Lion King "Cherrywood Challenge" National Quilt Show at The Barn

Written by Lynn Long. Posted in Exhibits

Come see the stunning winners of "The LION KING Cherrywood Challenge" quilt contest! The contestants (representing 41 states and 7 countries) each started with three shades of the official Lion King golds and black to create a twenty-inch square quilt, using whatever technique they liked. Accent colors of Cherrywood were allowed. Since the theme started out as “King of the Jungle” until Disney came on board, you will see a variety of lions as well as influences from the Broadway hit musical and animated movie. After jurying down 304 entries, the Traveling Exhibit of 120 amazing quilts has started touring around the country. The variety is amazing, the creativity is inspiring and the workmanship is incredible. This is one exhibit not to be missed. These are small works of art using hand-dyed fabric as their medium - all forms of fabric manipulation and fiber art are represented. Twenty of the quilts have been chosen by Disney to be displayed on Broadway for their 20th Anniversary in 2018. Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric, from Baxter/Brainerd, MN, acquired the endorsement of Disney to present “The LION KING Cherrywood Challenge.”

Come see this exhibit in January! Gallery hours are 1 - 4pm weekends, 10am - 2pm weekdays (closed Mondays).

(I)ntrep(ID): Art by Priya Rama

Written by Lynn Long. Posted in Exhibits

(I)ntrep(ID): Art by Priya Rama

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Priya Rama, a member of The Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati, invites the public to attend a free reception of her solo exhibition of (I)ntrep(ID), an art show featuring her migraine-inspired paintings, on Friday, December 8 from 6-9 PM at The Barn in Mariemont.

Transforming pain into beauty is nothing short of inspirational. For Rama, a Mason resident, that inspiration came on a day that she had reached a point of utter helplessness and frustration.

Suffering with migraines and their auras since childhood, she had treated her symptoms with everything from traditional medications to relaxation therapy without enduring success. As an adult, she had to discontinue her doctorate education at OSU due to worsening chronic pain. Then one day she had an especially vivid vision, just at the onset of her headache. And that’s when she grabbed her paintbrush, a few canvases and a load of acrylic paint. “Something changed that day—the process of painting made me feel very calm, meditative and introspective…I wanted to capture it on canvas,” she said. So instead of focusing on the pain, she painted the images she saw when she closed her eyes.

“I wanted to explore more,” she said.

Rama, who grew up in India, would like to bring attention to the activity inside the head during a migraine. She compared it to a slow-motion movie that one can see even with the eyes closed. Through her artwork, she has been able to cope with her pain more effectively and to “share an amazing kinship with others in conversation.”

"I'd also urge others living with chronic pain to incorporate creative approaches to dealing with pain-- although uncomfortable at first, staying with the creative process changes something on the inside, resulting in peace and a 'looseness' of mind and body, she said. Visit Priya's website,

Gallery is open: weekends from 1 to 4pm, except Dec. 24

10am - 2pm on Dec. 12 - 15, Dec. 21 & 22

Closing Reception: Sunday, Dec. 31 from 1 - 4pm

"Color Your World" - An Exhibit by Karen Rolfes

Written by Lynn Long. Posted in Exhibits

All are welcome to attend the grand opening reception of Karen Rolfes' Fall Show on Sunday, November 12th from 1:00-4:00pm. Until November 21st, Karen's work can be seen by appointment or Tuesday-Fridays from 10:00am-2:00pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00-4:00pm. 20% of all purchases will go towards The Barn.

Karen Alf Rolfes is a native Cincinnati artist. She paints colorful, impressionistic Oil Paintings of landscape, floral and water scenes in a variety of sizes. Her style began to unfold 16 years ago with her admiration of Claude Monet, and since she has developed her own unique style using a palette knife and color to create paintings that exude happiness. Karen has won numerous awards including: 2013 National Finalist, 2014 Landscape Artist of the Year, 2015 William W. Duebber Award, 2016 YMCA Award Winner and numerous Purchase Awards. Karen has shown her work in Miami, New York and Santa Fe, and she has been featured in Venue Magazine, Blink Art Resource and The Scout Guide.

Karen has her own gallery and studio in Madeira, Cincinnati and a seasonal summer gallery in Harbor Springs, Michigan. She is represented in galleries in Naples, Florida; Greenwich, Connecticut; New York; Rhode Island and Chicago. Karen notes, “I am looking forward for the opportunity to exhibit at The Woman’s Art Club Culture Center and give back to such a special place we are so fortunate to have in our community.” From November 9th-21st, 20% of the proceeds from Karen's local gallery will also benefit The Barn. Oil Paintings by Karen Rolfes is located at 6808 Miami Ave. (next to BioWheels) and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00-3:00pm. Questions? 513-315-5491 or visit

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