of the Contemporary Art Center’s board of trustees and a member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s board of overseers. She is namesake of the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery at the Aronoff, which has showcased contemporary art for more than 20 years.

In 1969, as an art patron of John Cage while he was the composer-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati, Weston prompted Cage to create his first visual artwork, Not Wanting to Say Anything About Marcel. Since that time, Weston has connected artists, collectors, composers, musicians and art patrons in innumerable ways. One of Weston’s landmark collaborative pieces, the video work Crystal Clues to the Sublime, is a new acquisition to the permanent collection of the Cincinnati Art Museum. Weston is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP graduate program.

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The Cincinnati Art Museum is welcoming three new curators. Our art guru sat down with each to learn more about them and their big plans for the future.

 

The Cincinnati Art Museum has appointed Ainsley M. Cameron as Curator of South Asian Art, Islamic Art, and Antiquities; Peter Jonathan Bell as Associate Curator of European Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings; and Nathaniel M. Stein as Associate Curator of Photography.

“Ainsley, Peter and Nathaniel are exciting scholars who are making significant contributions to their respective fields of study,” said Cameron Kitchin, the museum’s Louis and Louise Dieterle Nippert Director. “I am pleased to welcome them to the museum and to Cincinnati, where they will join a collaborative curatorial practice and interpretation team. In concert with our comprehensive strategic plan, the growth of our curators’ research, exhibitions, collections and teaching benefits the entire community.”

Ainsley Cameron, Curator of South Asian Art, Islamic Art and Antiquities at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Ainsley M. Cameron, Curator of South Asian Art, Islamic Art and Antiquities

Dr. Ainsley Cameron is the Cincinnati Art Museum’s new Curator of South Asian Art, Islamic Art and Antiquities. In this position, she will oversee acquisitions and collections from South Asia (a geographic region that includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka), Nepal and the Himalayan region, as well as Iran and Afghanistan. Through lectures, exhibitions and scholarly publications, Cameron will further research on the museum’s permanent collection, as well as liaise with the community with public programming and teaching. Cameron was most recently the Ira Brind and Stacey Spector Assistant Curator of South Asian Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Cameron’s exhibition and catalogue project at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA), Drawn from Courtly India: The Conley Harris and Howard Truelove Collection, provided an in-depth foray into the drawing practice at the courts of north India. She was also the curator-in-charge of digital initiatives in the reinstallation and reinterpretation of the PMA’s South Asian art galleries, which opened in October 2016. Previous curatorial appointments included roles at the British Library, the British Museum, and the Victoria & Albert Museum, making Cameron familiar with a wide range of South Asia’s artistic production, especially from the 16th century onwards.

Cameron completed her doctorate at the University of Oxford in 2010. She also holds an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and a BA in Archaeology and History from the University of Toronto.

“This is an opportunity to redefine CAM’s engagement with these collections on a regional, national and international scale, a process I am excited to participate in. I look forward to working with my new colleagues to explore the intricacies of the collection, the institution and this beautiful city,” Cameron said. She begins in Cincinnati in early May.

Peter Bell, Associate Curator of European Paintings, Sculpture, and Drawings at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Peter Jonathan Bell, Associate Curator of European Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings

As Associate Curator of European Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings at the Cincinnati Art Museum, Peter Bell will be responsible for the stewardship and development of the museum’s extensive holdings of European paintings, sculpture and all works on paper excluding prints and photographs. In this role he will lecture and write on art history, curate European art exhibitions and permanent collection galleries, and engage with the community through museum programs and by managing the museum’s Friends of European Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings group.

Bell comes to Cincinnati from the Metropolitan Museum of Art where he is Assistant Curator in the department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. There he has been responsible for Italian and Spanish sculpture, ceramics and glass, and European medals. He has researched and presented these collections, augmented them through acquisition and collaborated on conservation projects.

