Mike Major – Sculptor

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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

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Hamilton Dixon – Steel Sculptor

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Hamilton Dixon has been working with metal his entire working life.  His very first job was as a welder on an offshore oil rig. He decided he liked working with metal but he didn’t like life on an oil rig, so he went to forging school in New Mexico. Then he moved to Dayton where he has been a successful full time artist for the past 30 years.  Continue reading

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

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