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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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Out and in focus

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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)

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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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On craft and craftsmanship

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In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, paint and hose clamps There’s this spatial thing about sculptors. The good ones imbue their work with this particular physicality that sort of taunts, teases, seduces us into relating our bodies to it. You walk […]

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Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

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Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and mixed media on canvas; photo courtesy of James Cohan Gallery If you’re looking for a little summer adventure, Cincinnati offers several exhibits well worth planning a day trip, or maybe even two, to see. Visit […]

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Yes, Flying Saucers Do Exist!

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Please don’t call it Frisbee. Colorful flying plastic discs fill the air around this time of year, tossed from hand […]

Debate 7/10: You’ve got mail…for now!

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Bubbles to beat the brunch backlash

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I casually peruse food articles, as you might guess. One emerging set of hot takes seems to revolve around brunch. […]

Jump, jive, and wail!

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Since 1982, Muse Machine has been a staple of many lives in the Miami Valley. Over 76,000 lives, each year, […]

A Monument to Insurrection

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Dayton Society of Artists’ special summer exhibit Alan Pocaro, The Distance Between Us When We Communicate (Detail) By Tim Smith […]