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Shooting Stars


NASA Astronaut Terry Virts touches down at Victoria Terry Virts at work in the Cupola Module By Gary Spencer There’s an old saying that adults used to refer to a youngster with a lot of intelligence, ingenuity, and drive: “That kid’s going places.” That adage could have certainly applied to Terry Virts, as he’s gone […]

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Erik Demaine

Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami at the DAI Greene RecyclingDestructors VIII  by Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine By Terri Gordon  The latest exhibit at the Dayton Art Institute features origami, the ancient art of paper-folding. But this is not the origami of fortunetellers (what many would recognize as cootie-catchers) and peace cranes. This […]

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3-Estes, Simeon, Cut It Out, chalk, 39 x 27 in.

The Cline Show at the Dayton Visual Arts Center Simeon Estes “Cut It Out”, chalk By Tim Smith The Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) has always showcased and encouraged local artists in the pursuit of their artistic visions. Every year it holds numerous exhibits that give Dayton area artisans free expressionistic reign. One of its […]

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A wintery walk through history

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Wonderland Windows from Rike’s on display at Schuster The Toyland window display at the Schuster. Photo: Diane-Schoeffler-Warren. By Tim Smith If you lived in Dayton prior to 1999, it was a family tradition to venture downtown every December to ooh and aah over the animated window displays at Rike’s Department Store on the corner of […]

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A smaller canvas


Warped Wing’s new can designs Warped Wing’s stand-out can designs. Photo: Tara Michel By David Nilsen Most local drinkers can instantly recognize a Warped Wing Brewing Company can on a store shelf. The largest brewery in Dayton has sold its beers in tall 16 oz. cans since it opened in January 2014, and their Trotwood […]

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A DIY celebration

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Dayton Craft and Artisan Expo returns to Masonic Center for 2nd year Photo: Artists frequently demonstrate their craft at the expo, this year to be held Nov. 4 and 5 By Tim Walker Some might call it a compulsion. An artist works in his or her studio, usually alone and in obscurity. They spend thousands […]

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Color Dayton


Art on the Commons keeps inspiring creativity Photo: A masterpiece by Anastasia Mak By Megan Constable Back for its 29th year, the Art on the Commons Festival will bring music, art, crafts, food, and more to the Miami Valley. The event will host over 100 artists and crafters from across the nation. According to Shayna McConville, […]

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Through a telescopic lens

18098 Jim Hannah, Engineering Student Eric Harris photographs the moon 9-27-16

3 Wright State engineer shoots to photograph 18 years of full moons By Jim Hannah Photo: Eric Harris shoots the moon in its cycle of phases For a 9-year-old, it was a night to remember. Sick with worry about his 11-year-old sister, who was seriously ill and being treated in the intensive care unit of […]

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Milling about

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At the wheel of historic Clifton Mill with Jessica Noes By Jim Hannah Photo: Tens of thousands of visitors travel to Clifton Mill’s display of 4 million lights; photos: Eric Pence It was simply irresistible. Jessica Noes had begun working at the historic Clifton Mill in high school and continued during her college years at Wright […]

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Painting the town

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Katelyn Puthoff creates historical mural for her native Minster, Ohio By Jim Hannah Photo: Katelyn Puthoff’s mural for the Minster Historical Society depicts the town’s original German settlers on three panels; photos: Eric Pence You’re strolling down one of Minster’s main streets, start to pass an alleyway, and suddenly it just leaps out at you—a […]

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Connecting to our past


African-American Visual Artists Guild showcase Dayton’s iconic neighborhoods By Joseph Ferber Photo: ‘Neighbor Next To Thee’ watercolor, ink, and charcoal by Debra Richardson-Wood, on display at the RTA Cultural Center through Nov. 30 The African-American Visual Artists Guild is gifting the city of Dayton with a historical exposition that any Daytonian can respect; the guild recently […]

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Destination: Americana


On the road with Terry Glass’s Route 66 By Joyell Nevins Photo: ‘The Blue Whale of Catoosa, Oklahoma,’ on Route 66 by Hugh Davis was an anniversary gift for his wife, Zelta, in the early ’70s; photos: Terry Glass Terry Glass of Tipp City got his kicks on Route 66—and you can see part of his […]

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Beyond Borders

‘Bus Riders’ by Beth Holyoke in Beyond Borders; photo: Beth Holyoke

Beth Holyoke seeks peace in pieces By Brittany Erwin The Syrian Civil War has resulted in the most devastating refugee crisis of our time. You have undoubtedly witnessed footage of families fleeing their homes and risking their lives as they move toward an uncertain future. If they survive their escape, they often face distrust in […]

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Drawing the big picture of Dayton By Shayna V. McConville Photo: ‘Studio Sunset’ by Terry Welker In 1851, Henry David Thoreau wrote in his journal, “The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” For centuries, artists have observed—and seen—their surroundings, capturing architecture, texture, color, and structure through quick, onsite sketches. Subjective and […]

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Summer snow


The Antarctic Sublime & Elements of Nature: Water at DAI By Joyell Nevins Photo: Daniel Rozin uses 450 stuffed penguins with motors, control electronics, and Xbox Kinect to create “Penguins Mirror” at Dayton Art Institutephoto: John Berens This summer, you can see penguins, glaciers, and a 13-foot waterfall—all without leaving the heart of Dayton. The […]

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Makers of nations


Springfield Museum of Art exhibits Artist as Teacher By Lisa Bennett Photo: “Voodoo Zoo” oil painting by Ron Anderson; photo: Ron Anderson They are the makers of nations: the selfless women and men who shape the future by passing on their wisdom, their strengths, and their ideas. They are the teachers who patiently take on […]

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Oh my cod!


Something Rotten’s Bottom Brothers unseat Shakespeare Raising a toast! (Foreground L-R) Maggie Lakis, Josh Grisetti, Rob McClure, and Autumn Hurlbert. […]

A homestyle home run


The Bullpen Diner in Dot’s Market The Bullpen’s country fried steak, silver dollar potato pancakes, and eggs over easy. By […]

Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the […]

What to do in the Springs


Santa Fe Red by Sara Gray “Have You Red/Read It?” on display at The Village Artisans The Village Artisans gallery […]

Kansas resurrected


Classic Kansas Leftoverture LP live and more at Victoria Kansas (L-R) Rich Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie […]