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Janet Nickum paintings exhibiting in two Shows
Three of her paintings are included in the "Of a Feather: Birds in Art" juried exhibition at the Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Solomons, Md. The show opened on May 25th and continues through August 26, 2018.
Janet also has a one-woman show coming up entitled “Selected Stories” at Ruth’s Parkside Cafe, 1550 Blue Rock St, Cincinnati, OH 25223 that opens on July 8th (3 - 5 pm) and runs until Sept 1, 2018.
Nancy Achberger and the Painted River Art Studio
Nancy Achberger has moved her studio from Loveland to Milford, Ohio and plans to be teaching a Beginning Drawing Class and Plein Air Painting Class at Painted River Art Studio, 204 Main Street, Milford, OH 45150.
John Leon - Bas-relief Carvings Installation
John Leon's 5.5 x 8 ft basswood carvings were installed on the reredos in the Centennial Chapel of Christ Church Cathedral downtown. It involved seven months of carving and five months of preparatory sketches and a half-sized clay model.
His primary sources of inspiration for the imagery were Isaiah 11 prophesying the coming of peace, love and prosperity for the world; Edward Hicks's Peaceable Kingdom paintings which are depictions of Isaiah 11; the song Down By the Riverside (Ain't Gonna Study War No More); the baptism of Christ symbolized by the fish, the descending dove, the river and the shells; the Tree of Life; dancers representing humanity, celebratory and harmonious; plus the mountains, sun and moon represent nature and nature's God. The two shorter panels depict a sword being beaten into a plowshare and broken spears being forged into pruning hooks.
Dan Rissel Condolences
Dan, age 76, passed away March 16, 2018. The Cincinnati Art Club wishes to express our sadness at the loss of a cherished member of the Club and our condolences, memories and praise of Dan as an artist. His legacy will be immortalized by the lives he touched and by an impressive body of work left behind. Our sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Todd Channer Awarded OPA Signature Status
Past President and Signature Member, Todd A. Channer, was awarded OPA Signature status by the Oil Painters of America on December 18, 2017. Todd's paintings have been accepted into numerous national, regional and salon juried exhibitions earning him this coveted status. Congratulations.
Carin Hebenstreit Best of Show
Winning Best of Show at the October 2017 Greenacres Art Guild Exhibition, Carin's painting, titled "Watching", is of her husband, Bob, and their little Italian Greyhound, 24 x 20 oil on linen.
Holiday Painting Exchange at Maketewah Country Club
Congratulations to George Bodine for winning our First Place People's Choice Award as well as for all the beautiful artwork submitted to our annual Holiday Painting Exchange.
Bonita Williams Goldberg publishes book of her work
Bonita Williams Goldberg has published a book (4 years in coming) titled, "Artspirations". The 8 x 10 book is comprised of full color images of her work plus inspirational quotes. A softbound edition is available for purchase from Bonita and a hardcover book will be available soon.
Halloween Costumes at CAC Dinner Meeting
Traditionally, Members show up to the October Dinner Meeting in costume. It’s not a true Halloween party without costumes! This year's spooky participants were Martha Howard, Christine Kuhr and Joan Rothel. A screamin’ good time was had by all.
Jan Boone First Place Award
Jan Boone’s painting, Beautiful Belle, was awarded first place at the Woman’s Art Club fall exhibition. The 12 x 16” oil painting is a remembrance of the last time Tall Stacks came to Cincinnati’s riverfront and features the Belle of Louisville approaching the Public Landing.
Ann Zeff Condolences
Ann, age 80, passed away Oct 9, 2017. The Cincinnati Art Club wishes to express our sadness at the loss of our cherished member. Our sincere condolences to her family and friends.
Art Comes Alive 2017 Award Winners
Fourteen CAC artists have work represented in the Art Comes Alive 2017 exhibition at Art Design Consultants, Cincinnati, Ohio. The Show runs Oct 14 – Nov 4, 2017. Four of the fourteen won awards! Art Comes Alive is billed as the nation's biggest and best art contest and exhibit. There were 234 artists included in the Show with more than $345,000 in total awards given.
