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Dayton Craft and Artisan Expo returns to Masonic Center for 2nd year Photo: Artists frequently demonstrate their craft at the expo, this year to be held Nov. 4 and 5 By Tim Walker Some might call it a compulsion. An artist works in his or her studio, usually alone and in obscurity. They spend thousands […]

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Enter the labyrinth

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J.T. Thompson’s Illusion at Triangle Gallery by Joyell Nevins For painter J.T. Thompson, his latest exhibition at the Burnell R. Roberts Triangle Gallery, “Illusion of Spatial Extent into the Labyrinth,” is a chance to come back to the place where it all began. The gallery is prime art space inside of Sinclair Community College. “If […]

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Exhibit 2015

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A year of Art Everywhere By Joyell Nevins Photo: One of the final installations created by the three artists at this year’s Locked In in Yellow Springs;photo: Rod Hatfield Newcomers to the Gem City might think with a medium-sized population comes a medium-sized and slightly narrow-minded artistic community. They would be wrong. Dayton’s artistic community […]

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In a state of experimentation

Installation of "Appetite: An American Pastime" at the Herndon Gallery, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio. Photo by Kevin J. Miyazaki

Studio visit with michael casselli by Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Kurt Miyazaki and Michael Casselli, Appetite: An American Pastime I first met Yellow Springs artist Michael Casselli as a resident artist as part of 2009’s Blue Sky Project. He had relocated to Yellow Springs from New York in 2008 to fight the closure of his alma […]

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The rainbow connection?

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A Thousand Invisible Threads: Mapping the Rhizome at Herndon Gallery By Joyell Nevins Photo: Toby Millman, Access and Closure Over a century ago, Scottish-American naturalist John Muir saw a connection in our universe. “When we try to pick out anything by itself,” he said, “we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” His […]

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Accident and control

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Meet the Artist: Doug Fiely By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Doug Fiely, Garden Tools   I’ll admit it. Printmaking is my media conundrum. Woodcut. Engraving. Etching. Mezzotint. Aquatint. Drypoint. Lithography. Screenprinting. Monotype. Too many ways to make a line. But, gosh, I’m drawn to it. So many lines. So many different ways to make a line. So […]

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Emerging figures

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Deborah Kahn: Paintings and Drawings on view at WSU By Joyell Nevins Photo: Deborah Kahn, Remembering, 2015   Deborah Kahn’s figure drawings don’t begin in her head. They emerge from paint. “I don’t start with a source,” Kahn says. “I start just moving colors, lines and shapes.” And when those colors and lines start to […]

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Out and in focus

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Catherine Opie at Wexner Center By Susan Byrnes Photo: Catherine Opie, Mary, 2012 Photographer Catherine Opie was born in Sandusky, Ohio in 1961. She gained national recognition for her studio portraits of gay, lesbian and transgender men and women, often part of the sadomasochistic leather subculture in San Francisco and Los Angeles, that were featured […]

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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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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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Cool Kettering

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Awe-inspiring Ohio Modern architecture in our own backyard By Shayna V. McConville Defining a relatively new city can be a challenge — its significant characteristics, invisible under the cloak of young buildings, tend to go unnoticed by those living, working and passing through. Returning home to the Dayton area after many years of living on […]

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Dayton DIY on Fourth

The future belongs to those still willing to get their hands dirty By Shayna V. McConville Trains frequently rumble by above the two-acre plot of green space at the corner of Fourth Street and Wayne Avenue.  Between the elevated tracks and the park below, colorful murals bridge the gap between transient and static. Started in 2008 […]

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Alchemy of art

The work of Bart Vargas at Dayton Visual Arts Center By Jud Yalkut Bart Vargas is a Minneapolis-based artist who has shown internationally, most recently at the 2010 Fourth Beijing International Art Biennale (BIAB) in China. Both a painter and a sculptor, Vargas received his M.F.A. from the University of Minnesota with his work featured […]

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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, […]