At the Met he co-curated the exhibitions Antonio Canova: The Seven Last Works (2014) and Tullio Lombardo’s Adam: A Masterpiece Restored (2015), and recently curated Renaissance Maiolica: Painted Pottery for Shelf and Table (2016–2017). He was lead curator for the design, construction and permanent installation of the Met’s Venetian Sculpture Gallery (2015).

Bell is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome. He received his undergraduate degree from Oberlin College in Ohio and a master’s degree from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. He is expected to complete his doctorate from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, this spring.

“I am thrilled to join the Cincinnati Art Museum and contribute to its impressive record of scholarship, acquisitions and exhibitions. It is particularly exciting to come to this august institution at a time of new growth in exhibitions and programming, and expanding public access and visitor engagement. CAM boasts one of the great collections of European art in the Midwest, one that is known and admired across the world. I look forward to advocating for these paintings, sculptures and drawings—artworks that can be as vital and relevant for Cincinnati today as they were in Europe 500 years ago—and to deepening our understanding of the important traditions they represent.” Bell starts at the end of May.

Nathaniel Stein, Associate Curator of Photography at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Nathaniel M. Stein, Associate Curator of Photography

In his role at the Cincinnati Art Museum, Dr. Nathaniel Stein will be responsible for the stewardship, interpretation, and development of the museum’s extensive holdings of photographs. He will curate photography exhibitions, conduct and publish research on works of art in the museum’s permanent collection, engage the community with innovative programming, lead acquisitions and manage the museum’s Friends of Photography group.

Stein comes to Cincinnati from an appointment as the Horace W. Goldsmith Fellow in Photography at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In Philadelphia he organized exhibitions and wrote on internationally established figures Wolfgang Tillmans and Rineke Dijkstra, emerging African-American and Jamaican artists Andre Bradley and Paul Anthony Smith, and contemporary photographers working in or about South Asia, among many other projects. While his curatorial focus is on contemporary photography, Stein has a deep background in the earlier history of the medium. His doctoral dissertation dealt with photography in 19th-century India.

Stein holds a master’s degree and doctorate in the History of Art and Architecture from Brown University and a bachelor’s degree in the History of Art from Wesleyan University. Prior to his position at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, he held fellowships, lectured, performed curatorial roles, and taught the history of photography at institutions including the Yale Center for British Art, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, and the Rhode Island School of Design.

“I’m thrilled that my family has been invited to join the CAM family, and for the opportunity to get to know Cincinnati’s dynamic photography community,” said Stein. “The museum’s photography program already reflects a history of dedicated curators, collectors and supporters. We’re in a strong position now to continue to honor the core traditions of the medium while also thinking openly and creatively about how to engage with a wider world. I think we can seize the moment, and I’m looking forward to getting started.” He will join the museum in late April.

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A new social art experience is ready to make its mark on the Queen City. Learn more about the space and how it highlights local artists.

 

Uptown Art is a new social art experience in Cincinnati.

Cincy Chic: What is Uptown Art?
Barbara Turcotte, Co-Owner of Uptown Art: Uptown Art is a social art experience! Our artists will guide you step by step through creating your own masterpiece. It is very simple. Visit our calendar online, select a night that has a painting that appeals to you and register. We provide the paint, the apron, the canvas and brushes. You only need to be willing to have fun! For those who would like to share a glass or two of wine with friends, we also have a bar with a variety of wine and beer, as well as soda, water and snacks.

Cincy Chic: What inspired you to open Uptown Art?
Turcotte: The founders were looking for a way to design a creative business that also provided a social experience. It is designed to allow anyone, no matter their skill level, an opportunity to create their own masterpiece with the assistance of a trained, professional artist. At the same time, they wanted it to be a fun, relaxed, casual environment. A place to socialize, meet with friends, meet new friends, and maybe pick up a skill or two along the way.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind this social art experience?
Turcotte: Uptown Art Cincinnati is owned by Suzanne Hall and Barbara Turcotte. We were looking for a business we could believe in, something that not only provides a benefit to the community, but also something people can really enjoy! We both live in the Cincinnati area and knew it would be a great addition to Anderson Township. There are 22 Uptown Art locations throughout the country, and we are fortunate enough to own Cincinnati, Louisville, and New Albany, Indiana.

