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Talented teacher

Cincinnati-based artist Rosen
to conduct acrylic workshop

Her works include sculpture,
murals, collages, paintings

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

BEDFORD, Ky. (February 2010) – Merle Rosen’s life is wrapped around the arts. She began teaching art professionally at age 15, and her enthusiasm for sharing the arts with others has not dimmed since then.

Merle Rosen

Merle Rosen

“I have taught for over 40 years and continue to love and appreciate giving people the tools to transform their lives in the studio and out,” said Rosen, a Cincinnati native.
For the past 38 years, Rosen has also created artwork in a variety of medium. She has created two large murals for Petersen’s Restaurant in downtown Cincinnati, a series of 25 cast glass sculptures, pastel works, bronze sculptures, oil pastels, pencil drawings and mixed media collage.
Rosen’s artwork has shown extensively in museums and galleries, such as Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center, Louisville’s Speed Museum, Covington’s Carnegie Arts Center and the Kharkiv Museum in the Ukraine. Her repertoire of corporate collections includes Bethesda Hospitals, Scripps Howard, Cardinal Aluminum, Ulmer & Berne, Cincinnati Bell and The Christ Hospital.
Rosen plans to visit the Apple Tree Studio in Bedford, Ky., to share her experiences and knowledge with anyone interested in acrylic painting. She will conduct a free demonstration and lecture from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. Registration is required by Feb. 5, and participants will receive a free gift packet containing hand painted color charts and sample products, compliments of Golden Artists Colors Inc.
“Golden Artists Colors Inc. is a company that makes and develops acrylic paints and mediums for artists and craftsmen. They offer excellent products at very reasonable prices,” said Lynn Horine, president of the Trimble County Arts Council.
She said participants will learn how versatile Golden Acrylic Paint is and how to use it to the fullest advantage. They will also learn about many new products and how to use them. They will also be made aware of artist tips and tricks for beginning artist to professional artists, said Horine.
Rosen began using Golden Acrylic Paint in 1991 for paintings, drawings, sculpture and furniture. She said she currently provides speaking engagements around the Midwest for the company and workshops within a five hour drive of Cincinnati, such as the one scheduled for the Apple Tree Studio.
“She has lots of experience and up to the minute information on all the paints and mediums and their uses,” said Horine.
Workshop participants will learn “more than they ever thought possible in two plus hours,” said Rosen. She has released two DVDs from F&W Publications that feature her distinctive use of acrylics and collage.
In 2006, she purchased a building in the Northside community of Cincinnati that she gutted and rebuilt into a studio. She not only creates her own artwork there, but teaches Golden Acrylic Paint workshops, and private drawing and painting classes.
In the past she has taught and directed preschool children’s art classes at the Cincinnati Art Museum, directed ceramics programs at The Arts Consortium and Thomas Moore College, taught ceramics at the University of Cincinnati and taught drawing, collage and archival materials at the University of Cincinnati and The Art Academy of Cincinnati.
Rosen is teaching a class at the Apple Tree Studio “because of the excellent space offered for a meeting of this type and its central location,” Horine said.

• To learn more about Rosen, please visit www.MerleRosen.com. For more information or to make reservations for the Golden Acrylic Artist Workshop, contact Lynn Horine at (502) 255-7500 or lhorine@insightbb.com.

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