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Snapshot of community illuminated at DVAC open members’ show By Susan Byrnes Photo:Zach Steele, Wympee; photo: Patrick Mauk Everyone is a member of something, whether it’s a family, a club, Facebook, the Dayton community or society in general. Something that develops our relationships with others in our group, and enhances our sense of belonging, is […]

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Thinking outside the ‘white cube’

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Dayton’s Blue House redefines creative spaces By Susan Byrnes Photo: The Blue House on Catalpa Drive is a gallery and studio space for local and visiting artists; photo: Nicholaus Arnold The Blue House is exactly that: a nice, conventional house on Catalpa Drive with a welcoming front porch and bright red door. Though you might […]

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Out and in focus

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Catherine Opie at Wexner Center By Susan Byrnes Photo: Catherine Opie, Mary, 2012 Photographer Catherine Opie was born in Sandusky, Ohio in 1961. She gained national recognition for her studio portraits of gay, lesbian and transgender men and women, often part of the sadomasochistic leather subculture in San Francisco and Los Angeles, that were featured […]

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The Weight of water

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Beauty, irony, loss By Susan Byrnes Photo: Prudence Gill, Over, Under, Around, and Through, 2015 Compared to many Midwestern states, Ohio is fortunate to have abundant water resources. Lake Erie serves as a northern border to the state, while the Ohio River creates its southern border, and buried valley aquifers resulting from ancient glacial activity […]

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Essence of time and place

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Dual exhibit presents contrasting observations By Susan Byrnes Photo: Nathan Heuer, “Alamo” Bill Franz and Nathan Heuer are highly astute observers of society. Like detectives, they each carefully examine its details in sharp focus, Franz with a camera, and Heuer with a fine point pencil. Both artists masterfully depict moments in time that illuminate an […]

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From Front Street to Nanjing

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Dimensions of 2014 in the arts By Susan Byrnes Photo: The Orgullo Mexicano Dancers perform at Rosewood Arts Centre’s 2014 Art On The CommonsPhoto courtesy of Rosewood Arts Centre I have often heard it said that Dayton is fortunate to have the amount and quality of arts it has for a city its size. And […]

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Book sm(Art)

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Rare Books impact new art at UD’s ArtStreet By Susan Byrnes Photo: Artist: Misty Thomas-Trout Books have long served as a source of inspiration, as well as point of departure, for visual artists. Illuminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages included intricate designs and illustrations both to embellish the written word and also to convey information […]

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Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

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Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and mixed media on canvas; photo courtesy of James Cohan Gallery If you’re looking for a little summer adventure, Cincinnati offers several exhibits well worth planning a day trip, or maybe even two, to see. Visit […]

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Addressing dress

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Decked Out! explores culture through costume and adornment By Susan Byrnes Photo: Visitors to the Experiencenter look through a zoetrope, which produces the illusion of motion; photo: Alexis Brown The Experiencenter at the Dayton Art Institute is a family-friendly exhibition space that encourages hands-on exploration and in-depth examination of art and the creative process for people […]

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Public and private

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Archive exhibit shares the life and work of Robert C. Koepnick By Susan Byrnes Photo: Moses, Robert C. Koepnick; Material: plaster; photo: Julie Walling Libraries are great places to feed the imagination. This summer, the University of Dayton’s Roesch Library has a special exhibition bound to satisfy any creative appetite. Art for Citizens and Celebrants: […]

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Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]

Vitality Check: 6/14/16

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The dangerous game of preventing pregnancy By Rocco Castellano So I got a call from a friend of mine that […]

Spring into comics

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Comic culture in Yellow Springs By Josher Lumpkin The village of Yellow Springs is a quaint college town that manages […]