Congratulations to Ray Burt, Josie Gearhart, Bonita Williams Goldberg (YWCA - YWCA Group Show), Ann Headley, David Klocke (ADC - Medium Painter of the Year), Carol MacConnell (Art Leaders Gallery - Gallery Contract YWCA, YWCA Group Show), Alleen Manning, Jamie Markle, Deb Marvin, James Otrembiak, Priya Rama, Don Schuster, Trish Weeks (Corporate Art - Representation Contract) and Kay Worz.
Congratulations to ViewPoint 49 Award Winners
The 2017 ViewPoint Award Winners are Christine Alfery, Birds On The Fence; George Bodine, The Shunned; Jamie Green, Untitled; Ray Hassard, Watching the Boys Swim 2; Carolyn Hibbard, Savannah Blues; Setsuko LeCroix, Sushi Chef; Jeff Morrow, The Designer; Tom Post, Awaiting the Bride; Tom Tarvin, Portrait of Dan R; and Michelle Walker, Married to Henry 60 Years.
Martha O. Carmody paintings selected for The Governor’s Loan Program
Two oil paintings, Rowe Woods Flight and Snowball Bush Cuttings will be displayed in the Governor’s Office and Residence through January 2019. This is the second year Martha has had paintings displayed at the Governor’s Office and Residence, an artist opportunity with the Ohio Arts Council.
Priya Rama Announces Solo Exhibit
Featuring her migraine paintings, the exhibit titled "(I)ntrep(ID)" will open Dec 8, 6 - 9 pm and Dec 9, 1 - 4 pm, and runs through Dec 31, 2017 at the Woman's Art Club of Cincinnati, Mariemont, OH. All are cordially invited.
John Leon commissions completed over the last year
All portrait busts. "Frances Trollop", an English author of the late 18th and early 19th centuries was commissioned by the Mercantile Library of Cincinnati, Ohio. She is made of cast stone and cast from original clay. "Mother Teresa" was commissioned by the Museum of Spirituality in Art in Franklin, Ohio. Shown is the clay original before being cast in stone with a faux bronze finish. "Anthony" is a portrait bust in bronze for a private commission.
Irene Paian painting selected for the Governor's Loan Program
Irene Paian's painting, Rookwood Trio, will be diaplayed in the Governor's Residence through January 2019. This is the second time Irene has had paintings displayed at the Governor's Residence.
Local Show - Josie Gearhart
Josie Gearhart exhibition at the Baker-Bird Winery in Augusta, KY opens Saturday, September 9, 2017.
Oil Painters of America (OPA) 26th National Exhibition and Sale
For the first time ever, Cincinnati welcomed the OPA's week long convention that included events at the Cincinnati Art Club, the exhibition and sale of 250 recent works by OPA Members and Master Artists at the Eisele Gallery, May 12 - June 24, 2017 and events at the Westin Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Art Museum.
Tableau Triptych by Lisa Koepke, Digital Arts Working Group (DAWG)
"Liturgy Reflections" generative art installation triptych with animated graphic loop cycles through a series of images and colors within a traditional tableau setting. Part of the Bicentennial exhibit "The Beauty and Spirituality of the Arts" at Christ Church Cathedral, 318 East Fourth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. Opening Reception Sunday, May 17, 11:30 am, exhibit open daily through May, 2018.
Double Award Winner
Mark Daly’s painting, “Harbor Lights, Camden” (oil on linen, 24” x 36”) won First Place in Oil Painters of America’s Spring 2017 National Showcase Competition and also won the Best Nocturne Award in the PleinAir Salon's International Art Competition, February-March, 2017.
Transforming pain into beauty
With captivating imagery and abundance of colors, chronic migraine sufferer Priya Rama displays her migraine experience through the power of art. Excited to share her work and spread awareness about living with migraines, she is a featured artist on the American Migraine Foundation website. Also, her painting titled "Cascading Whispers" was accepted into the 2017 Evendale Juried Fine Art Exhibit.
Our deep sympathy and condolences are with Chris Griffin-Woods and her family on the passing of her husband, John ("Jack") Woods III. May they be comforted by all of our thoughts and prayers.
OPA Signature Membership
Gail Morrison has qualified for Signature Membership with Oil Painters of America (OPA). Her paintings have been juried into 12 OPA shows, four of which hung in National Exhibitions from 2011 - 2016. Pictured is "Pewter & Roses", OPA National 2012, Evergreen CO.
