This year’s ArtWorks Big Pitch
competition featured several small projects by established artists, makers, designers and creative entrepreneurs from around the Greater Cincinnati region.
There were bakers, framers and apron-makers, but one project in particular shone a spotlight on Northern Kentucky’s creative scene.
Scott Beseler is a professional photojournalist and the creative force behind The Lodge, a multifunctional creative space and recording studio housed in a former Masonic lodge in Dayton, KY. Beseler submitted The Lodge for Big Pitch’s annual competition, ultimately taking home $5,000 in business grants as recipient of the competition’s audience-choice award.
The competition, presented by U.S. Bank, provides contestants with business coaching and support for 10 weeks, culminating in a public pitch event in front of a live audience and an expert panel of judges. The competition took place Oct. 6 at Rhinegeist Brewery in Over-the-Rhine.
Beseler, who describes his vision for The Lodge as a “rock ‘n roll bed and breakfast slash art studio,” will use the awarded funds to make necessary repairs and upgrades to the physical space, while looking ahead to expansion that would include installing a commercial kitchen for catering events and hiring an employee to oversee day-to-day operations.
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