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The sculptures of Renata Manasse Schwebel Photo: Renata Manasse as a senior at Antioch College, proudly standing beside her clay sculpture portrait of her beloved professor, Amos Mazzolini. Circa 1952-53 By Ashley Jonas Renata Manasse Schwebel’s exhibition Sculptures at the Herndon Gallery at Antioch College is an expansive collection of the artist’s mixed media sculptures that opened July […]

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Speak, memory

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James Luckett captures ‘The View Behind the Café’ at Dutoit Gallery Photo: ‘Tuesday, March 8, 12:13pm, 68 Degrees’ by James Luckett By Morgan Laurens There must be a word, in German, maybe, or Japanese, that conveys what it feels like to wind up in the same dream twice. I’m not talking about the prickly French […]

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An eye for existentialism

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Darren Haper’s Almost There looks inward at Rosewood Arts Centre By Morgan Laurens Photo: Darren Haper’s Almost There is on display at Rosewood Gallery through May 19   “Ooh, look! Isn’t this fun?” coos a woman in a red shirt, pointing to a distressed cartoon character caught in an ominous looking funnel. The cartoon, a […]

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Fine finals

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Surveying the area’s spring college art shows By Morgan Laurens Photo: Wright State’s Robert and Elaine Stein Gallery; photo: Tess Cortes   Every spring you’ll find an above average number of college students hunkered down in the library, surrounded by a small army of paper coffee cups. It’s finals time, and most students are busy cramming […]

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Walking the American landscape

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Kay WalkingStick’s retrospective travels to the Dayton Art Institute By Brittany Erwin Photo: Kay WalkingStick’s ‘New Mexico Desert,’ one work in her retrospective at Dayton Art Institute   Art lovers, rejoice! A world-class, contemporary landscape artist with a nationally acclaimed exhibition now at the Dayton Art Institute. Kay WalkingStick’s touring retrospective—the first of her career—will […]

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Recycled material world

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Michelle Stitzlein’s Industrial Nature exhibition turns trash to treasure at the Springfield Museum By Brittany Erwin Photo: ‘Grevillea Fringe,’ made from garden hose, wire, plastic, and other recycled materials Old bicycle parts. Plastic bottle caps. Rubber garden hoses. While you may see junk, artist Michelle Stitzlein is already re-envisioning these objects and transforming them into […]

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Strings attached

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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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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 […]