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Magic of the mundane

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Christopher Burk’s “Illuminating the Everyday at Springfield Museum of Art Christopher Burk, Connected—Columbus, Harrison West I, 2016 Oil on panel 8″ x 10″ By Sarah Monroe When we look back at the great artists of our past, such as Claude Monet, Edward Hopper and even Bob Ross, we appreciate their eye for and their interpretation […]

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Passions on paper


Rosewood Gallery’s “Works on Paper” highlights Dayton’s artists Michele BonDurant; Secret House In The Woods; 2017 by Tracy Flagg Centers On view through February 23 at Rosewood Gallery in Kettering’s Rosewood Arts Centre is the 28th installation of the Dayton-area Works on Paper exhibition, an annual juried art show featuring many of Dayton’s most talented […]

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A Santa for the road


Miamisburg Art Gallery celebrates holiday art The Miamisburg Art Gallery’s Artist of the Month, Patsy Weidner, with her Santas. By Megan Garrison The Miamisburg Art Gallery has been promoting and displaying art for over 50 years. Through those years the gallery has relied on the community to support local artists and keep the lights on. […]

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A seasonal, artful jubilee

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Rosewood’s Holiday Arts Festival showcases community Photo: Ceramicist Sarah Hydell, RHAF ‘s 2017 featured artist. By Brennan Burks Since Halloween, you have probably been bombarded with the statement “the holidays are right around the corner!” It’s everywhere: on commercials, email ads and billboards, at the office, and in the endless group texts that simultaneously decide […]

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Defining an era


Alphonse Mucha’s Art Nouveau at the Dayton Art Institute Photo: Monaco, Monte-Carlo, 1897; Dhawan collection By Terri Gordon Alphonse Mucha is not Art Nouveau—Art Nouveau is Alphonse Mucha. His name may not be as well known, but the works of Alphonse Mucha are as recognizable as any Monet or Van Gogh—maybe even more so. Mucha’s work […]

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‘Stories by hand’

Marianne Rabb Britton | MAGGO | Fabric & Embroidery | 49 x 45” | Collection of Paula Womacks

Marianne Rabb Britton’s energy still flows at Springfield Museum By Brittany Erwin Textiles—flexible materials typically composed of yarn or thread—seem simple. Yet, these objects, brought to life via knitting, weaving, crocheting, or felting, are magically complex when skillfully rendered. Stories by Hand: Marianne Rabb Britton, a retrospective of the late artist’s masterful textile art at […]

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Abstractions and activism

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In dialogue with artist MB Hopkins Artist MB Hopkins in her basement studio in Dayton; photo: Bill Franz By Bill Franz I have seen the work of MB Hopkins for years, but I only met her last February. Hopkins uses her art to support causes that are important to her, and in February she was at a […]

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Colors of energy


Visiting abstract painter Mike Elsass in his Front Street studio By Bill Franz Photo: Mike Elsass’ signature rusted steel paintings hold as many as 40 layers of paint; photos: Bill Franz Mike Elsass may be Dayton’s most colorful artist, and he works in what is definitely Dayton’s most colorful studio. Elsass rents most of the […]

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Dancing the divide


Living in Divided States at Antioch’s Herndon Gallery By Brittany Erwin Photo: Michael Casselli’s ‘US/THEM’ from Living in Divided States at Antioch; photos: Sylvia Newsome A large disco ball twirls slowly, scattering reflective light over the Herndon Gallery, Antioch College’s on-site art space. But this is no celebratory dance party. A closer look reveals the […]

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Practice makes art


UD artists explore art as social practice at Front Street By Brittany Erwin Photo: Joel Whitaker’s ‘Alternative Processes’ class exhibits at the Index Gallery Front Street Building Co., “home to the largest Community of Artists and Artisans in the Dayton area” has a newly branded University of Dayton-owned resident, Index Gallery. Judith Huacuja, chair of […]

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Stories retold


Annie Lee-Zimerle plays the hero[ine] at Springfield Museum of Art By Ashley Jonas Photo: Annie Lee-Zimerle’s ‘The House of The Three Bears’ at the Springfield Museum of Art Story Retold is an exhibition of recent works by Dayton-based artist Annie Lee-Zimerle that opened at The Springfield Museum of Art on Nov. 12 and will run […]

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‘the chaos of comfort’


Claudia Mastrobuono turns tension into art By Brittany Erwin Photo: ‘Nest/chandelier’ piece from a previous installation by Claudia Mastrobuono If you are like me, you often conceptualize a work of art separately from its setting. Yet, for many installation artists, like Claudia Mastrobuono, their work is contextualized by and in conversation with the venue where […]

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Ravaging the sublime

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Truth in today’s surreal landscape By Ashley Jonas Photo: ‘Silver Lake Operations # 1’ by Edward Burtynsky at DAI The third and final installment of the Dayton Art Institute’s Year of the Classical Elements explores the theme of the sublime in contemporary landscape photography with Ravaged Sublime: Landscape Photography in the 21st Century, which opened […]

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Strange Bruises/Ghosts Emerging


Two artists find lasting impressions in fleeting moments By Brittany Erwin Photo: Gold inside gray image and pink-tinged work by Benjamin Lee Sperry Our lives are a compilation of fleeting moments. To find greater meaning requires reflecting on those moments and allowing them to shape our interactions with the world. Championing the effort to highlight […]

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The ‘undocument’


FotoFocus Biennial drives the power of image through Dayton By Ashley Jonas Photo: ‘Selfie’ by Kayleigh Harris In 1990, the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati presented Robert Mapplethorpe’s retrospective The Perfect Moment.  Mapplethorpe was a photographer, so he made images. He made images of the body, flowers, homoerotism, interracial figure studies, celebrity portraits, and self-portraits.  […]

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Art for every body on display at Color of Energy gallery By Brittany Erwin Photo: Parrish’s untitled nude figure calls viewers to confront the female form Is the ideal female body tall and long-limbed? Short and curvaceous? Voluptuous with soft, fleshy rolls? For artist Parrish, it’s all of the above. Parrish, a recent graduate of the […]

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Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]