Thursday, April 30, 2015

Perceptions Show at POPP=D Art

Come to the opening of the duel show featuring the art of Sarah Rocheleau and Amy Flesher at POPP=D Art Gallery at 2622 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45219.

Monday, April 27, 2015

GIG OPPORTUNITY posted 4/27/15

GIG OPPORTUNITY posted 4/27/15- 

Seeking an Illustrator in the Cincinnati area who can do 3D chalk drawings for a commercial shoot in Cincinnati next week- email me (darcy) at for the client's contact info...we received this email today at Cincinnati Animation Network's Global Headquarters so let's network:)

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Sarah Rocheleau's Water Colors on Display at the Live-In Gallery

Two of my fairy tale inspired watercolors that will be on display at the Live-In Gallery for their group show From the Beast to the Blonde! The show opens Saturday, May 2nd, 7pm-11pm. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Illustrator Lane Smith at Joseph Beth on May 9th

Lane Smith is the award-winning illustrator of some of the most memorable picture books of all time (The Stinky Cheese Man) and he's going to be here in May with an incredible new book for middle grade readers: "Return to Augie Hobble", the story of a normal boy who is going through some very paranormal changes.

Saturday, May 9 at 1:00 pm at Joseph Beth in Rookwood Pavilion.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

King of Indie Animation Bill Plympton in Columbus!

Join us April 27th at the Gateway Film Center in Columbus for an evening with the King of Indie Animation -- the only person to hand draw an entire animated feature film--  Bill Plympton.

Schedule of Events:
7 p.m. Screening of Cheatin', his latest feature
8:30 p.m. Q & A with Bill Plympton in the theater

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, he graduated from Portland State University in Graphic Design. Bill Plympton moved to New York City in 1968. He began his career creating cartoons for publications such as New York Times, National Lampoon, Playboy and Screw.
In 1987 he was nominated for an Oscar® for his animated short “Your Face”. In 2005, Bill received another Oscar® nomination, this time for a short film “Guard Dog”. “Push Comes to Shove” another short film, won the prestigious Cannes 1991 Palme d’Or.
After producing many shorts that appeared on MTV and Spike and Mike’s, he turned his talent to feature films. Since 1991 he’s made 9 feature films, 6 of them, “The Tune”, “Mondo Plympton”, “I Married A Strange Person”, “Mutant Aliens”, “Hair High” and “Idiots and Angels” are all animated features.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Creative Juice Podcast #32 Practice

I was on the Creative Juice podcast that was just aired this week on Practice and how long it takes to be good at something. We talk about drawing and obsessions and unused talents.

It was a lot of fun! Listen here:

While you are on the site, check out some of their other topics. The Juice Cast is a podcast for creative entrepreneurs.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Chuck Jones Red Dot Auction Prebidding

I have two pieces in this year's Red Dot Auction to support the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity among over 200 submissions.  What makes this auction different is that you don't know the artist until after the auction ends as the signature is on the back.

More details on my blog or you can see all the artwork available for prebid here.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Drawn Exhibition at Manifest opens April 17th at 6PM

 Manifest's DRAWN show is an amazing show every year. This year Margi Hopkins has made the cut as well as 26 other artists curated from 1188 submitted works! 

More details here from the site:

2nd Annual International Exhibition
of Contemporary Drawing

Manifest was founded in-part to stand for the importance of drawing as a process, skill, and discipline, and as a continuing viable product of the creative fine art and design fields. Since its inception the organization has continued to incorporate drawing-based programming, including education (Drawing Center), publications (INDA), and gallery exhibits into the broader spectrum of its projects. The students and professors who formed Manifest in 2004 knew that despite their diverging career paths (architecture, art history, painting, industrial design, photography) they were brought together on account of their connection to drawing and their mutually intense but multi-faceted pursuit of this fundamental discipline.
A year ago, in honor of the original spirit of the founding ideals of Manifest, the gallery launched DRAWN as a new annual exhibition. DRAWN seeks to survey and present the broad scope of drawing being made today. This gallery exhibit is completely separate from but nevertheless complements, and sometimes overlaps, the annual INDA publication project.
DRAWN called for artists to submit works of drawing in any media relevant to the practice (including non-traditional approaches), any style, and any genre (fine art, illustration, design, conceptual, realism, etc.).
For this exhibit 394 artists from 44 states, 20 countries, and Washington D.C. submitted 1188 works for consideration. Thirty-six works by the following 27 artists from 13 states, England, Japan, and Spain were selected for presentation in the gallery and Manifest Exhibition Annual publication.

Margi says: Come visit me and my "Departing" piece Fri April 17th 6-9pm. This exhibit will be fabulous!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Call to Artists from Kennedy Heights Art Center

The Kennedy Heights Art Center is seeking submissions for artwork to be displayed in their upcoming juried summer show, "Spark and Fling"!

