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“Jewish Cincinnati: A Photographic History” J. Miles Wolf’s Exhibit at The Skirball Museum Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion

Local photographer J. Miles Wolf delivered several unique facets in his exhibit “Jewish Cincinnati:  A Photographic History” at Cincinnati Skirball Museum on the campus of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, running from October 11, 2018 to January 6, 2019. Early days of Jewish congregational life in Cincinnati are depicted in a style […]


Margaret Rhein’s Papermaking Career

Hidden away in Westwood, a neighborhood in Cincinnati, is an eclectic house and bright studio of artist Margaret Rhein and her now-retired jeweler husband Stuart Golder.  Her son Aaron, a graphic designer, lives on the same street; it’s a quiet, modest neighborhood. At the back of the house, amidst overhanging trees, one meets Rhein as […]

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Weaver’s Guild of Greater Cincinnati, Inc., A Fiber Arts Center, Offers Wide Variety of Hand Work

Many hands make light work.  Read more about the Weaver’s Guild of Greater Cincinnati, Inc., a Fiber Arts Center, that is a hidden gem of woven artistry. Head north on Winton Road from Spring Grove Ave. and turn left on Gray Road, best known for its nurseries. It’s an unlikely spot, at first glance, for […]

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Dayton Visual Arts Center:  A Trip to A Small Contemporary Arts Center

Take an hour-long ride to Dayton from Cincinnati and discover the Dayton Visual Arts Center, a proponent of contemporary art, in a small building on 118 N. Jefferson St. in the heart of downtown. Open the doors and you will find a narrow, white-washed gallery of 1,800 square feet with a current Urban Landscapes show.  […]

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Cincinnati Art Club:  A Hidden Gem

Drive through Mt. Adams and find Parkside Place, next to Eden Park.  At the bottom of the hill at 1021 Parkside Place is the Cincinnati Art Club in a nondescript, brick one-story building dating to the 1950’s. The outside of the club fools the average passerby.  Inside is a club which dates to the late […]

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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center: A Trip to the Past with Hope for the Future

On the Cincinnati banks of the Ohio River sits the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, a museum commemorating historic events of three decades prior to the Civil War.  Slaves crossed the river to freedom from Kentucky.  Cincinnati is where the Underground Railroad originated.  Many people consider the center’s existence controversial. It also features an education […]

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Fitton Center for Creative Arts:  An Emphasis on Community

Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton, Ohio focuses on community engagement.  It has served as part of the community as a nonprofit arts organization for over twenty years. The center offers four rotating exhibits annually; live performances in a black box theater; a luncheon series; a wide variety of visual and performing arts classes, […]

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American Sign Museum: A Look at a Century of Signs

  The American Sign Museum is off the beaten path.  Hidden away in Camp Washington is a national museum devoted solely to signs. Located on 1330 Monmouth Ave., the museum is a one-story 20,000 square-foot building which covers over a century of signs.  From hand-painted signs with gold leaf, the earliest electric signs, art deco […]

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Miniature Boxes:  From Craft to Fine Art

People often think of miniatures as little more than dollhouses.  They can be a fresh and contemporary way to look at the world and have moved away from the purview of the artisan or craftsman into the fine arts. Robert Off, a local miniaturist, turned to miniature boxes when he retired from the real estate […]

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Banz Studios – A New Addition to the Gallery Scene in Greater Cincinnati

Banz Studios, another new art gallery, has joined a group of other galleries recently opened in Cincinnati.  Owner and art consultant Allison Banzhaf opened her gallery at 317 W. Fourth St. in October 2017 after obtaining a three-year lease in May.  The gallery took hours of painting and upgrading to bring it up to a […]

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Harriet Beecher Stowe House: Visit the Past

The Harriet Beecher Stowe house is located at 2950 Gilbert Ave. in Walnut Hills.  The 5,000 square-foot house was completed in 1833.  It is an historic house museum and cultural site focused on Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  The house itself reveals a rich history of 185 years of social activism and African-American history.  […]

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Art in Bloom Shines at the Cincinnati Art Museum

The Cincinnati Art Museum offered Art in Bloom October 26 – 29.  Over 5,000 visitors made the trip to see the pairing of artwork with floral arrangements. The celebration is in its ninth year and offered biennially.  For four days, visitors could see significant works of art chosen by the curators from the museum’s permanent […]

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Gallery OTR Joins New Galleries in Greater Cincinnati

