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MONTGOMERY COUNTY WORKS FOR ARTISTS!

One of my favorite art collectors approached me a couple of weeks ago and asked me: “Do you know that Montgomery County’s Office of Community and Economic Development has a special section for artists?  He showed me on his phone and by gosh, there it was!

Montgomery County, Ohio for many years has been a leader in supporting the arts, providing grants for artists in many disciplines. Due to budget issues, these grants are on hiatus, but this new app could be very helpful. Take a look: http://www.businessfirstdaytonregion.com/. Go to Tools For Your Business-top left, then select on bottom right “See more” and you will see The Business of Art.

Take a look, because, as my husband noted in this image he sent to me:

I’ve been an absentee blogger…

When I started writing this blog my intention was to write once a week and post on Monday. Now, I have to confess that I have not done so well with that, and any of you who read me already know this.  While I enjoy writing very much, when I am really consumed with art making the writing takes a back seat, and my writing pen has been languishing there since the second of February. Oops. Can’t keep to a schedule? Sometimes, I can’t. It’s not possible to do it all, all the time.

Since February’s posting I have hung a new exhibit of my work in the office of the Dayton mayor, participated in an evening of art in Centerville, hosted an art party, submitted several proposals, completed one very large tapestry collage and several other collages, tweaked my new studio, given a workshop, delighted in the newly revised Montgomery County Business of Art website (more about that in a later post), and begun the planning of an art trip to Belgium and the Netherlands, all this while continuing my usual teaching and studio work schedule. Odd, all of a sudden I am feeling slightly breathless….!

It’s been a satisfying and productive last two months. I have made new art and met new friends. I have been lucky to spend time with old friends. Life has been good.

I am planning now for the summer and fall, and scheduling work on several series of collages, in addition to working on some other new non-collage possibilities. I have lots of ideas; more ideas than hours in the day!

I also don’t like to write posts that are too long, so I am going to close now with some pictures. Keep it creative! 

Here is a (not great) photo I shot of one of my new tapestry collages from the Paper Lives series. This is the second one I have done and plans are under way for number three. The title is Sea Change.
My grand puppies, Olive on the left, Guyute on the right. They are good buddies. 

The art in smart

Just a thought for today: Supporters of art are movers and shakers, which is why ART is the foundation of SMART!

Some New Year’s Thoughts 2011

Art is life-giving.

It’s an intangible. How can you explain to someone who has never experienced the power of an original piece of work, something that has sprung from the thought of one human being, brought into existence due to that person’s trials and errors, sweat, mental anguish, trying to get it right, to make physical that which he or she sees in the mind’s eye? Art adds life – to the walls of your home, your cubicle at work, your city parks, the very roadways you travel – breath and thought and feeling and connection, a communication offered from the artist to you.

It was a difficult year, 2010. Many of us felt the negatives of an economy sliding downhill, jobs moving in not equal to the companies moving out, the broad sweep of cuts to the arts because funds are stretched to the nth degree just to cover the most basic of services. Hard decisions have had to be made. We all want to live in a community with plenty of recreational opportunities and cultural offerings. Most of us realize that in our current world we must get creative to provide those amenities when our cities are pushing to fill empty buildings, entice new enterprise, appeal to and keep our young adult residents.

This is why we need the life sustaining power of art more than ever, and it is also why it is time for those of us who live and breathe and work in the arts to do more – I know, I know, we all are always being asked to do more – but small things can truly add up to big accomplishments. There is strength in numbers, and while competition is healthy, there really is great power in collaboration.

Dayton, Ohio, where I live and work,  is remarkable in its offerings in the arts; it has more than most cities its size (a provable statistic by the way). We have more talented professional artists than most, we have fine galleries that could use more traffic and support, and we have an art institute that rivals those of many larger metropolitan areas. Dayton has been blessed by the philanthropy of past citizens who loved this city and its people; we are still enjoying the fruits of that generosity today. Moreover, we are charged with living up to that legacy. We need to, now more than ever before.

“TOP SECRET”: FIND GREAT ART IN DAYTON!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

TOP SECRET: “FREE” ART AT THE CANNERY ART AND DESIGN CENTER ON FIRST FRIDAY! YOU BE THE SLEUTH!

In keeping with September’s First Friday theme, Cannery Art and Design Center invites you to “I SPY”. Participate and YOU might win a work of art!

