Join us for our one year birthday bash celebration open house!
Local artist and educator, Seth Wade, will be exhibiting ink drawings in his solo show, “From the Bellies of Birds”, opening at Dutoit Gallery on October 4th, 2019.
Employing a process that evokes the spirit of Surrealism, Seth’s drawings gradually emerge from scribbles, allowing the composition and subject of each image to present itself rather than being predetermined. This results in drawings that feature shapes, objects, and narratives that retain a sense of mystery, even to the artist himself.
Seth is currently an adjunct professor of drawing at the University of Dayton, where he received his Bachelors of Fine Arts, and also teaches painting at Stiver’s School for the Arts. “From the Bellies of Birds” will be at Dutoit through October.
Prepare yourself for September’s Saturday Soul Session with Dayton artist Brett Acidberry!
You’ve seen Brett’s chalk art at South Park Tavern or at his studio, Acidwerks in Front Street. Come see his work at tend&flourish and watch the progress of his giant chalk mural in the gallery.
Our special guest this month is local business St. Anne The Tart! Enjoy their shortbread bar selections while you view incredible art, visit the tenant studios, and receive massage or reiki services.
Enjoy live art.
Drop-In Meditation art class.
Massage. Reiki. Sound Healing.
Wine. Snacks. Music. Shopping. and more…
David Leach, who received a B.A. from Bucknell University, and an M.F.A. from Ohio University, is an Emeritus Professor at Wright State University, where he taught art – primarily printmaking and drawing – from 1973 to 2003. His drawings and prints have been published in conjunction with poetry and prose on numerous occasions, and his work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University, the Dayton Art Institute and the Cincinnati Museum of Art, among several other public and private collections.
The recent works in this exhibition are a continuation of the work in the 2018 Dutoit show titled Flora. They remain primarily linear abstractions with a slight shift towards shape. The palate remains limited, and the process remains intuitive. As the drawings derive mostly from memory rather than direct observation, “remembrances” captures the spirit of these works.
Join us on the eve of the Kentucky Derby for an art opening celebration! This show features Lesley A.J. Baumann’s illustrations from the upcoming book J is for Justify. Inspired by the 13th Triple Crown winner and reigning Derby champion, this tale voyages through the alphabet from American Pharoah to Zenyatta. Follow along with the horses’ rhythmic strides through a world of delightful colors and patterns as well as stories of victory, courage, strength, beauty and accomplishing the impossible. The Craves food truck will also be onsite for the evening.
Dutoit Gallery is pleased to present a sculpture exhibition by Stefan Chinov.
Chinov was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. He holds an MA from the National Academy of the Arts in Sofia and an MFA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. His work has been shown across the United States and internationally. He teaches sculpture and drawing at Wright State University in Dayton, OH and is a founding member of the Dutoit Co-Op Gallery. His current solo exhibition at the Dutoit Gallery features sculptures from the last 5-6 years and includes examples of his most recent work.
Opening Reception: March 1st, 6 – 9 P.M.
Third Sunday: March 17th, 11 A.M. – 4 P.M.
By appointment: [email protected]
Desbordados & Other Textile Tales
The Fifth Street Gallery at Stivers School for the Arts welcomesAna Videla Lira, our artist-in-residence from Santiago, Chile.
Ana will bring her large-scale embroidered & assembled works
Please join us for our opening Reception February 1 from 5:30-7:30!
The exhibition runs from January 29-February 19.
The gallery is free and open to the public
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Also- Public textile workshop by the artist 2/2/19. To sign up: http://stiversworkshop.eventbrite.com
Dutoit Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition by guest artist, Elena Dahl.
Elena Dahl received her MFA in Photography from the School of Art + Art History at the University of Florida in 2013, and she is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Wittenberg University. She has has participated in artist residencies such as ACRE in Steuben, WI and Home Base Projects in Berlin. Her work has been shown in national and international exhibitions, including most recently Representing Feminism(s) at Phillip Exeter Academy’s Lamont Gallery and Context 2018 at Filter Space in Chicago.
The projects comprising Elena Dahl’s exhibition The light you shed employ a hybrid of digital and darkroom-based photographic processes alongside installation and sound, claiming various forms of women’s fury—personal, poetic, and collective—as transformative sources of power in the era of #metoo.
An international event for women artists is coming to Dayton as part of the celebration of Women’s History month.
