THE ART CIRCLE at the Essex Studios

12 Diverse 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.

Once a week Art Circle members meet to mingle and make art. Member artists 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.

Several times a year, on the first Friday and Saturday of certain months, 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.

Members of the Art Circle are:

Clair Breetz

Jim Godsey

Sherry Goodson

Brenda Hug

Gay Isaacs

Mary Kay Gaefe Lasonczyk

Gurdev Mangat

Mary Jo Sage

Betty Smith

Connie Springer

Suzanne Wycoff

Nancy Yund