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Young Artist, Covington Native, Has Hand in Creating Cincinnati’s Carousel Imagery

June 15, 2015 River City News

Have you visited Carol Ann’s Carousel on the Cincinnati side of the Roebling Suspension Bridge?

You might want Covington’s Conner Nielander as your tour guide. Nielander spent the summer of 2014 as part of an ArtWorks apprentice team supporting area artist Jonathan Queen, creator of the paintings that decorate Cincinnati’s newest entertainment landmark.

Open all year for merry-go-rounding fun, the new riverfront attraction has 42 animals to choose for your ride ($2), with beasties (among them the Union terminal cheetah, the Findlay Market pig), birds (Martha the Passenger Pigeon) and insects and a stable full of fanciful horses.

A don’t-miss feature of the carousel experience are the 16 area park scenes, all starring whimsical hand-carved animals. Nielander, who begins his sophomore year at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), calls last summer “very special” as he painted Cincinnati architectural landmarks for the carousel.

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