CINCINNATI, OH.- Presented by the Robert S. Duncanson Society, Art in the Afternoon offers guests the chance to step inside the studios of Cincinnati-area artists. Now in its seventh season, this series of four Sunday afternoon salons features local artists and collectors who offer insights into their careers and avocations as they share their passions with their audience.
Sunday, April 5, 2–4 p.m., Taft Museum of Art
Tom Towhey, painter/ceramist/sculptor
Primarily self-taught, Towhey briefly attended both the University of Cincinnati and the Art Academy of Cincinnati. He has worked for the Gibson Greeting Card Company and as a freelance artist and founded the Mainstraum Art Group in Over-the-Rhine. His works are in corporate and private collections around the world.
Sunday, April 26, 2–4 p.m., Colerain Township
Eric Franke, painter
Franke is a representational artist who studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati and has exhibited locally at Closson’s. He illustrated the book Cinci Freedom, A Cow’s Story, about the cow that escaped a Camp Washington slaughterhouse. Franke will welcome program participants to his home and studio in rural Colerain Township.
Sunday, May 3, 2–4 p.m., Deer Park
Celene and Jarrett Hawkins, sculptors
Partners in work and life, this couple runs Hawkins & Hawkins Custom, a sculpture design and fabrication studio, where they create public and private sculpture commissions. Jarrett, who studied sculpture at Miami University, Oxford, OH, works in cast metal and carved stone, creating both figural and abstract pieces. Celene earned her BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio, and her MFA in sculpture from the University of Cincinnati. She works in a variety of media including steel, cast bronze, and ceramic. The couple looks forward to welcoming guests to their sculpture studio.
Sunday, May 17, 2–4 p.m., West Chester
Carolyn Mazloomi, quilter
Artist, author, historian, and curator, Mazloomi is acknowledged as one of the most influential African American quilt historians in the United States. Her quilts have been included in five exhibitions at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery. Mazloomi founded the Women of Color Quilters Network in 1985 and is one of 44 members of that organization who participated in the exhibition Quilts for Obama: An Exhibit Celebrating the Inauguration of Our 44th President. Mazloomi will share her experiences from this project.