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Clifton Cultural Art Center
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3711 Clifton Ave
Cincinnati, OH, 45220
Opening 7- 9 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2015
Closing Friday, April 3, 2015

Perfect North Ski Resort oil  pastel on metal by Tom Lohre.

Perfect North V, Oil pastel on metal, 20" x 16", Sunday, February 8, 2015

Glow in the Dark Painting of Cincinnati's Fountain Square by Tom Lohre. Tyler Davidson Fountain ILVII Cincinnati Ohio Impressionist Oil Painting by Tom Lohre

Fountain Square LXXI, Glowing Oil pastel on metal, 12" x 16", Tuesday, Janaury 20, 2015

Tyler Davidson Fountain ILVII Cincinnati Ohio Impressionist Oil Painting, 8" x 10" x .016” x 2 oz., Oil pastel on melted on shiny duct metal. Framed in a Neapolitan style simulated gold leaf over clay over wood with no seam in corners weighing 2.5 pounds

Glow in the Dark Painting of Cincinnati's Fountain Square by Tom Lohre Glow in the Dark Painting of Cincinnati's Fountain Square by Tom Lohre

Fountain Square LXX, Glowing oil pastel on metal, 12" x 16", Wednesday, January 14, 2015, these three images are all the same painting

The first day glow painting, done in 2007, was of Irene.

Oil pastel on metal,  of two women on a balcony in Clifton on Ludlow by Tom Lohre. Mother and daughter portrait by Tom Lohre

Balcony, 24" x 20, Oil pastel on metal, September 19, 2014

Who are the two women on the balcony above The Om Café? Tom saw them there during CliftonFest 2013. He later slowly assembled the composition. Using his new manner of melting fancy crayons on hot metal he wanted to use a larger canvas eventually going up to 3’ x 4’. Using 19 gauge flashing metal the weight of the sheet will be considerable. For this painting he arranged magnets on his easel to hold the metal as he moved it around a centrally located hot plated adapted to heat only an eight inch circular patch at good working height. The manner lends itself to create perfect works since if changes have to be made the wax is heated up and removed with a cue tip then new color is laid down. Slowly he is increasing his color palette to 325 specially mixed colors. In time he sees an electric drives that move the work around to the place he is working. The manner was initially adapted to paint in hotel rooms without the smell. The next step is to use atmosphere to drive the scene. Tom had been painting scenes with daylight but now sees the advantage to using various dramatic atmospheres to drive the emotion. Auctioned at the 2014 Clifton Community Fund Dinner, Saturday, September 20, 2014

Mother Daughter VIII, First state, Pencil on canvas, 20" x 24", October 2, 2014
Working drawing of a mother daughter painting where the daughter and mother is Tom's daughter and wife, using a ten year old image morphing into this. The faces will be painted using the principals of face reading, creating the identity of the subjects by making careful notes of the arrangement of the features of the face.

Mother Daughter VIII, Second state, 20" x 24", Tuesday, November 25, 2014

SOS ART 2014

A community art show and event of creative expressions for Peace and Justice
Late May into June @The Art Academy of Cincinnati, 1212 Jackson St, downtown Cincinnati

At 11 p.m. Monday, June 18, 2012 fifteen-year-old Africa Hope was killed by a stray bullet at 1700 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio. This portrait placed at the site after being in the SOS show.

Winning second place in the juried Golden Ticket Art Show at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center in Clifton, Cincinnati, Ohio verified what Tom is experiencing.

Realtor yard signs repainted with a portrait of a gun violence victim placed where they died, provide a positive colorful happy catalyst to solve gun violence. Help a "at Risk" person. Be part of the solution. Apathy is the problem. The signs—revered by community— are everlasting remembrances.

With each sign Tom experiences something like a block buster movie with characters larger than life. He learns about the victim and meets the family. They live larger lives, the highest highs and lowest lows. The portraits are larger than art. Tom becomes a pawn in a complex battle to live in a safe productive world.

Creating a painting against gun violence does not solve the problem. It is the grunt on the ground that solves gun violence. Social networks solve gun violence. Slogans, art, songs and preaching help solve gun violence but it is the grunt on the ground makes the change.

Tom plans on painting at these spots looking for the beautiful. He will befriend the residences and make a change. With everyone stepping up and taking back their streets we can solve this problem.

Many people are working on this problem. Many events draw attention to gun violence. He adds this ongoing project to the battle.

Tom Lohre painted as Ahab in the last chapeter of Moby Dick. Tom Lohre wins second place at the 2012 Golden Ticket Art Show.

