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Identity accessories

Keeping your head warm is just a bonus By Jane A. Black Pilgrim, Santa, Robin Hood, witch, cowboy, pirate, cop. Can you picture them in your head? On your head? Their hats, I mean. Without the topper, the costume is simply incomplete; the distinctive character is obscured. Without the pointy black hat, how do you […]

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Why is that on the wall?

The great mystery of the curatorial By Jane A. Black If you look at and think about art, I’d venture to guess you’ve wondered, at least once or twice, why the heck the object before you was chosen for display. Chances are, the reason remained inscrutable. Who chose the art is one of the details […]

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From romance to rifles

The incisive 19th century America of Winslow Homer By Jud Yalkut Winslow Homer (1836-1910) is one of the most influential American artists to emerge in the 19th century and to auger in the beginning of the 20th century, influencing such diverse talents as western artist Frederic Remington and the Ashcan School of Robert Henri. Essentially […]

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Synergistic braintap

When data sets plus DIY spawn art By Jane A. Black I remember the first time I heard of synchronicity. It was the name of an album by The Police that came out in 1983. My friend Jean is cringing right now, in disbelief. How could I have reached 22 years old and not have […]

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Bella Vita Gallery

Intelligent art gets smart By Katie Modras-Anible Bella Vita. Life is beautiful. Warmth and vitality are certainly words that would be aptly used to describe the opening of Bella Vita Gallery on June 18 at Front Street Studios. The event stretched down the hallway on the third floor of building 1000 after pouring out into […]

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Sensuality and “Double Sexus” at the Wexner

A look at the work of sculptor Louise Bourgeois By Jud Yalkut The Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus has been known for linking together exhibitions that often share more than subliminal associations. In the current series running through July 31, a central focus is the work of sculptor Louise Bourgeois, who was the […]

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Math and Art

The same name for different things, or different names for the same thing? By Jane A. Black You have to love a guy who uses the word combinatorial. It’s not something you hear in everyday conversation – unless you hang out with mathematicians, I guess. To me, it sounds a lot like that art term, […]

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Atmosphere, surface, edge

David Leach displays a linear tour de force By Jane A. Black The Present Past, a retrospective exhibition of work by Emeritus Professor David Leach, was a poetic experience. The show did not deliver a driving beat; instead, what emanated was a gentle rhythm, the cadence of the carefully chosen. “Reticence is my middle name,” […]

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Breathing a Gallery into Life

Two Artists Transform Their Studio By Jane A. Black Sarah and Mike Puckett met in New York City but settled south of Dayton when Sarah got a teaching job at Centerville High School. They are not far from her hometown (in central Ohio) and alma mater (Miami University), but the Midwest is a new adventure […]

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One Thing Leads to Another

Art lives in your memory, helps make new ones By Jane A. Black There’s this wall in my neighborhood that some people would consider urban blight, but I beg to disagree. It’s a peeling, flakey, worn-out pastiche of paint with some graffiti thrown in for good measure. It faces a prominent corner, across from a […]

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Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]

Debate Forum: 7/12/16

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Duped or doped? Heroin addicts: criminals or victims? By Sarah Sidlow Here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of Cleveland.com: […]

Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]