Dayton artist Amy Deal opens her studio tonight to invite people to learn more about the Levitt Pavilion coming to Dayton.. Friends of Levitt Dayton have raised all but $300,000 of the $5M goal and at tonights event you can bid on local art featuring Dayton’s own MB Hopkins and Doug Fiely, and Nigerian Artist & Dayton Friend, Ben Ibebe as well as art by Ms. Deal.
This beautiful 11″ plate created and donated by
Esther Kadash of Rising Moon Glass Studio,
also located in the Davis-Linden Building
It’s titled “Bird Love.”
Retired Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Engineering Researcher turned Photographer Lew Hann has graciously donated a beautiful 20″ x 30″ framed, one-of-a-kind, giclée. Hann, a true lover of the arts sang with the Bach Society of Dayton and Musica!, recorded German soundtracks for American movies and was a disc jockey for Dayton Public Radio for about 15 years. He’s taught
photography classes at Bethany Lutheran Village, where he currently resides.
Open Studio @ Deal Studio
Music, Drinks, Nosh, and Friends
Art for Sale – ALL proceeds go to Levitt Pavilion Dayton
Your chance to GIVE to the Dayton Levitt Pavilion
Parking at 116 Davis Avenue and follow the signs. Your vehicles will be monitored. No parking in the courtyard.
The Dayton Art Institute will be the first museum in the United States to host the new touring exhibitionUbuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence.
Ubuhle Women presents a spectacular overview of a new form of bead art, called the ndwango (“cloth”), developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The special exhibition opens June 24 and will be on view at the museum through September 10.
Ubuhle (pronounced Uh-Buk-lay) means “beauty” in the Xhosa and Zulu languages and describes the shimmering quality of light on glass that for the Xhosa people has a special spiritual significance. From a distance, each panel of the ndwango seems to present a continuous surface; but as the viewer moves closer and each tiny, individual bead catches the light, the meticulous skill and labor that went into each work—the sheer scale of ambition—becomes stunningly apparent. A single panel can take more than 10 months to complete.
“Like all art, the works on display in Ubuhle Women are products of their context, providing guests with an opportunity to experience a new perspective,” said Katherine Ryckman Siegwarth, The Dayton Art Institute’s in-house curator for the exhibition. “These artworks present various topics relevant to the artists’ lives—financial stability, health issues, and importance of family, as well as how artworks can serve as memorials to those lost. These themes are universal and relatable topics to our guests, making the artworks accessible as well as impactful.”
The plain black fabric that serves as a foundation for the Ubuhle women’s exquisite beadwork is reminiscent of the Xhosa headscarves and skirts that many of them wore growing up. By stretching this textile like a canvas, the artists use colored Czech glass beads to transform the flat cloth into a contemporary art form of remarkable visual depth. Using skills handed down through generations, and working in their own unique style “directly from the soul” (in the words of artist Ntombephi Ntobela), the women create abstract as well as figurative subjects for their ndwangos.
Migration has defined the history of modern South Africa. The late-19th-century discovery of gold and diamonds—and, to a lesser extent, the cultivation of sugar cane—transfigured South African society with its demands for a large, flexible workforce of able men. As workers left their homesteads in rural areas to earn cash salaries, traditional social systems based on direct production from the land began to change. Low pay and harsh working conditions forced many cane cutters to live apart from their wives and families for up to nine months of the year, which led to a breakdown of family life and traditional values. Ubuhle was conceived in response to this social and cultural transformation.
Established in 1999 by two women—Ntombephi “Induna” Ntobela and Bev Gibson—on a former sugar plantation in KwaZulu-Natal, Ubuhle began as a way of creating employment for rural women by combining traditional skills and making them profitable. By incorporating a skill that many local women already had—beadwork, a customary form of artistic expression for generations of South African women—and teaching it to those who did not, they began to provide women with a private source of income and a route to financial independence.
Since 2006, the Ubuhle community has lost five artists to HIV/AIDS and other illnesses, nearly halving the number of active artists. Many of the ndwangos thus function as memorials to Ubuhle sisters who have lost their lives. Remembering the dead is a key motivation for the creation of many of these artworks, and it imbues them with a spiritual significance.
