After a two-year hiatus of the Essex Studios’ signature Art Walks due to the pandemic, resident artists are again welcoming the public for a one-night art event in November.

On November 19, 2021, from 6 to 10 pm, the new event, the FINE ARTS EVENING AT THE ESSEX, will take place at the Missio Dei Church Gallery in the front lobby of the Essex Studios, 2511 Essex Place (between Taft and East McMillan). The evening will be compliant with current COVID protocols, and masks will be available at the door.

The FINE ARTS EVENING will feature the work of five Essex artists: Gilda Horn, Stephen Jenkins, Dave Laug, Magno Relojo, and Trish Weeks. Artwork in the gallery will remain on display after that evening, and the individual artists may be contacted for private showings.

Midway through the evening, well-known sculptor Tom Tsuchiya, an artist at Essex Studios since 2006, will offer a talk on his sculpting process and how his collaboration with Essex Studios has shaped his work. Tsuchiya is the creator of plaques for the National Baseball Hall of Fame as well as local sculptures of Marian Spencer at Smale Park and Cincinnati Reds players at Great American Ball Park.

 

Twenty Essex artists will have their studios open to the public on this night so visitors can enjoy the diversity of art throughout the building. Tour guides will accompany guests to the open studios in which they express interest, and each artist’s representative work, listings for open studios, and maps will be accessible in the lobby. An elevator will transport visitors from the 1st to 2nd floors providing handicapped accessibility.

Since 2000 the Essex Studios has provided space for over 100 studios in which visual artists, performing artists, arts organizations, musicians, and other creatives and businesses work. Quarterly Art Walks have been a staple, inviting visitors to tour artists’ studios -- until COVID abruptly ended opening to the public.

The Fine Arts Evening feature the music of multi-instrumentalist Sarah Gorak and refreshments provided by La Soupe, a community-oriented non-profit recently relocated to Walnut Hills that bridges the gap between food waste and hunger.