Artists Installed At Purple Paisley
Scott Aleshire / Steve Barger / Bob Bartolt / Jennifer Baldwin / Dan Bates / Connie Berkemeier / Guy R. Bick / Jane Bresser / Rachel Bunch / Wayne Clause / Paul Cohn / Diana Daniels / Katrina Dienno / Bill Dirkes / Chadwick Duncan/ Charles Eilerman / Andrea Lee Eisert / Amba Elieff / Mike Enzweiler / Dolores Fegan / Cathy Fiorelli / Joyce Sutkamp Friedeman / Timothy Gold / Betto Gomez / Darla Guard / Melissa Harrison / David Hayward / Loretta Marie Helfrich / Rose Helfrich / Tim Humbert / Don Hurd / Allison Kahny / Nathan Klare/ Gary Lambert / Ivanka Lempitskiy / Kira MacNeil / Robin McPherson / Juanita Mills / Audrea Montgomery / Lydia Morrison / Marjorie Mueller/ Hector Murrieta / Steve Nassano / Ann Norman / Jeff Prather, / Tara Pugh / Ken Raines / Elaine Ramage / Emily Rose / Diane Schneider / Beverly Schultz/ Jacqueline Slone / Doug Steed / Norb Steuber / Christina Thomas / Deborah Thornberry / Libby Varner / John Vosel / Sierra Walker / Cliff Warnken / Jenna Webster / Cindi Williams / J. Miles Wolf / Eric Woodard / Ruthe Wyman / Sandra Zureick
Scott Aleshire loves geology and studying the Earth and her many timescales. He is a local artist who uses clay and stained glass techniques.
Scott’s passion is kaleidoscopes. He enjoys them because of their simple design that leads to such a complex visual experience. In his opinion, kaleidoscopes have the ability to make anybody an artist. The kaleidoscope experience is highly personal and allows imagination and creativity to take over. He began his journey as a ceramic artist creating functional pottery. Recently he has applied these skills to creating kaleidoscopes. No two are the same and they serve as an expression of chaos falling into something that resembles order.
After graduating from Ohio State, Scott spent several years holding various jobs while exploring states like New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Montana. His favorite place, so far, is Glacier National Park in Montana.
Printmaker- Painter – Sculptor
Jennifer Baldwin began as an art educator in 1976 and retired in 2021. She received a BA in art from Thomas More College (1976) and a Masters of Art in Art Education from the Art Academy of Cincinnati (2005). For 22 years she was the director of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for the Southwestern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana region. Jennifer works in a variety of media, including various forms of printmaking, painting in acrylics and oil, mixed media and sculpture. Her works have been installed at IBM (Lexington, Ky), Caza Sikes Gallery, Cincinnati Art Club, United States Embassy in Ecuador, The Carnegie Arts Center, along with many art fairs in the region. Jennifer is a member of Tiger Lily Press and serves as Development Chair including Local Ink Market.
Dan is an abstract expressionist and mixed media artist. He works a lot with acrylic paint. His works contain bold strokes and color to catch the imagination.
Through his photographic prints, Steve strives to show the beauty and wonder of the natural world. People may never have the opportunity to witness events in nature such as the Aurora Borealis dancing over the arctic landscape or a mother polar bear with her newborn cubs exploring the snow-covered tundra for the first time. His goal is to give the viewer a personal connection with nature.
Unique is the best word to describe Bob Bartolt’s art work. He paints on canvas in a very unusual fashion. He applies spray paint to water and then “dips” the canvas. This process takes several applications and some various manipulations to obtain his final product. He also uses some mixed media to create the his final art
Mosaics & Collages -Upcycled Art
Connie is a collage artist. She can make beautiful art out of items the rest of us don’t consider. Magazines, wallpaper, stickers, books – and the list goes on. Connie has a natural talent of turning these items into amazing mosaics and interesting collages.
This is Connie’s second career. After a full career helping others by providing paralegal services at legal aid, Connie is now following her passion. She is a self taught artist with dozens of mentors.
The works done by Connie appear vibrant and textured. Often her work is centered on a theme. Connie’s works have been featured in the Rotunda at the Kentucky Capitol. She also has several, appropriately themed, pieces at P&G Headquarters.