Cincy Chic: When did Uptown Art open?
Turcotte: Uptown Art Cincinnati opened in February 2017. We began planning the opening of this location in Fall 2016. Anderson Township remained at the top on our list because of the great sense of community and the amazing people we met along the path of designing and building our current location.

Cincy Chic: What makes Uptown Art a unique place to visit in Cincinnati?
Turcotte: Uptown Art is a fabulous collection of incredible talent! Each studio is locally owned and operated, so we get to personalize our studios and art to our customers’ taste. We have two private party rooms that are available to our customers to host special events with their friends and family. The great part about the party rooms is you get to choose your own painting! We have thousands of paintings in our database from which to choose. Uptown Art corporate supports us with training, marketing and most importantly, beautiful ART! We have licensed professional artists who provide us with some of their specialized art and we get to share that with our customers! Our artists are in the studio to not only instruct our guests through their painting, but to ensure they have a wonderful experience! We listen to our guests and welcome their feedback!

Cincy Chic: What do you enjoy the most about running the Cincinnati location of Uptown Art?
Turcotte: We have been open just shy of two months but we are incredibly grateful to the community for their warm welcome! We love the opportunity to provide a fun place for adults and children to experience art in a comfortable, relaxed environment. We are excited to be a part of the growing Anderson area and to meet all the wonderful people that make it so special!

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Uptown Art in 2017?
Turcotte: Everything is new for Uptown Art! Each month we offer a new selection of paintings available to the public through our website. As customers get acquainted with us, we will begin to add in more of our specialty art! We have had some designed especially for Cincinnati! We can’t wait to show those to you! Starry night over Cincinnati has already been featured, and we know it will be a customer favorite!

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along with Uptown Art?
Turcotte: You can peruse our website at uptownart.com/Cincinnati. Our website has our calendar where you can register for classes, private party information and a link to purchase gift certificates. You can like us on Facebook and on Instagram.

 

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Cincinnati Art Museum’s Curator of Prints Kristin Spangenberg, shares what makes the new exhibition that accompanies Dressed to Kill so special.

Transcending Reality: The Woodcuts of Kōsaka Gajin is a new exhibition at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Transcending Reality: The Woodcuts of Kōsaka Gajin is the first major exhibition of the artist’s work in the United States. The Cincinnati Art Museum’s Howard and Caroline Porter Collection is the largest repository of Gajin woodcuts outside Japan.

Gajin was a student of Japanese and Western-style painting and an art educator with enthusiasm for the intuitive work of children. The artist wanted his work to “transcend reality.” He lovingly recorded the beauty of Japan’s landscape and architectural monuments in a way that is modern in its individualized expression, not unlike the era’s “action painting” in the West.

Among Gajin’s favorite subjects, explored in great variation, were Mount Fuji, temples and trees such as The Great Japanese Cedar. With minimal lines, he created bold forms that were printed on un-sized paper.

In April 1945, when Gajin’s home studio in Tokyo was destroyed, he moved to Sendai, returning to the city in 1949. Although he first took up printmaking in 1922, the woodcuts Gajin executed during his last decade of life were praised by a contemporary art critic as “works of art definitely bearing the stamp of novelty and originality.”

Featured alongside Transcending Reality is Dressed to Kill: Japanese Arms and Armor, an in-depth look at Japanese Samurai culture and arts from the 16th–19th centuries. Joint tickets allow entry to both special exhibitions.

All ticketed exhibitions are free for museum members. Non-members may purchase tickets at cincinnatiartmuseum.org/transcendingreality or at the art museum. $10 ticket for adults; $5 for children ages 6–17 and college students with ID. Other discounts available.

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There’s a new glass studio in town offering everything from DIY classes to colorful, one-of-a-kind home decor and jewelry. Read on for more!

Brenda Buschle of The Glass Rainbow.

