Artistically Inclined

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Creative displays around town

They say art is in the eye of the beholder. If that's the case, you can behold some pretty amazing talent around the Queen City with these events and exhibits ranging from Dr. Seuss to tickling the ivories. Keep reading to add some creativity to your calendar.

Clap your hands, Cincinnati, because we have a booming arts scene that deserves an applause. Other cities might boast the Louvre, Julliard, the John Paul Getty Museum, the list goes on. But the Queen City holds her own with the plethora of creative outlets for local, national and international artists of all sorts. The city's arts and cultural opportunities offer constant access to the creative, and Cincy Chic has chosen a sampling of events that range in artistic media to provide you a range in expression.



Where: The alley behind the Contemporary Arts Center

When: 10 to 11:30 p.m. May 22

Cost: $35

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This isn't called THE EVENT for nothing! The Contemporary Arts Center just opened two new installations with "Ernesto Neto: Dancing Allowed" and "Pat Steir: Water & Stone," and THE EVENT celebrates both at this annual benefit bash for the CAC. Shepherd Fairey, who begins installing his external murals today and will continue until the day of THE EVENT, also will say his goodbyes while he serves as the party's DJ. So with so much to celebrate, what else could THE EVENT be called?


What: "The Art of Dr. Seuss — A Retrospective Exhibition"


Where: The Malton Gallery

When: Through June 5

Cost: Free

More Information: The Malton Gallery's Facebook page


Do you like the Cat in the Hat? Would you, could you if I told you that … he will be going to Malton with his friends, and he'll be there till the exhibit ends? That's right, the Malton Gallery will be featuring the work of Theodor Geisel, more commonly known as Dr. Seuss. You'll have the chance to learn about his life and career and see some of his rare works.


What: Summerfair 2010

Where: Coney Island

When: June 4-6

Cost: $10 or $15 for a three-day pass

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Take part in this nationally recognized show of visual and performing arts. In its 43rd year, Summerfair includes more than 400 artists, ranging from cloggers and belly dancers to accordionists and violinists. With so much to see, you might want to even go ahead and get a three-day pass, and you also can get a return visit voucher for $5 off admission if you decide you want to see more after your first visit.


What: Pop-Up Exhibit

Where: Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

When: Through June 27

Cost: Free

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For a different take on art, experience the talent of paper engineers and designers in the Pop-Up Exhibit in the public library Downtown. Kenwood resident Carolyn Hughes shares part of her collection of more than 550 pop-up books. "There’s everything from architecture to angels. There's even one on NASCAR and comic book characters," says Phyllis, Hegner, community relations manager for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


What: Silverton Craft Show

Where: Meier's Wine Cellars

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 10

Cost: Free

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While the event is still a couple months away, Ohio's oldest and largest winery offers you the chance to appreciate (and even purchase) the works of artisans. And you can enhance your experience with some of the least expensive wine in town, as you buy it direct from Meier's Wine Cellars.


What: "Inspired by Anne"

Where: The lobby of Landor Associates

When: Through the end of July

Cost: Free


As one of the city's largest employers of creative talent, Landor Associates is going back in its creative history in Cincinnati to recognize the works of Anne Wainscott, fashion illustrator for John Shillito & Co. (Cincinnati's first department store) and the Cincinnati Enquirer. Combining the ideas that Landor Associates appreciates creativity and that the company's Cincinnati offices occupy what was once Shillito's, "Inspired by Anne" works well in the space. "It is wonderful to see my work reappear in the Shillito's building, the same place where it was originally created," Wainscott says.


What: "Play Me, I'm Yours" by Luke Jerram

Where: Throughout the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area

When: Aug. 2 to Sept. 21

Cost: Free

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As probably the most unique of the events, "Play Me, I'm Yours" by Luke Jerram will bring Jerram's internationally touring concept to the Queen City. Jerram places pianos in public places, including parks, bridges, bus stations, you name it. And if you've always loved getting your hands on those ivory keys, go right ahead


"Questioning the ownership and rules of public space 'Play Me, I’m Yours' is a provocation, inviting the public to engage with, activate and take ownership of their urban environment," according to the tour's Web site,


For more information on how to get your culture fix, check out this week's "Express Picks," Cincy Chic's newest column, which fills you in on the arts and culture opportunities around town for the week. Also, if you'd like to let your fellow readers know about more artistic outlets and exhibits, feel free to share your knowledge in the comments section below.




Photographer: Neysa Ruhl Photography
Models: Diana Keung
Location: The McAlpin


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