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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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Art in action

DVAC’s 18th Annual Art Auction By Nicole Wroten Lately, if you have said something like, “My walls are so bare,” then you should mark your calendars for Dayton Visual Arts Center’s (DVAC) 18th Annual Art Auction on Friday, April 29. Preceding the show, all artwork will be on display at DVAC beginning April 1 during […]

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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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Back to nature

Show at Gallery Saint John by Brother Lemker gives “Pause to Ponder” By Jud Yalkut With the grounds of Bergamo-Mount Saint John in Dayton providing so much natural beauty with its rolling hills and woods, it is a natural fulcrum from which its Brother artist members radiate out into the larger world. John Lemker, S.M. […]

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Stolen Stories

Records of change and repetition at WSU faculty exhibit By Jane A. Black Alchemy sounds like science and feels like magic; sometimes art strikes me the same way. A faculty show seems a prosaic idea. In short, such exhibitions don’t often rise to the level of delight. They can be a decent survey of the […]

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Here’s looking at portraits in Ohio

A portraiture survey at the Ohio Art Council’s Riffe Gallery By Jud Yalkut Starting January 27, running through April 17 is an exhibition at the Ohio Art Council’s Riffe Gallery with more than local interest as it surveys portraiture throughout the state of Ohio. Stretching concepts of what forms portraiture can take, this selection by […]

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Upwardly Mobile

Nudging everybody skyward By Jane Black If I’ve heard him say it once, I’ve heard him say it a hundred times – “I walk on the shoulders of my ancestors.” Willis “Bing” Davis never forgets that he is not in this alone. And in my opinion, his greatest skill of all is helping others see […]

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News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]

The Docket: 11/18

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove A new trend? A 36-year-old woman […]

Advice Goddess: 11/11

By Amy Alkon Scold rush  I try to be direct, but my girlfriend often sees this as meanness. For example, […]

The Docket 11/11/14

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Hail seizure! Officers responded to a […]

news of the weird 11/11

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Baby beauty Amanda Collins, 28, took “beauty pageant mom” to the next level (down) […]