Cincy Chic: Tell us more about The Glass Rainbow!
Brenda Buschle, Founder of The Glass Rainbow: The Glass Rainbow is a warm glass studio. I work with sheet glass specifically meant to be fired in a kiln. The glass comes in just about every color you could imagine and there are also “accessory” glass products such as Stringers (1 or 2 mm strings of glass), Confetti glass (extremely thin slivers of glass), and Frit (tiny chunks of glass as well as ground glass that comes in powder form). I have an 1,800-square-foot studio that sits next to my home. At this point, I’m not sure why I still have a home because I’m in the studio all day, every day.

Cincy Chic: What inspired you to launch The Glass Rainbow?
Buschle: It was my obsession with glass. I took a single class in 2015 and was immediately obsessed. I couldn’t wait for the next class and the next and the next. I purchased my first kiln about 2 months later. Kilns are built to spec so it took about 4 weeks to arrive (longest 4 weeks of my life!). Three weeks later, I had my second kiln on order. I added my third (and biggest) kiln to the family in November 2016. If this isn’t an obsession, I don’t know what is.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the studio?
Buschle: Just me. My mom helps out with beading of the wind chimes and now she’s working on beaded sun catcher curtains. She also plays a part in some of my creative ideas, as well, but the glass is all me.

Cincy Chic: When did you officially launch The Glass Rainbow?
Buschle: The Glass Rainbow opened in early 2016.

Cincy Chic: What types of products do you create for customers?
Buschle: I make glass wind chimes, jewelry, clocks, art panels and functional glass pieces including, bowls, plates, dishes. I’m only limited by my imagination.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new for The Glass Rainbow in 2017?
Buschle: New this year, I’m offering Girls Night Out classes where you can get together with your friends and make you own kiln-formed glass project. I’m starting out with easier items but will be adding more intricate projects, if the interest is there. You can view current classes here. Anyone interested in private instruction is welcome to contact me for more information!

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
Buschle: Visit www.theglassrainbow.com. I’m also on Facebook.

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We chat with the local woman who’s a mission to inspire Cincinnatians to think about the issues important to them and “Be the Change You Wish to See.” Read on for more.

rEVOLUTION CINCY aims to inspire Cincinnatians to be a change in their community.
rEVOLUTION CINCY aims to inspire Cincinnatians to be a change in their community.

Cincy Chic: Tell us about rEVOLUTION CINCY!
Liz Wu, Writer and Producer of rEVOLUTION CINCY: rEVOLUTION Cincy is a movement to encourage citizens to think about the issues that are important to them, to communicate those issues, and then to take personal action. The motto: Be the Change You Wish to See.

This project is designed to start conversation about what we as residents of Greater Cincinnati and the various neighborhoods truly value – and what we wish could be improved. However, the real conversation begins when we discuss what we can actually DO about it – and then take action!

Liz Wu, Writer and Producer of rEVOLUTION CINCY.
Liz Wu, Writer and Producer of rEVOLUTION CINCY.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind the movement?
Wu: rEVOLUTION Cincy is inspired by the saying, “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” In this historic election year, we wish to spread the message that voting is of utmost importance – and there are many other ways, beyond casting a ballot in November, that we can cast our votes on a daily basis for the community we would like to create.

rEVOLUTION Cincy will involves a music video featuring local artists with a message encouraging viewers to take direct action in their neighborhoods/city by volunteering, buying locally, educating themselves on issues of importance and “walking their talk”. This video is accompanied by a website where visitors can “vote” on the top issues in their neighborhood and then learn ways in which they can directly address those concerns.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind rEVOLUTION CINCY?
Wu: rEVOLUTION Cincy was written and produced by Liz Wu, me, of Turtle and the Stone Productions. Afrochine provided audio and video production for the music video. Mark G. Celsor designed the website, with graphic design by Lauren Frederick and Joshua Moore. Support came from ArtsWave. A cast and crew of 60+ creatives came together to make this project happen, and each person that watches the video and shares the website becomes part of the movement!

Cincy Chic: What’s the mission behind the movement?
Wu: The mission is to inspire people to engage within their communities and feel empowered to make a positive change in their neighborhood/city/world, in simple, practical and direct ways.

