Tucked away in Over-the-Rhine, a few blocks from the typical Final Friday stretch, is the unassuming, yet classy Carl Solway Gallery. Divided into several sections, with big, open spaces and small, intimate nooks, the gallery is a combination of comfortable and cool.
Without an air of arrogance, Carl Solway Gallery greets you with ease. A mixture of high ceilings, hardwood floors and freshly painted walls, the gallery is simple yet elegant. The first floor, with its maze-like layout, is currently housing art by eight different artists with the prominent spaces filled with steel and paper drawings by Tom Wesselmann and very contemporary, colorful neon "drawings" by Keith Sonnier. The second floor and stairwell approach also displays a variety of pieces.
Around for more than 40 years in several locations, the current gallery's design lends itself to an array of artists. Information for each section and artist is easily found or handed to you by a helpful curator or staff member. Openings sometimes generate a crowd, but it's also a great place to visit in the afternoon when you can relax, enjoy the gallery by yourself and truly soak in the surroundings.
The current exhibit runs through Dec. 24.CARL SOLWAY GALLERY
Address: 424 Findlay St., Over-the-Rhine
First opened: 1962
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; noon-5 p.m. Saturday
Next exhibit: Sculpture and works on paper by Vito Acconci and Nancy Graves; photography by Kenneth Josephson (Jan. 16-April 23)
Contact: 513-621-0069 or solwaygallery.com