GUY R. BICK
Clients choose Randy specifically for his experience, relaxed composure, and attention to detail. He believes in creating a relationship with each of his clients, which result in photography that is quick, easy, and fun.
Professional Photographers of America have recognized Randy’s achievements by awarding him both Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees. His distinctive style has been described as a blend of classic portraiture and editorial photography.
Randy has been awarded “Best Wedding Album,” five consecutive years by the Kentucky Professional Photographers Association. In additional his images have received the prestigious Kodak Gallery and Fuji Masterpiece awards for photographic excellence.
“There is something exciting about capturing a perfect moment and preserving it forever, secure in the knowledge that the emotional impact will never fade away.” — Randy Bick
Functional Pottery and Porcelain
Jane Bresser was born and raised in Northern Kentucky. She earned her BS (1974) and BFA (1976) in ceramics from NKU. She then walked neighborhoods delivering mail for the US Postal Service by day and continued her clay work by night. She has transitioned from throwing utilitarian works on the wheel to now hand building her creations. In 2011 she retired from the US Postal Service and is now teaching part time at Baker-Hunt Art & Cultural Center.
Her artwork is mainly inspired by nature and she continues to make organic forms. With more time and teaching, she has branched out into more varied media. The leaf form has dominated most of her work and can be seen in her clay, concrete, dyed fiber and jewelry creations.
Rachel is a dedicated artist who creates unique jewelry using real flowers!
Making jewelry started as a hobby, but soon turned into an obsession. Rachel spends hours intricately arranging petals and leaves to create different and special pieces. Her jewelry not only connects people to the natural world, but adorns those who wear it.
Beyond her craft, Rachel loves spending time with her husband, friends, and two cats.
Wayne Clause is a fine art photographer who resides in Kentucky. when not working a full time letter carrier for the postal service, he is usually involved in some aspect of photography. According to his wife, Wayne is a full time photographer who simply works as a letter carrier.
Photography brings Wayne a great deal of satisfaction. He loves the peacefulness of landscape photography and the creativity involved in portrait and product photography. Wayne’s photography features local landmarks, nature and scenes that capture his attention. His work also features lots of local sports, action shots, and social events.
Wayne says he has a passion and a desire to create great images. Thus he will always be a student of photography.
Jewelry – Silverware to Wearable Art
Paul Cohn is a retired Newport firefighter. He has been creating art for over 30 years. Paul started with woodworking and now focuses on bringing life back to silverware that most people would otherwise overlook. Where you may see an old fork or spoon, Paul sees a keychain, an elephant pendant, or a pair of earrings waiting to be created. Whether the pattern matches the set your grandparents silver or was a special piece you used as a child, his art is something that can be passed down for generations.
Diana has spent a lifetime teaching of young children and has experience creating art in several mediums including drawing, painting and pottery. However she focuses on the joy she gets from the ancient art of quilling. She rolls, shapes and glues strips of paper to make intricate designs. Her works include special occasion cards and invites, one of a kind wall hangings, keepsakes and decorative pieces and jewelry in resin.
When quilling, Diana chooses bright vibrant colors. She loves the texture and designs that can be achieved. The art of quilling allows her great freedom in choosing the shape and size of her designs limited only by her imagination.
Block Print Artist
Katrina Dienno is a block print artist with both a bachelors degree and a masters degree in printmaking. She teaches at Xavier University and The Art Academy of Cincinnati. She previously taught various art and art related courses at the University of Cincinnati. Katrina’s art work has been widely exhibited both locally and nationally and she has received many local and national awards for her printmaking.
Each of Katrina’s block prints starts with a black and white digital drawing. Currently her focus in on myths, historical figures, and fairytales.
Painter – Acrylics and Oils
Bill Dirkes creates fine art paintings in acrylics and in oils. His works capture the idyllic quality of rural life.
Chadwick was raised in Northern Kentucky and obtained his art degree from Northern Kentucky University. He finds beauty in the everyday that is all around us.
The reminiscence of times gone by that is found in local businesses and landmarks captivates his attention. His photography displays the nostalgic artwork and beauty that he finds in the everyday.
