I first met artist Caitlin Cartwright at Dayton’s Front Street Buildings, on a night when more than three dozen studios and galleries were open to the public. Caitlin was the featured artist in the Color of Energy Gallery, and her vibrant painting-drawing-collages were creating quite a stir.
Caitlin explained that there was a narrative underlying each of her works, and I asked her to tell me a bit about some of them. Continue reading
I visited Jeremy Long in his studio in the Creative Arts Center at Wright State University. Continue reading
Mohammad Hanif is a refugee from Afghanistan who has landed in Dayton. I first met him about six weeks ago. Continue reading
Rebecca Sargent spends her days at K12 Gallery & TEJAS, Dayton’s leading arts education organization, which is in Dayton’s most colorful building. Continue reading
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