Memes are often my go-to for merriment, and on the subject of anxiously awaiting spring-time, I chanced upon one imparting, “May your winter blues finally give way to your debilitating spring allergies.” Cincinnatians know best how temperamental weather can be, so no matter how long the chill, gloomy winter-time endures, here are some outing ideas to brighten an afternoon.
1) Fiction (With Only Daylight Between Us) exhibit featured at the Art Academy of Cincinnati: Social experiment featuring 200 artists from 16 countries. Curator Jeffrey Cortland Jones’ idea for the exhibit stemmed from his realization of having not meaningfully connected with numerous “friends” he has on Facebook. Jones shared, “This project has given me the opportunity to…start a true friendship and collaboration with them. I asked them each individually to simply send me an email, with an 11” x 8.5” black and white JPG or PDF attached of ANYTHING they wished that had some sort of relationship to their art-making practice.” Jones utilized a laser printer and made a grid-like display of the images.
- Location: (Over-the-Rhine) Convergys Gallery, 1212 Jackson Street
- When: Feb. 9 – Mar. 9
- Hours: Mon– Fri: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sat – Sun: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
- Cost: Free gallery admission and open to the public
2) Winter Farmers Market presented by Clark Montessori High School: The market features produce from local food artisans and farmers.
- Location: 3030 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208, onsite
- When: Sun., Feb. 25
- Hours: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Cost: Free
3) Jungle Jim’s International Market: offers an edible adventure through discovering foods from cultures around the world to try (even suckers with bugs inside). With over 180,000 products, one is sure to find something interesting to taste.
- Location: 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, OH 45014
- Hours: Daily: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
4) Exhibits at the Contemporary Arts Center:
- “A Shout Within a Storm”: “The chameleon-esque practice of Japanese-American artist Glenn Kaino utilizes sculpture, spectacle, video and performance to convey political restlessness and the uncanny blurring of news with fallacy.” When: now – April 22
- “The Canyon: 1999-2017”: Swoon (artist Caledonia Curry) exhibit displays “…multiple dimensions of Curry’s multi-faceted practice, including a new site-specific installation, re-stagings of past landmark projects and a survey of her socially-driven work in countries like Haiti and Kenya. By humble means of drawing, printmaking, wheatpaste and cut paper, Curry has given life to a burgeoning family of faces and figures who take on extraordinary presence when placed in public space.” When: now – Feb. 25
- Location: 44 E. Sixth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
- Hours: Sat – Mon: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Wed – Fri: 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
5) Exhibits at the Miami University Art Museum:
- Telling A People’s Story: African-American Children’s Illustrated Literature: Webpage explains, “Looks at African-American cultural and historical identity through the lens of children’s illustrated literature. Featuring more than 100 original artworks from African-American children’s illustrated literature, these works are produced by some of the biggest names in the field.”
- Scratching the Surface: Exploring Space in Intaglio Prints Capstone Program: Webpage explains, “For the past six centuries, artists have practiced various forms of intaglio printmaking: the transfer of engraved images onto another surface. Drawing from the Miami University Art Museum's extensive collection of printed works created by artists including Rembrandt, Goya, and Whistler, the 2017 Art History Capstone students offer an exploration of the use of space as represented in intaglio prints produced from the early 1500s to late 1800s.”
- Location: 801 S. Patterson, Oxford, OH 45056
- When: (both exhibits) now-June 30
- Hours: Tues – Fri: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat: Noon – 5 p.m. *Closed University holidays and March 17 & 24
- Cost: Free and open to all
6) Exhibits at the Cincinnati Art Museum: *the museum is located in the beautiful Eden Park, so should the weather be nice, a stroll in the park would also be enjoyable, perhaps for a picnic too!
- Ana England: Kinship: “Ana England is fascinated by the foundational and fundamental connections inherent in nature, and believes that if you look closely, you will find that the connections between us are greater than those separating us.” When: now – March 4
- William Kentridge: More Sweetly Play the Dance: Kentridge, a contemporary South African artist, makes his debut at the Cincinnati Art Museum in More Sweetly Play the Dance. “This powerful film installation encircles the viewer with seven screens, on which a procession of travelers passes across a charcoal-drawn animated landscape. The immersive panorama hints at multiple histories, evoking a danse macabre, a jazz funeral, an exodus and a journey. Accompanied by a brass band, the film references medieval manuscripts and the storylines of refuge throughout history.” When: now – May 20
- Location: 953 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45202
- Hours: Tues – Sun: 11a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thurs: 11a.m. – 8 p.m.
- Cost: Free general admission and parking
7) American Sign Museum: A hidden colorful treasure, the American Sign Museum stands as the largest public museum dedicated to signs in the entire US. The website shares “Covering more than 100 years of American sign history in 20,000 square feet of indoor space, the museum is a walk through the ages of sign technologies and designs” Sign artisans also develop their craft within the museum.
- Location: 1330 Monmouth Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45225
- Hours: Wed – Sat: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sun: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
- *Guided tours: Wed – Sat: 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.; Sun: 2 p.m.
- Cost: $15 Adults; $10 Seniors (65+), Students, Military; 3 Children (12 and under) are free with each paid admission
8) Maloney’s Pub: A West Side classic, Maloney’s was just featured in the Delhi Press for undergoing renovations to realize a vision of restoring it to a true Irish pub. Maloney's offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, specializes in burgers and brews, has an open pool table, and happy hour deals every night.
- Location: 408 Greenwell Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45238
- Hours: Daily: 9 a.m. – 2:30 a.m.
9) Buzzed Bull Creamery: It is never too cold for ice cream! Buzzed Bull makes ice cream concoctions before your eyes utilizing liquid nitrogen, and is not just for those over 21. Buzzed Bull “specializes in alcoholic and non-alcoholic ice cream, frozen yogurt, and coffee delights. We are passionate to bring a one-of-a-kind experience to captivate all audiences.”
- Location: (Over-the-Rhine) 1408 Main Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
- Hours: Sun – Thurs: 1p.m. – 11 p.m.; Fri – Sat: 1 p.m. – 12:45 a.m.