Chuck’s photography focuses on scenes throughout Greater Cincinnati, with a focus on Covington. He appreciates the rich history of our built environment and the play of light throughout the day.
His photos appear in varied community and organizational publications and in local offices and homes.
Chuck has a history of community involvement, as a former director of The Carnegie, Chair of Renaissance Covington, a two term City Commissioner, and a director of the Covington Education Foundation.
He is a graduate of Thomas More University and the Harvard Business School.
ANDREA LEE EISERT
Andrea loves beautiful things and loves making things beautiful. She finds that the lack of restraints of abstract art allows her the greatest possible freedom to create and to let the painting lead the way.
Working at her artistic talent is Andrea’s passion. She considers her talent to be God given, but has worked extremely hard to develop it and has worked with several mediums over the years.
She approaches her work intuitively, with an abstract interplay of shapes, sizes, vibrant colors and rhythm that expresses her feelings and ideas. She always looking for something that catches her attention and inspires her.
For Andrea, art is a healing power that provides her with peace and calm as well as happiness and joy. She feels powerful and fearless when she is painting. For her, Art is Life.
Amba has been a closet poet most of her life. She doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing something. She began publishing her work in 2022 with her first book Maiden Mother Crone. This book received the Imadjinn award for best Poetry collection in 2023. Her second book Domesticated Demons builds on some of the themes found in Maiden Mother Crone, as will most future collections. Amba writes poetry about life for real people – relationships, depression, motherhood, childhood, belonging, anxiety, work, insecurity, acceptance.
She wants her poetry to help people reflect, begin conversations, see a new perspective, and most of all let people know that they aren’t alone. Many of her poems were written because she thought she was “the only one”. Through sharing her work she has learned none of us are really alone. She believes poetry should never be a labor, it should always be a gift.
Mike’s artwork is unique. He finds beauty in everyday items. His creativity allows him to look at an ordinary object and see a vision of what it can become. Found and recycled objects have always been a part of his artwork. His upscaled and re-purposed artistic creations give new life and meaning to many objects.
Mike has a fine arts degree focused on painting and sculpture. He has taught high school art and worked as an assistant curator for a large art institution.
Fiber Artist – Poet – Glass Art Creator
Art has always been an important aspect of Dolores’ life. Even from an early age she loved to draw and write poetry. Her recent artistic endeavors have taken her on a journey of discovery through fabrics and quilting.
Dolores uses many design and construction methods in her quilting. She finds that spontaneity and happy accidents influence many of her pieces. She strives to create fluidity in her pieces and to incorporate dimension with trapunto (1) and free flowing objects.
Her current works are intermingled with her love for Haiku and poetry. Many of her pieces are a visual interpretations of her poems. Dolores states that this is only the start of her artistic journey as she continues to experiment with new sewing techniques.
(1) Trapunto – a decorative quilted design in high relief worked through at least two layers of cloth by outlining the design in running stitch and padding it from the underside.
Painter – Oils, Acrylics, Collages, Pressed Florals
Vibrant! Colorful! Full of Movement! These are great terms for describing the artistic creations of Cathy Fiorelli.
Cathy began her art career at the age of 2 – her parents carefully saved her childhood drawings. She honed her natural artistic ability by focusing on Studio Arts at college.
Her humorous side is represented by her Artist Cats Collection. Her love of color reveals itself in her paintings; textures and colorful overlays create intricate designs. The pressed floral pieces are her organic offerings.
Cathy says that stylized realism and abstraction are what she does best. She re-arranges the natural world into organic shapes of her own choosing, energizing the composition with a colorful palette.
JOYCE SUTKAMP FRIEDEMAN
Painter – Watercolor, Ink, Acrylic
Joyce and her art were featured in Inside Ft. Thomas where she was characterized as “one of the most accomplished artists in Ft. Thomas.” She was recently featured in Imagine Magazine, a Cincinnati Art Club publication. From an early age she knew that drawing and painting would always be a part of her life. She completed her first sketches at age 11.