Due to the slow, meticulous process of creating a ndwango, the act of beading itself becomes a form of therapy: a way of setting down the issues that are closest to the artists’ hearts; a way of grieving; and a place to encode feelings and memories. In a sense—through their presence in the artist’s thoughts during the act of creation—the deceased enter the very fabric of the work, and so the ndwango becomes a site of memory.
The Ubuhle community exists today due mainly to the determination of Bev Gibson and Ntombephi Ntobela. Ntombephi is a master beader from the Eastern Cape whose tremendous skill, both as artist and teacher, has been the foundation block of this community. Ntombephi is known as “Induna,” which means “leader,” a term of great respect in South Africa. The title also suggests the responsibility she feels for the community as guardian of its future. Bev herself does not bead, but she has created the space for Ubuhle artists to explore, experiment, and transform the traditional art form. Bev has also been an indomitable source of energy and persistence in the emergence of Ubuhle’s growing vision. She and Ntombephi each bring their own unique skills to the establishment of the community, and it is largely thanks to them that these works exist at all.
“The Dayton Art Institute is thrilled to be the first venue for this new touring exhibition, which was originally developed by the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum,” said The Dayton Art Institute’s Director and CEO Michael R. Roediger. “Not only is the artwork beautiful, but the stories of the artists are also extremely moving. These dazzling artworks will amaze everyone who sees them—you do not want to miss this exhibition!”
The Dayton Art Institute’s presentation of Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence receives support from Benefactor Sponsor Premier Health; Patron Sponsor Macy’s; Supporting Sponsors Liberty Health Care Corporation, Miller-Valentine Group and Synchrony Financial; Community Partner Central State University; Media Partners Dayton Daily News and WHIO-TV; with additional support from American Medical Response, Bead Stash, Dayton Chapter of Links, Inc., and Dr. Grace L. DeVelbiss, Frownies Skin Care, IGS Energy, School of Advertising Art, Taft/, and University of Dayton; JPS Preview Reception Sponsor is Jessup Wealth Management.
A number of events and programs will be held in conjunction with the exhibition, including:
- ARTventures: Beaded Butterflies, July 8, 1–3 p.m.
- Vine & Canvas Wine Tasting Series: Women & Wine, July 14, 6:30–9 p.m.
- Draw from the Collection: Contemporary Beading, July 15, 1–3 p.m.
- Curatorial Conversations: Ubuhle Women Exhibition Tour, July 20, 6–7 p.m.
- Tony West and the Imani Dancers, August 12, 1–2 p.m.
- Behind the Scenes of Ubuhle Women, August 31, 1–3 p.m.
For more about the exhibition and related programs, visit daytonartinstitute.org/ubuhlewomen. Use the hashtag #UbuhleWomen to join the conversation on social media.
Admission to Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence is free for museum members. Non-member admission is $14 adults; $11 seniors (60+), students (18+ w/ID), active military and groups (10 or more); $6 youth (ages 7-17); and free for children (ages 6 & under). Prices include admission to the special exhibition and the museum’s permanent collection. Guided tours are available for individuals, groups and schools. For more information or to schedule a tour, contact Rique Hagen, at 937-223-4278, ext. 332 or [email protected].
Tickets for the exhibitions and related programs may be purchased at the museum’s Guest Services Desk or by phone at 937-223-4ART (4278) during regular hours, or online at daytonartinstitute.org. Connect with The Dayton Art Institute on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for additional information, behind-the-scenes photos and exclusive offers.
Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence was developed by the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, Washington, D.C., in cooperation with Curators Bev Gibson, Ubuhle Beads, and James Green, and is organized for tour by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C.
Neighbors from the Oregon District and South Park will be opening their gardens to visitors Saturday, June 24, 2017, for Garden Tours. While each neighborhood is holding separate events, they’re so close to each other we’re sure you’ll want to take part in both!
Info for the Oregon District Event
The Oregon District is in full bloom and preparing for our annual garden tourGet to know Dayton’s oldest neighborhood by touring its gardens. The Oregon Historic Distict 2017 Garden Tour is a self guided tour of nine gardens that runs from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday, June 24. It begins at the gazebo in Newcom Founders Park (between Green, Brown and Hess Streets). Admission is $10. A select group of neighbors will open their gardens as part of this fundraiser for the Oregon Historic District Society. This beautiful neighborhood dates back to 1829 and features fantastic homes and gardens. Proceeds from this tour will benefit the historic preservation of the non-profit Oregon Historic District Society.
