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The color of steel

Mike Elsass in his gallery, Color of Energy

One DCP writer’s account of painting with a master — Mike Elsass By Annie Bowers The scent of acrylic paint, polyurethane and incense lingered in the air at the old warehouse. Industrial fans hummed, and someone down the hall was using the freight elevator; I could hear the distinctive creak of the lift’s gate and […]

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Divergent destinations

New photography exhibit from Stivers School for the Arts By Jud Yalkut The Fifth Street Gallery at the Stivers School for the Arts is a professional exhibition space that services both its students as well as members of the community. The current exhibition, running through November 4, is a striking amalgam of two area photographers […]

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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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News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]

The Docket: 11/18

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove A new trend? A 36-year-old woman […]

Advice Goddess: 11/11

By Amy Alkon Scold rush  I try to be direct, but my girlfriend often sees this as meanness. For example, […]

The Docket 11/11/14

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Hail seizure! Officers responded to a […]

news of the weird 11/11

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Baby beauty Amanda Collins, 28, took “beauty pageant mom” to the next level (down) […]