While majoring in art at the University of Kentucky, Joyce was drawn to the “healing arts.” Fast forward to an MSN and Ph.D. to become a counselor, author and psychosocial consultant. She continues her relationship with art every chance she gets. Many collectors have added her work to their collections and she has been accepted to numerous juried exhibits in tristate galleries. She was awarded the John Crane Watercolor Award at the VIEWPOINT national show in November 2006.
She is a signature member of the Cincinnati Art Club (CAC) where she served as an officer on the Board of Trustees, coordinated a variety of workshops and currently is on the exhibition committee. Some of her most satisfying experiences were teaching art at a facility for emotionally ill children, curating and coordinating art exhibits as well as teaching watercolor painting at The Art House in Fort Thomas.
Since 2015 Joyce has been teaching a series of classes, “Introduction To Watercolor Painting,” for adults at the Carico Branch of the Campbell County Library. Keep an eye on Purple Paisley’s events to sign up for a class.
Painting – Acrylics, Oils, Housepaint
Timothy Gold has his own style and creates vibrant, colorful, happy works. His is a free brush stroke style encompassing several subjects – nature, landscapes, people.
Tim has a Bachelors and a Masters in Art Education. Since November 2001 his creations have been exhibited in galleries and competitions throughout Kentucky and southern Ohio.
In Tim’s words:
I create because I must…
I create because of a long-neglected dream…
I create because of a deep-rooted drive…
I create because I am obsessed…and I hope
I can endure!
I create because I must!
Painter – acrylic
Alberto Gómez known as “Betto” studied photography, print making and drawing while completing his Master Degree in Architecture at the University of Puerto Rico. Although his professional career morphed from museographer to construction manager, his interest in the arts were always present. His works varying from small pen drawings to big format paintings either on paper or canvas have been commissioned by private and corporate collectors. His abstract and figurative paintings incorporate unique integrations of colors and textures while drawing inspiration from memories of a recent past long gone or memories that never were.
Artisan Darla Guard has a mesmerizing and energetic assortment of unique jewelry, crystals and stones.
Melissa Harrison is the creator of eclectic artisan jewelry. She has over 30 years of experience as a jewelry crafter. Her works are inspired by the beauty of nature. She uses high grade gemstones and precious metals to create her works of wearable art. Her skills in metalsmithing and wire wrapping are evident in her intricate and beautiful designs.
The Cigar Box Guitars created by artist David Hayward are definitely unique. Each one is tuned and ready to play. The tuning specs are included with each guitar. They are fantastic as musical art hanging on a wall in your home!
David has been woodworking since his grandfather taught him to use a hammer at the age of 4! He makes guitars out of cigar boxes following the aesthetic design of the manufacturer’s label.
LORETTA MARIE HELFRICH
Jewelry, Polymer Clay and Acrylic Painting
Loretta Marie Helfrich comes by her eye for design and color naturally. She was raised in a large family that valued art and music. Having managed her own law practice for 30+ years, she designed and created jewelry as a way to counter the stress of her profession.
The focal point of her jewelry is the beauty and movement of the stones. Loretta uses high grade semi-precious stones including Amethyst, Jasper, Quartz, and Agates of varying colors. She uses Swarovski crystals to accent and complement the stones. Over the years she has expanded into polymer creations and fluid arts. In both of these medias you will find rich colors and movements that harmonize and enhance each other.
She is also the owner of Purple Paisley Local Artisan Shop. With her long time legal assistant, she set out to provide a locale for local artists to be able to show and sell their creative art works.
Sculpting – epoxy clay
Artist Rose Helfrich has an extensive horticulture background. She uses that knowledge when sculpting – leaves, flowers and insects. Her creations are unique and sure to delight.
Wood Artisan – laser cut and resin
Tim Humbert’s medium is wood, in many forms. He has laser-cut creations of the local skyline as well as various animals and journals. He also creates wooden cutting and charcuterie boards and works with resins. The beautiful resin colors are eye catching against the wood.
Don G. Hurd’s paintings are near photo perfect black and white drawings. Each is carefully detailed, taking in every fine line of character ad personality of the subject. Don takes you into the window of the soul of his painting by paying particular attention to the details inside the homes and buildings he creates. Examples include the old soda fountain malt mixer in the “Dairy Cheer” building, and the homeowner’s toy poodle in the front door of their home. Whatever appears through the glass is meticulously re-created and opens the window to the past.
