Mohammad Hanif – Refugee and Artist


Mohammad Hanif is a refugee from Afghanistan who has landed in Dayton.  I first met him about six weeks ago.  Continue reading


Ann B. Kim – Mixed Media Artist


Ann B. Kim is an accomplished artist and an active member of the Dayton arts community, but I didn’t reach out to meet her until I learned she was participating in a two-person exhibition in the Dutoit Gallery this September with my friend Rebecca Sargent.

Ann’s studio is in one of Dayton’s Front Street buildings.   Continue reading


MB Hopkins – artist


I have seen the work of MB Hopkins for years but I only met her last February.  MB uses her art to support causes that are important to her, and in February she was at a Courthouse Square immigration event.  MB had created a beautiful art work and was giving prints to people in exchange for their contribution to the local Unitarian Fellowship for World Peace. This organization provides no-fee mental health services in several languages to refugees and immigrants.   Continue reading


Stephanie McGuinness – Painter



I first saw the paintings of Stephanie McGuinness at the Dayton Visual Arts Center.  Stephanie was one of three artists featured in an exhibit called “The Secrets We Keep.”  The other two were Ashley Jonas and Zoe Hawk. Continue reading


Paul Henry Martin – Luthier


About three years ago I started taking photos of people at work.  Since then I have photographed hundreds of workers – from butchers and bakers and candy makers to clowns and sculptors and fire eaters.

I have especially focused on two groups of workers.  One group is Dayton artists working in their studios, the subject of this blog.  The other group is workers in some of the region’s oldest factories.  Many of those photos have been shown in art exhibitions in Ohio and neighboring states.   Paul Henry Martin is the first person I’ve met that fits into both of these groups. Continue reading


Mike Major – Sculptor


In September of 1859 Abraham Lincoln delivered an anti-slavery speech at Dayton’s courthouse.  This September, artist Mike Major will unveil his eleven foot bronze sculpture of Lincoln.  It was commissioned by the Lincoln Society of Dayton, and will be permanently placed on display outside the old courthouse. Continue reading


Trish McKinney – Teacher and Painter


I first visited Trish McKinney in 2014 when she opened a gallery/studio, Trish McKinney Studios, a retail gallery and open studio space  on the 2nd floor of  the Hotel Gallery in Tipp City.  Continue reading


Jes McMillan – Mosaic Artist


Most artists would be content to find a studio with good light and with enough space to store their material and make their art.  Mosaic artist Jes McMillan thinks bigger.  She rented a 16,000 square foot building in downtown Miamisburg that once housed a J. C.  Penney Store and opened The Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton. Continue reading


Diane Dover – Nature Artist


I asked Diane Dover if I could visit her studio after a friend told me about an amazing commissioned piece she was doing.  She is making a quilt showing scenes from Huffman Prairie, the field where the Wright Brothers learned how to fly.  I had seen photos of the work online, but when I saw it in person I was impressed with the amount of detail.  Continue reading