A smart, composed series of paintings by Robin Hofstetter is presently on display at Bean Haus in Covington’s burgeoning arts district. The square panels in outdoor house paint that comprise Remedies for a Rural Condition are based on quilt patterns, thus referencing Geometric Abstraction while also infusing the compositions with the honest and quotidian ambiance of homespun activities like quilting and farming. These are Hofstetter’s contributions to a growing cultural project that I hear loosely referred to as “quilt barns,” in which small and large paintings of quilts adorn the outsides of barns and other structures (a fairly comprehensive back story can be found at www.ohiobarns.com under the “quilt” section). So these reasonably priced paintings are intended for an outdoorsy life. Her distilled palette of neutrals paired with rusty reds and muted greens are meditative, reinforcing the tone of the exhibition’s title. These works are tinged with Thoreau-ian prescriptions for "the simple life." The exhibition runs through the end of May. Get gallery details and find nearby bars and restaurants here.