Second Sunday

tam_blog12.jpgYesterday I went downtown to pay a visit to KraftHaus Art Gallery, where some of my friends are featured in a show. I noticed half of the street was blocked off, and “had” to park my car illegally as spaces were few and far between.

Walking up Main Street, I passed booths and encountered artists and musicians. At the gallery, I found my friend artist C.T. King who informed me the festivities were for “Second Sunday,” an event similar to Final Friday, which brings people to Cincinnati’s Main Street to gallery-hop.

tam_blog13.jpg It was partly my mission in visiting KraftHaus to see an assemblage that C.T. (left) had created, which featured parts from an alarm clock (below) that periodically goes off. tam_blog14.jpg
When the show was first hung, the alarm went off unexpectedly, prompting gallery workers to call him frantically pleading, “How the %#?! do you turn this thing off!!” Anyhow, I love his work and feel lucky to have one of his collages hanging in my living room. Whenever someone visits, they remark desirously of it.

tam_blog15.jpgOnce I perused the paintings, photos, collages, crafts (some fun stuff, below)—including new works by Ryan Little (left) who was featured in our March 2007 “Under 40” article, I ventured downstairs into the basement. Friends C.T. Ryan, and Ali Calis were hard at work in the un-airconditioned space, tam_blog16.jpgpreparing an installation for their next show. The space was a no-man’s land of boards, brushes, buckets, spray paint and a lone, dusty chandelier. The installation, I was told, will provide opportunity for gallery visitors to have their picture taken with some kind of humorous backdrop. I can’t wait to see it!

After taking pictures of the sweating and unsuspecting three, I went back upstairs and met a gallery worker named Jen, who was preparing food for visitors and who graciously posed for photos(at left and below), including one tam_blog17.jpgby the gallery’s front window. tam_blog18.jpg

When I left, a group of drummers in the street made the walk back to my car (which I was glad to see had no parking ticket) fun and rhythmic.tam_blog19.jpg

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