Cincy Chic: What makes rEVOLUTION CINCY unique?
Wu: This project asks for more than appreciation of the art – it requests the viewer to actively engage with the website, and then with their community. It also gives links on practical ways to do that locally. It is basically a guidebook on how to catalyze positive change from an individual level. Rather than dwell on frustrations on things beyond control, this project challenges the audience to focus on making a daily impact, through voting with one’s dollar, time, actions and mind.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers find rEVOLUTION CINCY?
Wu: We will be out at Findlay Market and on UC’s campus on Saturday Oct. 29, inviting the public to vote on the three most important issues in their neighborhood, and to start community conversations on how we can improve our city. We also have a challenge going on – each time you vote with your dollar, time, actions, or mind, create a hashtag and share on social media, while tagging friends and encouraging them to do the same.

Cincy Chic: Where’s the best place to go to learn more and following along with the movement?
Wu: Visit www.revolutioncincy.com or like us on Facebook.

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Disillusioned by the public school system, a local art teacher opened her own studio. See how her classes blend technical art skill with self-expression and creativity.

The Art Workshop
The Art Workshop offers classes, workshops, and camps to revive creativity for kids and adults.

The Art Workshop in Hyde Park offers a variety of art classes, workshops, and camps to help ignite and foster creativity for local kiddos.

Located just behind the Hyde Park Plaza, the building shared with Queen City Clay offers a well-lit space with a ceramics area and kiln, a wide variety of materials, and an art library to inspire creativity in patrons.

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The objectives of The Art Workshop, according to owner Nancy Kopp, are to “teach the language, elements, principles and techniques of art; foster the desire for discovery and experimentation of art materials; encourage creativity and imagination in making art; develop confidence, clarity and individuality in self expression; and promote an appreciation for all forms of art through Art History and personal experience.”

 

At The Art Workshop, patrons can draw, paint, hand build with clay, experience throwing on the pottery wheel, do art with their child, learn art history, print, create cartoons or comics, sculpt, or do crafts. The various classes cater to children ages two to 12, teenagers, home schooled children, families, and adults. Options for children include pottery wheel classes, drawing classes, holiday workshops, custom birthday parties, and summer camps. Adults who want to introduce art to their children or get in touch with their own creative sides can also choose from numerous options including drawing classes, Mom and Me classes, and art therapy.

Kopp founded The Art Workshop in her basement in the 1980s. She graduated from Bowling Green University with a Bachelor of Science degree in art education and initially taught art in public schools in Toledo and Cincinnati, but even though she loved teaching art to kids, she eventually became “disillusioned with the public school system.” She also noticed that her neighborhood had no art studio for the kids, so she created one in her basement, and The Art Workshop took off quickly due to Kopp’s focus on individual needs and ability to engage with students.

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“At first, I taught only the neighborhood kids,” Kopp says. “As word spread about my classes, I developed a waiting list. Parents started asking me if I could teach them to draw, so I added adult classes.” As demand grew, Kopp moved her studio in 1996 to the Fine Arts Center in Wyoming.

Fifteen years later, The Art Workshop moved to its present location. Success stories of The Art Workshop, as listed on the website, include graphic designer Caleb Halter, who worked on Katy Perry’s Prismatic Tour, and Brian Greenwood, who founded his own creative services agency in Columbus, and others. The Art Workshop, Inc. is located at 3130 Wasson Road in Hyde Park.

To learn more, visit http://theartworkshopinc.net.

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    A new art gallery in Cincinnati is shining the spotlight on local artists, hosting shows and helping to put the Cincinnati art scene on the map. Read on for more on Cincinnati Art Underground, the local lady behind it and where she’ll be this Friday with an artsy pop-up shop.

    Cincinnati Art Underground is a local gallery that offers artists from around Ohio and other parts of the country to showcase their work while helping to advance the art scene in Cincinnati.
    Cincinnati Art Underground is a local gallery that offers artists from around Ohio and other parts of the country to showcase their work while helping to advance the art scene in Cincinnati.

