Evendale is a northern suburb of Cincinnati, one which has a good tax base, thanks to a large GE facility, employing thousands. And Evendale supports the arts, shown by this event, which, located inside a large room in the recreation center, was not affected by the elements that can ruin art shows outside, which is where most are held in other communities around Cincinnati.
The show began with a three-hour artists’ reception on Friday night, featuring a three-piece jazz ensemble, wine, and appetizers. There was a line of people waiting to get in the room, well before it opened. I’m not sure if they were there for the free food or for the art. Anyway, within 30 minutes, the place was packed. The awards ceremony started at seven o’clock and was well attended, though some of the pieces that won seemed as though they didn’t deserve it. Mine didn’t win, which wasn’t too hard to take since several other artists – veterans of the local art scene – also failed to place, even though their pieces were outstanding.
But the biggest thrill for me came when, while talking to neighbors – one a fellow artist – I was surprised by my two barn scouts, Sandy and Tim, who drove an hour to get here. That made my night, my week, and, even though I didn’t take home a ribbon, their presence meant more to me than winning first prize would have. As I explained to my friends, I’m not sure I’d be doing The Ohio Barn Project if it weren’t for them. Now back to the drawing board – or, more specifically – the easel.