Longtime local artists cast spotlight on themselves through 5th Street Gallery

Co-ops mean shared work and shared rewards

CINCINNATI—Gallery space doesn’t come cheap, especially not in downtown Cincinnati's core. That’s the key reason artists band together to develop co-op galleries.

Ober-Rae Livingstone founded 5th Street Gallery in 2009 and recruited other area artists to join him in the building that primarily houses the Hilton Netherland Plaza, 35 W. 5th St. Artists combine to pay the rent, work at the gallery, promote shows and, of course, take turns on the exhibition calendar.

At a recent reception, we found out more about what makes the co-op gallery tick and probed into the work of guest artist Valerie Bernardino, of Forest Park.

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