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Art, it’s ALIVE!

A studio visit with Megan Smallwood By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Megan Smallwood, Griffin   My first and only physical encounter with one of Louise Bourgeois’s gargantuan, dare-to-walk-underneath-her “mama-spiders” (Maman, 1997), made me consider just how some artists can defy logic and the rules of nature and transform our daydreams and nightmares right there into our daily […]

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Sparks fly

Snapshot of community illuminated at DVAC open members’ show By Susan Byrnes Photo:Zach Steele, Wympee; photo: Patrick Mauk Everyone is a member of something, whether it’s a family, a club, Facebook, the Dayton community or society in general. Something that develops our relationships with others in our group, and enhances our sense of belonging, is […]

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Out and in focus

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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An exploration of WTF

Meet the Artist: Ben Riddlebarger by Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Ben Riddlebarger, Milkicorn, Queen of the Unicorn People, pen and ink My characters are mostly very comfortable in their skins. I like to play with abstract ideas of what proper clothing is for men and women and mix them with historical imagery and stuff. I of […]

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Layers upon layers

Meet the artist: Chris Welker By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Chris Welker, Oh Hi!, 2014, acrylic and paper on canvas For the past year or so I’d been wanting to know who the heck this guy was, taking pop and retro imagery (I see this a lot; very trendy) but then obliterating it in a few […]

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Making an impression

American Impressionism and In the Garden at DAI By Joyell Nevins Photo: Arthur Prince Spear (American, 1879 – 1959), Pot of Gold, 1921,oil on canvas, Reading Public Museum Finally! The frost is thawing, the birds are chirping, and although Ohio may still have more winter weather up its sleeve, Dayton Art Institute (DAI) is fully […]

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Essence of time and place

Dual exhibit presents contrasting observations By Susan Byrnes Photo: Nathan Heuer, “Alamo” Bill Franz and Nathan Heuer are highly astute observers of society. Like detectives, they each carefully examine its details in sharp focus, Franz with a camera, and Heuer with a fine point pencil. Both artists masterfully depict moments in time that illuminate an […]

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Reinvention, inspiration & Instagram

Meet the artist: Mary Beth Whitley By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Mary Beth Whitley, “Leaves on Granite,” 2015, digital print “Reinvention” is a concept that fascinates me. Partly because I’m still not sure I am the thing I thought I was going to be when I grew up. Also because I am approaching a certain age […]

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From Front Street to Nanjing

Dimensions of 2014 in the arts By Susan Byrnes Photo: The Orgullo Mexicano Dancers perform at Rosewood Arts Centre’s 2014 Art On The CommonsPhoto courtesy of Rosewood Arts Centre I have often heard it said that Dayton is fortunate to have the amount and quality of arts it has for a city its size. And […]

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Looking forward: 2015 in the arts

How Dayton draws its future By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Gallery view of the 2014 Stivers School for the Arts photography auction; photo: Leah Stahl A recent article in the New York Times Arts section posed the question to a panel of cultural figures of whether our art is equal to the challenges of our times. The premise […]

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The Docket: 09/01

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim by Amanda Dee  Frenemies A man hailed a police cruiser and said he had just […]

Advice Goddess: 8/25

By Amy Alkon   A Force To Be Reckoned Whiff  My new boyfriend travels a lot for work. Before he […]

Worth your salt

What the F&%$ do you know about salt? By Paula Johnson Photo: A wide variety of finishing salts, which add […]

Chew On This: 08/25

More than a study’s findings about soda By Jayne Powers Food pairings have earned their reputations: bread and butter, wine […]

News of the weird: 08/25

By Chuck Shepherd Pets of the 1 Percent “The worshipful treatment of pets may be the thing that unites all […]

A taste of something local

Taste of Troy spotlights local eateries By Katie Christoff Photo: Taste of Troy takes place Sept. 19 in Downtown Troy; […]