Sunday, May 05, 2002

'Filter' takes art to the outside

Passers-by will delight in exhibit

By Marilyn Bauer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Do you love it? Frederick Ellenberger's site specific and colorful installation “Filter” at the Weston Art Gallery simply reaffirms the importance, intrigue and beauty of public art. Going beyond the confines of the gallery's two-level space, Mr. Ellenberger has applied translucent colored vinyl to the window wall boxes on the north and south facades of the Aronoff Center, a first for both the gallery and the center.

        Depending on the light, the colors glow inside or outside the building in an ever-changing kaleidoscope of tints and hues. Better than Christmas light displays and far more interesting than much of what is going on downtown, “Filter” will delight not only Aronoff event-goers but motorists and pedestrians trying to get out of town. Now if only the boycotters could see the light.

        Taking it to the streets: If everything goes as planned, artists will gather Sept. 27-29 on Telford Avenue in Clifton for a street painting festival. Art administrator and organizer, Kip Eagen, says the purpose of Streetscapes is to reproduce in chalk great works of art. Right now he's looking for sponsors. For more information, e-mail Mr. Eagen at

        We are the world: The unsinkable Sue Spaid, who just put together the bricolage-fest known as Sprawl at the Contemporary Arts Center , is at work on a new show.

        Ecovention will be the first museum exhibition to showcase projects that have transformed local ecologies.

        Coinciding with Rio+10, the 10-year follow up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development scheduled for June, the exhibition will present 40 artist-initiated projects — six by locals Jackie Brookner, Buster Simpson, Susan Liebowitz, Lynn Hull, Reiko Goto and the Center for Land Use Interpretation. Information: 345-8415.

        Get your paintings here: Memorial Day weekend, Wes Cowan of Historic Americana Auctions will sell off almost 1,000 lots of paintings, silver, folk art, American and European furniture and early American antiques, many with Cincinnati connections.

        Included in the sale will be the lifetime collections of Drs. Carol and Bud Macht of Hyde Park, a recently discovered cache of 15 paintings by Louis Charles Vogt, a rare early American ceramic sugar urn and two solid silver and gold ship's models made by Tiffany & Co. and once owned by Henry Ford. Information: and 871-1670.

        Learn more about Latino neighbors: University of Cincinnati Spanish professor, Siusan Durst opens a show at Base Gallery, 1225 Main St. on May 31 on what she calls “the new Latino immigrant community in Lower Price Hill.” The 26 black and white photos, primarily portraits, are her way of helping Cincinnatians learn more about their Spanish-speaking neighbors.

        “Immigration of foreign, non-English speaking, brown-skinned people is something very new for this city,” she says. "I have been shocked at the high incidence of racism that I have heard about in interviewing Mexicans and Guatemalans — I feel that much of this ugly treatment comes from ignorance.”

        The show, which also includes photos of Over-the-Rhine by Jimmy Heath, runs through June 23. Information: 721-2273 (BASE).

        Make your own shoes: If I had any time at all, I would be front and center at Puccio & Mackay's International School of Shoemaking and Design class in Middletown on June 29 and 30. Melissa Needham, a shoemaker from East London, flies in for the two-day class that will teach you how to make a fashionable pair of women's shoes by hand from a vintage scarf or the more traditional leather. To take a look, log on at Information: (513) 424-0541.

        New way of painting: Jim Hall of Sharonville says he has created a new method of painting lineilism where painting is accomplished in vertical lines or brush strokes, regardless of the shape of the forms ... “the most important new method of painting since Claude Oscar Monet.” You be the judge:

        Passionate about Patchwork Kids: Members of the Cincinnati Art Club are passionate, driven some might say. They are passionate about their club, the oldest of its kind in the nation. They are passionate about their exhibitions. And now they are passionate about their new program, Patchwork Kids.

        Neighborhood kids will decorate 12th, 13th and Pendleton streets with chalk, earning gift certificates they can trade in for school clothes and supplies. For more information on the program that starts June 21, call Les Miley at 859-1418.

        Beat generation video-artist: Jud Yalkut, avant-garde filmmaker and video art pioneer, has a four-part video installation at the Miami University Art Museum through June 9. A major figure of the '60s Greenwich Village arts scene, Mr. Yalkut created experimental films in collaboration with composers, choreographers and other visual artists such as Nam June Paik.

        A native New Yorker who has lived in Dayton since the '70s, he was recently honored in retrospectives at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. (513) 529-2232.

        Artists wanted: The Modern Design Gallery at 1409 Main St is looking for artists to feature in its gallery space in Over-the-Rhine. The gallery provides cheap space, the artists are asked to use their skills to beautify the neighborhood. Call Michael Cox at 723-1097.

        Interactive brochure: Cincinnati's own Zender + Associates has created a digital marketing campaign for Louisville's Speed Museum to promote the upcoming exhibition, Millet to Matisse: Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century French Painting from Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland that will open Nov. 6.

        The museum now can offer Web visitors a free interactive brochure that provides an educational overview of the featured artists from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Modern periods.To take a look go to

        Paint essay explores Verdin bell tower: In response to racial unrest in Over-the-Rhine, Fabienne Christenson has focused on an “essay in paint about the future.” The subject: the Verdin bell tower.

        “Few people know that the tower houses bells that represent the various ethnic groups that settled this place,” she says. “I climbed inside the tower in January to observe, take pictures and feel the area from inside among the bells. Anyone who thinks Over-the-Rhine is derelict is mistaken. It is alive and well, and that is the feeling I wanted to give my series.” By appointment 321-2967.

        Scholarship candidates take note: High school juniors who are planning a career in the arts are invited to a performance by recent scholarship winners from the Covington school district 10:30 a.m.-noon Tuesday at Holmes High School auditorium, 25th Street and Madison Avenue.

        The two-hour event is held in the hopes of identifying future scholarship candidates. Registration is required. Call Dr. Crickette Todd at (859) 392-3147.


        Dr. Jackie Quay from the Fitton Center for Creative Arts received the Ohio Art Education Association's 2002 Distinguished Educator for Art Education award. Leslie Schiels' “Agriculture” I and II paintings from Guardians Against Ignorance were selected for the Allentown Art Museum's juried show May 12 and “Oratory II” was selected for Louisiana's Masur Museum of Art's juried show. The series was recently on display at the Weston Art Gallery

        The work of photographer William Magness goes on view today at the Suzanna Terrill gallery at 1 p.m. with an artist's receptionand runs through May 31.

        Also today, Fort Thomas artist and educator Dennis Daniel opens Life's Little Distractions at 4 p.m. at the Nordheim Gallery on the Holmes High School campus in Covington. (859) 392-3174.

        Grand Finale restaurant, 3 E. Sharon in Glendale (771-5925), has an exhibition through May 16 of floral oil paintings by: Alice Allison, Martha Weber, Cindy Harlan Youse, Pat Haslit, Joyce Meier, Fran Blaylock and Jan Boone.

        Lynn Carden has a show of botanical illustrations at the B. Deemer Gallery, 2650 Frankfort Ave. in Louisville, through May 22. (502) 896-6687.

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