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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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The Sugar Straits

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The Effects of False Energy on American Culture By Caroline Shannon-Karasik I am a healthy person. I work out and eat my veggies, and do all of those things healthy people are supposed to do. But I also have a pretty tight-knit relationship with sugar. It hit me one day when I was baking and […]

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Staying True To Style

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Dayton’s Althea Harper Brings New York Style Insights to Main Street By Kate Eviston When one thinks of style — in terms of fashion — many words, in varying capacity, come to mind.  There are volumes and volumes devoted exclusively to both the history of fashion and the progression it continues to undergo.  There are […]

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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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Miss Maha’s February

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Fun Things to Do Around Dayton This Month By Maha Kashani 2012 is in full swing and January was packed with great adventures. I experienced the fantastic Norman Rockwell exhibit at the Dayton Art Institute where I heard the inspirational Ruby Bridges tell her story live. Then, the Jersey Boys Broadway show blew me away. […]

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A New Year, A New You

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Splurge on Yourself with Eyelash Extensions By Natasha Habib This time of year, many women make resolutions to improve their appearance, from working out more to stepping up their wardrobes. If you’re looking to reinvent yourself in the New Year, you’re in the right area. Just south of Dayton in Centerville, you can get the […]

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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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Dual flights of fancy

Tom Hawley and Doug Fiely exhibit at the Springs Gallery By Jud Yalkut Two Ohio artists, Tom Hawley and Doug Fiely, with fanciful realizations in their respective mediums, are displaying their creations at the Springs Gallery in Yellow Springs through Dec. 14. In this unique encounter, we see the decorative wood crafting of Hawley with […]

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The mind’s eye

Paul Catanese exhibit lights up WSU galleries By Jane A. Black What happens when you mix pixels and printmaking with Laurie Anderson with Joseph Cornell? You get something like the current show at the Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries at Wright State University, which is a solo exhibition by Chicago-based artist Paul Catanese. Several bodies […]

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Roll ‘em!

It’s time to bring out the heavy equipment By Jane A. Black While you are looking about during October’s First Friday art hop, be sure to head over to the corner of Fifth Street and Patterson Boulevard from 5 to 9 p.m. to see printmaking in action. From the Oregon District, walk west under the […]

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A peripheral panorama

Digital montage and geometric repetition at Rosewood By Jud Yalkut   The two artists in concurrent exhibitions at the Rosewood Gallery through October 21 deal with fragments and impressions from nature that synthesize into new visionary forms. Gary Mesa-Gaido merges “multiple digital images to create one panoramic photograph” and ceramicist Minkyu Lee explores the “geometric […]

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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 […]