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. 
- See more at:

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.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Meddling With Nature Workshop April 26th

Meddling with Nature will present a DIY workshop focused on the Naturalist
perspective and the artistry of taxidermy. This intensive introduction will include
not only the procurement and preparation of specimens, but also previously
dissected specimens for participants to touch with their own hands and see with
their own eyes. Sketching and photography are encouraged!

Materials will be presented in an interactive manner, allowing participants to
engage directly with questions rather than waiting for a particular moment. Those
who wish to explore should be ready and willing to get their hands dirty!

Assistants will be on hand to help with instruction, allowing those more interested
in studio time to explore organ systems and anatomy should something pique
their interest on the other side of the room.

The workshop entails 4 hours of participatory activities on preservation methods
common to the natural history museum:
• Hands-on preservation of a fornasinius russus beetle
• Demo of skeletal cleaning and articulation
• Wet preservation, clearing/staining and plastination
• Ethically sourcing material and handling road kill
• Introduction to taxidermy

Cost: $45 per person; $30 for students. Class size limited to 30 people.

Location: Art Academy of Cincinnati, Main Auditorium

1212 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Register: Online at

CEU: AMI has approved this activity for 0.3 Art credits
About the Instructor: Jeremy Johnson is a trained taxidermist, skeletal
preparator, entomological collector and above all, a Naturalist true to the
spirit of the Victorian era. A graduate of the Cincinnati Art Academy, he has
exhibited in several fine art shows, films, and given public dissections and
lectures. He and his team at Meddling with Nature believe that going to the
source is the best likely chance for successful illustration and display.

This looks like a great workshop! Who is in?

Illustrators Lunch at Bronte Bistro is Cancelled today

Lunch is cancelled today. Stay warm and safe!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Summer artist positions...

Hey Everyone,

I know it's still cold and we are expecting more snow, but around here our artists are gearing up for the Summer and therefore we are looking for artists to work at our Beach Water park location this Summer.....this job is all about doing ART All day, Every day. This is a very exciting job opportunity for any Art students that any of you might know, High School or College. It is very flexible, which works well for students and is an opportunity for them to learn a new medium as well as actually make money using their talents.

Artist Position; Duties will include: Custom painting of apparel and miscellaneous items with standard airbrush designs, as well as custom artwork requested by the customer. Ideally we are looking for Art students who have good drawing ability and outgoing personalities. Airbrush experience is a plus but not particularly necessary. We want to see a portfolio which shows us airbrush experience(if any), drawing ability, a grasp of color, form and perspective. Please have them contact us at the phone number included to set up a time to meet with us and show a portfolio.

If any of you know any Students that you feel would be interested I would truly appreciate you letting them know about this opportunity.

Thanks everyone