Since it’s beginning, Bockfest™ has been graced with original artwork that captures both the history and whimsy of the event.

Archival quality prints are available for purchase on our Merchandise page. In addition, prints are available at Urban Eden at 1313 Main Street and at Bockfest Hall during Bockfest™.

Jim Effler is a painter living in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has had a very successful career as an illustrator, primarily known for working in airbrush. In 2003, he decided to focus his attention on oil painting, something he had done occasionally since graduating from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 1978. He is enthusiastic about plein air landscape painting, and also enjoys portraiture. His style is impressionistic realism, influenced by artists including Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, Anders Zorn, and Edward Hopper. read more »

2014 Artwork

Artist Jim Effler found an amazing story for this year’s Bockfest art.

In the late 1800’s, to celebrate our hugely successful brewing industry, Cincinnati erected the Colossus of the Canal. Also known as Gambrina, the female version of Gambrinus, the god of beer. She was a bier madchen, or beer maid with a beer stein in each hand. Located above the canal near Sycamore where the turn around was, she faced west, so when folks came in to town on the canal and made the bend where Central Parkway does today, she would be straight ahead on the other end of town welcoming them with beer. read more »


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