    Cincinnati is home base for many talented artists, but there aren’t many spots they can turn to if they want to showcase their work. To help them see and be seen, Rachael Moore was inspired to open Cincinnati Art Underground.

    “Conversations with a few artists sparked the idea to start pop-up shows in fresh locations downtown,” explains Moore. “The artists would have new places to show their work and people in Cincinnati would have a fun, new way to meet artists and buy art.”

    Cincinnati Art Underground is a contemporary art gallery featuring works by some of Ohio’s most talented artists. Moore says it’s a fun place to learn about serious art.

    “We have glamorous art openings and artists visiting to talk about their work and creative inspirations,” says Moore. “We’ve hosted private parties for small groups and can set up studio visits so people can see how artists create. Our gallery is a place where people who love art and creativity can connect with artists and find something gorgeous for their home.”

    Moore launched the gallery but has has a team of people helping her. Her first team included Britt Elam, a graphic designer who graduated from the Art Academy of Cincinnati; a young artist and entrepreneur who has since moved to New York City; and artist Andrey Kozakov as Creative Director.

    Today, her current team consists of Taylor Rousseau who serves as Assistant Director, Gallery Assistant Eva Patterson, a costume design major at the University of Cincinnati and Mary Beth Brackmann, an Art Academy of Cincinnati graduate who does Cincinnati Art Underground’s graphic design.

    Moore herself is originally from Connecticut and holds a law degree from Hofstra University in New York. “For years, I lived in New York City and London,” she says. “I jumped into the art world in Cincinnati when I joined Tatiana Berman at her Constella Festival and eventually started working with visual artists through the Festival. The depth of cultural appreciation and love for the arts runs deep here – it’s been an exciting journey!”

    Cincinnati Art Underground opened in March with a pop-up show in Over-the-Rhine. “It was so much fun – we featured four artists and had a great turnout,” says Moore. “The clients loved it and we sold a number of artworks: fragile, abstract porcelains by Kara Sheldon; edgy paintings by Spencer van der Zee, a street artist who sometimes uses spray paint on his canvases; and stunning landscape photographs by Viktor Posnov. Everyone went home happy!”

    Moore says that she looks all over to find artists to showcase their work in the gallery. “I pore through images online, visit art fairs and galleries and take referrals from friends,” she says.

    There was an artists from Toronto who recently reached out and she says they’re currently working on a show with him in the future. “Our focus has been Ohio-area artists, but we’ll also be looking further afield to bring new works to Cincinnati,” she says.

    Another fun way to see what’s new in the art world, Moore says, is scouring Instagram as it also gives her ideas of artistics directions they can take at the gallery. She adds that she’s looking for artists whose work has an open appeal. “If people respond to something that they can like or understand, and they get to meet the artist and learn about the philosophy and work behind a painting or sculpture, it completely transforms their view of what they like and what they know about art,” says Moore. “Once you’ve experienced the thrill of buying modern, cutting-edge art and begun to understand why other people love it, it’s hard to go back to the safe choices that you knew before!”

    Artworks that sell at the gallery sell between a range of prices. A classic, porcelain object by ceramicist Kara Sheldon will sell for $35 while Cadence, a large-scale painting by Katie St. Clair will sell for $8,500. Moore says Cincinnati Art Underground will always carry works that begin at accessible prices as they want everyone to own something beautiful and experience the thrill of purchasing something as luxurious as a work of art.

    Moore says that she enjoys everything about being at Cincinnati Art Underground. “I love meeting the artists and discovering new art that I can show to Cincinnati,” she says. “[And] I really enjoy helping clients find something special, and transforming their ideas about what they like and what they know about art.”

    Moore says that there are a ton of ideas and plans on the horizon for Cincinnati Art Underground. “Our cool website by Envoi Design is about to relaunch, and within the next year will be set up to allow people to purchase art directly online,” she says.

    Cincinnati Art Underground is now offering a concierge art service. “We can visit your home and make suggestions for artwork to make your space pop, or search for a special piece through our artists and contacts,” adds Moore.

