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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Mychaelyn Michalec – Painting in the Dark

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An artist friend said I had to meet Mychaelyn Michalec, a painter who was creating fabulous work in her basement in the dark.  My friend knew I would be intrigued and would want to arrange a photo shoot, which I did.

When I arrived, Mychaelyn offered me a cup of coffee and showed me some of the art she has collected, all by Dayton artists.      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

Kyle and Kelly Phelps – ceramic sculptures

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These identical twins are college professors by day and artists by night.  Kyle Phelps is an Associate Professor of Art and head of the Ceramics area at the University of Dayton.  Kelly Phelps is the head of Sculpture and the Fine Art Department Chair at Xavier.  The two live in Centerville and work together nightly in a small studio in one of their homes.

Their work has been exhibited in more than 100 juried, solo, invitational, regional, national and international exhibitions.  Continue reading

Chloe McEldowney, Painter

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Chloe is an artist from the small town of Russia, Ohio.  She recently graduated from the University of Dayton, and has exhibited her artwork across the state of Ohio as well as in California and Massachusetts.  When I contacted Chloe about photographing her at work, she told me she had recently moved into a studio in a farmhouse north of Dayton.  Continue reading