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Defining an era

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]