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For the Kid in All of Us

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K12 Allows Us to Return to Our Roots By Annie Bowers I challenge each of you to put down your laptop, iPad or smart phone at least once this week … and make something with your hands. Think back to elementary school when, if you were lucky, you went to art class and made paintings, chalk […]

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“Going Once, Going Twice … Gone!”

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Dayton Visual Arts Center’s Annual Art Auction By Meghan Dillon On Friday, April 27, the Dayton art community will once again descend upon the Dayton Visual Arts Center’s (DVAC) Annual Art Auction. The event brings together Dayton artists, art advocates and art connoisseurs to celebrate the best visual arts the region has to offer. Like […]

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John Hibbits

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The Passing of an Ever-evolving Artist By Jud Yalkut John C. Hibbitts was an original in the Dayton area scene. His work and his behavior were mutually unpredictable and oscillated between personal mythic gestures and raw explosive energy that miraculously coalesced into potent eloquence. His work moved from the static into the kinetic, focused for […]

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Pure Imagination

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Michael Bashaw, Sō Percussion and DECA Students Collaborate for One-of-a-kind Performance By Tim Anderl Walking through the dusty hallways of the a former sewing machine factory, the more than a century old building where Michael Bashaw keeps his studio, it is difficult to imagine the wondrously inventive sculptures, installations, collaborations and music that have taken […]

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Under an Open Sky and Figures of Rhetoric

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A Duel Exhibition at the Rosewood Gallery By Jud Yalkut The airy but incisive vision of the delicacy of branches and bird forms in the snowy whiteness of space of Paula Willmot Kraus’ “Under an Ohio Sky” is in sharp contrast with the fragmented and rough aspects of post-Constructivist figural sculpture by Emily Trick in […]

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A Spring Renaissance for a Masterpiece:

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The Dayton Art Institute By Jud Yalkut Ever since benefactor Julia Shaw Carnell funded the 1930 building project for the magnificent museum structure on the hill overlooking the city across the Great Miami River, it has been a treasured landmark for the Miami Valley area as well as a timeless cultural icon. The building was […]

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Perfectly Frank

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Experiencing Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House By Chris Schutte Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House in Springfield is not your typical historic house museum. Unless your definition of “typical” includes concerts by Japanese rock bands, film festivals, Pecha Kucha and … a cash bar. Better stated, it is a “Living House.” As executive director Marta Wojcik […]

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A Centennial of John Cage

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A Celebration with Friends at the Solway Gallery By Jud Yalkut In 1952, pianist David Tudor performed John Cage’s “4’33” at the Maverick Concert Hall in Woodstock, New York by sitting at a closed piano with a stop watch for precisely that time, a length of time determined by Cage through chance operations (which could […]

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The Trenchant Art of James Pate

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Kin Killin’ Kin and Attack By Jud Yalkut The masterful African American artist James Pate was born in Birmingham, Alabama, but raised in Cincinnati where he earned a scholarship to attend the Art Academy there through a Corbett Award. After attending Central State University and continuing to self-educate himself, he has since been a recipient […]

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The Jury Process

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Behind the Scenes of the 22cd Annual Works on Paper By Shayna McConville Beyond merely creating a piece of art, an artist has to navigate a situation in which to showcase his/her work to an audience.  Often, that situation is in a gallery or a museum, and often it is alongside many other artists.  A […]

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Community Gallery Reflects History

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Yellow Springs Arts Council Presents its Permanent Collection By Emma Jarman Yellow Springs is perhaps the closest thing the Miami Valley has to a utopian artists’ colony. Its thriving arts scene draws people from across the region to experience the folky vibe and organic nature of the eclectic collection of restaurants, bookstores and boutiques lining […]

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Honoring the “Unpeople” in Issa Randal’s Dramatic Moment

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Raw Power at the Dayton Visual Arts Center By Jud Yalkut The art of Dayton’s Issa Randall presents a Dramatic Moment as the raw power of street art that confronts the subtleties of the gallery space. Previous contemporary corollaries exist with the deconstructed and reassembled graffiti billboards referenced in the work of Mark Bradshaw, but […]

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Canvas The Neighborhood

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A Glimpse of Street Art from Detroit to Dayton By Shayna McConville Artists have integrated site-specific artwork into architecture for centuries, commissioned by churches, cities, and patrons, to add a visual complement to their buildings.  In recent history, Diego Rivera’s fresco murals adorned municipal and educational sites, Gordon Matta-Clark cut into whole abandoned buildings and […]

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Big spaces and large planes

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A unique exhibit opens at Miami University Middletown By Jud Yalkut It is always a great pleasure to discover exciting new work in a previously unexplored venue within the perimeters of one’s area. A juried exhibition entitled “Big Spaces and Large Planes” opens the 2011-2012 season through February 9 with the ongoing collaboration between The […]

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Local visual arts: A year in review

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Lively flux and changes in 2011 visual arts scene By Jud Yalkut 2011 in the Dayton area visual arts scene was a traumatic series of changes of personnel, albeit comparatively smooth and malleable in the end. As representative of the support of both the visual and performing arts in the area, the personnel changes crossed […]

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The color of steel

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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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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]