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Top 5 Under the Radar Art Shows (and Sales!) This Week
1. The Red Door Project
The Over-the-Rhine pop-up art gallery, now in its fourth month, is heading north from the Gateway Quarter to Findlay Market. Taking place on Final Fridays, art is collected through an open call based on a theme—this month’s is “Market Days: Home Grown.” The gallery’s goal is to make local art more visible, to get aspiring artists of a range of ages and backgrounds in on the action, and “to open the door for the artist in all of us”—hence, one imagines, the name. Take note, future participants: Pieces are priced for auction and, so far, the sale side has seen success. Findlay Market’s biergarten, Eli’s BBQ, Market Wines, and Pho Lang Thang will all be open, so if the art’s not enough to get you to Elm Street, that line-up should provide plenty of motivation. May 30, 6–10 pm, 1739 Elm St., Crown OTR building, Findlay Market, Over-the-Rhine, thereddoorprojectgallery.wordpress.com
2. Art Sale at Quixotic Studio/Gallery
Art Academy alum Evan Halter is leaving for grad school. His art (which, see left, does not at all shout student work) is not leaving with him, however, and that means he’s selling it to you, for cheap—like, $25 and up cheap. Easy justification, too: buying a piece helps further his education (you’re welcome for that). Halter’s work is also currently on view (and for sale) at High Five Salon in O’Bryonville through July 26. May 30 4–9 pm and May 31 12–4 pm, 1412 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine
3. LASHES / LASHES at Semantics Gallery
An alternative art venue for 22 years, Semantics manages a steady schedule of shows. On Tuesday, check out LASHES / LASHES, a show put together by Eddy Kwon and Lizzy DuQuette. Billed as a performance, installation, and artifact project, they say the gallery “will be transformed into a curious realm where mirrors, handmade lanterns, and wall creatures dance to a live performance of Eddy’s newest solo record.” Also in store: a fanciful way to release a record. May 27, 8 pm, 1107 Harrison Ave., Brighton
4. Circus Memorabilia at the Main Library
Meandering through the Main Library, you’ve likely seen the exhibit cases scattered throughout. Next time, give them more than a passing glance. Through June 6, you’ll find a selection of circus ephemera and photography from the library’s collection. Plus, circus art is tied to Cincinnati history: A local lithograph company printed many of the posters. If you’re thinking this sounds more-museum-than-art exhibit, you may be right—but you’ve also never seen the prints. Through June 6, south building, second and third floors, 800 Vine St., downtown, 369-6900, cincinnatilibrary.org
5. Art on Vine at Rhinegeist
You’ve been for the beer, now go back for some art (and some more beer). The Over-the-Rhine brewery is hosting Art on Vine, which brings nearly 30 artists under their lofty, 1800s-industrial roof to display and sell their wares. Live music, food trucks, Holtman’s Donuts, and Buona Terra Gelato will be joining in. All to say: Eat, drink, and enjoy the art. June 1 and 29, 12–7 pm, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 344-3401
Photographs via their respective events.