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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:

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!

I saw the peaceful city…

and it was here, in Dayton, where I live: The City of Peace. This reference may or may not be familiar to readers, but Dayton really is known as the City of Peace. This is due firstly, to the Dayton Peace Accords, the agreement hammered out here to end the war in Bosnia. Since that time Dayton has become home to the International Peace Museum, the Missing Peace Art Space, the Peace Bridge, and other endeavors to promote peace in our world. Much of our city’s efforts involves the artful pursuit of peace, as I call it. That’s because many of our efforts to promote peace are visual and literary.

I was thinking about this because yesterday in my church we dedicated a permanent Prayer Wall, a place for our notes to that higher power. This had meaning for me because I was asked to create the design for the Prayer Wall, which was then built in wood by a talented craftsman. My intent was to allude to the Western Wall in Jerusalem where people of all faiths come to tuck their written prayers into the cracks of the stone wall. Our wall is wood to match our sanctuary, but it evokes the Western Wall in its design. I designed it in three parts so it also alludes to medieval triptych altarpieces.

I would like to see our focus on peace spread throughout the world. Let’s work for that. And artfully speaking, designing the wooden Prayer Wall inspired me to create collage on canvas reflection walls, which I will be posting here!

We’ll start with one: Gold Reflection Wall9″w by 12″h collage on canvas, made of handmade and machine papers, clear acrylic          finish, wired and ready to hang, $165.

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!

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

I ran into the director of our local arts fund raising organization today at the Second Street Market in Dayton (which, by the way, is a destination worth frequenting for great food, produce, flowers, seafood, handcrafted items, fresh meats, tremendous breads and baked goods, entertainment, and people-watching), and she told me that this year’s campaign has been extended to August and that so far, funds raised are behind last year.

Cultureworks is an umbrella organization that raises money for our large, medium, and small arts groups in Dayton – and we have a blessing of many wonderful arts groups – and then distributes the money to the groups. This allows folks to support many organizations with just one donation.

Dayton has been hard hit this year, with four of five GM plants closing and an unemployment rate higher than the national average. In addition, some of our major corporate funders have left town. We have here more really fine cultural groups than most cities our size, many of which have national and international reputations. Our home grown performing artists are tres excellent, and out of town artists love to perform here because of Dayton’s knowledgeable, appreciative audiences, as well as the fact that visiting artists are welcomed with open arms, and truly, although it seems cliche, feel the love…

We have great galleries and a huge pool of talented visual artists, and organizations to support them too. Our philharmonic and ballet are two of the oldest in the country, and they are surrounded by numerous smaller musical and dance ensembles who represent an array of genres. So you can see that I am a cheerleader for our arts community, and it is a really exceptional community.

HOWEVER, in this current economic downtown, the moneys that our groups need to survive is dwindling, and so I am making a plea. If anyone who reads this blog would simply send $5 to Cultureworks, and then forward this plea to a friend, perhaps we can make up some of the deficit.

I can’t stress enough how important the arts are to quality of life. If you visited the Cityfolk Festival in Dayton last night, you would see just how popular that one music festival is in our community. And it’s just one. We have so much more that we must hang onto.

SO,  here is the address for Cultureworks: 126 NORTH MAIN STREET, SUITE 210, DAYTON, OHIO 45402-1766. Their website: www.cultureworks.org

PLEASE CONSIDER SENDING JUST FIVE BUCKS. EMAIL A FRIEND. ASK THEM TO DO THE SAME. Maybe you can copy me too. We need your help. And, THANKS.

To those of you in other cities, consider supporting your own community arts groups, although we’ll thankfully accept your donations too.