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May 21, 2015

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American artist Will Barnet (1911-2012) said:

“Painting is almost like a religious experience, which should go on and on.Age just gives you the freedom to do some things you’ve never done before. Great work can come at any stage of your life.”

The exhibition by ten local artists over fifty-years of age includes 2D works (oil, acrylic, mixed media, photography), bronze sculptures, and found object installations. The works feature subjects such as nature, global culture, social and personal topics through traditional and non-traditional creative processes.




Participating artists:

Merlene Schain is a painter and mixed media artist. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Cincinnati, and has been exhibiting internationally since 1972. Cincinnati born, in the family lineage of Rookwood Pottery, and a direct decedent of German master painter Adolph von Menzel, Merlene Schain is an acclaimed art educator in the Midwest. She has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Cincinnati and Art Academy of Cincinnati. Her own artwork is in several prestigious private and public collections including Fidelity Investments, Merrill Dow, and Lifesphere, among others. 


New Guinea and Oceanic by Merlene Schain

Greg Loring is Cincinnati area native, and currently residing downtown.
His artistic endeavors began as a freelance photographer and photojournalist focused on capturing the expressions, emotion, and everyday moments of life.
Explorations into new mediums and art processes brought growth and unexpected discoveries as an artist that was evolving through full-time studies and studio work while enrolled in the BFA program at the University of Cincinnati, DAAP, School of Art.
Greg is currently in his second year MFA in sculpture at Miami University. He continues to enjoy creating large-scale sculpture and the casting of works in metal, as well as creating and composing art installations utilizing found objects and videos.
His works are often inspired or driven the work from the phenomenal world in which we live.

Existential Moment

Existential Moment by Greg Loring

Farron Allen grew up in the mountains of Southern West Virginia, the product of three generations of coal miners. Allen is a sculptor who uses fabricated and found metal objects, cast and welded together. He currently teaches Sculpture Foundry at the University of Cincinnati.


Sculpture by Farron Allen

Cindy Hamann is a local artist and her studio is located at Essex Studios in Walnut Hills.
She states: “I love art … in all its myriad expressions … but my passion is pastels.  For me, no other artistic medium is so immediate, gritty, and real.  Working with my pastels is like working with nature.  I never quite know what the result will be until I “plant” some color on my paper and watch it take on a form of its own.” 

Lady In Waiting by Cindy Hamann

Lady In Waiting by Cindy Hamann

Lisa Molyneux is an artist based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Lisa worked as a Scenic Artist for the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park for 20 years. Her studio, located at Essex Studios in Walnut Hills, is where she produces fine art oil paintings. Her studio is open for the four Art Walk events at Essex Studios, and she also exhibits work in galleries. 
Current works by Lisa Molyneux focus on landscapes. Her subject matter is swamps, bogs, moors and all marshy areas not inhabited by man. She relies on heavy textures and an intense use of light to create drama in her paintings.

Landscape by Lisa Molyneux

Landscape by Lisa Molyneux

Mark Patsfall is an artist, printmaker and publisher. In 1979 he received his MFA from the University of Cincinnati. In 1979 he designed and assisted in the construction of Prasada Press, a fine art lithography press in Northside run by Janice Forberg, and printed there till 1981. He founded Clay Street Press, Inc. in 1981, and since has worked with many local, national and international artists in the creation of original prints and multiples. Working with Carl Solway Gallery (1984 – 2000) he was chief designer and technician for video artist Nam June Paik. Also working with Carl Solway Gallery and Volatile (as co-publisher) he printed or oversaw the fabrication of works by many artists of national or international reputation.

Consumer by Mark Patsfall

Consumer by Mark Patsfall

Frank Satogata was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and now lives in Cincinnati, Ohio where he has worked as a graphic designer for more than 30 years. He studied at the University of Minnesota, the Heatherly School of Fine Art in London, England, the Columbus College of Art and Design and Syracuse University.  He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati and the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Frank is now combining design with art and works in his studio and design office at the Brazee Street Studios in Oakley.

Garden of Delights  by Frank Satogata

Garden of Delights by Frank Satogata

Tad Barney grew up in Waynesville, Ohio, studied photography at Wright State University as undergraduate, and as graduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Ohio University.
He has worked as a freelance illustrator, graphic designer and caricature artist until the fall of 2008, when advances in digital processes and the ability to share images through social-networking sites reignited his passion for photography.
Tad’s work has been displayed in several national and international group and solo art exhibitions, and published in newspapers and magazines such as the Cincinnati Enquirer and Edible Ohio Valley magazine.
Barney currently lives in Milford Ohio with his wife Cathy and two daughters, Autumn and Lily.

