Saturday, May 1, 2004

Spring Art Fling to meld kids' work with professionals'

Good Things Happening

Allen Howard

This year's Spring Art Fling at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden May 8 will combine arts through the eyes of professional artists and the soulful creations of abused and neglected children at St. Joseph Orphanage.

Still life artist Harry Reisiger has taught the children to create portrait and mask art using acrylics, as well as still life with charcoal and paints.

"They are producing art from their soul,'' said Annie Bolling of Annie Bolling Gallery, 3535 Madison Ave., Oakley.

Local artists Pam Kravetz of Kenwood (left), Annie Bolling of East Walnut Hills (center) and Harry Reisiger of Groesbeck (far right) with St. Joseph Orphanage students Leonard Anderson (second from left) and Latifa Collins, 13.
The Cincinnati Enquirer/ERNEST COLEMAN
Bolling is serving as the curator for the Spring Art Fling fund-raiser and professional art auction.

She said she is pairing local artists with children to allow them to experience first-hand how art is created by a professional.

About 40 pieces of children's art will be on display for auction or sale at the Spring Fling. And 30 pieces from professional artists will be auctioned and for sale.

Teen to solo with CSO

Emma Sutton, first-place winner in the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra concerto competition, will be the featured soloist in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Youth Orchestra's Joint Concert May 4 at Music Hall.

Emma, 16, regularly plays the violin during lunch hour, holidays and other special events at her parents Chick-Fil-A restaurant in Eastgate Mall. She started studying violin at age 9 under Jacqueline Fennel of Fort Thomas.

She has been invited to play with the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra under Maestro Paul Stanberry.

She is the Co-concert Master of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra and also a member of the Startling Chamber Orchestra.

United Way honored

Foundations and individuals belonging to the Alexis de Tocqueville Society who contribute $10,000 or more to the United Way Campaign are responsible for a special award given to United Way of Cincinnati.

The local agency received the United Way of America Fleur-de-lis Award for Excellence for having the largest growth in the Alexis de Tocqueville Society in the country during the 2004 United Way Campaign.

Of the $60,518,000 campaign total, the society accounted for $7.8 million.

The local United Way also ranked high in seven of 10 categories, including most nondesignated donors and most net new Tocqueville members in a metropolitan region of 1 to 2 million people.

Flying Pig events for kids

Kids can join in on the fun at the Flying Pig Marathon. A Flying Piglet Kids Fun Run is set for 9 a.m. to noon today at Sawyer Point.

Scheduled events are a 15-foot crawl for 1 year old and under, 50 yards for ages 2-3; 100 yards for ages 4-5; 200 yards for ages 6-7; half-mile for ages 8-9; and 1 mile for ages 10-12.

Benefit for leukemia patient

Friends of the family of Emily Weber, a former Sycamore Middle School student who is fighting acute myeloid leukemia, are planning a 5K walk/run benefit at the Loveland Bike Trail/Nisbet Park at 4:30 p.m. May 14.

Emily, 12, is in the Cleveland Clinic, where she has undergone chemotherapy treatment and a lung operation.

Doctors are scheduling a bone-marrow transplant later in Cincinnati with her 5-year-old sister, Chloe, as the donor.

Emily's family, formerly of Sycamore Township, has moved to Chagrin Falls, near Cleveland.

Her family faces $4 million in medical expenses and has received an outpouring of help from across the state and the country. An Emily Weber Leukemia Fund has been set up at Fifth Third Bank.

Girl Scout troops in Cincinnati and Cleveland have been making meals and treats for Emily's family and sending care packages. Emily was a Girl Scout at Sycamore Middle School.

Prayer chains have been set up across the country for Emily and her family. She is on prayer chains at St. Margaret of York, Good Shepherd, All Saints, St. Columban, St. Susanna and Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy.

Participants are invited to walk or run in the fund-raiser. Winners will be anyone who can finish the race. Registration forms are available through Anne Venters via

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