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’Tis the Cézanne

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DAI’s Fractured Forms exhibition examines timeless influence on modern painting By Gary Spencer The Fixx once sang in their one-hit wonder from the 1980s “one thing leads to another,” and that is certainly the case in the history of visual art. Although one artist or movement may not have seemed like the logical successor to […]

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Blowing the witch’s ball

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The region’s largest ‘hot shop’ By Bill Franz Photographers love to visit glass blowing studios. We like the fire and smoke, and we like the contrast between the industrial equipment and the fragile, graceful art being made. I contacted James Michael Kahle about visiting the area’s largest glass blowing studio, Glass by James Michael & […]

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Mail call

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Wright State’s Colleen Kelsey teaches students the skill of mail art By Jim Hannah Photo: An example of mail art sent to Colleen Kelsey by artist Amy Deal They paint it, they mail it, and they often never see it again. It’s called “mail art” or “postal art” and includes postcards, envelopes, paper or anything that […]

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The art of peace

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DAI commemorates the Dayton Peace Accords By Tim Smith Photo: A selection of commemorative art, like this famous photograph by Marc Riboud, is on display at the Dayton Art Institute now through Feb. 28 Dayton has long been recognized for its achievements and contributions, and in 1995, it added the Dayton Peace Accords to its […]

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Home is where the art is

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Rosewood Holiday Arts Festival celebrates 30 years of community art By Lauren Adams Photo: A Rosewood Holiday Arts Festival takes place on Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Rosewood Arts Center; photo: Shayna McConville On Saturday, Dec. 5, the Rosewood Arts Centre will celebrate its third holiday festival. The festival celebrates local artists and gives the […]

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Get your art on

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DVAC presents annual Holiday Gift Gallery By Tim Smith Photo: Amy Deal, Collage, 2014; The ARTtoBUY Holiday Gift Gallery runs through Dec. 24 at the Dayton Visual Arts Center Ask a dozen people to define art and you’ll probably get a dozen different responses. Whatever your definition or preference is, you’ll likely find an example […]

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Grandma knows best

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Grandma Moses’ American grown paintings close season at DAI By Lisa Bennett Photo:Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses, Untitled; American Sampler: Grandma Moses and the Handicraft Tradition runs through Feb. 21 at the DAI No one in the 1930s would have guessed that the grieving widow who created one of the largely ignored paintings sitting in […]

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Face it

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UD’s ArtStreet exhibition makes fear less scary By Gary Spencer Photo: Krista Franklin, FEAR collage Fear is a strong emotion, to be sure. It causes most humans to take drastic actions to avoid that thing that they fear, or to avoid that emotion to begin with. The University of Dayton’s ArtStreet has decided to take […]

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Seeing a Song

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Dayton/Kyoto International Print Exchange Invitational returns By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Tomoko Sase, Maitake, 2014, Every year or so, dozens of artistic prints—lithographs, etchings, woodblock, linoleum, drypoint, intaglio and more—travel the 6,600 miles between Kyoto, Japan and Dayton, Ohio, to be shared with new audiences. The Dayton/Kyoto International Print Exchange Invitational features over 20 printmakers […]

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Dark arts

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Night of the Creeps Art Show: simply eerie-sistable By Gary Spencer Photo: Night of the Creeps Art Show will feature Halloween and horror-themed art and more, Oct. 30 at Club Vex; photo: Mary Kathryn Burnside It’s that time of year when people seem to embrace all that is ghastly, ghoulish and creepy, and a group […]

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Paper worlds

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Artist Béatrice Coron at Dayton Art Institute By Joyell Nevins Photo: Artist Béatrice Coron will appear at the Dayton Art Institute on Oct. 29; photo: Etienne Frossard Who said there is an age limit to starting an artistic career? At 40-years-old, the French-born Béatrice Coron decided she wanted to be a full-time artist. Almost 20 […]

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Seeing is understanding

An Afghan boy is seen with a Minnie Mouse face mask in a local cemetery in Kabul, Afghanistan on Oct. 10, 2006. Afghan cemeteries are very basic: a single stone is used to mark the grave and very rarely something is engraved on it. After decades of war in Afghanistan, reconstruction in the country has slowly begun, though ongoing conflict continues to hinder the process. Despite the devastation and irregular water and electricity supply, Afghans struggle for a sense of normalcy.

Visions Of Conflict: A Cultural Context at Wright State University By Erin Callahan Photo: An Afghan boy is seen with a Minnie Mouse face mask in a local cemetery in Kabul, Afghanistan on Oct. 10, 2006. Despite the devastation, Afghans strive for a sense of normalcy; photo: Ziyah Gafic Conflict is constant. From the Hundred […]

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No 3-D glasses required

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Height, Width, Depth explored at Rosewood By Joyell Nevins Photo: Carrie Longley; Capillus Voluminus; 2012; ceramic, glaze, wire, pig intestine, mixed media; 18 x 13 x 7 in.; photo courtesy of the artist From two cubic inches to eight feet wide, from natural wood to hard steel, from amateur to professional—the only theme HWD exhibitors […]

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Art, uninterrupted

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Art on the Commons Arts and Crafts Festival returns By CC Hutten Photo: Mugs made by Lexington, Kentucky artist Melissa Zimmerman color the 2014 Art on the Commons display at Fraze Pavilion. This year’s event will be held Aug. 9; photo: Shayna McConville For nearly 30 years, the Art on the Commons fine arts and […]

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Fifty years of progress?

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Danny Lyon: Memories of the Civil Rights Movement at Herndon Gallery By Sarah Sidlow Photo: Protesters stage a sit-in at Toddle House in Atlanta, Georgia, December, 1963; photo: Danny Lyon The Herndon Gallery, tucked unassumingly away inside an academic building on the campus of Antioch College, is a blank canvas. The medium-sized art epicenter has […]

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Things left behind

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The work of John Emery at DVAC By Shayna V. McConville Photo: John Emery, Have a Captain Cook, 2014, watercolor construction Artist John Emery documents memories. Realistic watercolor renderings of landscapes and personal objects merge into actual artifacts, blurring the line between the authentic and imagined. Carefully composed and preserved on paper, these compositions are […]

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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 […]