Schedule of Salons

The Sunday Salon Committee is hard at work putting together a fantastic lineup of speakers and hosts for the 2016 Sunday Salon season.

The 2015 season schedule is listed below.

2015 Sunday Salon Schedule

Step into the New Year with dynamic people and engaging topics…served up with delectable food and drink…hosted in some of Cincinnati’s finest homes.

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Salon 1 – Lumenocity: Behind The Scenes of a City Inspired 

Dan Reynolds, Brave Berlin Co-Owner and Media Artist

Hosted by Barbara and Richard Homlar, Carol Grasha, and Christopher Knoop, Hyde Park

January 25, 2015     4:00 – 6:30 p.m.     $65, Limited to 35    

Lumenocity had the town buzzing! Did you get to go? Wasn’t it wonderful? How did they do that cool stuff? Dan Reynolds, one of the creative leaders, will take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of how Lumenocity, a gift of artistry to the city, paired light and music to make magic in 2013. The highly anticipated 2014 encore was a smash hit for audiences in Washington Park and on TV. They were charmed by a thrilling Cincinnati Symphony concert infused with dashes of whimsy and visual wonders. Learn the back stories of what it took to make such a monumental creative effort a joyful reality. Come imagine the future of Lumenocity and Brave Berlin with Dan.

The Homlar’s traditional brick home boasts an Ohio River view and houses an eclectic collection of art, including the work of Howard Finster, R.A. Miller, and Jimmy Sudduth. These visual treats complement the hors d’oeuvres and sweets, as well as the wine, beer, and assorted beverages, served by Ms. Grasha and Mr. Knoop.

Salon 2 – John Heart for Sunday Salon Brochure Copy Marsha: A Medium for a Special Message  

Chris Gliebe, Creative Director and Designer, Lightborne

Hosted by Jim Raphael, East Walnut Hills

February 8, 2015     12:00 – 2:30 p.m.     $65, Limited to 25      


Graffiti has moved beyond the cryptic message on an interstate overpass or that declaration of undying love spray-painted on a water tower. It actually has developed street cred. With one foot in the street and the other in the studio, Chris Gliebe, mural artist/graffiti pioneer, will explain the rise of “street art,” how it differs from graffiti, and how he bridged the gap between graffiti artist and design professional. As a freelance artist/designer, Gliebe helped sculpt the visual landscape for the emerging regional underground hip-hop scene. A full time creative director and designer at Lightborne, a motion design and video production collective, he now produces graffiti-based murals in his spare time.

Host Jim Raphael will serve drinks, a light lunch, and sweets in his unusual contemporary home tucked among the East Walnut Hills Victorians. His art collection includes a Jason Bunson graffiti trip tic.

Salon 3 – CSI, SVU? The Real Forensics of Crime Detection – SOLD OUT!

Lakshmi Kode Sammarco, M.D., Hamilton County Coroner

Hosted by Terry and Christy Horan, Montgomery

February 8, 2015     4:00 – 6:30 p.m.     $65, Limited to 25    

Dr. Sammarco leads us through what might be called Coroner: 101, discussing the realities of her role and the responsibilities of her office in light of what we think we know about the subject from our favorite TV crime dramas. How quickly can DNA matches be identified? What does an autopsy reveal besides cause of death? And can these questions really be resolved as quickly in Hamilton County as they are on our CSI favorites?

The Horans’s traditional suburban home graces a beautiful wooded lot. The spacious, well-appointed home provides abundant options for the family’s varied activities and interests and creates a lovely venue for gracious entertaining. A savory assortment of hors d’oeuvres, sweets, and beverages will be served in this charming setting.

Salon 4 – Who are Cincinnati’s Leading Ladies? – SOLD OUT!

Wendy Hart Beckman, Author, Founders and Famous Families of Cincinnati

Hosted by Jeff and Kathy Besecker, Hyde Park

February 15, 2015     12:00 – 2:30 p.m.     $65, Limited to 30    

As Cincinnatians, we know about William Howard Taft, Nicholas Longworth, and the Misters Procter and Gamble. But who were Helen “Nellie” Taft, Alice Roosevelt Longworth, Maria Longworth Nichols Storer, Mary Emery, Anna Sinton Taft, Patricia Corbett, and Louise Nippert?These are the women behind, beside – and in some cases – infront of the men who built this city. Wendy Hart Beckman, author of the recently published, Founders and Famous Families of Cincinnati, will share interesting tidbits about these ladies, including the one who said, “If you haven’t anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.”

The Besecker’s Hyde Park home, an arts and crafts adaptation of a Lutyen design in Hertfordshire, England, was designed and built by architect Rudolph Tietig as his own family residence. The first stucco home in Cincinnati, it was included in the 1909 edition of 100 Country Homes in America and features the stair-step windows along the main staircase which are a trademark of Tietig’s early work. Enjoy a light lunch, with wine and assorted beverages, in this charming setting.

