Amid the flurry of holiday preparations, set aside few moments to explore the current exhibition at the MALTON GALLERY (2643 Erie Ave., Hyde Park) which features a retrospective of work by Father Robert "Hass" Hasselhoff, entitled Spirited Life. In addition to his service to the church and a distinguished teaching career at Elder High School, the University of Cincinnati and other area colleges, Hasselhoff was a gifted artist. Described as "powerful and thought-provoking," his work is vivid and often politically irreverent. He celebrates people and places that might be looked down upon in society, creating satire with everything from parish meetings gone awry to Democrats to strip clubs and bars. Hasselhoff used ordinary media to create his work, such as felt-tip pens, ink, tempera paint and rejected traditional "fine art" methods. If that doesn't tempt you, consider that nationally-acclaimed artist Tom Bacher and Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Jim Borgman are among his students. Enough said -- and only a few more days. Through Sunday.
You only have a few days to catch the latest exhibitions at the XAVIER UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY (1658 Herald Ave., in the A.B. Cohen Center). The gallery welcomes artists Lauren Kay Jarrold and Cecille LeFan-Rodriquez with two very different exhibitions in which to partake.
Amid the flurry of holiday preparations, set aside few moments to explore the current exhibition at the MALTON GALLERY (2643 Erie Ave., Hyde Park) which features a retrospective of work by Father Robert "Hass" Hasselhoff, entitled Spirited Life.
You only have a few days to catch the latest exhibitions at the XAVIER UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY (1658 Herald Ave., in the A.B. Cohen Center). The gallery welcomes artists Lauren Kay Jarrold and Cecille LeFan-Rodriquez with two very different exhibitions in which to partake. Jarrold's show, entitled Natural Art, examines the natural beauty surrounding her and seeks to capture the true essence of life through photography, both digital images and silver gelatin prints. LeFan-Rodriquez, in another artistic vein entitled Experiments in Stone and Other Materials, explores the influence of figures and portrait paintings in sculptures created with a variety of materials. The exhibition is short-lived (only one week) but is worth a look. Through Friday. For more info, call the gallery at 513-745-3811. ...
If you've ever attended SUMMERFAIR, the annual fine arts and crafts show at Coney Island, you know the high caliber of artists that make the grade. If you think that could be you (or someone you know) get working on your submissions: Summerfair is now accepting applications for its 40th incarnation in June 2007. The show features works in the following categories: ceramics, drawing/printmaking, glass, jewelry, leather/fiber, metal/sculpture, painting, photography and wood. All work will be reviewed by a panel of judges comprised of artists and art educators with knowledge in the above categories. Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 1, 2007, and are available at www.summerfair.org or by calling 513-531-0050. ...
On the same note, MANIFEST GALLERY in Walnut Hills seeks submissions for two upcoming exhibitions: Moving Pictures, which highlights works of art or design on film (deadline for submissions is Dec. 31); and It's in Your Head: Approaches to Likeness, an exhibition designed to address portraiture in both traditional and non-traditional ways. Any media type can be submitted for this exhibition, and the deadline is Feb. 9, 2007. All exhibitions are open to students, professionals, artists and designers. Find all the information for both submission processes at www.manifestgallery.org
Stop by the WESTON ART GALLERY (650 Walnut St., Downtown) and take in From the 20th Century: An Incomplete History, New Work, featuring artist MICHAEL MERCIL in the Lower West Gallery. Mercil is an incredibly versatile artist: his exhibition is unified by his chosen theme, not by his chosen media. The show offers a wide variety of sculptures, installation works and paintings, formed from common everyday objects that we all have in our homes. Mercil has elevated these objects and created art that invokes a desire to inspect and question. The key question the artist is asking is "What is sculpture now?" The world of art can be a very ambiguous place, and this exhibition walks the line between ambiguity and clear commentary. Continues through Jan. 13. (Jacquelyn Vaughn) Grade: B+
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