Our  Open Studio Show  opened yesterday at the Women's Art and Cultural Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Their huge building has been incredibly refurbished - - - it used to be a dairy barn!   Our hanging crew of fifteen had the whole show hung in about two hours, with over 80 beautiful paintings displayed, including acrylics, collage, ink, and watercolor.   Many of the pieces can be seen here, but to really appreciate the show, you'll need to see it in person - reception info below.
Many of us got our exercise for the day, reaching and stretching as we changed pictures from one wall to another.  Ginger helps Diane straighten one of Eileen's acrylics as Marianne reaches up to straighten a watercolor.
A variety of techniques and subject matter enhances the carpeted gallery walls.
'Open Studio' happens in my studio four times per week.  One session meets in the evening, and the other three are longer daytime sessions, from mid morning into mid afternoon.  I get to facilitate the sessions and assist in any way I can as the artists create unique, one-of-a-kind masterpieces.  Often, I demo a process or technique to guide someone to work out how to accomplish what the artist wants to express. 
This show features some of their recent work.  With forty artists showing their work, many of their paintings had to be left in their home studios, paintings that also deserved to be hung on the walls.  There's just not enough wall space for all the work they have done over the last 24 months. 
Here we are --- me, contemplating whether or not something needs to be moved - Valerie, pleased with how really good it looks, and - Kathy, just about ready to call it a day!   Diana is behind us checking out artwork from a different Open Studio than she attends.
The subject matter in this show includes abstracts, landscapes, still lifes, portraits, and florals.  You'll find fine art created by professional artists as well as by artists who have just recently taken up painting.  From traditional to unpredictable, this show has so much to offer. 
Three more 'picture hangers' are discussing where to pound the next nail - Bernie, MaryJane, and Jean.
Our Artists' Reception is this Saturday, Nov. 19 from 5 to 7..... lots of paintings, people, and refreshments to enjoy with free admission, too.  Regular show hours are Tues - Fri, 9-2 and Sat/Sun 12-4, (closed on Thanksgiving day.)  The show is open through November 27, 2011.

The Women's Art Center is located in Mariemont on Cambridge Avenue.  Be sure to Map Quest or Google the location and please join us if you're near Cincinnati, Ohio

For more info about Open Studio Sessions, you can contact me at sandymaudlin@gmail.com.

More photos of this show will be posted on this blog after the reception.  Hope to see you there and I wish you could all attend!
A big thank you goes to Kathy Sarlo for providing all of these photos.


Meera Rao said...

Wish I were close by! --Looks wonderful, though.

Studio at the Farm said...

Sandy, I can't believe it was an old cow barn. It's such a beautiful gallery! And the show and paintings look fascinating. I so much wish I could visit in person. But I wish you all the best with your show!

Dawn said...

I wish I could be there!!

Anonymous said...

Looks like a wonderful show! Best wishes to those I know!. A bit too far for me :)

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

What a fantastic show in a glorious venue.

Michele said...

Sandy, I am so proud of you! You are really accomplishing wonderful things in your career--and well deserved. You are a wonderful, talented artist, and a fantastic teacher!