I typically blog about makeup, and occasionally about fashion, but since my website is “Cincy” Couture, I think I want to start including some information about fabulous cultural and artistic events in the greater Cincinnati area. Right now, I’m currently obsessed with lineillism – a new style of painting developed by local artist Jim “J. C.” Hall who is also the subject of a new documentary Lines of Sight. This technique, similar to pointillism, is comprised of tiny vertical lines, and the artist developed the technique after suffering a stroke and spending months where there were lots of vertical lines impeding his vision.
Right now, the Sharonville Cultural Arts Center is exhibiting a retrospective on Hall’s lifetime of art, including many of his lineillism pieces. Last Friday, they held a special screening on the documentary, and hopefully they’ll be showing it again before the exhibit closes at the end of May.
While the art is phenomenal and absolutely brilliant, the personal details about Hall’s past make the whole exhibit come together. He focuses so much on sharing his experiences of grief and struggle: he tragically lost his beloved wife a few years ago, he has struggled with substance abuse in the past and is a fervent AA devotee, he has battled and continues to battle health issues. It’s clear that, more than anything else, Hall’s mission is to bring hope to others. His art is meant to inspire and encourage those going through similar difficulties. He is truly a remarkable man, and I’m so glad that he was given a grant through ArtsWave to be able to share this traveling museum exhibit, the documentary, and teach others the exquisite lineillism technique.
If you’re going to be in the Sharonville area in May, be sure to stop by the Sharonville Cultural Arts Center’s Westheimer Gallery to see this retrospective. They are open Thursdays from 3pm-7pm , Fridays from 3pm-7pm , and Saturdays from 10am-2pm.