New all-inclusive popup gallery to open on Final Friday

Inspired by the idea that art should be all-inclusive, a group of Cincinnati artists and creatives have launched Cincinnati’s newest art gallery, The Red Door Project. The gallery will feature artwork from several Cincinnatians from different backgrounds and will be a popup style gallery only open on Final Fridays.
“Everyone sees art differently and everyone deserves to have their work appreciated,” says gallery founder Barbara Hauser. “I’ve never considered myself an artist, but when I had the chance to see my work on display at a similar type gallery and have it purchased, I realized that I wanted to create a space that celebrates the artist in all of us.”
Each month there will be an open call for submissions based on a different theme. All art submissions must adhere to the theme and be delivered by the Saturday preceding Final Friday to allow the committee to curate and price the show for silent auction. The Red Door Project will host its first show at 1232 Vine St. on Feb. 28 from 6-10 p.m. The show will feature mixed-media art around the theme of “cycles."
Hauser, currently the community relations manger for Procter & Gamble, has been a resident of Over-the-Rhine for 10 years. While living on Milton Street in Prospect Hill, she grew fascinated with the late 19th century/early 20th century brick homes in the neighborhood and made one piece showcasing the series of red doors going up the street. Several years later, this piece is now the namesake for the popup gallery.
While Hauser has entertained the idea for such a project for many years, The Red Door Project came together when she was able to find a committed group of arts patrons around the Over-the-Rhine area who could help bring her idea to life.
“There used to be a similar type gallery around 10 years ago; I’d wanted to see it come back,” Hauser says. “Now, with support from friends who work with companies like Agar, Fotofocus and the Frameshop, I felt like the timing was right for me and also for the community.”
To learn more about the gallery and upcoming themes, visit The Red Door Project Facebook page.

By Mike Sarason

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