The Color-Drenched Paintings of Donna Talerico

Recently Clifton has adapted in order to address the changes brought on by the pandemic. This is true for businesses as well as artists, including musicians, writers, and visual artists. An art gallery located at 3408 Osmond (the old Clifton Post Office), Off Ludlow Art has been hanging art work in the front windows, and because Cliftonites have been walking a lot, we’ve had a chance to see some new paintings by Donna Talerico. A long-term Clifton resident who moved here in 1969, Donna has been a successful artist for decades, and these photos reveal why: combining her vibrant use of color with enticing locations (many of them in France), Donna does a superb job of setting a scene. Her paintings will be showing in the Off Ludlow Art Gallery through June 1, 2020, and everything is for sale.

Donna has also reached out to let people know that they can visit her studio, which is located at Studio 610, Pendleton Art Center, 1310 Pendleton Street in Over the Rhine. She’s usually painting there weekday afternoons from 2pm to 6pm, but she can also make appointments suitable to your schedule. And she’s taking the proper safety precautions. “Management at the art center is taking steps to make the building safe, and halls are far from crowded,” she said. “I will be wearing a mask.” Donna can be reached by phone (home 513-961-4205; cell 513-706-7917) or email (talericofineart@gmail.com). To see new work by Donna, click this link to her Instagram account. She also updates her website on a regular basis.


“My most satisfying work is unrestrained, spontaneous,” Donna has said. “I paint intuitively and do not tiptoe through the painting process. Often, subject matter is my interpretation of the culture and architecture of France. I concentrate on powerful composition and I like pushing the border between representation and abstraction—always shooting for loose edges and a more fluid, expressionistic style.”

Favorite Concert Ever, Part 2

I have lots more to say about new things going on at Bogart’s and on Short Vine in general, and I’ll get to that this week – but today I wanted to wrap up (maybe) the theme of favorite concert ever. Guitarist extraordinaire and music teacher extraordinaire Jeff King had this to say about a series of Michael Hedges concerts that took place at Bogart’s:

The crowds at some of those Bogart’s shows were simply amazing. There would be thunderous applause and standing ovations in the middle of songs and then it would be so quiet you could hear a pin drop during the ballads. Hedges really fed off that energy. I’ll never forget him doing the bluesy, vocal riff on “Gimme Shelter.” Continue reading “Favorite Concert Ever, Part 2”