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So Cincinnati: Suder Family Art Store

CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- So Cincinnati stories often show you the people, places and foods that are special just to those who live in the tri-state.
   
Often "So Cincinnati" means generations of a family who chose to invest their lives in our community.  You may not have been in the art store that's been on Vine Street since 1924.  But the family and the store is So Cincinnati.  Artists see the world in a different way, a mass of shapes, colors and forms.  Suder's Art Store has the tools for their vision from the paint, clay and chalk to the brushes and carving knives.

Started it in 1924, Sharon Suder is married to the founder's grandson.  Suder's was first a frame shop and gallery.  Art supplies were added to accommodate local artists. It's always been in the 1300 block of Vine Street.

Sharon Suder said, "It was a vibrant neighborhood.  Blue collar, but fully occupied businesses all up and down the streets."

The vibrant neighborhood turned violent in 2001.  Vine Street was at the heart of the riots, sparked by the fatal police shooting of a 19-year-old in Over-The-Rhine.

The next day Sharon called employees and told them they didn't have to come in.  But they did.  Customers came in too. Suder's stayed in the 13oo block of vine.

Marlene Steele is a practicing painter and with works in the statehouse.  She's been going to Suder's since she was a student at the Art Academy when it was Eden Park.

Suder's stuck it out in Over-The-Rhine.  Then in 2005, the Cincinnati Art Academy, one of the oldest art colleges in the country, moved from Mt. Adams to Over-The-Rhine less than a block away.  Now Over-The -Rhine is thriving.  It's much like it was when Suder's opened in 1924. Opened and never left for the same reason those customers came in the day after the riots, because they have faith in the neighborhood.

And that is So Cincinnati.

Local 12 congratulates Marlene Steele who has just been selected to be Ohio's Arts Ambassador.



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