Recent Paintings by Marcia Alscher at the Betts House

Bauhaus, Hendersonville, NC by Marcia Alscher

Bauhaus, Hendersonville, NC by Marcia Alscher

Attentive readers might remember that I came across the work of Marcia Alscher just over a year ago, when she was in an exhibit with our good friend Cedric Michael Cox. Soon thereafter, I had the good fortune of meeting her, and she is as lovely as she is talented. A retired architect originally from St. Louis, Alscher now lives in Covington, KY, where she paints these precise, diminutive portraits of buildings, most of them humble and small in scale themselves.

Marcia’s work is currently featured at the Betts House in Cincinnati, in an exhibit entitled Recent Paintings by Marcia Alscher, which coincides with the “home for the holidays” series of events at the venue. A reception with the artist is this Saturday, 5-8pm, at 416 Clark St., just a few blocks west of Music Hall in Over-the-Rhine.

Clifton House One by Marcia Alscher

Clifton House One by Marcia Alscher

White Suburban by Marcia Alscher

White Suburban by Marcia Alscher

Gas Station, Newport, KY by Marcia Alscher

Gas Station, Newport, KY by Marcia Alscher

Swiss House, Flat Rock, NC, Carl Sandburg Farm by Marcia Alscher

Swiss House, Flat Rock, NC, Carl Sandburg Farm by Marcia Alscher

Slave House, Flat Rock, NC, Carl Sandburg Farm by Marcia Alscher

Slave House, Flat Rock, NC, Carl Sandburg Farm by Marcia Alscher

Garfield Garage, Level Two by Marcia Alscher

Garfield Garage, Level Two by Marcia Alscher

Day by Marcia Alscher

Day by Marcia Alscher

Night by Marcia Alscher

Night by Marcia Alscher

I’m not much of a matchmaker, but I do sometimes have the opportunity to make professional matches. In this case, after our own exhibit at the Betts House earlier this year, I introduced Marcia to Julie, the venue’s director. When you see the work in the space, I think it’s obvious that this exhibit is the perfect fit.

One of the great aspects of the Betts House is its focus on innovative family programming that relates to the built environment. Two Saturday workshops sound especially interesting — 11 Dec: make a Cape Cod house Christmas ornament, and 18 Dec: make a Mid-Century Modern house Christmas ornament.

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4 thoughts on “Recent Paintings by Marcia Alscher at the Betts House

  1. Wow, such amazing and precise paintings! Does she ever do commissioned work? This made my day, and thank you so much for sharing the images.

  2. Arianna, I believe that Marcia has done at least one commissioned “portrait,” but I don’t know that it’s her specialty. If I lived a modest little house, I’d love to see her rendition of it.

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