Everyone likes to win prizes and what’s a better prize than original local art? Come to the Cannery on Friday, September 3rd and follow the clues. If you solve the case, your name goes in the hopper for an art print by one of the Cannery’s talented artists! Spy games start at 5 pm.

MORE HAPPENINGS FIRST FRIDAY …. Live music, refreshments and scintillating conversation with Cannery artists. See NEW WORK by Cannery artists at reasonable, NOT New York prices!

ANTIQUES AT THE CANNERY … Find one of a kind collectables and antiques in the Cannery’s newest space. Visit on First Friday.

SSHHH… Don’t forget to bid on your favorite work of art in the Cannery’s Silent Auction Space. ?

Need to “spy” a parking place? Donation parking is available at St. John’s Church across from Square One Salon. And if you can’t visit all the shops Friday night, come back to Third Street and stroll: Cannery Art and Design Center, Therapy Café, Basically British, K-12 Gallery, and Square One Salon and Spa.

Go “undercover” at the Cannery on First Friday.

The Cannery Art and Design Center originated First Fridays four years ago, opening its doors to celebrate original local art on the first Friday of every month. First Friday has since expanded to include most downtown Dayton art galleries and studios. The Cannery continues to welcome record crowds for evenings of great local art, live music, food and conviviality.

The Cannery Art and Design Center, located at 434 East Third Street in Webster Station, is open Wed. – Fri 11 am to 6 pm, Sat. 11 am to 5 pm, by appointment, and for special events. Contact Christy Jennewein, Gallery manager and artist, for information regarding renting The Cannery for your special event.

THE ARTISTS invite the public to join them for an evening of food, drink, FINE ART, and “I SPY” on First Friday, September 3, starting at 5 pm at The Cannery!

CANNERY ART AND DESIGN CENTER

434 East Third Street

Dayton, Ohio 45402

937-313-9883

www.canneryarts.com

Saturday Morning Post

Working on some new pieces, one using no color at all, just variations on black and white. Have started two new pieces in the House series as well. I spent yesterday putting together an installation that will go to Gorman School in Dayton. I have been working on it over the summer, assembling the components which are made from recycled materials. So far I have created a very colorful “pole” forest with some wind and sound components to accompany the forest. I hope to start installing this week!

I have a busy fall ahead; classes start soon and I will be filling the heads of college students with lots of world art history. I have been tweaking my course to add in some things I felt were needed for a full first exposure to art (most of the students I teach have had little experience with art; I like opening their minds).

In addition there are several shows coming  up in the very near future, lots of happenings at my main gallery The Cannery Art and Design Center, as well as at Really Cool Stuff where I sell my cards and small art items. The Holiday Gift Gallery is gearing up at the Dayton Visual Arts Center soon as well. Best yet, we will be bopping over to DC to see our son, who graduated from Georgetown last May and is working in the capital city. We – my family – have all lived in the DC area  and it is a favorite place for us. A friend told me last week that Mark Rothko’s chapel paintings are on view, so I have to see them. Best part of course, will be spending time with my son! I miss the guy!

Governor’s Awards

I had a very exciting day last Wednesday, Arts Advocacy Day in Ohio. I traveled to Columbus with other arts supporters to lobby our legislators on behalf of the arts. Ohio is in a budget crisis and the arts have taken a huge hit as state government wrestles with budget shortfalls and how to allocate limited funds. Last year the budget of the Ohio Arts Council was cut 47%. I and a large contingent of artists, arts patrons, arts lovers, and arts professionals from Dayton, along with groups from all over Ohio urged our government leaders to do their utmost not to cut us further, and maybe even add back some of what we lost last year. Arts related businesses contribute to the economic health of the state; as well arts education is an integral component of a well-rounded student (more on this later).

I want to get on to the next exciting part of the day: the Governor’s Awards! This year, two awards went to Dayton folk: Marsha Hannah and Kevin Moore, the dynamic duo behind the Human Race Theatre Company, won the Governor’s Award for Arts Administration; and Jim and Enid Goubeaux, long-time arts supporters, won the Governor’s Awards for Arts Patrons. As is usual for Dayton, it seemed half the city turned out at the luncheon to cheer them on. We have great arts and great arts supporters in Dayton and we are very proud of our artists!