Florida Keys Team-Building Retreat

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Last week the Ledge team headed down to the sunny Florida Keys for a much needed retreat to recenter and re-energize the group. We brought along photographer Bob Scott, who documented the lovely sights in a series of stunning infrared photographs.

We spent our time practicing yoga on the beach, hiking, meditating, and brain-storming ways to strengthen our staff and programming capabilities. We even made a new friend:

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We loved Mr. Scott’s documentation of the retreat so much that we invited him to be our next exhibiting artist. Wish You Were Here: Postcards from the Edge, his solo exhibition of Florida Keys infrared photography, opens Fri 10 Nov 2017 6-9pm as part of Walk on Woodburn. Find us at at 2718 Woodburn Ave. along with the WoW Pop-Up Shop in the same space. Hope to see you there!

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Hometown Heroes Exhibition Opening

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The exhibition Hometown Heroes: Lost and Found in Translation was the last in our gallery space. It featured photo illustrations of Cincinnati’s hometown heroes by artist and graphic designer Dave McCabe, along with a selection of fascinating artifacts borrowed from the McCabe Family Archive in Mt. Adams.

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Gallery guests marveled at the level of detail in the work, and got a closer look with the aid of miniature magnifying glasses provided by Ledge staff:

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As with every Ledge opening reception, there were scale-appropriate treats:

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Mr. McCabe mugged for the camera with his patrons:

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Here’s a closer look at some of the photo illustrations:

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The next Walk on Woodburn is Fri 10 Nov 6-9pm, and Ledge Gallery will be perched on a ledge at 2718 Woodburn Ave., hosting the opening reception for Wish You Were Here: Postcards from the Edge, an exhibition of infrared photography by Cincinnati-based Bob Scott, along with the WoW Pop-Up Shop in the same space. Hope to see you there!

McCabe Family Archive Research Visit

This week, the gallery team met up at the McCabe Family Archive to assess the scope of the collection and work with Dave McCabe to select the artifacts for the upcoming exhibition Hometown Heroes: Lost and Found in Translation, which opens 6-9pm on Fri 29 Sep 2017 as part of Walk on Woodburn in East Walnut Hills. This was a daunting task, but we’re always up for a challenge!

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We dug through the rubble until we found the extensive collection of family photographs.

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For a bit of history, here’s Dave McCabe sharing a bit of his story, “When I was a kid, I was the spokesperson for Hudepohl beer. From my earnings, my dad-slash-talent-manager and I scoured auctions and traveled to Hollywood to collect celebrity photos.

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Dave continues, “For this exhibit, I sifted through those old photos, locking myself in my house with nothing to eat for days other than Skyline chili and the last of the beer Hudy had used to buy out my contract.

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One surprising find in the boxes was a family photo that showed that my need to ‘enhance’ images was clearly inherited.

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I kept detailed notes on my findings though, now that I look back on them, I can see that my weeks of solitude may have caused some short term psychological disturbances.

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“Now my work honoring Cincy’s hometown heroes is almost complete and I hope the results will prove to be worth it.” If you’re in the Cincinnati area, we hope you’ll stop by on Fri 29 Sep 2017, 6-9pm, for the opening of Hometown Heroes at Ledge Gallery at 2803 Woodburn Ave. This opening reception will take place during Walk on Woodburn, a neighborhood-wide celebration of East Walnut Hills.

…And Yet All of These Things Are Connected Exhibition Opening

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For …And Yet All of These Things Are Connected, our one-year retrospective, we gathered together one piece from each exhibition to celebrate the synergy and enthusiasm that has greeted this venture from its early days in its original location in Over-the-Rhine, where we made new friends and reconnected with old ones, to our current location in East Walnut Hills, where this endeavor has become a creative force to be reckoned with.

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As always, our main sponsor, the Tinytown Appreciation Society, came through with a lovely spread.

