Gathering Places of Greater Cincinnati
Art by Beverly Erschell | Text by Sue Ann Painter
Foreward by Timothy J. Jachna (Dean, UC DAAP) | Afterword by Christopher Manning (Co-Founder, Human Nature Inc.)
During the Covid pandemic of 2020-2021, individuals and civilizations throughout the world suffered the loss of family, fellowship, and the sense of belonging that accompanies regular interaction with other people. Now, amid the reopenings of 2021, this tribute to communal gathering places is intended to reawaken the pride and pleasure we take in some favorites in Southwestern Ohio and Northern Kentucky. In this book, two friends and collaborators—Beverly Erschell and Sue Ann Painter—depict and discuss a selection of Greater Cincinnati buildings, public squares, and sites that have served past and present generations as communal gathering places. Although they vary in historical and architectural significance, all share a special place in the collective memory of residents and visitors—the places where we bond and burnish our community spirit.
About the Artist and Author
Beverly Helmbold Erschell is one of Greater Cincinnati’s most admired contemporary artists. She works with color, light, and energy to create paintings of uncommon beauty. Erschell studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and a master’s from the University of Cincinnati—DAAP, where she received the Distinguished Alumnae Award in 2019. She taught art at both institutions, as well as at Northern Kentucky University. Erschell’s paintings and drawings have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United Sates. Her work is in numerous private and corporate collections as well as in museum collections such as the Cincinnati Art Museum and Dayton Art Museum. Beverly lives in Fort Thomas, Kentucky where her late husband, Fred (Fritz) Erschell, served as mayor of the picturesque small city.
Sue Ann Painter is an art and urban historian whose research and writing focuses primarily upon Greater Cincinnati subjects. She is the author of The Art of Beverly Erschell (2009), Architecture in Cincinnati (2006), and William Henry Harrison: Father of the West (2004). Painter earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from Indiana University and a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. She is the founding principal of Cincinnati Book Publishing, specializing in nonfiction titles and quality illustrated books for children and adults. Sue Ann lives in downtown Cincinnati with her husband, retired Judge Mark Painter.