A new gallery opened in Over-the-Rhine at 1121 Walnut St.  Gallery OTR, which opened on July 28, 2017, is owned and managed by Mark Byron, a professional photographer, and passionate advocate for the OTR neighborhood, where he both works and lives. Gallery OTR joins other galleries which have opened recently in Greater Cincinnati.  Byron will […]

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Wooden Hill, Home and Garden Shop, in Westwood

Wooden Hill, 3036 Harrison Ave., is a new home and garden shop in Westwood. Owned by Amanda Hogan Carlisle and her husband Kevin Carlisle, the store features all local – TriState – merchandise. The couple purchased the store on the corner of Harrison and Montana in the Ruehlmann Building. Hogan Carlisle carries cards, paintings, collages, […]

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Two New Galleries Open: 124 W. Pike St. and Caza

Named after its street location, a new gallery called 124 W. Pike St. opened September 15 in Covington in Duveneck Square, listed as an Historic District by the National Register. Curated by long-time artist and gallerist Suzanna Terrill, the gallery currently features abstract paintings by Barbara Mayerson, a modern artist originally from Dayton, with work […]

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Society of Professional Journalists, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus chapters

Laura A. Hobson, owner, Hobson Mosaic, received a first place award for best feature writing in the freelance category for a story about the Civic Garden Center in Aeqai. Hobson also received a best feature writing second place for her work in Hyde Park Living.

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Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center:  A Window to the World

Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center on 620 Greenup St., Covington, offers a wide variety of programs including over 40 art classes, a family museum, and Victorian gardens on a campus of 3.5 acres.  A visitor can see two mansions, the Baker Hunt Mansion and Family Museum, and the Kate Scudder House, a 1920s auditorium […]

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Area Presses Offer Services to Artists

Take a trip to OTR to discover the Clay St. Press, Inc.  Located at 1312 Clay St., a back street.  The Press door opens into a small gallery with a press room located behind it.  Owner and director Mark Patsfall originally had a shop in St. Bernard in the early 1980’s, but eventually moved to […]

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Puentes No Muros:  Bridges Not Walls

Mi Casa es Su Casa – My home is your home – is a Spanish phrase that reflects recent efforts of local artists M. Katherine Hurley and Jens G. Rosenkrantz, Jr., who established a cultural exchange with artists in Cuba.  Now their theme has changed to Puentes No Muros – Bridges Not Walls – reflecting a […]

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Shippers, Preparers, Framers, Conservators – Part II

This article is the second of a two-part series about shippers, framers, conservators and preparers in the Greater Cincinnati area. Look no further than 1309 Vine St. where Suder’s Art Store has served the community for years.  Sharon Suder, now managing the store, traces its history to 1924 when her husband’s grandfather John Suder Sr. […]

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Behind the Scenes of an Artist’s Work: Shippers, Framers, Restorers and Conservators Who Make the Artist Shine

Behind the scenes of an artist’s work are shippers, framers, restorers and conservators essential to an artist. Cincinnati has several people working in those fields. For this article, we talked with many people who perform such necessary tasks. One of the more experienced restorers and conservators is Doug Eisele, president/CEO, Old World Restorations, Inc. and […]

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12 Nazi Concentration Camps: Photographs by James Friedman

Photographs by James Friedman of 12 Nazi concentration camps opened in October 2016 at the Cincinnati Skirball Museum at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in partnership with The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education. The photographs are on view through January 29, 2017. The Columbus, Ohio resident traveled to Europe in 1981 and 1983 […]

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New Art Galleries Open in Cincinnati

With the renovation of Cincinnati’s urban core nearly complete, neighborhoods near downtown, including Over-the-Rhine, Camp Washington, Price Hill, Brighton and Northside have become hot places to live.  They also have increasing neighborhood entertainment and art districts.  Artists’ studios are now located in all those areas.  Where artists’ studios are, galleries follow. One of them is […]


People’s Liberty, A Cincinnati Experiment

People’s Liberty, located at 1805 Elm St. in Over-the-Rhine, overlooks Findlay Market, but serves the Greater Cincinnati area within the I-275 corridor. A unique experiment, People’s Liberty is a philanthropic lab that brings together civic-minded talent to address transformation in Greater Cincinnati.  People’s Liberty invests in individuals through funding and mentorship. The organization is designed […]

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Civic Garden Center: An Oasis in the City