Watercolor artist, Barb Pryor, remembered and honored
The Cincinnati Art Club shares the loss of a treasured member, Barb Pryor. Barb joined the Club in 1982. She regularly attended our dinners, participated in our shows and in 1998 was a Featured Artist. On the Board of Trustees from 1997 through 1999, she served us as Chairperson for House and Properties. More importantly, she was a friend to so many of us. She will be missed. The watercolor shown titled "True Blue" shows the quality of her artistic skill.
Honorable Mention Award
Signature Member Monica Anne Achberger was awarded an Honorable Mention at the Ohio PleinAir Air Society Members Juired Exhibition at the Springfield Museum of Art for her painting "Zoo Blooms".
Accepted and Award Winning Paintings
Mark Daly’s painting "City Flags" , left, has been juried into the American Impressionist Society's Small Works Showcase exhibition at the Randy Higbee Gallery in Costa Mesa, California (March 11-25). His painting “Winter Flags” , right, won the award for "Best Building in a Landscape" in the 2016 PleinAir Salon Competition (October-November).
Painting Sold and Paintings Accepted
Kay Worz’s painting titled "A Christmas Carousel" was purchased by Cincinnati Insurance Company and the image will be used for the cover of their Annual Report. Kay also has two paintings in the Forever Flowers! exhibition at Christ Church Cathedral, show opens Jan 6, 2017.
Painting Accepted Into Show
Steve Nassano’s oil painting of one of Ohio’s oldest art stores titled “Suders Art Store” was accepted into the Artwork by State of Ohio Employees Exhibition featuring 50 pieces on display at the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery, 77 S. High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Show opens April 22, 2017 and runs through July 15, 2017.
An Inspirational Quote
Bonita Williams Goldberg offers this appropriate and inspirational quote attributed to Jack Meanwell and suggests use it if you like.
"Whether or not you prefer realism or abstract, art is not about painting who, what, where, it is about color, line, texture, composition, space, rhythm, shape, value, and yes, sometimes content, with your heart, mind, and soul doing the feeling and thinking for you."
Golden Ticket painting
Associate member Michael Kitei’s oil painting “Chinatown NY - After The Storm” has been juried into the Clifton Cultural Arts Center’s annual Golden Ticket show.
Best of Show
Chris Griffin-Woods' painting "Yellow Pond Lilies" was awarded Best of Show at the Richmond Art Museum Exhibition in Richmond, IN.
Ray Hassard, en plein air
Ray Hassard's pastel "Miles to Go" was awarded an Award of Distinction by judge Marc Hansen in the 2016 En Plein Air Texas competition. Ray was also invited to be one of the artists on the faculty at PACE 2017, the 6th Annual Plein Air Convention and Exposition to be held in San Diego, April 24-28, 2017.
Donald A Schuster at Middletown Arts Center
Upcoming exhibit, Artistic Selection - Works by Donald A Schuster Overlooked or Unseen is comprised of oil paintings, drawings and stained glass. Nov 18, 2016 - Jan 19, 2017 and opening reception, Friday Nov 18, 6 - 8 pm, Middletown Arts Center, 130 N Verity Parkway, Middletown, OH 45042.
Paintings by David Mueller
The Eisele Gallery of Fine Art is proud to represent and exhibit the work of David Mueller. He has learned much from many as a member of the Cincinnati Art Club and given back to more than a few by way of teaching. Gallery Hours: Mon - Fri 10 - 5, Sat 10 - 3. Eisele Gallery, 5729 Dragon Way, Cincinnati, OH 45227.
Parks en Plein Air
Members and OPAS painters Monica Achberger, Nancy Achberger, Martha Carmody, Mary Beth Dowlin, Ann Grimaldi, Ray Hassard and Cooki Their have paintings in the juried Ohio Plein Air Society (OPAS) Member Show, Parks en Plein Air, Oct 15, 2016 - Feb 4, 2017. Painted on location in local, city, county, state and national parks, works created for this exhibition coincide with the National Park Services’ 100 years of service celebration. Springfield Museum of Art, 107 Cliff Park Rd, Springfield, OH 45504.
