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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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News of the weird: 12/16

By Chuck Shepherd Dying to get a date Like many in society’s subgroups, people who work in “death” industries or […]

Advice Goddess: 12/16

By Amy Alkon American idle My girlfriend is beautiful, highly intelligent and interesting. She’s smart for a living (as a […]

The Docket: 12/9

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event […]

Jingle ’Burg

Miamisburg Holiday Parade returns By CC Hutten Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event and Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. on […]

Advice Goddess: 12/9

By Amy Alkon Belittle Richard My girlfriend says she likes that I’m smart but says I can be “on” too […]

News of the weird: 12/9

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – TMI Kansas lawyer Dennis Hawver was disbarred in November for his comically bad (24 […]