Don has a passion for creating “Memories in Art” and preserving the historical buildings and personal homes of our ancestors that will some day be long gone. His body of work includes a broad range of everything from log cabins and historical bridges, to private homes, commercial buildings, and churches.
Within each painting is his signature “touch of red” that appears in various places, such as the American Flag, flowers in the garden, the flickering flame in a campfire, a gentleman’s red suspenders or the old Coca Cola sign on the Rabbit Hash General Store. Wherever it is appropriate, the signature crimson red finalizes the loving attention to detail in every painting.
Don Hurd graduated from Youngstown State University with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a Major in Commercial Art. He also served our county as a Captain in the Army for 9 years.
Allison has a life-long love for candles. She has been crafting her own candles since she was a teenager. Her homemade candles are soy blend candles that burn cleanly and are fragrant.
Allies Tallow was founded by Allison as an avenue to bring her creations to the public. Her candles are hand crafted and locally made. She strives to provide quality soy blend candles at a reasonable price.
Nathan Klare is a colored pencil artist. He has a degree in Fine Arts with a focus on Graphic Design. With his interest in the incorporation of crisp defined lines and shapes in his artwork he has been successful in the logo design field. He also is a drawing instructor at Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center.
Nathan’s talent is not limited to one medium. He is able to make something beautiful with a variety of mediums. His favorite artistic medium is Prismacolor Colored Pencils. His fine art works cover a range of subjects including architecture, floral and wildlife.
Painter-oils / Jewelry Maker
Ivanka is a Cincinnati-based artist who works in several mediums. She has been a lifelong collector of a wide variety of items. She uses these found objects along with beads to create intricate jewelry. Each piece of her jewelry is its own unique work of art .
She also enjoys panting. Her medium is in oil painting. Although her works include many subjects she is particularly fond of Mid America Landscapes. She achieves beautiful color, vibrancy and texture by using a palette knife.
Keep an eye on our events calendar for various events presented by Artist Ivanka. Classes she offers include Pysanka Egg Decorating and Wire Wrapping.
Kira MacNeil is a self taught artisan and photographer. Her focus leans toward the details in nature that one overlooks in the rush of the day. She finds that photography and nature help her be more present in the moment, providing a place of calm in the midst of our crazy world.
Hiking in the woods with her camera is one of Kira’s most treasured pastimes. She also works as a massage therapist providing healing and relaxing services. Otherwise Kira can be found on the farm with her husband, children, and furry critters enjoying all that nature has to offer.
ROBIN C. McPHERSON
Resin Artist/ Photographer
Robin C. McPherson relocated to this area from Los Angeles California. She is a painter and photographer. Many of her resin artworks resemble crystals, geodes and beaches found in the Southern California environment. She also draws inspiration from her travels abroad.
Every painting is one-of-a-kind and unable to be replicated. She finishes each piece with a durable glossy finish that will last a lifetime.
Painting – Watercolor
A resident of Northern Kentucky, Juanita Mills is a self-taught watercolor artist. At the age 13 she won a national art contest but created no artwork again until her retirement decades later. Her watercolor and gouache paintings are detailed and colorful and depict animals, landscapes and people. Her scenes draw you into the world depicted.
Juanita’s detailed paintings have been selected for display in special exhibits by several local businesses and community art fairs. She believes each person has special abilities and that it is never too late in life to tap into them.
In addition to being an accomplished artists, Juanita was also an executive, a business owner, is a Certified Master Gardener and is an active volunteer with a variety of nonprofit organizations.
Audrea Montgomery is an up and coming artist. Her use of color and design are sure to delight the eyes. Her talent in creating striking facial features is something that needs to be seen. All of Audrea’s pieces are original modern abstract
Audrea I started her art journey in high school, mostly working in pencils and chalk pastels. She won many awards for her art work at annual art shows. After many years of life, she is rediscovering her love to create. She has expanded her focus from portraits to original modern abstracts. She is inspired by her Mother’s love of painting as well as color, texture and design as well as her own imagination. Her goal is to bring joy, color and beauty to your 7th house.
