Darren Haper, Painter

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I first saw the artwork of Darren Haper online, and decided he was a Dayton artist I wanted to meet.  Shortly after that I met the new Facility Coordinator at Rosewood Art Center, also named Darren, who was nice enough to help me carry my work into the Rosewood Gallery.  I didn’t realize that these two Darren’s were the same person until I attended a show at the Dayton Visual Arts Center showcasing five young artists to watch in 2015. Continue reading

Julie Beyer – painter

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I first heard of Julie Beyer when she was the featured artist at the Ann Arbor Street Fair.  Every summer, four art fairs are held in Ann Arbor at the same time.  They attract more than 500,000 people.

The Ann Arbor Street Fair is the original of the four fairs and has often been named as the top art fair in the country.  When I heard that the featured artist at this fair lived a few blocks from my home, I had to visit.  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

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

Abby Rose Maurer, Painter/Drawer

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I heard that Abby Rose Maurer, a painter and recent University of Dayton graduate, was working for artist Mike Elsass and painting in Mike’s studio space in the Front Street Warehouse.  But when I contacted Abby about a studio visit, I learned that she had a new job at Stivers School for the Arts and was now painting in her Oregon District apartment.

I first learned about Abby a few months ago when she had a solo show at the High Street Gallery.  Even before I saw the art, the title of the show, “tylenol + beer” caught my attention.  Continue reading