Martha O. Carmody in Middletown
Middletown Arts Center (MAC) will be exhibiting 12 -15 of Martha O. Carmody’s paintings in their lobby gallery. The exhibit runs Oct. 13 - Nov. 17, 2016. The art show will include her painting “Peonies and Petunia Pot” and other new works in the community she grew up in and her hometown, Middletown, Ohio.
Selected for inclusion
"Moving Outside the Box" by Ray Hassard has been selected for inclusion in "Strokes of Genius 9" published by North Light Books. The theme of this volume in the series is creative discoveries. The pastel piece was done entirely at a Monday afternoon session of the Club's Sketch Group.
Phyllis Dattilo recent awards
Phyllis Dattilo was the recipient of two purchase awards at the McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital's 2016 Healing Arts Exhibit in Oxford, Ohio.
You are cordially invited to attend the opening reception of Watercolor Interpretations featuring the recent works of Phyllis Dattilo, Susan Pater and Elaine West on Friday, September 9, 2016, 6-9 pm at The Barn, Woman's Art Club of Cincinnati Cultural Center.
Featured painting and Purchase Award winner
LuAnna Klote, Signature member, won a Purchase Award at the McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital Trust’s 2016 Healing Arts Exhibit. Her acrylic painting “Transcendence” was featured on the cover of the exhibition pamphlet.
Gold Medal Award Winner
Monica Anne Achberger’s oil painting "Flower City ll" is the winner of the prestigious Gold Medal Award, The Joan Cord Award of Excellence, at this years The Women’s Art Club of Cincinnati 123rd Annual Juried Exhibition. Several other members of the Cincinnati Art Club are also recognized in the show.
The Governor's Loan Program
Irene Paian has had two still life oil paintings selected for The Governor's Loan Program, "Rookwood Vase I" and "Rookwood Ginger Jar". The paintings will be on display in the Governor's Residence until June 2017.
Just completed commissions
John Leon completed three very different sculpture commissions in the last half of 2015.
"Running Back", a life-size bronze figure of a 1947-era running back for the newly built Christopher South Athletic Complex at Walnut Hills High School.
"Collective Impact", a twelve-foot tall stainless steel abstract piece sits beside offices of Community First on Ludlow Street in Hamilton, Ohio.
"The Freedom Writers Award" for the Mercantile Library in Cincinnati is a one-third sized replica of Harriet Beecher Stowe limestone bust. Made of cast gypsum stone with a faux stone finish.
Congratulations to Members juried into RAM
Ray Hassard, Setsuko LeCroix and Bruce Neville had paintings accepted in the Richmond Art Museum 117th Annual Exhibition. The judge this year was Jill Soukup from Denver, Colorado. 120 artworks were accepted into the show from among the 455 pieces submitted by over 170 artists. By custom, all artists were present at the evening of the judging, following Ms Soukup around as she made her decisions.
Bruce Neville's painting "Victorian Shadows" won Best In Show. Exhibition open Nov. 5 - Jan. 16, 2016.
Mary Pettis, Associate Member
Received third place in the 2015 En Plein Air, San Angelo, Texas Invitational. Breakfast at Treva’s, Oil on Linen, 20x24.
Greenacres Top Honor
Gail Morrison's painting was selected Best of Show in the Greenacres Fresh From The Farm Art Show. 3UUU@GA, Oil, 16x20.
Five CAC Art in Bloom 2015 Participants blossom at the Cincinnati Art Museum
Cincinnati Art Club members participated in the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Great Hall Painting Paint Out on October 23, 2015. Each artist set up their easels before a fresh cut floral arrangement, each painted floral interpretations in their favorite mediums. Their art will be available for purchase to benefit the Art Museum. The Art Club greatly appreciates their time, involvement and contributions. Great job! Left to right: Don Schuster, Josie Gearhart, Ann Grimaldi, Tom Post and Barb Chenault.
Kay Worz, CAC past president, was one of six artists commissioned to do oversized paintings for the fourth floor of the new Liberty Township Campus of Children's Hospital. The theme was Universal Skies: Space. For the Cincinnati Zoo's World Rhino Event, she also volunteered to paint a 12 x 6 ft. wood cut-out.
