Margie Grove is a lifetime Datonian who supports her community through her volunteer work and artistic endeavors. She has had a passion for painting since high school and has painted in her in-home studio most of her life. In 2015, her husband suggested she should start showing her work and become part of the Dayton art scene. Following the advice of her husband, Margie moved her in-home studio to Front Street where she continued to paint and become an active member of their community.
After settling into her new creative space, she began to expand her skill set to include glasswork and drawing. She began creating with glass under the mentorship of Liz Shinn, artist and instructor at The Glass Station. Margie quickly began designing glass dishes, birdbaths, cupcake stands, and the list goes on. Each individual piece begins with a sketched out design with precise measurements and detailed notes to create a “blueprint” of sorts. From this point, each piece’s journey is different, depending on what is being crafted. Her first collection of glasswork began a little over a year ago and is in the final phases of being fired in her 1970’s Kerr Kiln. Margie’s current projects include incorporating Frit (crushed glass) into her designs and drawing lessons from internationally recognized artist and instructor AUSRA.
Margie’s artwork has shown in The Springfield Art Museum for three consecutive years, as well as the Wright State Arts Gala, Front Street’s “Life in the City,” and The Orphanage. A large collection of Margie’s paintings hung as a permanent installment at Hannah’s Restaurant, in Dayton. She is an active member of Dayton Society of Artist, Dayton Contemporary, Springfield Museum of Art, Culture Works, and the community of Front Street.