Scenes of Italy by Tad Barney

Scenes of Italy by Tad Barney

Dan Vance is a painter and 2-D artist. Born in a small town in the hills of Virginia, his family came to Cincinnati in the 1950’s to escape the violence of the miners’ strikes.  His curiosity led to a B.S. Secondary Education, M.S. Mathematics, M.S., Mechanical Engineering, and a Ph.D. Computer Science & Engineering.  When on trips to present papers at conferences in the U.S. and Europe, he would visit art museums in his free time.  His interest in art eventually led to a B.F.A. Fine Arts in 2014.

Untitled by Dan VAnce

Bruno Zabaglio was born in Naples, Italy, arriving in the U.S. at the age of twenty-four, where he spent nearly twenty years living in Seattle, WA. In 1991 he relocated with his wife and two children to Cincinnati, where he currently lives. Bruno has been drawing and painting since his early teen-years, studying with two artist uncles, Gennaro and Armando Olivieri. Bruno received a BFA and a Curatorial Practice Graduate Certificate from the University of Cincinnati’s College of DAAP. He maintains a professional studio at the Essex Studios where he creates his own work and participates in the Essex Studios Art Walks throughout the year in addition to organizing area art exhibitions.


The Old Writer by Bruno Zabaglio




Art Is In The Eye Of Beholder

December 17, 2008

Different Similarities

“Art Is The Eye Of The Beholder”

By Bruno Zabaglio

Let’s figure out why, at age 59, I have decide to enroll into a two years   program that will eventually award me, at age 61, a Curatorial Certificate.

Expressions such as: “It’s never too late”, or “You should do what you feel is right”, and “You must follow your dreams” come to mind.  Well, these are common expressions that could apply to anyone and any situation. The words that I feel drive me are the ones of my uncle Rino told me, in a summer evening about forty years ago: “Bruno, don’t you ever give up art.  You got something”. Are those words enough for me to embark on this new venture?  I don’t think so.  There is another reason why I believe I should: Intentional Motivation.  Robert F. Bornstein, Joseph M. Masling talk about Intentional Motivation in their book “Scoring the Rorschach” and claim that “For motivation to be scored as intentional, the action must be directed toward some future moment and subjects must be seen as, in some sense, choosing their action rather than having to react.” But before describing my motivation point I feel it’s important to tell you a little about myself.

My love affair with art began when I was a young man.  Off and on in my adult life I picked up my brushes and created some artworks that received mixed reactions from family and friends. Every time negativity or indifference bruised my artistic ego, the words of my uncle came back and boosted my confidence.  Once my children got older I felt the need to get a formal training.  My college experience at the University of Cincinnati, DAAP College, didn’t just enhance my knowledge, my creativity, and technique. Through interactions with fellow students and faculty members, my passion for all forms of art grew.  I came to appreciate the old masterpieces more deeply.  And I also became knowledgeable about the art and artists of today and began to feel a sense of excitement as a participant.

The main reason why I want to be part of the Curatorial Program is because I believe that contemporary art can be as beautiful as the one created by the old masters.  The famous expression: “Beauty is the eye of the beholder” can also refer to art.  “Art is the eye of the beholder”.  Contemporary Art sometimes gets a bad wrap because the mass population is not exposed enough to it or is correctly educated about it.  I don’t blame anyone. The uneducated viewers try their best to understand the thematic and conceptuality of modern works.  Galleries and museums make an effort to highlight contemporary artists, but they are handicapped by financial and social restrictions.

My short-term goal is to learn more how the curatorial world, how it works, and how can I contribute to the expansion of the appreciation for the fine art and artists of today as well as the old ones.

My long-term objective and wish is that one day the adjective “Starving” will not precede the noun “Artist” as in the common expression: “Starving Artist”.   I look forward to a time in the future when everyone in the artist profession will attain a renewed social status.  Artists deserve more appreciation for their creativity and contribution to society regardless how famous they are or how much we personally like their artworks.  I believe we must enhance not just their financial support but also their social recognition because, although “Art is the eye of the beholder”, is always art.