Support Women Artists Now, or SWAN Day, features and celebrates the talents of female artists. The new event gained a lot of steam in its first four years and has had over 700 Swan Day events in 21 countries. Taking place on the last Saturday of Women’s History Month, it’s already been officially recognized in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and many more cities. Swan Day has yet to hit the streets of Dayton, but this year will be different.
On March 31st at 3:00 p.m. community members will gather at the Auditorium in the Dayton Metro Library Main Branch to see local female talent showcasing their finest work. Best of all, the program is free!
Co-founder of SWAN Day, Martha Richards, believes that women artists are creating a change in communities around the world. She says the celebration represents what the world would be like if female art and perspectives were fully integrated into everyone’s lives. Richards adds that the long-term goal is inspiring communities to recognize and support women artists as what she calls a basic element of civic planning. SWAN Day has attracted some high-profile attention. Award-winning novelist Isabel Allendale, Grey’s Anatomy actress Sandra Oh, and X-Men movie actress Famke Janssen have all made online video endorsements of the event.
Attending artists will include a wide range of local talents like authors, film-makers, poets, comedians, and more. There will be short films, poetry and novel readings, plays, and still more. For a little taste of what’s to come, I asked a few of the featured artists for their takes on SWAN Day and what they’ll be providing during the celebration.
Documentarian Maggie Price will be showing her film A Pretty Piece of Flesh. For Price, SWAN Day is something she considers not only an exciting opportunity for celebration, but also a chance for women artists to come together and support each other and the work they create. She hopes her film will start a dialogue about the difficult topic of cutting. Believing self-harm is often sensationalized in the media, Price says she wants to present something honest and personal that people can relate to and might help others gain some understanding.
Poet Kristie LeVangie, who will be reading excerpts of her work, says she’s honored to be able to share part of her vision and support her fellow artists. She thinks of SWAN Day as an opportunity to promote positive female endeavors in the arts and for female artists to share their art – no matter the form. LeVangie says that if she can inspire another woman to reach out and interpret her world or just liberate a thought, it makes it all worth it.
Sara Berelsman will be reading the first chapter of her memoir about alcoholism, currently titled The Last Rock Bottom. Like LeVangie, she’s excited for the potential to inspire those who attend. For Berelsman, this event means a chance to celebrate women and creativity. She hopes it will raise awareness of female talent in the area and that this will be the first of many SWAN Days.
Tami Boehmer will be reading from her compilation, From Incurable to Incredible: Cancer Survivors Who Beat the Odds. Boehmer, whose been interviewed by Cincinnati’s FOX 19, says she’s honored to be part of the program and looks forward to meeting fellow participants and experiencing their work. She thinks SWAN Day is a great opportunity and hopes it will help propel the work of female artists in Ohio to a larger audience.
Novelist Mary Curran Hackett will be reading selections from her debut novel, Proof of Heaven. She says she thinks the purpose of the event is to enable people to envision a world that includes every woman’s contribution to art and culture as well as explore what women can offer their communities. Hackett hopes that not only will women and girls leave the celebration feeling empowered and inspired, but also that both genders feel inspired to support and admire women artists.
I don’t think I have to point this out, but there are some common threads here: inspiration, support, opportunity, community, unique contribution, encouragement, and perspective to name a few. These women are also adamant in a strong belief in the large talent pool here in the community. Not only are they eager to share their personal stories, artworks, and time; they’re excited to see what all the other attendees will bring to the event.
Here’s hoping you’ll all join me on the 31st to celebrate SWAN Day and the artistic accomplishments of our local ladies. Many will be selling books and artwork and others will be signing copies – if you’re a fan of anyone scheduled to attend, be sure to bring something for their signatures. Each and every one of the attending artists has a lot to bring to the table, so be sure to check them out. You never know who or what might inspire you.
Press Coffee Bar To Hold Premier Art Opening
Black as the Devil, Hot as Hell,
Pure as an Angel, Sweet as Love.
~Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord
There are things that are serendipitous. There are things that smack of predestination. Then there are things that are just pretty damn creepy. I’m not sure which category this story falls under.
To introduce this story, I have to backtrack to October of last year when I received a call from my friend, Emanuel, telling me that I had to get down to the old home décor place at the corner of Wayne Ave. and E. Third St. and check out this gallery showing. I made it down there as soon as I could and…no Emanuel…but his phone call had led me to some of the most original artwork I had seen in quite some time. It was a mélange of media ranging from the contrasting screen print designs by Jannell Barker to the found art of Josh Florhe which held the moment of another age within its imagery.