Salon 5 – Cincy on the Silver Screen – SOLD OUT!

Kristin Erwin Schlotman, Executive Director, Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Film Commission

Hosted by Susan Haas and Craig Decker, East Walnut HIlls

February 22, 2015     12:00 – 2:30 p.m.     $65, Limited to 25    

What’s the secret behind Hollywood’s love affair with Cincinnati? What makes the Queen City such and attraction? With three major films, Carol, Miles Ahead, and most recently, The Blunderer filmed here in the last year alone, these are pertinent questions. Kristin Erwin Schlotman shares insights on our city’s past, present, and future relationship with the film industry and the economic implications of that partnership.

The hosts’ Colonial Revival home was built in 1904 and underwent a major interior renovation in 1926 by architect, Charles Cellarius, known for his work in Mariemont and at Miami University. Of note is the intricate woodwork he designed for the living room, dining room, and foyer. Also of special interest is the Zuber block print wallpaper, “Scenes of North America,” in the dining room and family room. The blocks, approximately 1,200 of them, date from about 1830. The same wallpaper is in the Diplomatic Room of the White House. A light lunch accompanied by wine and cocktails will be served.


Jeff Sheldon, Program Director, Midwest Culinary Institute, Cincinnati

Hosted by Diann Bridenbaugh, Columbia Tusculum

$65, Limited to 35    

Cincinnati is a food town, known for a variety of fine and eclectic dining options, as well as top chefs. A major contributor to this “food frenzy” is The Midwest Culinary Institute (MCI) at Cincinnati State, nationally recognized as a center of educational excellence in the culinary and pastry arts. The Institute’s programs, faculty, and facilities have successfully integrated state-of-the-art technology with the first-class tools of culinary arts, attracting students from throughout the country. Watch as MCI’s Jeff Sheldon and selected students prepare appetizers and desserts. Chef Sheldon will also discuss MCI’s history and mission and what’s on the horizon for this Cincinnati gem.

Hostess Diann Bridenbaugh will serve beverages, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts while guests enjoy her collection of Russian impressionist art and the spectacular river view from her Columbia Tusculum home.

Salon 7 – The Dean of the Dead Speaks – SOLD OUT!

Phil Nuxhall, Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum Historian, Docent Trainer, and Author

Hosted by Lucy Allen, Jeff Thomas, and Kent Shaw, East Walnut Hills

March 1, 2015     12:00 – 2:30 p.m.     $65, Limited to 30    

Local historian and author Phil Nuxhall will share stories of the embalmed, the entombed, the cremated, and the encased of Spring Grove Cemetery, one of the city’s top tourist attractions and the second largest cemetery in the country. Phil’s 13-year love affair with Spring Grove is contagious, as he details its historical significance and describes the beautiful landscaping and stunning monumental art that ensure its place among the country’s best. A tour of the grave sites is a veritable who’s who of Cincinnati history. After this salon, you too may think of cemeteries in a whole new way!

Cincinnati never looks more spectacular than when you are treated to its sweeping river and city views. Enjoy these vistas from East Walnut Hill’s Husman House, the first condominium conversion in Greater Cincinnati. Held in two sixth-floor contemporary condos featuring extensive local and international artwork, this salon features a bountiful brunch by the bite provided by Jeff Thomas Catering and including mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, coffee, and tea. Following the presentation, our hosts will serve delectable desserts in the second condo.

Salon 8 – Is It Organic? The Evolution of an Artist

 Brenda Tarbell, Ceramic Sculptor/Artist

Hosted by Deborah and Louis Ginocchio, Prospect Hill

March 8, 2015     11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.     $65, Limited to 30    

From wheel-thrown functional ceramics to sculptural hand-built ceramic forms, the work of Brenda Tarbell has evolved into a mirror of the natural environment. Her self-described “biomorphic forms,” can be explored tactilely as well as visually. The pieces she creates look like they have grown, might have once been alive, and perhaps hold seeds or are in decay. Learn how her fascination with the forms of things that grow led to her evolution from potter to ceramic artist extraordinaire.

Built in 1867, the Ginocchio home blends the old and the new. Some original flooring and a fireplace were preserved in an extensive 21st century renovation that opened up expanses of rooms, as well as views of Downtown, Mt. Adams, OTR, and a garden. Three doors from Liberty Hill, the home features an extensive art collection. The Ginocchios will be serving brunch, with wine, beer, light cocktails, and other assorted beverages.


Salon 9 – The Kaleidoscope of Cincinnati Dining – SOLD OUT!