Jewelry – Paintings
Lydia Morrison is a life-long lover of art. She grew up in beautiful Eastern Kentucky and was inspired by the picturesque landscape of the area. She obtained a degree in Science financed by sales of her artwork. Now that her family is grown she is again pursuing her passion for creating and teaching art. She is the past president of The Ohio Valley Enameling Guild and a volunteer at St. Francis Seraph Outreach Program (The Sarah Center jewelry program) in Over the Rhine.
Lydia creates striking glass on metal jewelry designs by painting powdered glass onto silver and/or copper. This process requires multiple kiln or torch firings. She often combines original silver/copper metalwork into the art pieces.
Marjorie has been a prolific painter throughout her life. Her style is realism – landscapes, seascapes, still life, etc. She especially loves painting depictions of the scenery of the southwest.
Musician, Music Composer, Performer
Hector Murrieta is a classical and electric guitarist with many talents. He composes music, writes songs and performs. His music ranges from Baroque to experimental free improvisation.
He writes music for video games, films and TV. He also plays concerts with 3 classical guitars and multi-media. Hector has published several albums and can be found playing in local venues.
Steve Nassano is an artist who’s wild and crazy style captures the imagination with bold colors and dramatic strokes, creating a surrealistic abstract approach to his paintings. His daring combinations of brush strokes and pallet knives provide a multitude of patterns, hues, and textures breathing excitement and life into his work.
Steve studied at the Capito School of Art, at Northern Kentucky University, studied under Howard Storm, and at the Baker Hunt Foundation. He is a signature artist of the Cincinnati Art Club and has served on the Executive Board for several years.
Inspiration for his paintings come to Steve from the streets of Cincinnati. He would like to be known as the artist who paints the city, showing it in its best light. He believes you can find something new and beautiful in any street scene on any street in the city.
Ann Norman is a wildlife bird photographer. Her works take great time and patience in order to capture the birds calmly interacting with their environment.
A registered nurse by education and a piano teacher by design, she comes by her patience skills naturally. These skills, along with a good eye for composition, are put to great use in her photography.
Jeff Prather is really a potter and a sculpture. He uses a wheel to shape and create each piece. Then spends time etching designs and working on sculpting embellishments and finally selecting a glaze to make each piece unique.
Painter – acrylic, mixed media
Tara has been an artist for the last 21 years. After receiving her degree in education from Miami University, she decided to go back to her heart and soul… art. She has been spent most of her art career creating with oil paints, acrylics, and watercolors. She dabbles in multi media and crafts as well.
Tara believes in using found and recycled materials in her art work. If you look at her work you will often find such items as broken pieces of mirror, a found piece of wood for substrate, rocks and pebbles.
Tara loves to create art and to teach art. The career of her dreams is sparking creativity in adults interested in finding their own inner voice. She offers classes at Purple Paisley, Local Artisan Shop on a regular basis.
In addition to art, Tara is a Christian minister, Certified Reiki Master Teacher and trained meditation guide. She is especially passionate about combining her skills and holding workshops for self-healing.
Pottery / Wood
Artist Ken Raines is a local potter who creates a wide variety of works – including candles, face mugs and even unique lamps. He also does amazing wood works. He blends different woods and also sometimes resins to create wonderfully unique pieces. These include charcuterie boards, bowls, cheese boards, rolling pins, bottle openers, wooden cars and more.
Elaine Ramage is the woman behind Mankai Teas. She owns and runs the business focusing on providing handcrafted tea and tisane blends in sustainable, compostable packaging. All of her blends are composed of organically sourced materials. She strives to provide tea/tisane blends and various items to give you a unique experience.
Mankai Teas was started because Elaine believes that drinking tea/tisane is about the ritual and connection. Drinking tea can be a singular meditative practice, a small social get-together or a larger community event. She creates packages and handcrafted tea and tisane blends to help you build this important time into your life. Elaine also has crafted Henna Kits, DIY cross stich kit, and some unique drink recipe cards.
Photography / Painting
Emily is a fine art photographer and painter. It is the tiny bits of nature that inspire her the most. She finds color and movement in the minute details that others may not notice in their everyday hustle and bustle. Her photography captures intricate moments in nature and gives you an up close view of all the loveliness.
