The holiday blur has passed, so (if you’re still standing) it’s now time to catch up on your gallery visits. Start with these five local exhibits.
1. Picasso Master Prints at Cincinnati Art Museum
The Cincinnati Art Museum has gathered dozens of master Pablo’s print works—including etchings, lithographs, and linocuts—that illustrate his remarkable life. Thru May 13, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, (513) 721-2787, cincinnatiartmuseum.org
2. Liberty on the Border: The Civil War and the Ohio River Valley
It’s your last chance to see the Cincinnati Museum Center-designed exhibit at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, which focuses on the tense and turbulent border relationship between Ohio and Kentucky during the Civil War. Explore the border from both a physical and a cultural standpoint. Thru Jan 6, 50 East Freedom Way, downtown, (513) 333-7500, freedomcenter.org
3. Panorama of Cincinnati Art XXVI 26th Anniversary
At the end of the 19th century, Cincinnati was considered a world-class art community. And one of that era’s biggest cheerleaders is Cincinnati Art Galleries (the spot is practically a mini museum—all the works just happen to be for sale). Stop in for their new exhibit, focusing on art from “Cincinnati’s Golden Age,” with more than 80 works from the likes of Paul Ashbrook, Tom Bacher, Paul Chidlaw, and more. Free to the public. Jan 3, 225 E. Sixth St., downtown, (513) 381-2128, cincinnatiartgalleries.com
4. The Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers
Gary Akers may be nationally recognized in the art world, but he hasn’t forgotten his roots. In fact, Akers takes his artistic inspiration from the landscape of his own Boone County, Kentucky. His collection, on exhibit at the Behringer-Crawford Museum, celebrates that rural heritage through the lives of a trio of bachelor brothers. Jan 3–Jan 22. Admission: $7 for adults, $6 seniors 60 and older, $4 for children 3-17 and free for members. 1600 Montague Rd., Covington, (859) 491-4003, bcmuseum.org.
5. The Big Shake at The Betts House
Despite holding the title of Cincinnati’s oldest surviving brick building, The Betts House (built in 1804) is one of those local spots that manages to fly under the radar. The former home now operates as a museum, featuring shows that “interpret the built environment.” Currently on exhibit is “The Big Shake—How the 1811-1812 New Madrid Earthquakes Rocked the Ohio Valley. Find out how that historic event—dubbed the greatest series of earthquakes in US history—affected local buildings, including The Betts House itself. Thru May 31, 416 Clark St., West End, (513) 651-0734, thebettshouse.org