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Takin’ it to the streets

Street art is “labor of love” for local artists By Benjamin Dale Spray paint–check. Stencils–check. Markers–check. Stickers, running shoes, cigarettes–check, check, check. These are the supplies and the tools of the elusive painter of the night; the street artist. Since the creation of Man, some inner compulsion within the human psyche has prompted a certain […]

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Color Logistiks Group

They want to paint your walls. By Katie Modras-Anible Wall art can say a lot for a city’s culture and creativity. Public art that occupies active space, contributing to the environment in which it is affixed, can alter the entire feel of any outdoor or enclosed area. Walls, borders, defined boundaries; for Josh Flohre and […]

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The “Metamorphosis”

… and the rebirth of the Visceral Gallery By Jud Yalkut The Visceral Gallery has been one of the mainstays of area contemporary art over the last five years since its founding on East Fifth Street in the Oregon District. Boasting a “family” of accomplished Dayton-area artists, the gallery has, in its various manifestations, also […]

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Putting sticks to work

Installation art puts a wiggle in your walk through Wegerzyn Gardens By Emma Jarman When I look at a development team preparing to rip down trees in order to replace them with McMansions and six-car garages, I think, “What a shame.” When Patrick Dougherty lays sight upon the same scene he thinks, “Supplies!” “It’s kind […]

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Ohio Chainsaw Masterpiece

Jerry Metcalf: Chainsaw sculptor, lifetime ink lover By Katie Modras-Anible Jerry Metcalf shares his philosophy on life as we sit with the evening sun streaming into his kitchen window. “Life goes by too fast not to keep busy,” he said. His tiny black Chihuahua, Black Jack, makes his presence known and then sits close enough […]

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Sideshow VI

A two-day celebration of creativity By Katie Anible-Modras At a little juncture where the train bridge cuts through the city next to Fifth and Fourth Streets, off Wayne Avenue, where the trains noisily cross, you may discover our own little gem in the valley – the whimsical world that is the Garden Station. Look for […]

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A timely tour

DAI dispenses a spotlight show of contemporary art By Jane A. Black There is much to enjoy in the Dayton Art Institute’s current special exhibition, Creating the New Centruy: Contemporary Art from the Dicke Collection. The galleries are filled with bold imagery, contemplative abstractions, vibrant colors and lush surfaces. Social commentary is prevalent, but often […]

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A Life in Print

Sidney Chafetz exhibit debuts at Antioch’s Herndon Gallery By Kay Koeninger How do we take the measure of one person’s life? For Sidney Chafetz, who was born in 1922, it is recorded with an etching needle and a lithography stone. His current retrospective “Sidney Chafetz: A Life in Print,” currently on view through April 29 […]

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Creating a moment

Taking Dayton artists on the road By Jane A. Black What does it cost you to make a name in the art world? What does it cost if you don’t even try? These questions are not just idle turns of mind for one of Dayton’s most entrepreneurial spirits, Mike Elsass, whose art career has gone […]

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A lifetime of painting

The Angelo Ippolito exhibit at the Springfield Museum of Art By Jud Yalkut The early 50s through the mid-60s in New York was a vibrant time of changes in American art as Abstract Expressionism reached its peak of influence before branching into the myriad forms, which refined themselves into Pop Art and Minimalism. Out of […]

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Debate Forum: 04/22

Forum Center: No payday for the Paycheck Fairness Act By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joe Heller The Paycheck Fairness Act failed […]

Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]