Need a respite from a busy office, deadlines and a hectic work schedule? Look no further than the Civic Garden Center located at the intersection of Reading and William Howard Taft Roads in Avondale.   An oasis originally named Sooty Acres owned by Cornelius J. Hauck, Senior, who settled in this location in 1942, lies […]

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Cincinnati Athletic Club: From 1853 to the Present

“It adds years to your life and life to your years,” is one of the mottos of the Cincinnati Athletic Club, according to Mike Gehrig, recently retired trial lawyer, who has attended the club since age seven when he accompanied his father John.  During both of their tenures at the CAC, they enjoyed the camaraderie […]

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The William Betts House: A Hidden View into the 19th Century in the West End

On 416 Clark Street nestled in the Betts-Longworth Historic District in the West End is the William Betts House, the oldest brick house in the state still on its original site of 1804. Few people know about it. The Betts-Longworth part of the city, placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, reflects […]

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The Irwin M. Krohn Conservatory, Finding Nature in the Middle of Walnut Hills

A trip to The Irwin M. Krohn Conservatory, an indoor botanical garden with 3,500 plant species from all over the world, may be second nature to some Cincinnatians, but executive director Andrea Schepmann said she is always looking for new ways of displaying seasonal exhibits and special shows.  Annual attendance is approximately 200,000. Botanical artist […]


An Evening of Miniature Art, History and Books

Around one hundred people gathered at The Mercantile Library to listen to Scott Huler, author of Defining The Wind, and Robert Off, miniature rooms creator, on a cold March night.   Under the direction of John Faherty, the library regularly sponsors lectures by guest authors.  Off called Faherty and suggested the collaboration. Huler, an author of six […]

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Kenton County Public Library Offers More Than the Ordinary

One used to go to a library, look through a card catalog and find a book on the shelf.  Or, one would go to the reference desk and ask for a book that couldn’t be checked out. Times have changed.  The era of the Internet has brought in computers, online research and technology classes.  Patrons […]

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Behringer-Crawford Museum Offers a View into Northern Kentucky’s Past

Where can you see a mastodon jawbone from 10,000 B.C. and a streetcar built in 1892 in one location? The Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington, Kentucky offers 450 million years of Northern Kentucky history and culture viewed through the lens of transportation – rivers, roads, rails and runways.  Ongoing creative, innovative and family programs are also […]

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Susan Mahan, Retired Art Teacher in Second Career

Retired art teacher Susan Mahan has found a second career in making art.  She taught all forms of artfrom drawing to jewelry design at Mariemont High School from 1981 to 2006.  She also coached varsity gymnastics, cheerleading and served as scenic art designer for the plays. Her early inspiration came from her mother Bette who […]

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Lisa Molyneux

Born in Albany, New York, Lisa Molyneux attended The State University of New York at Geneseo and received a B.A. in theater and art.  Her interest in art originated from two uncles who were artists: one, who was a watercolorist, and the other, a graphic artist. She gravitated toward art, including drawing and painting, in […]

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Marlene Steele –Portrait and Landscape Artist in the West End

On Oliver Street, a road without a sign in the West End, lies a four-story brick building, which is the studio and home of divorced artist Marlene Steele, who has lived there since 1987.  She often paints her neighborhood, which is inner city, urban and industrial. Steele chooses urbanscapes and people at work as her […]

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M. Katherine Hurley: Nationally Acclaimed Landscape Artist

M. Katherine Hurley grew up in Gates Mills, a small, rural community, 40 miles east of Cleveland.  While her first love was horses, she later focused on landscapes.  They both became sanctuaries for her when life grew challenging.  She found comfort and beauty in solitary places. Hurley’s interest in art comes from her family.  Her […]


Karen Heyl and Her Career in Sculpture

As early as kindergarten, Karen Heyl, now 66, knew she was going to be an artist.  “When my art project was held up as an example in class,” Heyl said, “I knew I wanted to be an artist.”  In the 1960’s, she married and had two daughters.  “They saw me struggle as I was raising […]

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Velma J. Morris Artist Still Working at 77

“I love what I do,” said Velma J. Morris, an artist who paints with acrylics, and who continues to paint and exhibit her work at age 77.  “It affords me the opportunity to meet interesting people.” At four and a half, she drew on every sheet of paper she could find.  She even drew in […]

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Barb Ahlbrand Still Painting at 74

At 74, Barb Ahlbrand is still painting and exhibiting.  She won Best of Show with the painting “Shirt 2” at the Golden Ticket Artists Exhibition at Clifton Cultural Arts Center in 2014.  The prize includes a solo show, entitled “:encompass:  encircle:  embrace:” on display from March 20 to April 23, 2015 at the center.   […]

