Art on Vine returns to Rhinegeist

By: Allison Wisyanski ~Arts & Entertainment Editor~

Art on Vine returned to Over- The-Rhine, where more than 30 local artists set up booths to sell their fine arts and handmade goods. The event was from 12 to 6 p.m. on April 19 at Rhinegeist. Products for sale included works such as paintings, photos, jewelry, belts, pottery and more. Admission was free, but patrons were welcome to splurge on local art pieces. The inaugural Art on Vine took place July 27, 2013 on Vine Street.

It evolved from a college class project by James Jenkins and Page Lansley which was to be presented in front of Proctor & Gamble, Hewlett-Packard and Western and Southern Financial Group. It started out in a parking lot on Vine Street in Over the Rhine and featured only eight artists. Now, the event hosts more than 30 artists every month, filling Rhinegeist Brewery during fall and winter, as well as Washington Park and Fountain Square during the spring and summer.

The event receives more than 70 entries each month, each event aiming to benefit a different local nonprofit. It was created to provide a unique and exciting art buying experience “Our goal was to showcase local fine artists by building a monthly platform for local artists to network and sell their fine arts (in) a creative, family friendly environment and also do it for a good cause,” Jenkins said in an interview, “Our first event, we partnered with OTR Community Housing, where a portion of the artist’s fee would be contributed back to them,” he said. Jenkins, now a photographer for Photography of the People, has Cincinnati images and cards for sale at Art on Vine ranging from $5 to $40.

Trisha McLennan, owner of Gardenhouse Pottery, began as an acryllic artist but later fell in love with pottery.

At the event this past Sunday, vendor Stephanie Baranovic, founder of Fleur de Cincy, set up shop with her handmade vintage prints, which consist of floral, animal and scientific illustrations layered on aging book paper. The sheets of paper are from old Latin grammar books from the 1840s.

Baranovic tries to match the words on the page with the image and said that these prints are an “outlet from her day job.” The prints are perfect for wall art and gifts. Baranovic has only been making them for a month and is eager to start her journey at the Cincinnati flea markets and fairs throughout the 2015 season.

Gardenhouse Pottery also showcased its art on Sunday, where vendor Trish McLennan sold pottery, all of it fired three times. For this event, she used images of different beer brands, some pre-prohibition, since the event took place at a brewery. It is her fifth year making this pottery and she looks forward to making more for upcoming events. For the summer fair in Cincinnati, she will use photos of the Old Coney.

Registration fees for vendors range from $75 to $125. To become a vendor at Art on Vine, download the application from
The next Art on Vine is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 16 at Washington Park, and from noon to 6 p.m. starting on June 7 and occuring on every first Sunday of the month until October 4.

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