Terry Welker – kinetic art

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Terry Welker is both a successful architect and a successful sculptor specializing in kinetic art.  His work is shown in galleries from Mexico to New Mexico and in exhibitions around the Midwest.   About a year ago, Terry and his friend abstract artist Ron Rollins moved into a new studio in a formerly vacant storefront.

I have visited the studio three times in the last year, twice to watch Terry work and once to attend an art exhibition in Terry’s studio for two other artists. Continue reading

Bridgette Bogle – Abstract Painter

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Bridgette Bogle was born in Roswell, New Mexico – site of the famous alien UFO landings.  Leaving Roswell, Bridgette studied art in Texas, Glasgow and Rome before coming to Ohio State.  She now lives in Dayton and is a full time teacher in the Painting and Drawing area at Sinclair College.

For the last eight years, Bridgette has shared this beautiful house with her husband and fellow artist Francis Schanberger.  Continue reading

Leesa Haapapuro, Sculptor

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I recently revisited the studio of Leesa Haapapuro.  It is in the building that houses  K12 Gallery for Young People and  TEJAS (Teen Educational & Joint Adult Studio).  It must be the busiest and most colorful art space in Dayton.  I asked Leesa about the buffalo outside the building, and was disappointed to learn that she didn’t know why it is there.  “It just appeared one day.  I don’t know why.” Continue reading

Patrick Mauk, Maker

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I recently visited the studio of Patrick Mauk, who I met through his job at the Dayton Visual Arts Center.  I asked Patrick how long he had worked at DVAC.

“I started working there part time in 2004.  As the organization grew, I became a full time employee and my responsibilities expanded.  Now I am the Gallery Manager.  I also oversee the exhibition design, preparatory duties and assist with all things related to the gallery.”  Continue reading