Spark & Fling
Kennedy Heights Art Center’s Juried Summer Exhibit
June 6 – July 12, 2015
There are no limits to summer and there are so many things to enjoy: the solstice, fireworks, beautiful and natural colors, sparklers, fires, perfect weather, and so much more. Show us what sparks your creativity this summer. All mediums encouraged.
Artwork Submission Procedure:  Artists are invited to submit up to two pieces with a non-refundable entry fee of $25. Members of the Kennedy Artists Collective may submit two pieces at no cost. Fees can be paid online via Paypal at or by check payable to Kennedy Heights Arts Center.
Online submissions will be accepted until April 27, 2015 by midnight. Artists should email a completed entry form and jpeg images to All digital images must use a minimum resolution of 300dpi. Label images with last name and title of work. Quality of images are taken into account during jury process.
Artists will be notified of acceptance the week of May 4, 2015. Artists are responsible for the delivery and removal of their work. Artwork must be delivered during the week of May 26-30, 2015. All accepted work must be professionally presented and ready to install. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, June 6th from 6-9 pm. The show runs from June 6, 2015 to July 12, 2015.
For more information, call 513.631.4278. 

Keep in mind that Kennedy Heights Art Center is first and foremost a Community Art Center, so you needn't be a professional to enter this show.  Have you been working in a new, untried medium? Have some new work you haven't shown about town yet? Consider submitting! Feel free to pass this opportunity on to artful friends and neighbors.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Posters for Clifton Performance Theatre

I've been slacking on posting my artwork. Here are three posters I've created for the tail end of Clifton Performance Theatre's 2014-2015 season.

Woodrow Hinton III and Anthony Moorman on WVXU Today

Airing today (April 8th) at 1PM.

 From the site:
"The film documentary “Making IT” takes an in-depth look at what it means to have a successful career as an artist. The film explores the path to success through the eyes of students, working professionals and artists who are at the top of their fields.
Joining us to discuss the documentary are “Making IT” creators Tony Moorman and Woodrow Hinton, and one of the artists featured in the film, Andrew Bawidamann."

Cincinnati Edition covers topics from regional government to business, education, health, technology and the arts.
You can join the discussion with decision-makers, authors, and voices from around the region and beyond by calling 513 419-7100, emailing, and messaging through Facebook and Twitter.

UPDATE: If you missed it, here is a link:

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Carol Schwartz Studio Tour

Here is a really nice write up and studio tour of Carol Schwartz, former regular lunch attendee until she moved to Milwaukee.

I was thinking that would be a great feature for this blog to post a studio tour each week starting mid-May when my schedule frees up a smidge.

There are so many talented and amazing artists in this community. This is an opportunity to get to know them a little better.

Who would be interested? Send me an email.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Illustrator News: Jeffery Ebbeler's New Book Featured on the Cover of Booklist

 An illustration from Jeffery Ebbeler's new book Click is featured on the cover of Booklist!

Illustrator News: Ben J Hutchison is Melt's Spring Featured Artist

Artist’s Biography and Statement

Ben J Hutchison is a painter living in Cincinnati, Ohio. For over a decade he has created a variety of artwork, including comics, animations, logos, and digital paintings. It wasn’t until 2012 that he decided to begin painting and choosing to use old painting prints found at garage sales and thrift stores as his canvas.

The prints he paints on are relics of 20th century decoration. This work is about taking these reproductions that we have all lived with in our parents or grandparents homes and giving them new life by painting his own vision into them.

They are on display throughout April at Melt in Northside.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

University of Cincinnati Blue Ash Faculty Collaboration Exhibit

"Frictionless Object" Drawing by David Hartz

Howdy All,
I wanted to inform you of my next exhibit which will show many new artworks.
All of the information for the show is below and can be accessed through this website:
I hope that you all can make it to the opening which is this Friday, April 3 from 5:00 - 7:00 The gallery is located at the corner of Cooper road and Plainfield road in Blue Ash, 4131 Cooper Road - very close to Parkers restaurant.

Gaps and Overlaps: Collaborative Works by UC Blue Ash Faculty is a collection of creative works produced by faculty from Art, English, Foreign Language, Mathematics, and Music.  The exhibit will run from March 27 – May 1, 2015 at the UC Blue Ash Art Gallery (located at Plainfield and Cooper roads in Blue Ash, OH 45236).
Working in small groups, faculty members brought to their project various gaps in knowledge about disciplines not their own, as well as the shared purpose of creating something new. The process of creation varied: some projects required careful planning while others emphasized spontaneous compositions; some generated new texts and images while others applied previously created ones; and some projects applied cutting-edge technology while others used scissors and glue. The result is an array of works using a broad range of forms or combinations of forms: sculpture, installation, written and musical compositions, audio, video, performance, photography, and other works on paper. These works invite the viewer, as their construction invited the artists, to experience the synergy of artistic collaboration across creative disciplines.
This exhibition is the product of the UC Blue Ash Creative Arts Faculty Learning Community (CAFLC), a group devoted to collaborative arts generation and its potential relationship to teaching. CAFLC members include Jamie Albert, Jody Ballah, Matt Bennett, Ted Ferdinand, David Freeman, David Hartz, Rita Kumar, Robert Murdock, Kevin Oberlin, Rhonda Pettit, Mike Roos, H. Michael Sanders, Claudia Skutar, and Sue Sipple. Each member has an established record of scholarly and/or creative publications, presentations, performances, productions, or exhibits in their respective areas.
A full-color catalogue of the exhibition is being published in conjunction with the exhibition and will be available through the UC Blue Ash Art Gallery and the department office of Electronic Media Communications (Muntz 217). The UC Office of the Provost and the UC Blue Ash Faculty Development Funds Committee provided support for this publication. Additional information about the exhibition and the published catalogue is available on the UC Blue Ash Art Gallery website at

David Hartz
Associate Professor