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 Painers 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.
Once a week Art Circle members meet to mingle and make art. The 11 member artists, watercolorists, acrylic/oil painters, and several colored pencil experts, are also 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, on the first Friday and Saturday of the month, 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. Hours of the Art Walk are from 6 to 10 pm each night.
Member artists have also collaborated on group projects such as DELICIOUS! The Art of Food and Cincinnati Scenes. The Art Circle has also had numerous external shows at venues including Cincinnati City Hall, Gallery Salveo, the Christ Church Gallery, Venue 222, Coffee Garden Cafe, and others.