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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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Love, loss and transformation

Meet the Artist: Tiffany Allyn Clark By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Artist Tiffany Allyn Clark There’s this particular thing about some painters and their “ground.” Ground is defined as the first coat of paint applied to the surface of a piece. Mostly called priming today, its purpose is to provide a smooth surface that can be […]

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Got milk?

Cerreality: new works by John O’Donnell By Ashley Jonas Photo: John O’Donnell, “Cereal Study 3 (Fruit Loops)” I thought it appropriate to sit down and eat a bowl of Trix in preparation for writing this article. As I poured the brightly colored cereal into my bowl, I noticed the sound it made. It was eerily […]

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Looking through a new lens

Meet the artist: Leah Stahl By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Leah Stahl, “Bootstrap Paradox” 2014, Photogram/Pharmaceutical Chemigram What the hell am I without my camera? I’ve been following Leah Stahl’s work for a few years, and on the occasion of her solo show, Hemispheres: A Temporary Record of How the Light Got In at Ann Miller Gallery […]

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Book sm(Art)

Rare Books impact new art at UD’s ArtStreet By Susan Byrnes Photo: Artist: Misty Thomas-Trout Books have long served as a source of inspiration, as well as point of departure, for visual artists. Illuminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages included intricate designs and illustrations both to embellish the written word and also to convey information […]

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Chew on this: 04/14

Banishing the blues with blueberries By Jayne Powers A change of seasons often signals a change in what we eat. Springtime […]

The Docket: 04/14

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim A mirror misunderstanding Officers responded to a theft report in a grocery store parking lot. […]

Liberation literature

Yellow Springs author Virginia Hamilton leaves lasting impact By Erin Callahan Photo: Author Virginia Hamilton and her husband, poet Arnold […]

Advice Goddess: 4/14

By Amy Alkon Flee circus My mom left when I was young, and my former husband left me, too. Maybe […]

News of the weird: 04/14

By Chuck Shepherd Wait, what? An unarmed man, suspected of no crime, who three years ago was shot 16 times […]

Art meets Ag at Antioch College

AgriCULTURE exhibit at Herndon Gallery By Lisa Bennett Photo: Jeff Schmuki, Homestead III; photo: Dennie Eagleson What do agriculture and […]