THE ART CIRCLE at the Essex Studios
17 Watercolor and Colored Pencil Artists in One Studio

“A sacred circle of learning through art and friendship” is how the late Wyoming, Ohio artist Pat Painer once described the Art Circle.

The Art Circle originated in 2004 in Wyoming as a gathering of some of Painer’s former students from the Wyoming Fine Arts Center.

In 2009 the group moved to Room 122 of Cincinnati's Essex Studios, a building brimming with art studios on Essex Street between Taft and McMillan in Walnut Hills.

Every Tuesday morning, Art Circle members meet to mingle and make art. The 17 member artists, mostly watercolorists but also including several colored pencil experts, are free to work in the studio whenever they please.

The Art Circle provides members with camaraderie and a vibrant space in which to make art with others. Studio mates provide feedback for one another and help work out artistic problems.

Four times a year the Art Circle participates in the Essex Studios' Art Walks, a building-wide event welcoming the public to browse through the Essex's many studios and enjoy fine art and conversation. Member artists have also collaborated on outside exhibits and projects, most recently the DELICIOUS! The Art of Food collaboration.

Members of the Art Circle are:

Clair Breetz

Amy Bryce

Gail Button

Margie Carleton

Sherry Goodson

Jan Glaser

Brenda Hug

Autumn Huron

Gay Isaacs

Gerri Lech

Diana Marra

Mary Jo Sage

Deb Shelton

Nandita Sheth

Betty Smith

Connie Springer

Vivian Talley