Only a few days remain in which to catch the photography of SARAH BENJAMIN in her exhibition, If you had one day, at NICHOLAS GALLERY (23 E. Court Street, Downtown). Using black shadow boxes to showcase her photographs, she creates a simple yet striking exhibition of black-and-white pieces. Her subjects mirror her exhibition style: simple and powerful. Benjamin's pictures focus on people in her life, past and present who inspire her to question and value time. Elegant and quiet, her photographs speak to the importance she places on those close to her. Each picture captures a brief moment that has shaped her life and caused her to pose the question, "Why wait to cherish someone close?" Don't wait too long to catch this exhibition. Through Friday.
Celebrate the return of the MARTA HEWETT GALLERY (656 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills) to Cincinnati by stopping by the new space for the inaugural exhibition. Hewett's gallery occupied space on Main Street for 10 years in the 1990s, and she was instrumental in initiating the first Final Friday Gallery walks and the first artists' studios in the Pendleton Art Center.
Only a few days remain in which to catch the photography of SARAH BENJAMIN in her exhibition, If you had one day, at NICHOLAS GALLERY (23 E. Court Street, Downtown).
Celebrate the return of the MARTA HEWETT GALLERY (656 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills) to Cincinnati by stopping by the new space for the inaugural exhibition. Hewett's gallery occupied space on Main Street for 10 years in the 1990s, and she was instrumental in initiating the first Final Friday Gallery walks and the first artists' studios in the Pendleton Art Center. She has spent the last five years operating Glassworks in Louisville and now returns her arts prowess and her gallery to Cincinnati. Specializing in the exhibition of contemporary glass and sculpture, the gallery has re-opened with an exhibition by MATTHEW CUMMINGS and DAVID HARPE. Cummings' large sculptural glass pieces are impressive in form and color, almost exhibiting the lines of a human figure, and the sweeping movement of the glass is breathtaking. In tandem with Cummings' work, Harpe is a highly respected photographer of glass art -- his photographs capture the distinctive and stunning pieces that glass artists such as Cummings create. In short, the perfect counterpoint. Experience the wonder of this delicate art form, and welcome back the Hewett Gallery. Through Nov. 18. ...
The secret will soon be revealed -- ARTWORKS' secret, that is. At their signature event, entitled Secret ArtWorks, they'll reveal over 1,500 postcard-sized masterpieces, all designed by local and international artists, and all for sale. The one catch: The identity of the artist will only be uncovered once the "postcard" pieces are sold. The idea and subsequent signature events (which last for several days) are modeled after the Royal Academy of London's Secret Postcard Event. Interested arts lovers can catch a free sneak preview event or head out for a sophisticated night on the town for the Gala Dinner and Postcard Sale at The Phoenix across the street. If a party is more your scene, imbibe with a fun crowd at the SECRETini after-party, with secret ingredient martinis. If you miss all that, you can catch the works at the final event, a free Public Sale at Artworks' Gallery. However you do it, make sure you're in on the secret. Artists' reception and preview: 6-9 p.m. Oct. 26; Gala Dinner and Postcard Sale ($100/person) immediately followed by the SECRETini After-Party ($15/person) 6-9 p.m. Oct. 27; Public Sale: noon-4 p.m. Oct. 28. Visit www.ArtWorks Cincinnati.org for more information.
Currently on view at THE SOUTHGATE HOUSE GALLERY (24 E. Third St., Newport) is Rick Mallette's Heads. The exhibition features largely abstracted cartoon-like heads. The paint appears to have been applied briskly, methodically scraped, rubbed in and then reapplied. I thoroughly enjoy the graffiti qualities that Mallette's paints possess. The work differs greatly from the black-and-white wall paintings for which he's become known. The bold color choices and the strong personification that the "heads" take on is a creepy kind of cool. Heads is a nice change of pace for Mallette. Grab a beer and head to the top of the staircase -- because this is a great show. Continues through Oct. 28. (Jacquelyn Vaughn) Grade: A
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