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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 would be content to find a studio with good light and with enough space to store their material and make their art. Mosaic artist Jes McMillan thinks bigger. She rented a 16,000-square-foot building in downtown Miamisburg that once housed […]

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Tale of three studios

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The many workspaces of artist Julie Beyer By Bill Franz I first heard of Julie Beyer when she was the featured artist at the Ann Arbor Street Fair, one of the top art fairs in the country. When I heard that the featured artist at this fair lived a few blocks from my home, I had to […]

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Serenity in Nature

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Penelope “Penny” Adamson draws inspiration from the outdoors By Joyell Nevins Penelope “Penny” Adamson is a living example of how artists, like fine wine, deepen with age. She has been drawing since she was in grade school, and decades later, continues to draw and stretch her horizons. “These kids are inspiring me,” she says, referring […]

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Pick up the paintbrush

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Gary Birch’s Zero Worries paints new pathways at Yellow Springs Brewery By Joyell Nevins Can a woman brew beer? Can a man who’s never painted before create moving art? The answer to both is a resounding “Yes,” according to the Yellow Springs Brewery. Saturday, April 2, their Art & Ale series introduces a new brew […]

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Together, under tension

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Professors explore conflicting concepts in solo exhibitions at Rosewood By Joyell Nevins Those who can’t do, teach. That maxim is proved wrong this month with two adjoining exhibitions at the Rosewood Gallery in Kettering’s Rosewood Arts Centre. A pair of college professors show that art is still as much within them as the students that […]

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Be steel my art

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A visit with Hamilton Dixon, steel sculptor By Bill Franz Photo: Hamilton Dixon’s handrails at the Dayton Art Institute Hamilton Dixon has been working with metal his entire working life. His very first job was as a welder on an offshore oilrig. He decided he liked working with metal but he didn’t like life on an oilrig, so […]

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Morgan’s motorcycles and murals

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Jason Morgan displays still life and portraits at Springfield Museum of Art By Joyell Nevins Photo: Jason Morgan, Indian Four, 2009 Jason Morgan of Yellow Springs can attribute his new lifestyle and career to two things: getting out of a cubicle and making people happy. The artist’s work is featured at the Springfield Museum of […]

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Abstract vision

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Painter Katherine Kadish in her Clifton studio By Bill Franz Photo: Kadish showing one of her earlier works Just over a year ago, I started photographing Dayton artists at work in their studios and publishing the results in a blog. I am not an art critic, but I enjoy getting a behind-the-scenes look at how […]

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Crème de la Femme

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Photographer Bill Franz spotlights working women By Joyell Nevins Photo: Bill Franz’s photo, “Comfort is a Dancer” features professional dancer Comfort Fedoke, and is on view in the Women Working exhibition at Yellow Springs Brewery   A typical pitch by photographer Bill Franz, whose latest exhibit just opened in Yellow Springs: “First of all, anything […]

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Mangled & altered

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Meet the Artist: Teri Schoch By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Teri Schoch, View of East Second Street, 2015; wood, corroded steel, graffiti, aluminum alloy I only met Teri Schoch a few weeks ago but I knew from the moment I saw her rusted, crushed and mangled assemblages, she would be someone I would completely dig. Her […]

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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 […]

Debate Forum: 7/12/16

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Duped or doped? Heroin addicts: criminals or victims? By Sarah Sidlow Here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of Cleveland.com: […]

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 […]