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Sketchers

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Drawing the big picture of Dayton By Shayna V. McConville Photo: ‘Studio Sunset’ by Terry Welker In 1851, Henry David Thoreau wrote in his journal, “The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” For centuries, artists have observed—and seen—their surroundings, capturing architecture, texture, color, and structure through quick, onsite sketches. Subjective and […]

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Seeing a Song

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Dayton/Kyoto International Print Exchange Invitational returns By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Tomoko Sase, Maitake, 2014, Every year or so, dozens of artistic prints—lithographs, etchings, woodblock, linoleum, drypoint, intaglio and more—travel the 6,600 miles between Kyoto, Japan and Dayton, Ohio, to be shared with new audiences. The Dayton/Kyoto International Print Exchange Invitational features over 20 printmakers […]

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Things left behind

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The work of John Emery at DVAC By Shayna V. McConville Photo: John Emery, Have a Captain Cook, 2014, watercolor construction Artist John Emery documents memories. Realistic watercolor renderings of landscapes and personal objects merge into actual artifacts, blurring the line between the authentic and imagined. Carefully composed and preserved on paper, these compositions are […]

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Painted worlds

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The Art of Brian Chu and Shiao-Ping Wang By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Shiao-Ping Wang, “Waves,” acrylic on canvas Painting has persevered as a dominant artistic medium for centuries. Artists continue to develop personal voices and innovative ideas within the established tradition, sustaining a practice that is a versatile vehicle for expression. Brian Chu and […]

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Waste not

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The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps From the media coverage of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – a massive oceanic island of plastic waste – to the recent California legislation banning plastic shopping bags, our plastic footprint is catching up with […]

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I’ll Be Your Mirror

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The Dayton Visual Arts Center’s Annual Art Auction By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Richard Mantia, Bridge to Maussane, 2012, acrylic on canvas  Every April, Daytonians celebrate the city’s most talented artists in one of the most fun events of the season. Several hundred artists, collectors and art enthusiasts mingle over food, drink and artwork in downtown […]

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Beyond the canvas

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An imaginary world comes to life By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Amy Kollar Anderson’s painting “Madness,” served as an inspiration for her collaboration with Kettering Children’s Theatre for “Alice in Wonderland” A painter can depict a visual world in infinite new ways, translating their vision onto a canvas often bound for a gallery wall. What happens when […]

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Altered Realities

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The many visual worlds of Jud Yalkut By Shayna McConville Photo credit: Tyler Lukacs “I wanted to be a cartoonist or a scientist,” Jud Yalkut prophesized in his youth. Now, over half a century later, Yalkut is living his dream. It does not, however, involve a science laboratory or the animation studios of Disney. Yalkut […]

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Ordinary to Extraordinary, Inside the Box

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The Dayton Art Institute’s Experiencenter By Shayna V. McConville Nestled under the marble rotunda staircase of the Dayton Art Institute is the Experiencenter, the nation’s first interactive family gallery in an art museum, established in 1976.  The gallery is dedicated to the “you learn better by doing” philosophy of learning about art through hands-on activities, […]

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The Jury Process

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Behind the Scenes of the 22cd Annual Works on Paper By Shayna McConville Beyond merely creating a piece of art, an artist has to navigate a situation in which to showcase his/her work to an audience.  Often, that situation is in a gallery or a museum, and often it is alongside many other artists.  A […]

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Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]

Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]