Best Of 2018

Best Coffee Table Addition for Mural Maniacs: Transforming Cincinnati

You can’t walk a hundred feet in downtown Cincinnati without seeing a mural plastered on a nearby building. And, chances are, you have ArtWorks to thank for that. Every summer the award-winning nonprofit works with local youth to create public murals across the Greater Cincinnati area, ranging from historic-photo-based renderings of men on a barge in the Erie Canal to vibrant recreations of Charley Harper wildlife masterpieces to homages to the city’s icons like Rosemary Clooney. ArtWorks is documenting those 132 public murals in a 192-page hardback edition begging to be displayed on your coffee table. Transforming Cincinnati features over 100 images of the large-scale artworks from the program’s humble beginnings in 2007 through 2017, and you can follow along by reading about favorites like “The Cincinnati Strong Man: Henry Holtgrewe,” “Armstrong ” and “Mr. Dynamite.” One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the $49.99 book go straight to ArtWorks, and you can pick it up from 11 different retailers in the Tristate or from a link on ArtWorks’ website. ArtWorks, 20 E. Central Parkway, Downtown, artworkscincinnati.org.