Joanne Drilling, Cincinnati Magazine Dining Editor

Hosted by Shayne Byer, Pleasant Ridge

March 15, 2015     2:00 – 4:30 p.m.     $65, Limited to 25    

Whether you’re a voracious carnivore, a nibbling vegan, or a staunch farm-to-table advocate, you’ll find something to like in this presentation by Cincinnati Magazine’s newest dining editor. After 13 years as a chef, Joanne Drilling is now primarily occupied with ferreting out the hidden gems among our city’s small ethnic restaurants, spotlighting local products and producers, and updating diners on new restaurant openings. Come hear revelations about how the annual list of the city’s Top 10 restaurants is determined, as well as some palate-pleasing insights and suggestions about Cincinnati’s dynamic restaurant scene from a pro.

Grand Vista is known as the crown jewel of Pleasant Ridge. The enormous trees and variety of home styles on this street reflect the variety of the architectural styles that are found throughout Cincinnati’s neighborhoods. Shayne Byer’s century-old Grand Vista home is designed for entertaining. The interior is elegant with a funky mix of old and modern, complimented by fun art, and pops or girly glamour. Finger food, sweets, and a variety of beverages will be served in the kitchen, recently remodeled with a modern spin on a black and white classic.


Salon 10 – Creator, Provocateur, Rebel, Idealist: What’s Your Brand?

Kathy Evans and Mike Taylor, Founders, Epitome Branding

Hosted by Joan Kaup and Rick Pender, OTR

March 22, 2015     2:00 – 4:30 p.m.     $65, Limited to 30      


On the ranch, cattle and horses are branded to show ownership. In commerce, branding creates a unique name and image for a product or service, establishing a presence in the market to attract and retain loyal customers. As individuals, our personal brand is essential to defining and selling ourselves. Mike Taylor and Kathy Evans combine the science of branding with the art of emotional storytelling to craft personal brands. They will explain how they incorporate Carl Jung’s Archetypes, the backbone of all great brands, to enable others to understand and connect with your personal brand.

When Joan Kaup and Rick Pender first saw the 129-year-old building at the corner of 12th and Jackson in Over-the-Rhine, it evoked memories of the place where they stayed while visiting Brussels. Three years later, they bought the five-story building, built in 1885 for the candy-making Doscher family. They immediately gutted the top two floors to create a living space, complete with a penthouse porch with views of Mount Auburn, and a draining doggie area for their English bulldog, Chloe. The Artworks mural on the west side of the building makes it a neighborhood landmark. They will be serving sausages, cheeses, and other seasonal favorites from Findlay Market purveyors along with beers from Over-the-Rhine brewers. This building has a small elevator, but it will not accommodate a wheelchair.


Salon 11 – Art -Anew-for All

Cameron Kitchin, Louis and Louise Dieterle Nippert Director, Cincinnati Art Museum

Hosted by Jan Bartel, Wyoming

March 22, 2015     5:30 – 8:00 p.m.     $65, Limited to 35    


Welcome a new leader in the city’s arts community! Arriving in October from Memphis’ Brooks Museum of Art. Cameron Kitchin espouses the philosophy that the Art Museum is a public service organization whose mission is education. Learn about the Rosenthal Education Center, slated to open in early March, with an exciting expansion of galleries where the story of art will be told in new ways and with new tools. Also hear how the new director intends to create an Art Museum for All Generations and to change the way in which visitors interact with art.

Jan Bartel describes her Wyoming home as “midcentury modern with a facelift.” Shaker furniture and wonderful art in the new entry create a charming ambiance for this presentation. Enjoy a light supper with wine, cocktails, and assorted beverages.


Salon 12 – See You in the Funny Papers!

Jenny E. Robb, Curator, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, The Ohio State University

Hosted by Courtney and Michael Jones, Clifton

March 29, 2015     2:00 – 4:30 p.m.     $65, Limited to 30    


The comics have always intrigued us, but few of us have found this art form as fascinating as Bill Blackbeard, who collected 2.5 million newspaper pages and sections of comic strips, all of which he kept in his home. Jenny Robb shares the story of his personal obsession with comic art before expanding the discussion to a description of the largest collection of cartoon and comic materials in the world, one that includes editorial cartoons, newspaper comic strips, magazine cartoons, comic books, and graphic novels. Robb has written about and curated numerous exhibitions of cartoon art, including most recently Exploring Calving and Hobbes and The Long March: Civil Rights in Cartoons and Comics.

Our hosts will welcome you to their grand mid-19th century home in a lovely wooded setting, known to locals as the Rawson House, it was named for James Rawson, a meatpacking mogul and banking executive. In 1973 this stately example of romantic Italianate architecture was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Envision the Victorian era and lifestyle of the home’s past as you savor hors d’ouvres and desserts accompanied by an array of beverages.



























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