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“The Lady of the City” by Deborah Ridgley. (Photo: Provided)

A November art exhibit in Mariemont will offer a whole new take on historic and popular Cincinnati-area places such as Fountain Square and the Findlay Market.

“Landmarks of Cincinnati,” a free exhibit of oil paintings done outdoors by Kenwood resident Deborah Ridgley, will run from Friday, Nov. 13, to Wednesday, Nov. 18, at The Barn, also known as The Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center.

The opening reception will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 13 at The Barn, 6980 Cambridge Ave.

Otherwise, hours will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. weekends.

Ridgley said in a press release from The Barn that the Cincinnati area is full of popular landmarks, and that she wanted to immortalize some of them.

“Living in the area for over six decades, I am continually surprised by the numerous extraordinary landmarks, museums, parks, picturesque and charming areas of our beautiful and historic river town, the Queen City,” Ridgley said.

Ridgley said her biggest challenge painting the landmarks was having to do the work on site outdoors.

“You are only good for two hours. The light changes too much,” Ridgley said.

“I have to get in and out, make a few oil sketches and complete the painting in the studio. If you painted all day in the same spot you would be chasing the light.”

In 2019, The Barn hosted an exhibit by Ridgley called “Portrait of Cincinnati,” a collection of more than 60 oil paintings of people in the Cincinnati area.

That exhibit provided inspiration for her Landmarks of Cincinnati exhibit, Ridgley said.

Ridgley said that when she asked the people she was painting for Portrait of Cincinnati what they most enjoy about the area, many of them cited the landmarks.

Meanwhile, organizers of the Landmarks of Cincinnati exhibit will register people at the door to The Barn, so they have the information for contact tracing in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.

Also due to the pandemic, The Barn will limit guests to 10 at a time and require face masks.

Before visiting The Barn, people are encouraged to check its website for any changes necessitated by the new coronavirus.

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The Nero Girls recommend outdoor movies at College Hill’s drive-in and Washington Park, family fun at Burwinkel Farms and Jack o’ Lantern Junction.

Cincinnati Enquirer

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