Friday, March 27, 2015

Sketch Outing at St. Mark's in Norwood

Sketch by Vanessa Sorensen
It is finally nice enough to sketch outdoors again! Or at least it was since there is currently a bit of snow flurrying as I write this...

Vanessa Sorensen and I went to St. Mark’s, a catholic church that has closed in Norwood close to the Xavier campus. It is gorgeous! There was a creepy boarded up convent next door. We would love to tour the inside. It is attached to a school that is still open.

I hope they find a good use for the building. The bell tower is so cool!

View from our sketching spot...

Sketch by Christina Wald

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Mural Unveiling: Stacey Vallerie Meyer and Keith Neltner at Braxton Brewery

Stacey Vallerie Meyer has been working with the designer Keith Neltner, on a new local brewery mural at the Braxton Brewery, 27 W 7th street Covington KY, 41011.

They have a grand opening scheduled to unveil this dynamic mural this coming Friday the 27th, from 5pm-1am.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday, March 13, 2015

Will Hillenbrand Talks at the Cincinnati Art Museum March 18th

Evenings for Educators: An Evening with Author and Illustrator, Will Hillenbrand

March 18, 2015 - 04:00 pm to 07:00 pm
4–7 p.m. (registration and refreshments 4–5 p.m. program begins at 5 p.m.)

Art and storytelling collide during this literary-themed Evenings for Educators. Meet author, illustrator and native Cincinnatian, Will Hillenbrand. In 2012, Hillenbrand’s book, Bear In Love Won Parents' Choice Silver Honor and his book Off We Go! was listed in Kirkus Reviews as one of the Best Picture Books Of 2013 For The Youngest Children. Additionally, from October 25, 2013 - January 6, 2014 his illustration work was honored through an exhibition at the Main Library Atrium of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Having worked in his field for more than 20 years and completed over 50 books, Hillenbrand has a wealth of knowledge to share regarding his inspiration, creative process and career. 


Reservations required.
Individual sessions: $10 Art Museum Members; $20 non-members; $5 students. Series pricing (all 8 sessions): $70 Art Museum Members; $150 non-members. 
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Studio Space Available

Michael Altman says:

The BLOC arts building (714 Neave St , Cincinnati OH.) is now accepting applications for newly renovated studio space. Size 1 studios are 12' x 12' and are going for $200. If you need or want a bigger one we will build to suit. PM me for more info and/or a tour!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Cincy Comicon Drink and Draw is back!

From the site:

"The Cincy ComiCon Drink and Draw is BACK!! Starting Thursday March 19th we will be hosting at the Leapin Lizard Gallery in Covington. We will have models, a pay bar and supplies sponsored by Adam's Art and Supply! As always you can bring your own materials to work with as well. There will be all kinds of entertainment and good friends being creative. The fun goes from 7-11 on the third Thursday of every month. $5 cover charge goes towards the models. Come on out and have a blast with us!"

Friday, March 6, 2015

Song of the Sea Viewing

 Join Cincinnati animators at Mariemont Theater Sunday, March 8th for the 4:30 pm showing of Song of the Sea

Brought to you by the animators of The Secret of Kells, this a great way to support feature 2-D, non-Disney brand animation...

 Synopsis: Ben and his little sister Saoirse-the last Seal-child-must embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. The film takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land.

Illustrator News: Jim Effler Bockfest Poster Signing

As usual, Jim Effler has done an amazing poster this year.

If you want a signed 2015 Bockfest poster or stein, here is Jim's schedule for this weekend (March 6 - 8):
Bockfest Hall, in the Moerlein Brewery on Moore street:
Friday: 7pm to 10 pm
Saturday: 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Sunday: 1pm to 4pm
also at the Woodward Theater, 1404 Main Street: Saturday: 1pm to 3pm

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Essex Open Studio

Howdy Folks,
I recently rented a studio at the Essex Studios. It is a large artists studio space right off the Taft exit from I-71 south.  We will be having an Open Studio Art walk this weekend Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 from 6:00 – 10:00. There is a lot of very diverse original art from over 100 artists plus a food truck and live music. Please come if you are interested. It is free admission and free parking. 

My studio is 268 which is on the southeast side of the building. Below is a example of my latest work.