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Joyce Phillips Young

“My art reflects my journey,” said Joyce Phillips Young, an African American artist who has created acrylic paintings for many years.  “I have come to know that life through its myriad of experiences and challenges teaches us many lessons to guide us along the way,’’ she said. “It is my desire to create art that […]

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Greg Storer: A Noted Local Artist and Teacher

“When I was about five, I was introduced to art,” said Greg Storer, now 58.  “My father was a weekend painter using oils.”  Although Storer took art classes at Moeller High School, he said he didn’t gain much knowledge.  “I learned a lot on my own,” he added. However, he received a football scholarship from […]

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Felix O. Eboigbe

“My artwork is personal.  It is food for your soul,” said Felix O. Eboigbe, a local sculptor still showing his artwork nationally at age 70. Originally from Nigeria in West Africa, Eboigbe grew up in the small town of Aba where he attended a Catholic private school, Princess Day School.  At age seven, he knew […]

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Jane Alden Stevens Photography in Motion

“Creativity is a lifelong process which requires courage, perseverance and hard work,” said Jane Alden Stevens. Winner of the university-wide Dolly B. Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching at the entire university in 1991, Stevens had an illustrious career as a teacher of photography at University of Cincinnati’s College of DAAP.  Stevens was described in […]

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Donna Talerico, Regional Painter of Note

It is ironic that painter Donna Talerico’s maiden name is Artis.  Although she doesn’t use it professionally, she ended up pursuing a successful career as an artist after many years as a fashion illustrator. Born in West Virginia, Talerico cites her maternal grandmother Helena Daming as one of her major influences.  A 1919 war bride, […]

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Anne Straus, 75, Local Multimedia Artist “I want to keep working forever.”

“In my paintings, I am exploring uncharted territories and push at the boundaries I find,” said Anne Straus, 75, a multimedia artist who has lived in Wyoming, Ohio since 1963.  “I see visions of forgotten times, and I paint them with the eye of my heart.  I am an explorer, a messenger bringing back ethnic […]

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Beverly Erschell – Internationally Known Painter Located in Northern Kentucky

by Laura A. Hobson A visitor winds her way off interstate roads to reach artist Beverly Erschell’s home, tucked away in a house overlooking the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky.  There, Erschell, 79, paints in a home studio.  “All my paintings are discoveries,” she said.  “I paint to learn.”  Her preferred medium is oils, but […]

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An Eternal People: The Jewish Experience

by Laura Hobson Abby S. Schwartz and The Cincinnati Skirball Museum Comprised of seven thematic galleries that portray the cultural, historical and religious heritage of the Jewish people, the Cincinnati Skirball Museum has a long history as one of the oldest repositories of Jewish cultural artifacts in America, according to its website.  The seeds for the museum […]

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Cate Yellig Opens Doors to Covington Arts Scene

by Laura A. Hobson “I am going to be an art historian,” announced Cate Yellig, now 33, to her father Chuck when she was 20.  Her dad told her to find a career that paid the bills. A native Cincinnatian, Yellig eventually wound up as art director of the Covington Arts Center. The Kentucky Arts […]

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The Eisele Gallery of Fine Art: A Cincinnati Tradition

by Laura Hobson From “The Indian Chief” by Henry Farny to “Mending the Nets” by Dixie Selden, The Eisele Gallery of Fine Art offers outstanding paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries. Owned and operated by President/Chief Executive Officer Doug Eisele since 2005, the gallery features works by both living and deceased artists. In addition, […]

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Amy Miller Dehan – Curator of Decorative Arts and Design

by Laura Hobson “I was always interested in art,” says Amy Miller Dehan, 37, curator of decorative arts and design at the Cincinnati Art Museum.  “My father Richard Miller was an artist, but he needed to find a career to support his family so he went into the transportation business in Washington, Pennsylvania.  I remember […]

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Summerfair Awards Local Artists

By Laura A. Hobson Over the last two decades, Summerfair has contributed more than $500,000 in awards and scholarships to individual artists as well as additional support to events and exhibitions, particularly small arts institutions. “Word is starting to spread about what we are doing,” says Sharon K. Strubbe, executive director since 2006.  “We are […]

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Artists Robert Off and John Stobart Collaborate in Exhibit