Tom Lohre as Parsee, 16” X 20”, Oil on canvas, work in progress

Tom Lohre wins Second Place at the Golden Ticket September 7, 2012 for Earnest Crear, Latex on board, 50” x 19” x 1”, May 15, 2012, 18” x 12” board from a realtor sign painted on both sides an impressionistic portrait of Earnest Crear and placed in metal realtor frame. To be placed at Rockdale Avenue and Knotts Street where Earnest Crear was fatally shot, August 18, 2007. Full story at SOS.htm



A Family Portrait to Be Cherished Forever

Sketches Over the Years

Tom at the easel.

Irene, 8" x 10", pencil on paper, Christmas 2008

Helen XIV, ink on paper board, 8" x 10", December 25, 2009

Victoria, 11" x 14", charcoal on paper, from five half hour sittings, April 6, 2005

Irene, 8 " x 10", colored pencil paper, from twenty minute sitting, December 25, 1991, available

Matt, 8 " x 10", three color charcoal on paper, from photo

North Atlantic Crossing

Tom in his immersion suit.

At Sea IV, 16" x 12", oil on canvas, October 18, 2010

Portraits Over the Years

Richard T Farmer, Oil on board, 12" x 16", April 18th, 2008, Richard Farmer, Founder & Chairman of the Board of Cintas Corporation spoke at Xavier University on April 18th, 2008 as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series. All were welcome to hear his talk, "10 Important Experiences Over 50 Years in Business. "

Herb Feldman, Oil on canvas, detail

Joan, oil on canvas, 10" x 10", available

Hiroshima mon Amore, Oil on canvas, 1979, available

Rhett Fire & Mel Odem, 5' x 4', oil on canvas, July 1st, 1983

Children's Portraits

Helen, 36" x 40", oil on canvas, painted for the 2006 Tall Stacks Celebration in Cincinnati

Sydney wears a tutu from the Cincinnati Ballet. She is painted as an Ice Fairy in "The Nutcracker."

Your face in a masterpiece Pick any painting in the Cincinnati Art Museum and Tom will paint your face in it. Photo: United Press International 1979.

Animal Portraits

Bucky, 24" x 30", oil on canvas, December 30, 2008

Parrot, 18.5" x 40", oil on board, 1979, available

Fancy, 12" x16", oil on canvas, 1994

Clifton Cow jumping over the Moon in Mount Storm Park, oil on canvas, 2003 More Info

Home Portraits

Bahamian Home, 20" x 16", watercolor on paper, 1995, available

Devou Park Clubhouse, 16" x 12", oil on board, September 21, 2008, available


Art Machines Powered by Man

Click To visit the wacky world of "The Great Tomaso."

The bicycle has itís own colorful propeller and balloons attached to a bar that encircles the driver and passenger. As they ride, many times they leave the ground.

The pushcart is the circus floor for the small Art Machines. , available

The Side Show takes place on top of the pushcart.The art pushcart is made out of light materials and has an awning over the boxís top working surface. The art pushcart will roll on three  large wheels and have fourth leg thatdrops down next to the fourth small wheel, one handle at one end will help push it. The art pushcart will be made so it can roll on the sidewalks. It will be colorfully painted. 

"Artisto" the automata painting machine paints Chad Johnson.

Chad Johnson, 16" x 20", September 2007, Wax on aluminum sheet
This is the second painting done with the Lego robot assistant, "Artisto." The face is a Bengal receiver. The face is set in the mask of a tiger. Tom used strong colors to accent the eight colors available in the robot assisted process.

Irene, Oil pastel on foil, 16" x 20", August 2007
The first painting done by "Artisto" using glow in the dark colors makes use of a strong combination of colors for a powerful graphic effect. The sky comes to life in the dark. Two different glow in the dark colors, blue and orange, where used for the background.

Mike Wilger, proprietor of the Visual History Gallery, works with "Artisto."

Shown at
January 2008 at Sitwell's Coffee House, 324 Ludlow Ave., Cincinnati OH 45220
April 18 to May 18, 2008 at Visual History Gallery, 2709 Observatory Ave,
Cincinnati, OH 45208, 513-871-6065

Artisto Paintings in the Show, 2008 Show Brochure, Visual History Gallery

A peek into Tom's Apartment in New York City in 1986.

Humidify and Bathe your Home in Soothing Sound

Click to begin enjoying your home even more during cold dry days with an indoor waterfall.

Your Children Can Decorate Your Home

Click To learn how Tom supplies materials and guidance for you or your children to paint.





View Tom Lohre' locations of paintings painted from life in a larger map. Look forward to more additions.

Everytime I'm Standing Outside, guitar and vocal by Tom Lohre, 1987