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Final Friday to offer up usual fun with some unique additions tonight

Since the mid-1990’s, Cincinnati’s artist community has showcased their work on the final Friday of each month throughout the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood that many also call their home. This month’s event will showcase the work of hundreds of artists, while also offering up a variety of other unique experiences.

Tonight in Over-the-Rhine, dozens of artists and art galleries will throw open their doors as they have done on the final Friday of every month since the mid-1990’s. Those who go out to enjoy the art and ambiance of the historic neighborhood are often treated to live music, wine tastings, exhibitions and more as they stroll from one destination to the next.

The best place to start, as always, is the Pendleton Arts Center. First constructed in 1909 for the Krohn-Fecheimer Shoe Company, the Pendleton Arts Center now boasts the largest collection of artists (200-plus) under one roof in the world. Inside, Final Friday-goers will experience the local artwork first-hand while also being treated to unique views of downtown Cincinnati and an overall dynamic artist community.

From there, a quick two-block walk over to Venue 222 will introduce you to a collection of artwork from the Contemporary Arts Center that will be on display from 7pm to 10pm. Once finished at Venue 222, you are in perfect position to work southward down Main Street where there will be a bounty of galleries, shops, and fun along the way.

Follow Main Street all the way south to 12th Street, then head two blocks west to Vine Street where more businesses will be taking part in the Final Friday festivities. Vine Street will also offer some delectable food options for which to enjoy at Senate or Lavomatic Cafe. But while out and about, be on the lookout for one of Cincinnati’s food trucks that may very well be serving up their treats to the crowd.

Final Friday for August 2010 will generally run from 6pm to 11pm throughout the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, with most all galleries and exhibitions free and open to the public. Free bicycle parking is widely available throughout the neighborhood, and several Metro bus routes service the area (plan your trip). For those driving, automobile parking can be found at on-street parking meters, or at several off-street parking lots/garages nearby.

By Randy A. Simes

Randy is an award-winning urban planner who founded UrbanCincy in May 2007. He grew up on Cincinnati’s west side in Covedale, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s nationally acclaimed School of Planning in June 2009. In addition to maintaining ownership and serving as the managing editor for UrbanCincy, Randy has worked professionally as a planning consultant throughout the United States, Korea and the Middle East. After brief stints in Atlanta and Chicago, he currently lives in the Daechi neighborhood of Seoul’s Gangnam district.