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A traveling art exhibition is making its last stop at a Cincinnati gallery. Learn more about the event and fashionable flair at this local haute hot spot!


Ombre Gallery is the last stop for this traveling jewelry exhibition.

When she launched Ombré Gallery, Jenna Shaifer had one thing in mind: To exhibit vibrant pieces of contemporary art jewelry.

With more than 12 years in experience in the fashion industry, Schaifer decided to launch Ombre Gallery to help contribute to the city’s growing art scene. With a Master’s in the History of the Decorative Arts from the Smithsonian/Corcoran College of Art + Design, Shaifer has the experience for curating and designing art exhibitions.

Schaifer’s first encounter with contemporary art jewelry dates back to her internship at the Smithsonian American History Museum where she worked with the traveling exhibition “Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry From The Helen Williams Drutt Collection.”

This encounter, along with a relocation to Cincinnati, helped her to realize exactly what she wanted to do: bring a contemporary art gallery to an artistic city.

Now that her business, Ombre Gallery, has been opened, she continues to bring in vibrant jewelry exhibitions for customers.

Running now through April 16 is the Jewelry Edition Volume 3, a traveling pop-up exhibition that was organized by jewelry artists Kat Cole and Laura Wood.

“The exhibition features the work of mostly early career artists and is a collaboration opportunity for artists to gain exposure through galleries and other venues they may not have otherwise,” explains Schaifer.

Jewelry Edition features eight artists including Laura Wood, Kat Cole, Erin Gardner, Bryan Parnham, Georgina Trevino, Barbara Minor, Lindsay Locatelli, and Anna Johnson.

“The expressive techniques and approach to materials are vast. From the use of powder coat paints to enamels, and cement to gold plated brass, these artists use traditional and non-traditional materials to explore subject matters such as dance, architecture, sustainability, craft, and design through the medium of contemporary art jewelry,” she adds.

Schaifer encourages those interested in seeing the exhibition to stop by any time before it ends on the 16th. But even if you already stopped by the gallery to check it out, she would recommend another visit, as the pieces are for sale so the exhibition is always changing as pieces are purchased from the show.

“This is what makes the opening receptions so exciting,” says Schaifer.

Ombré Gallery is the last stop for this traveling exhibition, so Schaifer says you’ll want to see it while you can.

There are several events coming up at Ombre Gallery throughout the remainder of the year, including:

  • April – Gallery Talk about my trip to Germany for Munich Jewelry Week
  • May – Heidi Lowe Exhibition Opening
  • June – Nikki Couppee Exhibition Opening
  • September – Jill Baker Gower Exhibition Opening
  • October – Katja Toporski Exhibition Opening
  • November – A Multiple Artist Earring Show

To learn more about Ombre Gallery, visit You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or sign up for their mailing list here.


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    Inspired by the artistic beauty that makes Cincinnati so colorful, two local entrepreneurs set out to highlight and tell the stories of the city’s makers and creators. Learn more about this story-telling dynamic duo, the resource they’ve created, and how they’re now expanding its reach to neighboring cities.


    Five-Dots is an online-based publication that focuses on Cincinnati’s booming arts community.

    While it may not be obvious to everyone, Cincinnati is truly an art destination. To help others realize the density of the arts community, local artist and writer Megan Bickel and photographer Cassandra Zetta Niehaus launched a collaborative, non-profit style, bi-monthly online arts publication called Five-Dots.

    “We started Five-Dots in July 2016 with the intent of opening up the lines of conversation between artists, makers, curators, and the public,” explains Bickel.

    Cassandra Niehaus, Co-Founder of Five-Dots.

    Bickel and Niehaus use their publication to speak with a variety of members from Cincinnati’s creative community. “We speak about their work, process, ideas, concerns about their community, and workspace as a means to discuss greater general topics such as the politics of being a creative entrepreneur, the financial and social risks of taking up non-traditional work paths, and how it affects them for the better and worse,” adds Bickel.

    This dynamic duo was inspired to launch Five-Dots after encounter other online publications such as Two Coats of Pain by Sharon Butler in New York and In-the-Make by Klea McKenna and writer Nikki Grattan in addition to several arts podcasts, and seeing that man people outside the arts community in Cincinnati had no idea just how abundant the arts are in the city.

    “We wanted to create a platform that was engaging, stimulating, and thoughtful without being intimidating,” says Bickel. “We wanted to challenge without being confrontational.”

    Five-Dots started out as a project based out of Cincinnati, however, Bickel says it will continue to grow in the next months to include Louisville, Lexington, and other areas in the region.

    Megan Bickel, Co-Founder of Five-Dots.

    Today, Five-Dots published interviews on artists, printmakers, designers, and curators, thanks to the growth since since launching just over six months ago.

    This unique take on the artistic community in Cincinnati is one of the city’s best kept secrets. “We provide a service to creaties and non-creatives alike in that we bring the lofty, 20th century ideas of what an artist is and we bring it down to earth,” says Bickel. “We want the general public to see that being in the creative industry is like no other. The people we interview are their own product generators, marketers, publishers, shippers, accountants, and in general, badasses that own every single component of their practice.”

    The goal of Five-Dots is to introduce the general community the wonder, freedom, and obligation that comes along with being an artist, maker, and curator.  “Five-Dots hopes to encourage others to dive into what makes them happiest,” adds Bickel. “Because, at the end of the day, you are the biggest contribution to your community when you do what you do best,”

    You can expect to see content from Five-Dots continuing to be published in the coming months. Bickel says the two will launch a few interviews in the coming months with several international online galleries while hoping to open up the question, “what is regional within the context of the Internet?”

    Five-Dots can be found within the blog section of Made in Cincinnati and will soon be found through a co-launching program with AEQAI, in which Five-Dots will share selected relevant content from each other’s publications.

    Bickel adds that Five-Dots is also always taking submissions from creatives in the area, and those who are interested in submitting can visit to fill out the contact form.

    To learn more about Five-Dots, visit The two launches new interviews every first and final Friday of the month. You can also follow along on Instagram and Facebook for updates on launches and to learn more about the interviewees highlighted.

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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.


    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.


    “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