Ken Landon Buck
Ken has achieved signature status in seven watercolor and pastel societies nationwide and has won Best of Show awards and prizes in the top juried national and international exhibitions. His work has been published in the Encyclopedia of Living Artists in America, BLINK, and the Pastel Journal’s Top 100 artists for 2020. His paintings are in numerous private and public collections including Cincinnati Financial Corporation, Baker Hunt Foundation, the Erlanger Public Library, and the Springfield Museum of Art. He has been teaching pastel and watercolor classes at various places for many years, including the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and was recently featured on WCET’s program “The Art Show”.
Bill spent over 40 years in advertising, beginning as a graphic artist and concluding as an Art Director. Upon retirement, he focused on his first love, painting, but also enjoys photography. Bill’s artwork is on display in several Ohio galleries, including Coppertop Gallery in Loudonville, Imagery Gallery in Chagrin Falls, and Eisele Gallery in Cincinnati.
Tracey is a nationally recognized narrative figure and portrait artist. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Mount Saint Joseph and was a federal trial illustrator and graphic designer for 27 years. She has received many portrait commissions, private and corporate, including Cincinnati Children’s Hospital “Portrait of a Soul”. She has been selected to exhibit and won awards in many exhibitions in Cincinnati and throughout the country. Through her subtle use of symbolism, color harmonies, and the figure, her work tells a story about her subject’s inner worlds and private experiences, intertwining universally human themes of subconscious desires and personal experiences
Carolyn Szafran Holland
Carol Holland is a member of the Cincinnati Art Club, a plein air member of the Brush and Palette Painters, and a signature member of the Pastel Society of America.
Working mainly in pastels, Carol finds the landscape of Southwest, Ohio and its environs endlessly inspirational. She paints en plein air and in studio, capturing local color wherever she finds it, hoping to convey her love of the region and what is, “off the beaten path.”
Her emphasis on strong line and shape within her subject matter is based on a firm drawing foundation gleaned through her studies in Fine Arts and Medical Illustration. Recently, Carol was privileged to study with local artist, David Mueller, taking his two-year Sophisticated Fundamentals class.
Growing up in New England, Nancy had many opportunities to be at the shore. She loved the sights and sounds of the waves crashing in, with shells and pebbles rolling under the water. She loved the feeling of the sand under and around her feet as it was drawn back by the receding water, as well as the taste and smell of the salty water as she was tossed around while riding the waves. When she paints, she relives those precious times and desires that those who view her work sense a visceral connection to their own water experiences.
Art is a key element in Chris's life. She has been drawing and painting all her life but discovered watercolors in the mid-1980s and has had a passion for the medium ever since. Chris has achieved signature status in numerous watercolor societies nationwide and has won many “Best of Show” awards and top prizes in the top-recognized juried shows, both nationally and internationally. Chris’s artwork has been jury selected to exhibit in China, Turkey, Taiwan, Greece, Holland, Italy, and Russia.
Christine Kuhr is an American Scene Oil Painter creating plein air and studio work. She has a professional artist diploma from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, majoring in painting and illustration. Christine is a Signature member of the Cincinnati Art Club and the Women’s Art Club of Cincinnati, and a member or the Brush and Palette Painters. She has exhibited extensively with these organizations and others in group and juried exhibits and has received awards of excellence. Her work is in private and corporate collections.
Since starting his career as a sculptor in 1980, John Leon has created over 500 bronze sculptures, dozens of stone and wood carvings, and many cast stone and ceramic pieces that can be found in private, public, and corporate collections on five continents. He has exhibited widely in museums and galleries internationally. He was one of eighteen sculptors chosen for The First Central American International Stone Carving Symposium in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. He is an exhibiting member of the National Sculpture Society and the Cincinnati Art Club. He has taught stone carving at the Cincinnati Art Academy and currently teaches carving and clay work from his studio. He has been a featured sculptor in American Artist and Sculptural Pursuit magazines.
Bruce Allan Neville
Neville is a signature member of the Ohio Watercolor Society, Associate member of the American Watercolor Society and the Signature member of the Cincinnati Art Club. Neville has won numerous awards and honors including the RAM Richmond Art Museum Award of Excellence, Cincinnati Art Club Viewpoint Award, Boston Mills Show Award of “Best in Show”, and two years “Best in Watercolor” at the Carmel International show in Indiana. He also teaches watercolor classes extensively.
Carol Holland Rentschler
Carol attended Principia College where she graduated with a Math, Computer Science and Business Administration degree. Her 45-year career working with computers has allowed her to exercise her math / logic as well as design skills. Carol originally learned to knit from her grandmother at 10 years old and picked it up later to relax and unwind. Carol has won many awards for her unique and hand-crafted pieces including: 2013 WACC Annual Juried Exhibit Mary Ran Gallery Appreciation, 2014 Hyde Park Square Art Show Honorable Mention, 2016 WACC Award of Merit, 2017 WACC 1st Honorable Mention, 2017 Hyde Park Square Art Show First Place and 2019 WACC Blick Art Materials Award.
Teacher, photographer, theatre designer, broadcaster, librarian, writer, and sculptor all describe Mark who is a Cincinnati native. Mark’s work ranges from diminutive desk top pieces of steel and brass to 10-foot forms for outdoor display demanding attention from passers-by. His pieces are held in collections in five countries and a dozen states and can be found on public display in Ohio, Kentucky, New York, and Indiana
Tom grew up surrounded by marshes, lakes, and farmlands in rural southern Minnesota. He moved to Ohio to study architecture at the University of Cincinnati. His architectural training instilled in him a strong base in classic compositional skills. He also developed an expertise in drawing in perspective through his architectural illustration work. He is self-taught in various media, ultimately concentrating in watercolor over the past 20 years. Tom has attained Signature status from many watercolor societies and won numerous awards of distinction.
Starr Winmill Shebesta
Starr is a watercolor artist who launched Artclectic Art Gallery in 2022 to provide a showcase for the outstanding and eclectic artwork of Cincinnati artists. She also serves on the Board of the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society as its Treasurer. Starr recently won the Martha Ray Watercolor Award at the 2022 Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati Annual Juried Art Show.
Mark recently found out he is related to Georgia O’Keeffe through his great grandmother. This information has inspired Mark to explore acrylic paints on a variety of topics, and not only flowers! Having lived in Sarasota, Florida for a period, Mark is originally from Cincinnati and currently lives there now.
In the mid-1990’s Deb reignited her early love of art by studying watercolor. She now also works with fluid acrylic and paints mostly still life. Deb began teaching watercolor in 2004 and holds weekly classes in her home, seasonal classes for the Cincinnati Recreation Commission and workshops throughout the year. Her work has been recognized in local, state and national shows, national publications and books. She holds signature status in four state art societies. In addition, Deb has chaired ViewPoint, a national multimedia art competition, and is a past president of Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society where she remains an active member.