Her creative work also extends to multimedia on canvas. This part of her creative life is much more abstract but is influenced by the natural world. Emily’s paintings are very texturally driven. There is almost a sculptural vibe to her paintings as intricate grooves and ridges play together on the canvas.
Diane Schneider, J.D., Ph.D., specializes in vibration medicine with harp to bring about clear improvements in physical, mental and spiritual symptoms. She has 20 years of experience serving patients in the Mayo Clinic and other facilities in Canada and the United States.
BEVERLY C. SCHULTZ
Beverly is very accomplished at glass fusion. Glass fusion is the art of making a design with glass on glass through the process of using a kiln to melt two or more pieces together to fuse them. Her creations are bright and vividly striking in color. They also have wonderful texture. If you have not experienced Beverly’s artwork, then you are in for a wonderful treat.
Jacqueline Slone is a Covington denizen. Many may be familiar with her mosaic art from visits to Left Bank Coffeehouse. Vibrant and Fun are two terms that aptly describe her works. Her mosaics are made with lots of various materials including glass, seashells and more.
“The West isn’t just a place, it is an experience. One that transcends inspiration and beauty and becomes a part of who you are.”
These words from artist Doug Steed encapsulate his artworks. In his paintings he captures the color, texture and spirit of the west.
Norb Steuber is a freelance photographer whose specialty is Natural Light Photography, including Nature, Wildlife and Travel. Natural Light Photography is very challenging. It is also extremely rewarding especially when one captures the beauty of a sunrise or sunset; the distinct features in a cloud; or the subtle colors of a flower.
Norb’s love of photography began 40 years ago when his wife gave him a camera as a wedding gift. They had no idea how this gift would change the course of his life. Over the years, Norb has spent his time refining his skills and learning as much as he can about photography.
His goal as a photographer is to continually improve his skills and to share his art and experience with others. He hopes that by doing so he can enhance others appreciation for the beauty of the world around them.
Photographer Christina Marie Thomas finds beauty and inspiration around any corner. Her style and perspective make her work unique. She is, “A Woman with her Camera”, “A Lover of Life”.
Deborah Thornberry paints poetry. Colors set the mood of quiet, calm verses. The colors can be the soft, muted shades of night relinquishing its darkness to day or they can be the bold colors of the day fighting for that last bit of fire before the night returns. The paintings become poetry as the composition reveals itself and the first marks are placed on the paper.
She finds joy in finding the light, in setting the mood before the s un explodes to chase away the last vestiges of the peaceful serenity of night. country landscapes that transport people to a time when life was quieter and allowed people time to dream. She is happy harnessing the fiery power of the brilliant colors throughout the day. Deborah captures this feeling in her paintings. She captures a moment in time. Deborah paints poems with soft strokes, with layered colors, and with quiet sentiment.
Photography , Jewelry
Libby Varner has spent her entire life making and working around art as a photographer, painter and jewelry maker (or whatever strikes her fancy at the time). She has a BA in Fine Arts with a photography focus and has worked in art galleries and frame shops for the last 20 years. Travelling is something she does quite often and uses this to inspire her work.
When asked about her art, she says “I have always had a morbid curiosity, so things that are old and ruined are my favorite to capture or work into my art”
Painting, Sculpture, Creator, Fabricator
John is an exciting emerging artists who is an experienced painter with a demonstrated history of working in the fine art industry. He received his art degree from UC, DAAP (Design, Architecture, Art and Planning). He has worked restoring and painting the architectural aspects of a large estate from the 1930s. Historical preservation such as window glazing, stucco repair, welding and limestone repair. He has also constructed and painted sets for theater productions. Providing artistic feedback to enhance aesthetic qualities/appearance.
You may be familiar with John’s work and not even know it. In addition to a lot of private sales, John has worked on many projects around the city. These include (but are not limited to): Murals – Fulcrum Fives/Mojave East/ Rose Lavelle Soccer/ Salem Gardens/ The Lounge/ Golden Gelato, Covington/Infiniti Dealership, etc.. His numerous works also include fabrication for the throne/ activation in the Cinci Bengals new jersey/ uniform release.