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Artifacts from different exhibitions shared space, creating new and nuanced juxtapositions. Shown here are bits from Play to the Gallery and I’ve Got a Match:

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Lost Souls’ Lost Soles and Welcome Home:

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Sockalypse Now:

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Lilliputian Landscapes:

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A guest’s haiku from last year’s Kleingassefest: A Tiny Celebration of All the Tiny Things:

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Métamorphoses:

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Lightly Salted:

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Welcome Home Exhibition Opening

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Our eleventh exhibition, Welcome Home: A Tinytown Tableau, opened on Fri 21 Apr 2017 during Walk on Woodburn, and featured a selection of artifacts from the Tinytown archive, expertly chosen and curated by resident archivist Kate Dignan.

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As Gaston Bachelard writes in his classic tome, The Poetics of Space, “A house that has been experienced is not an inert box. The house shelters daydreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace. […] Therefore, the places in which we have experienced daydreaming reconstitute themselves in a new daydream, and it is because our memories of former dwelling-places are relived as daydreams that these dwelling-places of the past remain in us for all time.”

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In the words of Bill Bryson, author of At Home: A Short History of Private Life, “It is always quietly thrilling to find yourself looking at a world you know well but have never seen from such an angle before.” And, Tinytown’s own archivist, Kate Dignan claims, “Hahah, it’s definitely a fun regression to childhood for me.”

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Visitors to and former residents of Tinytown surely recognized the unmistakable vestiges of the past, including this view of Liberty St. in Over-the-Rhine and its iconic purveyor of artisanal gasoline and tobacco products, flanked by photographs documenting the celebratory times that were had by all:

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As always, scale-appropriate snacks were enjoyed by Ledge Gallery patrons:

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Some patrons seemed visibly upset at suddenly having to confront their memories of life in Tinytown:

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Others made savvy use of the complimentary miniature magnifying glasses:

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Tinytown Archive Research Visit

Inside this grand Modern home in Cheviot is the archive of Tinytown furnishings and artifacts. This week the Ledge Gallery team met with Ms. Kate Dignan, resident archivist, to assess the scope of the collection and pick pieces for Welcome Home, our next exhibition, opening Fri 21 Apr 2017.

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Initially, the collection was in utter disarray. Ms. Dignan admitted to feeling overwhelmed and tearfully explained her need for an intern:

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After hours of hard work and heavy hauling, the group started to be able to make sense of the chaos, finding gems such as this lovely Victorian pram that no current and recent resident of Tinytown even remembered having seen in the town square:

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Hot dog! Many hidden treasures were discovered in the archive:

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The group was even able to quickly organize a team-building potluck:

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Ahh, Tinytown’s once-infamous shell collection was finally located! A temp was also brought in to help Ms. Dignan with her workload.

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Now you know what’s behind this imposing facade:

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If you’re in the Cincinnati area, we hope you’ll stop by on Fri 21 Apr 2017, 6-9pm, for the opening of Welcome Home at Ledge Gallery at 2803 Woodburn Ave. This opening reception will take place during Walk on Woodburn, a neighborhood-wide celebration of East Walnut Hills.

Lightly Salted Exhibition Opening

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Lightly Salted: A Cincinnati-Inspired Amuse-Bouche, our tenth exhibition, opened on 10 Mar 2017 during Walk on Woodburn and featured brand-new work by Team B Architecture & Design, an architecture firm based in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati. The show was the result of a rigorous typological study of structural flaws found in oyster crackers.

For the opening reception, our staff borrowed some visually appropriate objects from our friend and neighbor, Your Friends & Neighbors:

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A tiny champagne toast!

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Team B‘s presentation was tightly gridded and methodical, appropriate given the academic nature of their research:

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The researchers identified and named different oyster crackers types (this is the Fish Bomb), and developed 3D models exaggerating various flaws:

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The models were then 3D printed in white nylon; this is the Möbius Strip:

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Soft & Melting:

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Twist & Pull:

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