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Leesa Haapapuro teaches, creates in Dayton By Bill Franz Leesa Haapapuro’s studio is in the busiest and most colorful art space in Dayton. The building, at 341 Jefferson St. downtown, is also home to K12 Gallery for Young People and Teen Educational & Joint Adult Studio (TEJAS) and the studios of several other artists. I asked […]

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Time to do-tu-it

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Dutoit Gallery offers member artists showcase space By Joyell Nevins When Adjunct Art Professor Colleen Kelsey approached colleague Glen Cebulash about opening a cooperative gallery space in Dayton, she was thinking about a future project, maybe in the arcade building. But Cebulash had something a little sooner in mind. “He said, why don’t we try […]

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Pick up the paintbrush

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Gary Birch’s Zero Worries paints new pathways at Yellow Springs Brewery By Joyell Nevins Can a woman brew beer? Can a man who’s never painted before create moving art? The answer to both is a resounding “Yes,” according to the Yellow Springs Brewery. Saturday, April 2, their Art & Ale series introduces a new brew […]

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Whale, what do you know

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Artist Matt Kish’s “Moby Dick” inspired project takes off By Bill Franz I first met Matt Kish when he was being interviewed on The Art Show, a program on Dayton’s public television station. I was there to take behind-the-scenes photos, but Kish’s story was so interesting that I found myself listening instead of shooting. Kish […]

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Gettin’ funky with it

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Amy Kollar Anderson makes vivid art full-time By Bill Franz Exactly a year after she left her job as gallery coordinator at Kettering’s Rosewood Gallery, artist Amy Kollar Anderson posted that one of her recent accomplishments was deciding what she really wanted to do with her life. One of her three written goals was to […]

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Climate UPHEAVAL

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ArtStreet introduces next installation in IAN series By Joyell Nevins Art is not just meant to be looked at; it’s meant to be experienced. And sometimes, it’s meant to change our thinking—and in doing so, our world. Such is the case with the “tangible aesthetic” installations of the ArtStreet and the Institute for Arts Nexus […]

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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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Crème de la Femme

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Photographer Bill Franz spotlights working women By Joyell Nevins Photo: Bill Franz’s photo, “Comfort is a Dancer” features professional dancer Comfort Fedoke, and is on view in the Women Working exhibition at Yellow Springs Brewery   A typical pitch by photographer Bill Franz, whose latest exhibit just opened in Yellow Springs: “First of all, anything […]

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Art, it’s ALIVE!

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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

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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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Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]

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 […]