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Month: July 2013

I Won a Prize!

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I’ve won a prize for my piece “Rescue Work” now on view at the Dayton Visual Arts Center!

Here’s a brief article that appeared in the Dayton Daily News:

DVAC awash in waves of every shape

Anniversary of Great Dayton Flood Inspiration for Show

By Pamela Dillon
Contributing Writer

Where there’s water, there will be plenty of waves. That’s the case at the current Dayton Visual Arts Center show, “Water, Water, Everywhere.”

Sculpted waves, painted waves, waves of destruction and waves of inspiration are being presented in this 22nd annual Open Members’ Show.

Ron Hundt of Kettering sculpted “Big Wave #1,” this year. It reminds this viewer of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy that swept through the Jersey coast Oct. 30. He imagined a large chunk of wavelike driftwood impaling a partially-shattered dock set in stone.

Don Keith of Centerville created “Captured Tide” in two waves of beautiful wood. Dayton resident Jim Delange created three exquisite pieces of aqua, deep blue, and clear glass waves in “Surf Action.”

Several wave images were painted, photographed or created with mixed media. I was particularly intrigued by Ron Rollins’ monochromatic textured waves of layered paint in his work, “And nary a drop to drink…” An impressive collage of a “Diver” by Jeff Stapleton of Washington Twp. invites the viewer in for a closer look.

Whimsical works include a “Water Fling” mobile of a waterbug by Terry Welker of Kettering; an untitled bronze birdhouse that literally includes the kitchen sink by Greg Clem of Piqua and “The Denizen of the Swamp,” a large-scale dragonfly by Winnie Fiedler of Kettering.

Juror for this year’s show was Aimee Marcereau DeGalan, curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Dayton Art Institute.

“Some artists responded directly to water’s awesome power, such as the furious pen and ink swirls in C. Pat McClelland’s (painting), whereas others channeled its more tranquil qualities, as seen in the recumbent forms in Betsie Molinsky’s (acrylic work) and Teresa Roth’s (clay sculpture),” stated DeGalan. “In all, these artists interpreted the theme of water in a multitude of creative ways, whetting my interest in becoming more familiar with their work.”

Here is a list of the prize-winning artists: Lombard Award, Joseph Faloughi for “Memories.” Second through Tenth places, in order: Patrick Mauk for “Five by Five”; Betsie Molinsky for untitled, Ron Hundt for “Big Wave #1”; C. Pat McClelland for “The Sea at Night”; Ray Must for “Bomber over the Hydrobowl”; Richard Cable for “Way”; Susan Stayer for “Rescue Work”; Teresa Roth for “Water Bodies,” and Lisa Foster for “Water, Water — Everywhere.”

Faloughi is a resident of Centerville. His work is an abstract melding of hot and cool colors, with bold strokes of paint that suggest lots of movement. Molinsky, a Kettering artist, painted a figure lying upon a waterbed, or some type of watercraft.

Mauk, also of Kettering, painted a mixed-media abstract.

Honorable Mentions went to Greg Clem, Colin Hester, Terry Welker and Jim Witmer.

The show was held in commemoration of the Great Dayton Flood. The theme “Water, Water, Everywhere” was taken from the “Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” DVAC executive director Eva Buttacavoli asked Molinsky to hang this year’s show. It was a daunting task of setting up 154 works in five gallery sections.

 “This exhibit is many of the artists’ favorite show of the year, because they can see the work of their peers, and it celebrates the diversity of our membership,” said Buttacavoli. “People who have never been to the gallery are invited to come and be overwhelmed by all the creativity and talent in Dayton.”

Contact contributing writer Pamela Dillon at pamdillon@woh.rr.com.

HOW TO GO

What: “Water, Water, Everywhere,” 22nd annual Open Members’ Show

Where: Dayton Visual Arts Center, 118 N. Jefferson St.

When: Continues through Aug. 17 Gallery talk: 6:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 Hours: 11 a.m. top 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday More info: 937-224-3822 or www.daytonvisualarts.org

‘Roid Week 2013

What the heck is ‘Roid Week you ask? It’s a celebration of instant film! The ‘roid part is short for Polaroid, but Polaroid isn’t the only instant film being celebrated during this very special week. Sadly Polaroid films are no longer manufactured and photographers are shooting up what’s left in their stashes. The good news is that Fuji’s instant peel-apart films and Instax integral film, as well as Impossible Project films, are alive and kicking — and being put to good use during ‘Roid Week!

This is the second year I’ve taken part in ‘Roid Week. Since I was away for the first day, I only have eight photos. (According to the group’s rules, participants may add two photos per day to the pool.)

To read more about ‘Roid Week 2013 and see work by other photographers, check out the ‘Roid Week 2013 Flickr group. There’s some really great stuff there! This year’s ‘Roid Week ran from Monday, July 15 through Friday, July 19, 2013.