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.
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.