Chic Spotlight: Art Club President Jan Boone PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 28 October 2009 05:32

Chic Spotlight: Art Club President Jan Boone
The Queen City boasts a rich history as well as a strong focus on the arts. Learn how this local lady presides over a club that plays a part in both of these Tri-State treasures.

Cincy Chic: How did you first become involved with the Woman's Art Club of Cincinnati (WACC)?


Jan Boone, president of WACC: Several years ago I heard about the club’s big annual exhibit. At that time, you had to be a member to participate. So, I joined for the exhibit opportunity, but I stayed because the monthly programs were so great.


Cincy Chic: The club has existed since 1892, making it the oldest non-interrupted women's art club in the country. So in those 117 years of operation, what have been a couple milestones for the club and its mission?


Boone: Until about 12 years ago, the monthly meetings were held in various studios, museums or on field trips. Moving into a suite at the Pendleton Art Center was a real move toward having a home that was suitable for exhibits, sketch group and meetings. Then in 2007 we were introduced to an opportunity to own property and become much more than a club. The new location gives us an opportunity to hold classes for all ages, host exhibits and other events, and preserve a beautiful structure that has a unique history of its own.

Cincy Chic: Every club has to have a club house, and the new location of the Woman's Art Club Cultural Center serves as that home for WACC. With the history behind the Resthaven Barn, it makes for a creative story, so please fill in our readers about the historical importance of your club house.


Boone: The Barn was part of Mary Emery's grand design for a self-sufficient village. When it was erected in 1924, there were 26 acres that included large gardens, a few out buildings, mules and cows. The village grew quickly, and the idea of a community farm was dropped. At one point, the farm was owned by the Lindner family, and we like to brag that United Dairy Farmers began on our historic grounds.


After several years of housing the Mariemont maintenance department, the Barn was no longer in use. The Village considered demolition, but the hearts of the residents prevailed to find a buyer for the property that would restore and use this beautiful barn.


Cincy Chic: WACC promotes the visual arts in several different ways: scholarships, exhibits, demonstrations, field trips. The list goes on. Of everything you do, what are the most important aspects of the club for Cincy Chic readers to know?


Boone: While the name says "Woman's," our new home at the Cultural Center is a place for people of all ages to learn and grow in the arts.


Cincy Chic: As this is for our Clubs issue, how has WACC served as more of a "club" instead of another type of group?


Boone: The social aspect is most evident at the monthly meetings. First we have a great time seeing old friends and making new ones. Then we share some creative "stretching" by learning about someone's art during the program. Where we go beyond the aspect of "club" is all the volunteer work that keeps the Cultural Center alive and well. Most of the volunteers at the Barn are WACC members. The Foundation Board is about half community members. Together all these people man the phones, do light maintenance, schedule events and classes, and fundraise.


Cincy Chic: When you're not playing a part in creating masterpieces, what do you like to do for fun?


Boone: I’m working on a scientific experiment to get more than 24 hours crammed into a day. I’ll let you know how that turns out.


Cincy Chic: What do you love most about Cincinnati?


Boone: I come from Northwestern Ohio where it is flat and almost treeless. When I moved to Cincinnati 34 years ago, I fell in love with the rolling tree covered hills, Union Terminal and the Ohio River. What a beautiful city to make art!


Photo courtesy of the Woman's Art Club of Cincinnati

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