On the block

Dayton Visual Arts Center’s 20th Annual Art Auction

By Benjamin Smith

Photo: Amy Deal; His Type, 2014; mixed media on wood
To some, auctions are stuffy affairs – all pretense and pallid interaction. Yet, this month at least one local sale will be defined by jarring color, uncanny fervor and maybe even creative chaos. The Dayton Visual Arts Center’s 20th Annual Art Auction, held on Friday, April 25 at the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, could be your chance to acquire a concrete manifestation of vision. DVAC Executive Director Eva Buttacavoli, took some time to talk with Dayton City Paper about the event.How would you describe the vibe of the event? What might newcomers find surprising about the auction?

Whether you are just learning about art and are seeking to purchase your first work for under $100, or are seeking that special something for a big birthday or anniversary or you like the thrill of the find or the competition of the live auction, DVAC’s Art Auction is a welcome place for all art lovers and for folks that just love a lively party with eclectic guests. It’s DVAC’s largest fundraiser of the year. We hope to exceed last year’s goal of raising $80,000 through sponsorships, ticket sales and art sales to expand services to provide art for the community and a community for artists. – Eva Buttacavoli

The event consists of both silent auctions and a live auction. Which do you enjoy the most?

The live auction is the showstopper of the evening. It’s wild, competitive and exciting. But I like the silent auctions; this is where you’ll see new collectors appreciating, contemplating and taking a chance; or the long-time passionate buyer strategizing, curating and coveting. – EB

As the DVAC’s executive director, what exactly is your role in the auction? 

I’m like the smart art sidekick to auctioneer Doug Sorrell’s warm and funny personality. – EB

One-hundred eighteen artists are participating in this year’s auction. Could you tell us a little about a few of the featured artists and their work?

JD Claffey: He has been in the metal casting business for over 40 years. He works with aluminum, brass and bronze and has begun to create his own art sculptures. J.D. has created many one-off pieces as well as various bells, goblets and other creations.

Amy Deal: She explores layering typography to create visual texture and pattern. Amy appreciates typography as an art form that lends itself to affecting imagery and enjoys the balance that can be achieved between visual and verbal designs. Deal is a national award-winning, professional visual communicator living in Oakwood, Ohio. She took a break from fine art to raise a family for the past 18 years, but is now reuniting with her love of painting.

MB Hopkins: She retired in 2010 after 30 years of service at Dayton Daily News, where she was an artist and illustrator in the art department. She graduated with honors from Wright State University in 1983, where she received a Bachelor’s of Fine Art, and attended on fellowship the Yale University Summer School of Art. MB considers DVAC an influential entity in her development as an artist, and, while she has resided in New York since 2012, she still considers Dayton home.

Katherine Kadish: Her work has been seen in hundreds of solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad. She has received grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council, as well as numerous awards. Katherine currently lives and works in Yellow Springs.

Zachary Armstrong: For the last few years, Armstrong has been painting bunches of flowers, among many other things, primarily because of their bright colors.

Doug Taylor: He has been photographing and printing for more than forty years and printmaking for the last ten. Along with thousands of hours of individual study and work, Taylor has had formal schooling in photography and has taken many, many workshops. – EB

Finally, how important is the annual auction to the purpose and longevity of the Dayton Visual Arts Center? 

The Art Auction is what DVAC is known for – it’s our most anticipated and recognizable event. Many people view it as the pinnacle of our season. However, I think it is just the beginning of our story. The funds support our mission all year long. Also, this chance to see and learn about so many works by the best artists in the Miami Valley often introduces many to the DVAC and other art organizations. Finally, the collegiality and new friendships formed by the participating artists inspires programs, resources and potential. – EB


The Dayton Visual Arts Center’s 20th Annual Art Auction will be held on Friday, April 25, at the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, 1 W. Second St. Doors open at 6 p.m. Silent auctions run from 6:30-9 p.m.; the live auction runs from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Complimentary parking at The Arts Garage on the corner of Second and Ludlow Streets. For tickets and additional information, information, please call 937.224.3822. or visit daytonvisualarts.org. 


Reach DCP freelance writer Benjamin Smith at BenjaminSmith@daytoncitypaper.com.


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