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One Roll, Two Downtowns

Downtown Dayton near the 2nd Street Market

Roll number two of this year’s 52-Rolls Project is from a visit to two downtowns: Dayton and Yellow Springs. (Yeah, I noticed all the twos too.)

Railroad tracks

Dayton graffiti

I really do need to do more wandering around downtown Dayton. I’m always happy with what I find to photograph when I go there. This particular day was overcast and drizzly and generally miserable. I had ISO 3200 film in the Holga so I figured I’d go with it. The dusty, scratched negatives from my home developing seem to add even more grunge to the photos.


The other half of the roll was exposed while walking around downtown Yellow Springs. It was a nice sunny day.

Enjoying a sunny day in downtown Yellow Springs

The whole roll is on Flickr in the Roll 02 Album. Let me know what you think!

I Won a Prize!


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


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

‘Rescue Work’: My Photo Encaustic Piece for the DVAC Members’ Show


The 2013 Dayton Visual Arts Center‘s annual members’ show is coming up. This year Dayton is celebrating  the 100th anniversary of the Great Flood. The theme of this year’s show at the DVAC is “Water, Water Everywhere.”

I found several photographs taken at the time of the flood and decided to turn them into encaustic works.

I printed the photograph on Hosho paper and adhered it to a 5 x 7 Ampersand Clayboard. I put four layers of clear encaustic medium over the photograph, fusing and buffing the surface between each layer. I added color to various areas of the encaustic using watercolor crayons and then added a couple more (very thin) layers of encaustic medium.

After the piece cooled, I attached it to the matboard and put it in the distressed yellow frame. Using my hand, I gave it another gentle buffing to bring out the luster and shine.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s interpretation of “Water, Water Everywhere.” The show opens on Friday, July 12, and closes on Saturday, August 17, 2013.

Dayton Visual Arts Center

118 N. Jefferson Street, Dayton, OH 45402

(937) 224-3822

The DVAC’s hours are 11 to 6 Tuesday through Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday.

Sunflowers, Gravestones, and Garrett: Instant Film Goodness in Ohio

My last blog post was a month ago! Yikes! What have I been doing? Hmmm…. Well, I just got back from two weeks in Ohio. I had to pick up my entry from the Dayton Visual Arts Center’s Members’ Show. While I was home, I shot loads of 35mm film and lots of instant film from The Impossible Project.


When I was a kid, I used to go with Grandpa to walk the dogs in Woodland Cemetery. My grandparents lived just a block down the street from the entrance to the cemetery and I loved going with him. I didn’t know it at the time, but Woodland Cemetery was founded in 1841, and is one of the five oldest rural garden cemeteries in the United States. It’s also an arboretum. The cemetery’s website says that

Over 3,000 trees and 165 specimens of native Midwestern woody plants grace the Arboretum’s 200 verdant acres of rolling hills. Many of the trees are more than a century old and nine have been designated “Ohio Champions” by the Ohio Forestry Association.

There are a number of famous people buried in Woodland, too, including Wilbur and Orville Wright; poet Paul Laurence Dunbar; humorist Erma Bombeck; and Levi and Matilda Stanley, King and Queen of the Gypsies. Oh, and Loren M. Berry, the guy who invented the Yellow Pages around 1910. (This might come in handy on Jeopardy! someday.) As a kid, I had a great time looking at the gravestones, reading the names and dates, and thinking about these people who were born, lived, and died a hundred years before I came along. My favorite headstones were the ones with the little metal hinged cover that lift up to reveal a photo of the person occupying the grave. I only saw one of those on this visit. Possibly the most unusual tombstone in Woodland Cemetery is Johnny Morehouse’s.

johnny Morehouse's gravestone

According to legend, Johnny fell into the Miami & Erie canal and froze to death, despite his faithful dog’s efforts to pull him out. After he was buried, the dog laid on his gravesite and wouldn’t move. Eventually the dog died from starvation and sadness. A special stone was made in 1861 to commemorate Johnny’s dog’s devotion. Visitors to the gravesite leave toys, candy, and other small trinkets on the stone. Now that Johnny and his dog are reunited in the afterlife, so the story goes, their ghosts are roaming the cemetery and barking can sometimes be heard near the gravesite. Unfortunately I didn’t experience anything remotely supernatural the day I was there.


John's Sunflowers by Susan Stayer The sunflowers are in John’s garden. He lives next door to my parents and he’s got two big green thumbs. This year his garden was overflowing with tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, cabbage, squash, and peppers. I made a nice ratatouille and some babaganoush. I’ve never eaten so many delicious tomatoes in my life.


Garrett, the family lab, posed for a few photos. He doesn’t really like having his picture taken. Most of the time he’ll turn his head away and pinch his eyes shut as tightly as he can. But there’s something about those old Polaroid cameras I’ve pointed his way. He doesn’t mind those so much, even when the flash on the Spectra goes off.

For this trip I used an SX-70 with Impossible Project PX70 film, both expired and fresh.   So that accounts for how I spent some of the last month. All I know is that time flies.