You, too, Can Paint Under the Tuscan Sun

Diana Mara is Painting Under the Tuscan Sun; Join Her.

Diana Mara is resident artist at OG Gallery in Reading and is currently showing at Art Design Consultants. She also teaches at Plaza Art in Kenwood. In the Fall of 2019, Diana and Yuki Hall will be teaching watercolor and Asian brush in three Italian cities amidst the rolling hills and vineyards of the Tuscany area. Workshop sign-up is open now and Diana wanted to give fellow Club members first opportunity for this experience. Contact Diana at

The Duveneck Centennial Celebration

The Art Club Pays Tribute to Frank Duveneck

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The coming year will kick off with a series of big events to honor the 100th year since the passing of Duveneck—one of our founders and one of the first nationally acclaimed American painters.

The Art Club “Duveneck Paint-in” at Cincinnati Art Museum

We have a unique opportunity for each of us to set up our easels in the Museum’s Cincinnati Wing, select the Duveneck work of our choice and re-interpret this great artist as our homage to him. The public and local media have been invited to watch us paint. Space is limited, so a sketching permit to participate in the paint-in is required: Contact Christine Kuhr no later than December 20. If the January 3 date does not work out for you, call Amy Lindqvist at 639-2975. A few rules must be followed. Identify the painting you want to copy when registering. A drop cloth is required at painting station and post cannot be unattended. Artists cannot copy any piece to exact size of the original.

The Art Club “Duveneck Re-Interpreted” Exhibition

DuveneckLizzieStatueDuveneck Re-Interpreted, a major exhibition at the Wessel Gallery, will feature paintings from the paint-in session at the Museum plus paintings by Club artists who were not able to attend the paint-in experience as long as these are interpretations from paintings of that era. See participation dates in Events Sidebar on this page. Paintings may be of Duveneck or his students and contemporaries. Many of the Club artists will be present at the Opening to discuss the re-interpretations of their own Duveneck era paintings. The exhibit will be the focus for our January 19 Brunch Meeting when the Art Museum Docent will discuss our cultural history with paintings from Duveneck, Henry Twachtman, Edward Potthast, Robert Duncanson and the Rookwood potters. New

Insights into Duveneck’s Life

Those of us who follow Linda Crank on Facebook know she is an avid art historian. For years she has been posting daily stories about the great artists who have preceded and inspired us. In Duveneck’s honor, Linda is now writing a series of short stories for Dragonfly to give us new insights into this artistic genius who helped establish the Art Club in the 1890s.


OPA Eastern Regional Selections; Third Place to Marybeth Karaus

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Tango in Yellow, Marybeth Karaus

Oil Painters of America opened its Eastern Regional Show October 28th at McBride Gallery in Annapolis, MD. Show continues through November 25th, 2018. Over 3,000 paintings were submitted to the selection committee.

Marybeth Karaus has been named a Third Place choice with her gorgeous floral still life “Cyclamen” while three other CAC members — Tom Bluemlein, Gail Morrison and Donald Schuster — have their paintings hanging in the prestigious show of over 120 paintings.

Karaus, Bluemlein and Morrison are each also designated Signature OPA members.

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A Streetcar in Milan, Tom Bluemlein

Cyclamen, Gail Morrison, OPA Award
Cyclamen, Gail Morrison

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Gregory Creek 12, Donald Schuster


Urban Landscapes at DVA

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.

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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.

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Under Rebar, Ray Hassard

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.

Neville’s Exhibit Outdoors

Bruce and Nancy Nordloh Neville are not only serious artists, but also serious about marketing their work through outdoor exhibits that peak during summer months. They both do outdoor shows into  October in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, northern Ohio, and Kentucky.

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Summerfair at Coney Island is a cornerstone of their exhibition program. This three-day event attracts artists from all over the country 300 juried artists accepted. The couple take part in the show every year. Bruce shows his watercolors and watercolors on canvases while Nancy shows her watercolors and oils. Clients gravitate to these pieces. Both artists have won awards in past years at Summerfair and Nancy continued this streak by capturing second place in the painting category this year. The win guarantees her space in the show next year.

Nancy reports “Sales are usually good at Summerfair, especially for our plein air works. We experience many repeat art patrons. For us, showing our work results in sales.”

Bruce started off the show season winning the Duveneck Award at the Duveneck Show in Covington.

For the past three years they have given a two-day watercolor workshop at Bay Harbor Michigan yacht club. This July events attracts a large number of students to this scenic spot.

This makes for a busy summer for this artist couple. Nancy says, “It is hard work, but we love what we do.”

Morrison, Morrow at Eisele

Signature members Gail Morrison and Jeff Morrow were on exhibit in Eisele Gallery’s recent “Spring Creations” exhibition, along with Cincinnatian Cindy Nixon. The show focused  on traditional landscapes, portraits and still life painting by these three established to explore their subject matter and technique in an elegantly curated show.

Passionate about painting, Gail Morrison’s oil landscape and still life paintings exude a vibrancy and color characteristic of the artist’s life and personality. Gail began painting in Italy. For fifteen years she returned to to paint en plein air in Tuscany, often leading small groups of other painters. More recently, Gail has been focusing on still life paintings, twelve of which have been juried by Oil Painters of America into their shows. Her painting “Cyclamen” was one of her paintings shown at the Eisele.

Waterdogs, Jeff Morrow


A full time artist since 2006, Jeff Morrow primarily focuses on portraiture, sporting art and urban scenes. Jeff first gained his understanding of composition during his 28-year career as a commercial photographer and video producer. Though rooted in the classic tradition, his painterly realism style is contemporary in spirit. Although the goal of a successful portrait is to create a good likeness and capture the essence of the subject, he works to create paintings that are pleasing on their own merit. He strives to create paintings that convey a sense of the moment and that bring out the beauty in everyday scenes. “Waterdogs” is shown above.

Jeff Morrow “Best of America”

The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) 28th celebration of its “Best of America” national meeting and exhibition opens in Cincinnati on September 14. This means we have two of the most important art exhibitions in the nation running right here in Cincinnati this Fall, through October 13—plenty of time to see both presentations of the best paintings created in the past year.

Four Cincinnati Artists Juried into “Best of America”

To make it even more exciting, four Cincinnati artists have also been juried into the “Best of America” exhibit: Jeff Morrow, Ray Hassard, Pam Newell and Richard Luschek.

Cincinnati Art Club members who are also in NOAPS include Cecilia Brendel, Cheryl Fall, David Forsthoefel, Ray Hassard, Patricia Kaman, Richard Luschek, Eileen McConkey, Jeff Morrow, Amy Roy, Trish Weeks and Dale Wolf.

Club member Jeff Morrow’s “The Young Pianist” was named Best Figurative Painting in the Best of America.

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The Young Pianist, Jeff Morrow