I toured the gallery showing, tellingly titled Shut Up Art, and was amazed at the innate talent that the artists imbued. I began speaking with Janell about various topics, such as , how the exhibition came to be, bartending and even meandering over some of the technical aspects of silk-screening. Before leaving, I promised Janell that I would contact her (as well as some of the other featured artists) soon and we would get something down in print for the group. It was a promise that I fully intended to keep…right up until the moment that life got in my way.
It’s one of those things where unforeseen circumstances throw walls up in front of you and then, the momentum of the moment is lost until, one day, you are paging through one of your notebooks and you see a phone number and a pang of guilt forces you to close the book quickly.
Fast forward to last week…Wednesday December 29th to be precise. I was to meet DMM’s Brooke Medlin at a new coffee house called Press Coffee Bar to cover an art exhibition that they were planning. As I ducked inside the building, escaping from the gloomy day above, I was taken in by the warmth of the newly laid wooden floor and the expansive invitation of the room itself. I saw Brooke and another woman crouched in the loft at the rear of the building, which looked out over the whole storefront. I said hello to the bearded gentleman behind the counter and waited for Brooke to come downstairs and fill me in on the details. As I waited, I took in the freshness of the interior. New floors. A newly constructed and conformingly curved coffee bar whose coiled shape and muted tone was a wild variation from the gleaming utilitarian sharpness of the state of the art cappuccino machine. A bearded man behind the counter (who has a name which happens to be Brett Barker) informed me that the machine was made in Florence, Italy and was temperature controlled by a PID computer module that collected data from various sensors and made self correcting adjustments and that it had been used as a demo model at a Seattle coffee festival before arriving in Dayton.
Hearing Brooke and the other woman descending the stairs, I turned around to see…Janell Barker. Dammit, dammit, dammit! I could just hear the snarky remarks that may have been running through her head, remarks that she never said (but justifiably could have!) such as, ‘Do you think you could get this article done in time?’ or saying something to Brooke like, ‘This is the best you could do?’ or even, ‘You’re never going to amount to anything, so you might as well get used to digging ditches!’…sorry, that last one was me channeling my sophomore guidance counselor.
Apparently harboring no ill will, Janell began preparing a freshly ground cup of coffee for me, which made me groan inwardly, knowing that in moments, I would have to admit that I couldn’t stand the taste of coffee. Telling someone something that will disappoint them after you have already disappointed them is hard. Telling someone something that will disappoint them after you have already disappointed them as they approach you with a scalding hot cup of coffee is just plain scary. I began to quickly understand Al Green’s aversion to grits.
After I made my embarrassing admission, Brett began talking about the types of coffee they would be using, the type of rotating and artisan roasters they would be utilizing and then onto one of Press’ previous events, which was a coffee tasting experience that they call ‘Coffee Cupping.’ These things I will save for a future article, such as the circular pouring of water through a Hario V60 single cup coffee filter to make a perfect cup of java or how one should, “slurp” vigorously when tasting a new coffee to completely saturate the tongue all at once. These things will come later. The thing to concentrate on now is their Premier Opening Art Show.
As Brett and Janell detailed the type of art and the artists that would be showcased, I looked around the vaulted room, taking in the rough edges of the remodeling that had yet to be polished, looking upwards at the newly painted, bare walls, knowing that soon, a clamorous collection of artwork would peer down at the patrons of this little coffee shop, inspiring them with a thirst larger than the one to be quenched by any fancy French pressed brew. The artwork is what motivates us, that brings us together, that allows us to appreciate and accept without the burden of being deigned acceptable by others. The artwork is there as a vehicle for our muse to move us forward. The coffee is there to make us savor the moment.
This is a coffee shop that aspires to be more than just a retail establishment. They want to be part of the community and this art show is the first step in that direction. The Premier Opening Art Show will be held on Friday, January 7th from 4pm until 12pm at Press, located at 257 Wayne Ave. The show will feature artwork by Rueben Briggs, Eric Patton, Josh Florhe, Kasey Henneman, Jason Watkins, Jeff Richards, Mike Guidone, Jason Goad and Zach Armstrong. Regular store hours will be Monday through Friday from 7am until 8pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9am until 8pm.