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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!

“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!

Creative Play

It’s a beautiful morning in Dayton, the sun is shining and I just finished chatting with my neighbor Brenda and her cuddly Akita Sophie (who just had ACL surgery, though she is not a soccer playing dog). Sophie is the kind of pooch I would love to snuggle up and take a nap with for an afternoon; she is a sweetheart. Being an Akita her aggressive tendencies sometimes emerge with other big dogs; this use to happen with my dear chocolate Lab Maxine. Max was so mellow that when Sophie got pushy Max just stood there looking puzzled! Both are (and were, as my sweet Max is no longer with us) loving and loyal canines.

Well, that digression is not the point of this morning’s post. Mostly I am delaying my pressing work of the morning, which is grading art history posts from one of my classes. Actually I want to relay the value of CREATIVE PLAY, because I hosted a workshop on Saturday at the Dayton Art Institute in conjunction with one of their current exhibitions: All Things Bright and Beautiful, the California Impressionists.

Eleven eager folks joined me for a full morning playing and creating with paper. First we strolled through the exhibition observing the vibrant paintings of Guy Rose, William Wendt, Edgar Payne, Granville Redmond, Anna Hills, John Gamble and many others, then we returned to the studio where I demonstrated my collage technique. Everyone went to work seeing what exciting things the paper would do. We had a wonderful morning! My students’ collages were colorful, textural, imaginative, individual, and wonderful! I encourage all of you to engage in some creative play!

Where have I been?

For any of you who read my posts or check my latest work, you are probably wondering what has happened to me, since I have not posted in months. I always have such good intentions to maintain a steady stream of commentary and actually was doing pretty well – for awhile.

Well, I am still here and still making art. I just haven’t photographed and posted any new work; I am still making new work. Actually I have been quite busy making work so I will practice my photography skills and post some. I did a series of “Peace” symbols and am working on a new series called “Oxford Faces”, based on photos I took in Oxford, England last April. I am continuing the “Medusa” series and am working on three pieces having to do with the land as sacred space.

I am teaching a lot right now, which accounts for some of my busyness: four art history classes and a studio class. I love doing this but it does take time! It is important to me however to keep up with the history of art as it places me in context with my predecessors. It also informs my work, and I hope, enriches and improves it. I am proud to be a part of the history of artists, however small. I also feel I am doing my part to develop new art appreciators, collectors and patrons. So I work hard to balance art teaching and artmaking! Anyone who is an artist understands the dilemma of time management (as do most of us I am sure).

Well, that’s it for today. I promise I will be back soon to update you on things art.

Work in Progress

Medusa, in  progress  Pictured here is a snapshot of a current collage in progress, part of my Medusa series. This piece will be 48″w by 36″h. On pieces of this size I often work on the easel; sometimes I work flat, depending on the collage itself. You may notice that some of the paper is still hanging off the canvas, or appears to be in the wrong spot. Many times if I plan to use a particular piece of paper I will stick it on the canvas with a spot of glue so I don’t lose it!

Studio time

I have been in the studio a lot this week, working on several new pieces. For some reason I have gotten hooked on Medusa, the mythical woman with snake hair. She was not always a negative figure; early in her incarnation she was a figure of power and strength. She exists in many cultures and her history is an interesting one. Anyway, I am working on my third Medusa collage, as well as a series of pieces for Clothes That Work, an area non-profit that helps job seekers with appropriate career clothing.

Because I am not deft with a camera, new photos of art can be slow to appear, so I apologize for that – I am working on the do it myself photography thing! I recently took a workshop presented by Dayton photographers extraordinaire Andy Snow and Kevin Messer, and bless their hearts they helped alleviate the “fear” I have of shooting my own work. I think I just might be able to do it!

Anyhow, please stay tuned. New photos will crop up one of these days.