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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Board Retreat

After a hard day's work, the participants are still smiling!
 The House of Joy at Grailville was the perfect venue for the first CBAS Board Retreat on January 26. Twelve Board members and committee chairs spent the day brainstorming, sharing ideas and offering suggestions for attracting new members, expanding our programs for members and the public, and in general for making CBAS a more active member of Cincinnati's arts community. Many great ideas were generated and now the hard work begins: recruiting volunteers to help implement those plans. Don't miss the Annual Meeting on April 13 to hear details and find out how you can help.

                          Thanks to Janice for the post and Sara for the photograph. (Sara was behind the camera.)

Friday, January 25, 2013

Another Opportunity at The Carnegie

Meditation (det.), Sara Pearce
 You will have an opportunity to hear another CBAS artist soon.  (See post of January 22.) On Saturday, February 2, 1 p.m., Sara Pearce will give a gallery talk about her collages now on exhibition at The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Covington, KY. She will share details about the themes in her work and her process. And she will talk about the papers she used in these collages that focus on 19th century fashion plates and engravings, and the Gibson girls (featured in two works). Sara will also be available to provide information about some of the other artists whose works are in adjoining galleries. Don't miss this informative and art-filled afternoon!
More than meets the eye, Sara Pearce

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

PULP ART at The Carnegie

Gallery Director Bill Seitz of The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center (1028 Scott Boulevard, Covington, KY) described the current exhibition he organized as work by "a stellar collection of artists who demonstrate the multi-faceted way paper is used as a medium." Two of the eleven artists, Margaret (Peg) Rhein and Sara Pearce, are CBAS members. Sara's wonderful collages, including antique and vintage papers, can be found in one gallery, while Peg's pulp and textile figures plus handmade papers are located in two nearby spaces.

Your blogger visited The Carnegie last Sunday afternoon to hear Peg talk about her work. A nice crowd of thirty listened as she spoke of what inspired her images in the new figural pieces — the loss of a sister, dear friends, careers of circus performers, migrant workers, a rainbow over New York City after Hurricane Sandy, and Emilie, whose father's story of how she would light up the room touched many hearts. In addition, Peg talked about the hanging installation of 400 postcard-sized examples of paper she has produced in twenty-eight years of hand papermaking. Do try to get to The Carnegie between now and the end of the exhibition on February 15 to see the work of all the artists and especially our CBAS stars. (Thanks to Peg's brother Tom for the photos!)

For more about Sara's work: http://paperwithapast.com
For more about Peg's work: http://margaretrhein.com

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Latest from CBAS Study Group

Janice Kagermeier, Study Group Coordinator, taught our group the basics of suminagashi (Japanese marbling technique) at our regular monthly meeting in January. She had enjoyed a workshop at Penland last summer and was anxious to share what she learned. We filled our kitty litter tubs with water, then dropped on the colored inks, dipped in a variety of paper samples, carefully lifted and watched as the beautiful designs appeared. It was instant gratification! Member Peg Rhein took lots of photos of the process. Below is a link to her slide show of 44 images. http://photosbymargaretrhein.shutterfly.com/pictures/99