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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.

Chris Griffin-Woods

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.

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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.

Oversized recognition

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.