Artists Robert Off and John Stobart Collaborate in Exhibit By Laura A. Hobson With a collaborative spirit, John Stobart, Robert Off and John A. Ruthven are exhibiting their recent works at Eisele Gallery of Fine Art located in Fairfax, Ohio from November 15 through December 29. All artists, they focus on different themes: John Stobart […]

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Three Young Furniture Designers Make Their Mark in Cincinnati

Three Young Furniture Designers Make Their Mark in Cincinnati By Laura A. Hobson Three young furniture designers in Cincinnati are making their mark.  Here are their stories. How does a man with a law degree become a furniture designer?  It was a gradual process for Matthew C. Metzger, now 31, who made the transition from three years […]

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Art in Bloom Shines at the Cincinnati Art Museum

Art in Bloom Shines at the Cincinnati Art Museum A Personal Essay By Laura A. Hobson For a pleasant journey to soak in flowers matching art masterpieces, I stopped by the Cincinnati Art Museum on November 7 to enjoy the opening of the seventh annual Art in Bloom show where professional and amateur florists chose […]

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Alissa Sammarco Magenheim – Lawyer and Arts Curator

Alissa Sammarco Magenheim – Lawyer and Arts Curator – An Innovative Combination By

Laura A. Hobson From law school to the arts may seem like a long stretch,
 but for Alissa Sammarco Magenheim, it was a natural transition.
  Born in New Orleans and raised in Cincinnati, Alissa knew at age 13
 she wanted to be a […]

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AARON COWAN, DIRECTOR OF DAAP GALLERIES

AARON COWAN, DIRECTOR OF DAAP GALLERIES By Laura A. Hobson As the son of a carpenter from a working class background with family based in Norwood, Aaron Cowan, 42, has risen progressively through the ranks to become director of the Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP) Galleries at the University of Cincinnati. There, he manages […]

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Kip Eagen: An Unsung (or at least under the Radar) Arts Professional

Kip Eagen: An Unsung (or at least under the Radar) Arts Professional By Laura A. Hobson Growing up in Cincinnati, Kip Eagen at age twelve was transported to a different time and place by the mummies at the Cincinnati Art Museum. It was his introduction to the world of art, which he never left. Now, […]

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Letter from Chicago

Letter from Chicago By Laura A. Hobson The pulse of the city was vibrant. Chicago, the Windy City, breezed with music and art downtown at the Art Institute’s exhibit of Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity as well as the three-day music festival called Lollapalooza, which attracted over 270,000 people from August 2 – 4. People of […]

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The Cincinnati Wing Celebrates Its Tenth Anniversary

The Cincinnati Wing Celebrates Its Tenth Anniversary By Laura A. Hobson Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the Cincinnati Wing of the Cincinnati Art Museum made history by becoming one of the first art museums in the nation to devote permanent gallery space to a community’s art history. The wing opened on May 17, 2003 to rave […]

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Art Academy of Cincinnati Looks to the Future

Art Academy of Cincinnati Looks to the Future Led by John Sullivan, President By Laura A. Hobson John Sullivan, president of the Art Academy of Cincinnati since 2012, looks for teachable moments when dealing with his student body of 200. He offers a supportive comment or a suggestion as he walks the halls of the […]


YWCA Art Gallery Spreads Women’s Mission

YWCA Art Gallery Spreads Women’s Mission By Laura A. Hobson Walking up the stairs of the YWCA, 898 Walnut St., a visitor is immediately struck by a large abstract, acrylic, colorful painting entitled “Marrakesh Express” by Jolie Harris. This is merely an enticing introduction to the rest of the “Field of Possibilities” exhibit in conjunction with […]

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Kennedy Heights Arts Center Highlights Area Artists

Kennedy Heights Arts Center Highlights Area Artists By Laura A. Hobson A fanciful, decorated pig welcomes visitors to the Kennedy Heights Arts Center on Montgomery Road.  A 19th century white building owned by Kennedy Heights’ former mayor Lewis Kennedy, the Center strives to be the anchor of an increasingly vibrant, diverse, inclusive and creative community.  Originally […]

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Ruth Dickey – Founding Executive Director of Clifton Cultural Arts Center

Ruth Dickey – Founding Executive Director of Clifton Cultural Arts Center By Laura A. Hobson Walking into the office of the Clifton Cultural Arts Center at 3711 Clifton Ave., one is immediately struck by an interactive quilt with movable faces created by textile artist Barbara Sferra.  What an apt introduction to the Clifton Cultural Arts Center […]

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