Info for the South Park Event
The South Park Garden Tour starts at 10am and is scheduled to end at 3pm. Tickets will be available the day of the event at the
Gazebo on Park Dr., near Wayne Ave.
- See 8 beautiful gardens
- Tour 4 historic homes
- Collection of must-see gardens that can be enjoyed from the sidewalk.
- Enjoy the newly painted mural on Wayne Ave. and South Park public garden spaces.
- Link to more information
- Link to event map
Purchase your tickets today at 106 Park Dr or on the day of the event at the South Park Gazebo (Park Dr. near Wayne Ave.)
$10 General Public / $8 Historic South Park, Inc. Members For more information, contact [email protected] – Kriss Gang or Tim Leach
Tickets for the South Park event come with a 24-hour Link Dayton Bike Share pass so you can check out the Oregon District Garden Tour and the South Park event all from the comfort of a Link bike.
This month, Chick-fil-A is introducing a gluten-free bun to our menu. Made from a mix with ancient grains—like sorghum, amaranth, millet, quinoa and teff— this new bread option makes sandwich-eating-on-the-go easier for those looking to eat less or no gluten in their diet. Its new bun is made with quinoa and amaranth and sweetened with molasses and raisins. It contains 150 calories and costs an additional $1.15. Chick-fil-A will be one of a few fast-food restaurants to offer a gluten-free bread.
“We know our customers are looking for more gluten-sensitive alternatives. They asked, and we listened,” said Leslie Neslage, senior consultant of menu development at Chick-fil-A. “We heard positive feedback in test markets that the bun tastes better than some other gluten-free breads. That’s because instead of rice flower, we’ve made the bun with more premium ingredients like quinoa and amaranth. Our hope is that the Gluten-Free Bun addition opens up options for gluten-sensitive customers to enjoy more of our menu.”
What’s gluten-free at Chick-fil-A?
In addition to the new bun, here’s a list of other gluten-free items at Chick-fil-A. These items are sealed to prevent cross-contamination with other items in our kitchen made with gluten.
- Honest Kids Appley Ever After® Organic Juice Drink
- Cinnamon Apple Sauce (Buddy Fruits®)
- Simply Orange® Orange Juice
- Waffle Potato Chips (catering only).
For guests who wish to minimize their gluten intake, here is a list of additional menu items offered at Chick-fil-A. (The fine print: Due to the handcrafted nature of our food, variations in our supplier ingredients and our use of shared cooking and preparation areas, we cannot ensure that our restaurant environment or any menu item will be completely free of gluten.)
o Grilled chicken filet (no bun)
o Grilled Nuggets (8 or 12-count)
o Grilled Market Salad*
o Fruit Cup
o Side Salad*
o Superfood Side
o Waffle Potato Fries™
o Greek Yogurt Parfait*
o Bacon slice
o Sausage patty
o Hash Browns
- Kid’s Meal
o Grilled Nuggets (4 or 6-count)
- Dipping Sauces and Dressings
o Barbecue Sauce
o Honey Mustard Sauce
o Honey Roasted BBQ sauce
o Polynesian Sauce
o Zesty Buffalo Sauce
o Chick-fil-A® Sauce
o Garlic & Herb Ranch Dressing
o Creamy Salsa Dressing
o Avocado Lime Ranch dressing
o Zesty Apple Cider Vinaigrette
o Chili Lime Vinaigrette
o Light Italian Dressing
o Light Balsamic Vinaigrette
o Fat Free Honey Mustard dressing
*Does not include toppings
– See more at: https://www.chick-fil-a.com/Stories/Inside-Chick-fil-A/2017/06/19/Whats-Gluten-Free-at-Chick-fil-A#sthash.LfUUgjhH.dpuf
The Glo Run is a night time 5K thru a Neon Luau themed glowing wonderworld of a course. You will be taking selfies galore in front of huge glowing pin