LOVELAND, OHIO - by Jane Rockwell
The Arts and Cultural Council of Greater Loveland has organized a "Winter" , "Christmas", "Holiday", "Turn of the Year" art exhibit. Everyone seems to call it something different but it is a fine idea. The weather is getting cold and people are going indoors to see and do. It is also the season of gift giving. Last year this show featured "little" works of art. This year in a new location – The Works Restaurant – no such restriction applied.
Over 100 works of art are hung salon style and cover just about every available wall space. As a gallery, a restaurant has the advantage of drawing in a regular flow of visitors who might not ordinarily think of artwork as something to go see, but it also means that the folks who come to look at the art have to contend with tables filled with diners getting in the way of viewing, as well as lighting that is warm and romantic but often not very adequate for seeing.
The art in this show is varied. Everything is two dimensional and includes oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, encaustic, photographs, quilts, colored ink drawings, burned drawing on wood, and traditional style Byzantine icons with gold on wood panels. Landscapes predominate; all the glorious seasons are there.
I felt that the representational pieces in this show to be the strongest work. Although there were some abstract pieces there, it was the variety and quality of pictures of places and things that really is most impressive.
I will not tell you my favorites although I had at least half a dozen, because there is to be a "People’s Choice Award" given to the artist who gets the most votes from the viewing public. Although it is tempting to lobby for this or that, it is really more interesting to wait and see what the uninfluenced result is. People get to vote on two occasions - the Opening Reception for the art show 6 - 8PM on Monday, Dec 6th and also during the "Christmas in Loveland" celebration Saturday, Dec. 18th.
So come see the Winter Art Exhibit and take time to enjoy some food at The Works while you are there. Who knows that perfect gift may be hanging on the wall just waiting for you.