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Thankfulness

This post really has nothing to do with art, unless you take into account that there is an art to feeling thankful, especially in this world of so many trials and heartaches and just pure unadulterated meanness. I have felt lately that kindness is getting trampled by angry words and cruel actions, which makes it even more important to take in beauty, to admire creativity, appreciate thoughtfulness, hold close the ones we love, and to breathe in thanks for the blessings we do enjoy and pledge again not to add to that abyss of darkness but to radiate beams of light.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

“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!

House and Home as Subject

I will be posting new small collages in the Small Works Gallery. These collages are based on subjects rather than full-blown themes. They are less labor intensive and therefore less expensive to purchase. These collages are still finely crafted and treated with the same care as my larger pieces; they are simply less complicated compositions. All are handmade and other papers on canvas, treated with a clear acrylic matte finish so they need no glass, and come wired and ready to hang!

Below you will see Card House, a 5 x 5 inch paper collage on canvas, $25 – SOLD, greeting cards still available

Card House

From the House series

From the House series

Best of Intentions

Well, I have finished grading all my students’ work and turned in the grades (I teach art history at Wright State University in Dayton and love it!). Now I can really focus on the studio. It’s always a juggling act between teaching and creating. I suppose I could not teach, but I love sharing the history and interacting with my students. I love when they return from the “dreaded” museum visit and tell me with surprise that they had a great time! As a teacher I am developing new art appreciators and patrons, and without them we can sell no art!

I had wonderful classes this year filled with interesting and engaged students. Every time I teach I learn something new and I think this knowledge informs my own art. It also makes me appreciate my place within the continuum of artists and history, and I think that’s a good thing.

I promise, that new art will be posted soon!