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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
When I heard that Naysan McIlhargey would have an exhibit this month at one of my favorite art venues, I decided it was time for a visit. His show at the Yellow Springs Brewery March 2-27 is called “The Botany of Beer.” Continue reading
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 Matt’s story was so interesting that I found myself listening instead of shooting.
Matt had been making art for years, with little commercial success or recognition. He finally decided he would quit making art, but only after completing one last project. Moby-Dick had always been important to Matt, and he decided to make it the linchpin of his final art project. He decided to make one drawing a day for 552 days, with each drawing inspired by one of the 552 pages in Moby-Dick.
Matt posted each drawing online. They began to attract viewers, then speaking engagements, then an agent, and finally a publisher. Far from being Matt’s final project, the Moby-Dick drawings seem like they might be a beginning to a successful art career. Continue reading