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Residential contractor/artist

Tim McMichael

For his piece, Tim used Sanborn Insurance maps the city referenced as a visual guide of Cincinnati’s many neighborhoods. The map shows the parcel for 1407 Chase. His piece is built up with multiple coats of clear epoxy with each … Continue reading

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Evan Halter

I first learned of Evan from Paige Williams, she having taught him at the Art Academy here in Cincinnati. I was blown away by this painting, the texture, depth of color, the subtle tension playing out between the thin blue … Continue reading

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Joe Winterhalter

Joe’s piece in the entry consists of over 250 4″x4″ paintings, inspired by the fireplace tiles found in older Cincinnati homes. He built up layers of paint, often sanding through multiple coats to add a richness, depth, and uniqueness to … Continue reading

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Artist Sampler

I’m very proud of how the artists’ work integrated with the Square House. For me, It’s a great pleasure spending time with each of them. Towards the end of the renovation process, inviting artists to join in felt natural. Initially, … Continue reading

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Lyle

Lyle did a lovely job painting the exterior.  A long-time Northside resident, Lyle hails from New Jersey, loves acting in local theater, and splits his time between painting and a full-time schedule at Fed Ex.  

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Ephemeral

The third floor has sloped ceilings and low windows which pull the light and color from outside, inside. It can be very dreamy and painterly…      

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Closet Envy

When the Square House was built, people didn’t have the sheer amount of possessions we have today. Closets were uncommon and often impractical. When converted to a two family, two closets were added on the first floor but, alas, they … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Celebrate!

 *** The opening has passed, but the Square House and the artwork will be open for viewing the next four saturdays from 12:00-4:00 and the final Sunday from 12:00-5:00*** As many of you know, in February I purchased an American Four … Continue reading

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Sanding the Floors

Hanging drywall is one of the two big visual milestones.  The other is getting the floors sanded.  After the completion of these two steps, the project goes from “job site” to “close-to-finished space.”  Both steps make me giddy!     … Continue reading

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John

My friend, John Wilmes, often helps me with interior painting.  He’s a hard worker and passionate about doing a good job.  Normally, I’d be too busy to join in with the painting, but this time I could. Not many photos … Continue reading

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