Art Shapes Us at the Main Public Library of Hamilton County and Cincinnati

Emily Muench age 12, Acrylic on canvas

Emily Muench age 12, Acrylic on canvas

In conjunction with the Weston Art Gallery exhibition Straight from the Soul: the paintings and sculpture of Kevin Cole. Myself along with Pamela and Lennell Rhodes Myricks and artist/ educator Marcus Fletcher, conducted a series of Saturday classes from January 5th through the 26th at the Main Public Library of Hamilton County and Cincinnati called, Art Shapes Us.   Pamela and Marcus worked with younger students doing collage work inspired by the sculptures of Kevin Cole while the students I taught ages 10 – 17 created paintings that where also inspired by Kevin Cole’s work and the work of our  mentor Professor Tarrence Corbin.   The end result was artwork that not only expressed the techniques of the artist who inspired the students, but the personal interest and vivid imagination that shaped every student’s character.   Art Shapes Us, founded in 2006 is a program that brings together high school and middle school students from various educational intuitions and backgrounds for a 6 to 8 week art course.  The 2010 Art Shapes Us program was sponsored the Cincinnati of Cincinnati Individual Artist Grant.  This year Pamela and Lennell Rhodes Myricks sponsored the program along with former educator and patron of the arts Joel McCray and the Main Public Library of Hamilton County and Cincinnati.  From February 16th to March 2 the work of these talented young artists will be on exhibit at the Children’s Learning Center at the Main Public Library of Hamilton County and Cincinnati.  The opening reception is Saturday February 16th at 2pm – 4pm. Thank you Main Public Library for hosting this program and for all the educators and patrons who made the program possible, but most of all thank you to all the students who made this program a success.   See the work in progress and the finished masterpieces below.

Tarrence Corbin, Carnival Escapade 2001acrylic on paper 70 x 76-inches

Tarrence Corbin, Carnival Escapade 2001acrylic on paper 70 x 76-inches

Kevin Cole, Blessings with No limitations 2010 63 x 44 x 12

Kevin Cole, Blessings with No limitations 2010 63 x 44 x 12

Marcus Fletcher, acrylic on canvas 2012

Marcus Fletcher, acrylic on canvas 2012

Pamela and  Lennell Rhodes Myricks with Teens

Pamela and Lennell Rhodes Myricks with Teens

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Pamela with children

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Marcus addressing children

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Kevin Cole and I addressing the teens

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Mason Cobb age 14 acrylic on canvas

Mason Cobb age 14 acrylic on canvas

Shianna Brown age 10 acrylic on canvas

Shianna Brown age 10
acrylic on canvas

Lucy Schroder age 15 acrylic on canvas


Lucy Schroder age 15
acrylic on canvas

Caleb Ernst age 11 acrylic on canvas

Caleb Ernst age 11
acrylic on canvas

Rosie Bryant age 14 acrylic on canvas

Rosie Bryant age 14acrylic on canvas

Lily Kroencke age 17 acrylic on canvas

Lily Kroencke age 17
acrylic on canvas

Rita Beckman age 16 acrylic on canvas

Rita Beckman age 16
acrylic on canvas

Indian Atkinson. age 12  acrylic on canvas

Indian Atkinson. age 12
acrylic on canvas

Evan Shelt age 16  acrylic on canvas

Evan Shelton age 16
acrylic on canvas

3 thoughts on “Art Shapes Us at the Main Public Library of Hamilton County and Cincinnati

  1. This is a great project and a wonderfl way for the students to use and display their talents. Thanks to the teachers and those who sponsor the classes.
    Marty Bruun

  2. Terrific results. I can see the student artists understood the underlying concepts. A lovely way to pass on a beloved teachers ideas.

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