Marlene Steele and Ray Hassard were featured at the Dayton Visual Arts Center in a show called “Urban Landscapes” – a collection of expansive pastels and oils inspired by the stark shape of machines and buildings in the constantly altering cityscapes of the Midwest. They thematically captured a revitalization of American infrastructure, reflecting cities in action, with a sense of motion and change.
Marlene is a Cincinnati based, Kentucky born fine artist and calligrapher who creates beautifully rendered portraits and landscapes in pastel, watercolor and oil. Her painting of Museum Center under reconstruction is shown here. She teaches her studio skills in oil painting, watercolor and pastels in workshops and serial classes. She is vice president of the Club.
Ray reversed the usual artist journey: he worked in New York City and then to the Midwest. In 1985, moving to Cincinnati, to become a co-owner and publisher of American Record Guide, a classical music CD review magazine and he has since been a long-time resident here. He is a co-moderator of the Club’s Critique Sessions. His painting called “Under Rebar” (shown here) is a 36×48 acrylic on canvas.