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2015 Artistry in Wood, Dayton carving show. Competition winners.

Dayton Carvers Guild shapes 35th Artistry in Wood By Erin Callahan We’re living in the age of technology, when we can use computer design programs to create something on screen and build out designs with a vast selection of materials using 3D printers. It may seem that with this advanced digital technology, the traditional handcrafted […]

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Mi Blue House es su Blue House

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Two years, 1000 Prints By Joyell Nevins Photo: Issa Randall peppered The Blue House with New York Times headlines in “An Easy Tension” photo courtesy of Nicholaus Arnold and Ashley Jonas What if your living room was your exhibition hall? Meet husband and wife Nicholaus Arnold and Ashley Jonas, who literally live in The Blue […]

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Reading between the rings

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Paul Henry Martin builds the stories of wood By Bill Franz Photo: Paul Henry Martin identifies as both craftsman and artist; photo: Bill Franz About three years ago, I started taking photos of people at work, with a focus on two groups.  One group is Dayton artists working in their studios. The other group is […]

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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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Accident and control

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Meet the Artist: Doug Fiely By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Doug Fiely, Garden Tools   I’ll admit it. Printmaking is my media conundrum. Woodcut. Engraving. Etching. Mezzotint. Aquatint. Drypoint. Lithography. Screenprinting. Monotype. Too many ways to make a line. But, gosh, I’m drawn to it. So many lines. So many different ways to make a line. So […]

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Thinking outside the ‘white cube’

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Dayton’s Blue House redefines creative spaces By Susan Byrnes Photo: The Blue House on Catalpa Drive is a gallery and studio space for local and visiting artists; photo: Nicholaus Arnold The Blue House is exactly that: a nice, conventional house on Catalpa Drive with a welcoming front porch and bright red door. Though you might […]

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Shape and be shaped

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Meet the artist: Kevin Tunstall By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Kevin Tunstall, untitled, porcelain, 2014 I’ve got the ceramic bug. Not for the chunky, wheel-thrown glazed mugs I’ve collected from country craft fairs for years, but the contemporary ceramic art, from porcelain that riffs on global trade routes to clay heads that have been decked out […]

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Nobody Sleeps in Turandot

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Love thaws the ice queen with the Dayton Opera The scale and spectacle of Turandot is something not to be […]

Jackie in Wonderland

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Dayton Philharmonic backs prodigy Jackie Evancho at Schuster Jackie Evancho will sing opera favorites as well as her new more […]

Celebrating local artists

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DVAC auction returns to Sinclair’s Ponitz Center Attendees can appreciate local artists while socializing with their friends and family. By […]

Success by design

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Tracy McElfresh sews, up-cycles, and blogs her fashion forward McElfresh is fan of vivid colors and bold patterns in her […]

A new class at the old school

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Dayton Funk Forever brings the spirit of 70s soul to Oscar’s (L-R) Joseph Hamp, Patrick Coyne, Brandon Guthrie, Adam Uhlenhake, […]