Allison Ranieri: Artist gets funding to publish Cincinnati sketchbook on Kickstarter

CINCINNATI - Allison Ranieri describes herself as "a freelance artist."

Several days a week, she sits with her sketchbook around town, drawing the places she has loved since she was a little girl.

"I thought of all of these places I went to as a child," she said.

Like Krohn Conservatory, Music Hall, Mirror Lake and Findlay Market.

"I thought, these are not only iconic places in Cincinnati, but they are iconic places to me. They have meaning for me," she said.

"When I'm done, there will be approximately 40 pages."

So she asked herself:

"What am I going to do with this?"

"I thought I have always wanted to make a book and not having a way to fund it and not having a way to independently publish it myself, I knew I needed help, so I turned to Kickstarter. "

Crowdsourcing campaigns recently came to light in Cincinnati when actor/filmaker Don Cheadle used Indiegogo to raise money to film a movie downtown about Miles Davis.

The concept is simple: it fundraises what you might think is a creative idea.

Her initial goal was humble - the book will be called Habitat .

The idea was something one supporter was looking for.

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"He told me he wanted to pass this book along with his daughters and help them appreciate art and appreciate the city they live in," Ranieri said.

The donor likes the idea so much, he fully funded the project.

"It was the first time for me to have someone tell me, 'Your art moved me,' " she said.

So each week, she sketches leaving notes along the way ".. .just observations."

"At the end of every sketchbook page, i write, 'i love this location. It's my favorite.' "

Ranieri's book will be self-published and complete by the end of October.


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