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The Weight of water

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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Absurdism, Dayton-style

Meet the artist: Sarah Kane By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Sarah Kane, I Got You The Jelly Kind, 2014, archival inkjet print, from the series The Neighbors I’ve only known Sarah Kane for the last three months – first meeting her on a wintry Saturday afternoon as she was setting out with her camera to capture […]

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Miami Valley Pottery

Collaborative. Accidental. Fruitful. By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: David Leach & Naysan McIlhargey, ceramic, glaze I took the occasion of the recent collaboration of potter Naysan McIlhargey with printmaker David Leach, drawer/printmaker Erin Holscher Almazan and painter/printmaker Jennifer Rosengarten to visit McIlhargey’s studio, Miami Valley Pottery, for the first time. Located just outside of Yellow Springs, […]

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A study in hybrids

Meet the artist/curator: Ashley Jude Jonas By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Ashley Jude Jonas, “Buffalo Husband” As artistic practices have expanded beyond the boundaries of the production of objects, often incorporating historical context, editing and interpretation – work typically associated with the curator – we are seeing a blurring of the boundaries between the artist and […]

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Ordinary to Extraordinary, Inside the Box

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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Really Now?

Midwest Painters Demonstrate Realism and Its Discontents By Jud Yalkut Taking its cue from Sigmund Freud’s treatise on psychology and civilization, the current exhibition by the Midwest Paint Group tackles the place of realism and figurative art in contemporary times. Curated by Glen Cebulash, Chair of Art and Art History at Wright State University, Realism […]

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News of the weird: 05/19

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Donating for dollars Already, healthy people can donate blood, sperm and eggs, but now […]

Advice Goddess: 5/19

By Amy Alkon All the single m’ladies I read your manners book and loved it. I just feel that for […]

Chew on this: 05/19

What to believe about coconut oil claims By Jayne Powers Coconuts are on a roll as a wonder food. I […]

The Docket: 05/19

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove D’oh! The owner of a Dayton bar contacted […]

News of the weird: 05/12

By Chuck Shepherd Marital enhancement Saudi Arabia’s very first sex accessory shop (in the holy city of Mecca) should be […]

Chew on this: 05/12

Weight loss for pudgy pets By Jayne Powers Pets, like people, get pudgy – even obese. According to the Association […]