Congratulations to the 2015 ViewPoint 47 Finalists!
Cecile Baird, Julia Beers, DJ Berard, Linda Bittner, Jessie Boone, Tim Borgert, Barbara Chenault, Julie Clement, Matthew Cook, Mark Daly, Greg Dearth, Pamela Deaton, Mark Elfman, Bruce Erikson, Patricia Eschenbach-Kessen, Shirley Fachilla, Dee Fagedes, Nancy Fisher, Ernie Fournet, Shannon Godby, Sherry Goodson, Elizabeth Graehling, Frederick Graff, Chris Griffin-Woods, Ann Grimaldi, Gwen Gutwein, Heidi Hanssen, Ray Hassard, Carin Hebenstreit, James Herrmann, Carolyn Ross Hibbard, Thomas Himsel, Carolyn Holland, Margaret (Margi) Hopkins, John Jaster, Carolyn Jundzilo-Comer, Katherine Kadish, Tricia Kaman, Marsha Karagheusian, MaryBeth Karaus, Carole Kinduell-Davis, Mary Jane King, B. Nicole Klassen, David Klocke, Rick Koehler, Christine Kuhr, Ken Landon Buck, Diego Lasansky, Tony Lazorko, Wyatt LeGrand, Carolyn Lewis, Craig Lloyd, Carrie Longley, Carol MacConnell, Susan Mahan, Chuck Marshall, Ryota Matsumoto, Eileen McConkey, Cheryl Metzger, Anne Michel, Gail Morrison, Bruce Neville, Cindy Nixon, Jack Nixon, Millie Null, Jennifer OBrien, Lauren Packard, Marianic Parra, Jan Pastor, Gail Postal, Todd Price, Michael Reibel, Ray Roberts, Clem Robins, Amy Roy, Lawrence Rudolech, William Schneider, George Schoonover, Carey Seven, Donna Shortt, Marcia Shortt, Isaac Smith, Kyle Surges, Hannah Sypniewski, Bobbi Thies, Katherine Thomas, Judy Titche, Jean Vance, Chris Walden and Gerard Walsh.
Another Ryland Success!
The Ryland Lakes paint out events were simply amazing this year. We celebrated our Club's 125th & Ryland's 123rd Anniversaries together, what a celebration it was! A Duveneck Preview Party was held at the Cincinnati Art Club on September 2, allowing Ryland and the Art Club members to meet one another. A preview event was held on September 12 for the artists to tour Ryland Lakes Country Club in order to become acquainted with where they wanted to paint. Chauffeured driven golf carts took each artist on a tour of the expansive property. September 26, twenty-five of our clubs best painters ascended upon 'Little Switzerland' as once named by Frank Duveneck, home to Frank Duveneck and Clement Barnhorn back in the late 1800s. The day was filled with plein air painting, then a meet and greet party with the artists and members of Ryland Lakes Country Club. Numerous paintings were sold to happy buyers. After the meet and greet, a gourmet dinner was served as live musical entertainment waffled through the air. Artists and resident alike, enjoyed the many events, getting to know one another and in celebrating our Anniversaries together.— Todd A. Channer
Northern Kentucky artist, Aileen McCarthy remembered and honored
Dedication on September 19, 2015, the 129th anniversary of her birth in 1886
Miss McCarthy was a student of Frank Duveneck, studying his approach to the figure and portraiture at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. One of McCarthy’s appreciative students, career artist, Marlene VonHandorf Steele learned to draw and paint under her patient instruction. In honor of her mentor, Steele designed and commissioned a headstone to be carved by nationally noted and commissioned stoneworker, Karen Heyl whose studio is at the Pendleton Art Center in Cincinnati’s Over the Rhine area. Heyl executed the palette in limestone last month.
“The many unselfish contributions of Miss McCarthy to the art community throughout her life as a teaching artist are an inspiration. She was a conduit of great principles of art from Duveneck's generation to our own times. Aileen certainly made my artistic career possible,” said Steele.
This new monument reflecting the contributions of Miss McCarthy, installed this month at the grave site, was partially funded by several former students including Art Club members Jan and Dave Klocke and a generous contribution from the board of the Cincinnati Art Club.