October 25, 2023
6:00 – 7:30pm

Get an inside look behind what goes into the completed creations of some of Cincinnati’s favorite local artists. Learn about their process, what inspires them, and the hard work it takes to create a masterpiece!

Featured Panel


The Annex Gallery
1310 Pendleton Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202


$10 in advance, $12 at the door

Thank you to our generous sponsors

Scripps Howard Fund

Drs. Patricia Klein and Reid Hartmann

Karen Heyl

Karen Heyl’s earliest memory of wanting to be an artist happened when she was five years old, and her kindergarten teacher held up her drawing as an example for the rest of the class to follow. As she grew up, making art was always an important part of life. She started by studying watercolor, acrylic, and oil painting, but in 1979, while attending the Art Academy of Cincinnati, she was introduced to stone sculpture and found it to be the medium for which she was best suited. Her bas-relief work has many applications and is installed in universities, hospitals, churches, parks, housing communities, and corporate headquarters throughout the United States. The whimsical multi-media ceramic birds allow for color to be a part of her sculptures.

M. Katherine Hurley

M. Katherine Hurley graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College of Mt. St. Joseph in 1974 and has been a practicing professional artist in Cincinnati since 1976. Katherine was also a student of renowned colorist Wolf Kahn. She has become nationally known for her evocative landscapes in oil and pastel. Her work has been published in numerous books and magazines. M. Katherine is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America. Her work is represented in several renowned galleries and is part of numerous private and corporate collections. Hurley teaches oil and pastel painting in her STUDIO 703 at The Pendleton Art Center, gives workshops, has taught at Baker Hunt Foundation, and has worked with hundreds of high school students through the Artists Reaching Classrooms program at the Taft Museum of Art. She has been a mentor to countless artists of all ages. Cincinnati art historian, critic, and curator Daniel Brown states, “M. Katherine Hurley’s landscape paintings and drawings are artworks with multiple purposes. They are first and foremost sanctuaries, places and spaces of rest, mediation, spiritual renewal and beauty. The less realistic her work is, the more we are dreamily drawn in and want to stay.”

Terri Kern

Terri Kern received her Master of Fine Arts Degree from Ohio University in 1991. In 1995, she left a teaching position at Morehead State University to pursue a career as a studio artist. Since that time, Terri has exhibited nationally and internationally in Germany, France, Japan, China and Cuba. Her work has been featured in Cincinnati Magazine, Clay Times, Ceramics Monthly, Ceramic Arts Daily, and The Journal of The American Art Pottery Association.

She has received four Individual Artist Grants, been nominated twice for a United States Artist Fellowship, and has been recognized with more than thirty-five awards for excellence in the field of ceramics. Her work is included in Museum, Corporate, International, and Private Collections.

James Reynolds

James Reynolds is a Cincinnati-based artist and educator with over 21 years of experience. With a B.A. in art education as well as M.A. hours completed in special education and many years in hospitality, he provides others with a well-rounded art-making experience at the “Not Your Average Paint & Sip.” Instead of the “follow me” approach, his classes mirror the way artists make art to encourage complete creative freedom. His studio classroom is at the Pendleton Art Center in Over-the-Rhine.

Jens G Rosenkrantz Jr

As his third and last career, Jens Rosenkrantz Jr. owns and runs The Annex Gallery in OTR’s Pendleton Arts District, which hosts exhibitions curated by non-profits, including The Carnegie, CAC, Taft Museum, Mercantile Library, SOS, FotoFocus, and Friends of Kenya. In addition, it hosts the art exchange between US and Cuban artists, Bridges Not Walls, which he and his wife founded in 2015 with ten trips there in five years. His own photographs have been included in private and corporate collections and have been exhibited throughout Cincinnati and Havana, Cuba.