Cliff has been taking photos since the sixties. He is known to go on “walkabout” taking unplanned pictures of family, friends and travel destinations. He likes to think of a photograph as a shared experience that draws viewers deep into the the scenes and situations of day-to-day life.
Over the years, Cliff has worked in printing, photocomposition, teaching, instructional design and web page creations. These skills are evident in his print making from negatives as well as digital photography. Clifton Cultural Arts Center has hosted a photo exhibit of his works (“Where the Years Have Gone: From the Sixties to the Cyber Days”) and included his works in several other exhibitions.
Jenna Webster is a local fine artist and designer. She grew up in the area and graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design.
Mural painting is one of her passions. During summers in college, she worked with Artworks Cincinnati to paint murals around the city. Jenna helped complete the Newport Aquarium Mural and the Samuel Adams Brewery Mural.
Jenna resides in Kentucky with her three cats. Her hobbies include long walks, fiber arts, biking and painting.
Cindi is a fine arts photographer who relocated to Ohio from Pennsylvania. She has been living in and photographing around the greater Cincinnati Area since college. Cindi is active in the local photography community. She shows in numerous area art fairs and shows. Her works have won several awards.
Plants animals and landscapes are what motivate Cindi. She likes to take pictures of things that she finds to be beautiful and interesting – frogs, turtles, butterflies, waterfalls and scenery. She does haul her gear on vacations in order to get shots of more exotic locations.
Cindi shoots with a Canon Rebel Ti5 digital camera. Her favorite lens is a Tamron 18-400. The images she creates are post processed using Lightroom.
Eric loves finding art in the natural, historical, and ordinary.
Art has been in Eric’s life since he began drawing classes at the age of 6. More of a graphic designer, h e gravitated toward a successful career in advertising on both the East and West Coasts after graduating from art school. His professional life has been quite eclectic, including both film and theater with some pretty famous names. He has also created oversized props for drag shows and pageants; designed holiday tableaus and life sized-dioramas in the grand mansions of Beverly Hills and Bel-Air; authored 3 books, and worked on numerous Marilyn Monroe projects as both researcher and expert.
Now, in his sixth decade, Eric has relocated to Covington. He says the small-town vibe reminds him of the towns in Central Florida where he was born and spent much of his life. He also finds that Covington’s history, architecture and variety of flora and fauna are continual inspirations.
J. MILES WOLF
J. Miles Wolf is a photographer, publisher and artist working in Cincinnati. He has published 10 books and has thousands of original prints in corporate and private collections around the world. Miles has a passion for making photographs of urban scenes, nature, sports and architecture. His Jewish Cincinnati project and his motion series showcase some creative new work.
His work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the Cincinnati Art Museum. His 2018 FotoFocus displays were located at the CAC, Skirball Museum, Westin Hotel on Fountain Square and the 5/3 bank breezeway to Fountain Square.
Ruthe is a native of Northern Kentucky and a Florence resident. She graduated with honors from Thomas More College (B.A. in Art), University of Cincinnati (M.A. in Art Education) and Northern Kentucky University (Rank I). Her first career was teaching art to students of all grades at Williamstown Independent and Grant County High School. As a professional artist, acrylic painting has always been her preferred medium with an additional interest in mixed media. Her most recent works exhibit a continual exploration of color, texture and emotion. Ruthe is a member of the Cincinnati Art Museum, the CAM Women’s Committee and the Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati. She is also a member of the Boone County Visual Arts Association and serves as publicity chairperson for the organization. Besides creating and selling her art, she has donated art to benefit local charities within the community. Her work has been exhibited at numerous places including: The Kentucky Capitol Rotunda, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Carnegie Art Center in Covington, Northern Kentucky University, Nordheim Gallery, Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center (The Barn), Art on the Levee Gallery and other galleries, art fairs and businesses.
Mixed Media-Enamel, Jewelry, Glassworks
Sandy Zureick has been playing with the arts since birth. She creates unique pendants and jewelry with enamel. This also carries over into decorative dishes. As well as enamel, she also makes original glass bowls.