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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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Springfield’s Art Nouveau

Meeting SMOA’s new executive director By Nicole Wroten When you think of a place to see world-class art and sculpture, what might pop into your head? New York City. Chicago. Maybe even Austin, Texas. But Springfield, Ohio? Springfield holds a true gem, just 40 minutes east of the Gem City with the Springfield Museum of […]

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Reconciliations in the ‘REACH’

Exhibitions at DVAC and Sinclair By Jud Yalkut An annual event in the City of Dayton is the collaborative “REACH Across Dayton” studies conference and exhibitions co-sponsored by the Dayton Visual Arts Center, Sinclair Community College and the EbonNia Gallery. REACH “seeks to promote learning in the arts and humanities by creating an atmosphere that […]

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PechaKucha Night in Dayton

The coolest thing you haven’t heard of and can’t pronounce By Nicole Wroten PechaKucha. (Japanese: ペチャクチャ, IPA: [pet͡ɕa ku͍̥t͡ɕa][1], chit chat) Funny word, right? So, what does it mean? Sounds kind of like Pikachu. No, that’s not it. A new sushi place? The latest model from Toyota? The eternal partner of Hello Kitty? It draws […]

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Here Comes Santa Claw

Real Art’s latest project for kids (and clients) at heart By Nicole Wroten So, what does Santa do with all of those left over presents that nobody included on their wish lists? Ask Dayton’s own Real Art Design Group. On January 3, Real Art unveiled a one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime project with the Santa Claw. Yes, Claw. […]

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Remembering a decade

Kevin Harris shows layers of experience in prints, drawings By Jane A. Black Kevin Harris’ new exhibition at Sinclair Community College is a 10-year survey of drawings, prints and collages. While on the surface, they appear to be quite varied – ranging from torn paper compositions in clear, bright color to moody, barely narrative, black-and-white […]

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The naked truth about nudes

The reality behind ‘full-bodied’ art By Jud Yalkut One of the greatest paradoxes of contemporary art is the recurrent battle over the exhibition of nudity, especially in public spaces. It is accepted that the old masters and their kin used nude models in their depictions and allegories of ancient battles and revelries, images available universally […]

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The Art Decade

Marking the end of the first decade of the 21st century By Jud Yalkut 2010 climaxed the first decade of the 21st century with major exhibitions in the Dayton area, not the least of which was a series of extraordinary shows at the Dayton Art Institute, an inventive season at the Dayton Visual Arts Center […]

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“Constructed Territory” at Wright State

Exhibit explores real and imaginary landscapes By Jud Yalkut Through January 9, the Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries at Wright State University is home to real and imaginary worlds and landscapes in the exhibition “Constructed Territory.” Working with expansions of geographical locations, the reworking of cartographic and topologic details, and even the transformation of the […]

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“Marking the Past, Shaping the Present”

A Talk with Willis “Bing” Davis By Jud Yalkut Willis “Bing” Davis is a living legend in the visual art history of Dayton who has mobilized the African American community of artists as no one ever imagined, bringing these traditions into the mainstream while preserving their innate cultural integrity. Now Dayton is afforded the magical […]

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Super Realist Paintings by Paul Wolber at Bear’s Mill

SUPER REALIST PAINTINGS BY PAUL WOLBER AT BEAR’S MILL By Jud Yalkut The vividly realistic paintings of Paul Wolber will be featured during the month of December at historic Bear’s Mill through Sunday, January 2, 2011. A resident of Parma, Michigan, Wolber was a professor of art for 40 years and has traveled extensively in […]

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Plein Air Experience

DVAC 7TH ANNUAL “FRESH ART” AT GALLERY SAINT JOHN By Jud Yalkut On September 1, 2010, Mount Saint John at Bergamo was host to 15 active artists for the day. Gallery Saint John coordinator Brother Joe Barrish noted that “the Mount is celebrating its 100 years of existence and we wanted other artists besides our five […]

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Shimmering Mobiles and Limpid Blossoms in DVAC “Reflections”

The Works of Terry Welker and Paula Willmot Kraus at DVAC By Jud Yalkut Running through December 29, the Dayton Visual Arts Center is full of gently kinetic presences in the forms of large sculptural mobiles by Terry Welker and their beautiful complement in the fluid palladium images of flowers by Paula Willmot Kraus. This […]

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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 […]