    She says that Cincinnati Art Underground is making connections with other art galleries with ideas for joint shows and on behalf of the artists.

    “As we grow, our artists will grow, and for clients who like the investment potential of art, their works will rise in value as our artists gain fame and new opportunities,” she says. “We’re also getting ready to jump into the art fair scene – there are going to be some great opportunities to show people in Los Angeles and Miami what Cincinnati artists can do.”

    Moore says you can check out the next Cincinnati Art Underground event on Feb. 11 when Jacci Delaney stops by to talk about her bubble-wrap glassworks. “It’s our cozy tie-in to Valentine’s Day,” she says. “Everyone should bring a date or a friend, have a glass of one and buy one of Jacci’s stunning sculptures” You can purchase tickets for the event here.

    Learn more about Cincinnati Art Underground by clicking here. There you can find an overview of the gallery and information on upcoming events. They’ll also be at Cincy Chic’s “New Year, New You” event this Friday, Jan. 22. To purchase tickets for the event, click here. Cincinnati Art Underground’s Facebook page also has the latest information on art openings and artist talks.

    Cincinnati Art Underground is located at 1415 Main Street in Over-the-Rhine.

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    The Ark Spark is a children’s art studio that aims to boost imagination and creativity.

    In 2010, Jacquelyn Graff and Emily Otte were recent college graduates trying to pave their new career paths. While both in search for teaching jobs, they bonded over a mutual love for education, art and children.

    Eventually, they realized that their calling was to start a business, and The Art Spark was born. “We decided to open our own children’s art studio after working at a similar business during summer break in college,”

    Otte and Graff explain. “We love being able to provide children with lasting memories that instill imagination and creativity into their future endeavors.”

    Today, The Art Spark has been providing Cincinnati’s children with a creative outlet for five years. The business has grown to provide different age-targeted programs that encourage problem solving, independence and individual creation. Their offerings include pre-school classes, after school classes, home school classes, birthday parties, summer and winter camps and personalized events.

    The Art Spark is a bright spot for children among other academic curriculum. “It’s important that children can feel free to carry out their own ideas and [learn] to problem solve in a creative way that they may not be getting during their school day,” say Otte and Graff. At The Art Spark, every class and camp session begins with a brainstorming session. “This allows the child to contribute their ideas – it’s very exciting and makes a child [gain] self-worth and a sense of accomplishment,” Otte and Graff add.

    At The Art Spark, creation is more than a finished product. “It’s an investment in the future of every child,” Otte and Graff explain. Every project helps children to develop fine motor skills by using a variety of different supplies and techniques. “We challenge our children to think outside the box and solve problems creatively,” say Otte and Graff. “The kids see it as a fun puzzle but ultimately it’s helping them develop skills that they can use in their daily life.”

    An instilled sense of imagination helps children from grade-school age and beyond, according to Otte and Graff. As they grow, a flare for creativity, “helps them to be more confident, have exceptional leadership skills and to not give up when they may hit road blocks,” they add.

    The Art Spark offers programs and opportunities to fit every lifestyle. Summer and winter camps are divided up by ages and all have a unique theme. Activities include both individual and collaborative team projects.

    Age ranges for camps are 3-4, 5-9 and 7-11. Birthday parties are another way for children to experience The Art Spark. Families can choose between different packages according to their wishes.

    “Our Play and Create package offers games, activities, and two art projects that each child takes home with them,” says Otte and Graff. “Our Exploration package offers activities within an elaborately build, full-emersion environment and also includes two take-home projects.”

    Birthday parties are also customizable, with the activities and projects based on a theme chosen by the child.

    Playing a role in the development of a child is a rewarding experience for Otte and Graff. “We always stick to our guidelines of inspiring imagination, solving problems creatively, and helping children gain independence and confidence,” they said, “We are always inspired by our students’ creativity and each day is a new adventure!”

    The Art Spark is located inside Rockwern Academy at 8401 Montgomery Rd. Visit www.theartspark.com for more information.

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