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Richard Lapedes’ Sculpture: Recovering from 30 years in Management By Erin Callahan Photo: ‘Quantum Ignition’ by Richard Lapedes What does a businessman, an educator, an artist, and a sailor have in common? If you ask Richard Lapedes, it’s more than you might think. “Art, education, and business are domains I’ve investigated in my life quite […]

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Of mice and men

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Owl history with the Glen Helen Raptor Center By Lisa Bennett Photo: A pair of Screech Owls; photos: James Stewart The full moon explodes with light on an otherwise dark and dreary set. An ethereal fog shrouds would-be villains, and off in the distance, the haunting cry of an owl pierces the darkness, sending shivers […]

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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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The ‘undocument’

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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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Kraut rocks

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Waynesville’s Sauerkraut Festival returns By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: An aerial view of Waynesville’s North Main Street, where hundreds of thousands check out wares and fare at the annual Sauerkraut Festival Fall is festival season in Ohio, and the Dayton area is lucky to host many of its fests. One of the biggest is the […]

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River monsters

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Wade War V hits Troy By Matt Clevenger Photo: NAPRA founder Pete Ziehler prepares to reel one in; photo: Amy Ziehler Anglers from all across the state of Ohio will meet in Troy Oct. 7, ready to spend a full weekend fishing the Great Miami River for charity as part of the annual Wade War […]

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Dayzed and infused

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Infusion ArtFest in Beavercreek By Tim Smith Photo: Jesy Anderson will feature her sewed works along with about 69 other artists at ArtFest Sept. 18; photos: Jesy Anderson Miami Valley communities have long supported homegrown artists in a variety of venues. Beavercreek joins the lineup Sept. 18 when the city showcases some new and emerging […]

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Moving pieces

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Sketch Crawl art walks Yellow Springs By Matt Clevenger Photo: The Art Crawl invites everyone to capture the scenes of Yellow Springs; photo: Nancy Mellon It started with an idea from an article in Dayton City Paper. “A few weeks ago, there was an article about the urban sketch crawl,” says Nancy Mellon, gallery coordinator […]

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Easy like Sunday mornings

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Two artists, ‘Shared Views’ By Karen Ander Francis Photo: Sigalia Cannon (right) and Sherraid Scott; photo: Corrine Bayraktaroglu “Easy like Sunday mornings,” the 1980s song lyrics by The Commodores, evoke a pace free from hurry and worry, rushing and bluster, the final hours of respite from work. The Sunday morning that I drove to Yellow […]

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The future is yours

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Make your own at DIY Cyclops Fest By Tim Walker Photo:    DIY. If you’re reading this story, you may already know that DIY stands for Do It Yourself, but you may be unaware that it applies to a lot more than just home renovation. Do It Yourself has grown into a subculture all its […]

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Yaya, gyro, opa!

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Greek Festival keeps tradition alive By Karen Ander Francis Photo: The Nisiotis, a high school dance group, rises up as the next generation to sustain Greek tradition; photos: Bill Franz Unmistakable rhythms and mouth-watering aromas greet visitors to the annual Greek Festival, transporting them to another world and culture that arrived in Dayton with immigrants in […]

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*naked*

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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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Ladylike

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Women in the arts dig them out at Ladyfest Dayton By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Lisa Bird of Whiskey for Kids marks a long lineup of rockers at Ladyfest Sept. 2 and 3; photos: Jennifer Taylor Telling a little boy he could one day be a good father may not be as effective as actually showing […]

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More than a spit and whittle

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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A tale of two culinary cities

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Taste of Troy showcases mom and pop ops By Kevin Tucker Photo: Hit the streets for treats like chocolate shortcake in a cup at Taste of Troy Sept. 10 In Troy, it’s a tale of two culinary cities depending on your geographic location. Popular restaurant chains decorate the landscape near the interstate on the town’s […]

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I’m a lumberjack, baby

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Clifton Gorge Music and Arts Festival By Lisa Bennett Photo: Carvaholic’s Pete Conley of Springfield crafts for the Clifton Gorge Music and Arts Festival photo courtesy of Sue Chasnov   Millions of years ago, gargantuan glaciers bullied their way into the Miami Valley, ripping up bedrock and moving along megalithic boulders like they were child’s marbles. Mammoth […]

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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 […]