"Life in the City" strives to showcase original artwork inspired by modern urban lifestyles, culture, and architecture. The spectrum of artwork in this year's exhibition ranges from straightforward presentation to conceptual. The show features a variety of art including acrylic and oil paintings, photography, resin light sculptures, and textile work.
Lost wax casting, repoussé, chasing, hydraulic press forming, fold forming, Keum Boo, forging, as well as traditional metalsmithing techniques.
Opening Reception August 6, 2021 | 5PM - 9PM
Enjoy live music from our friends, Ludlow, The Band, have a cold brew from Devil Wind Brewing in our beer garden, and dinner from the Rolling Oasis. It is free to attend the opening reception.
Closing Reception August 15, 2021 | 11AM - 4PM
Enjoy live music from Scott Lindberg and peruse the surrounding market, studios, and galleries! The day is free to attend and offers free, onsite parking. The food truck accepts cash and card while vendors and artists vary.
Guest Artist: Taliaferro Sebastian
Title: House Party
Medium: acrylic on stretched canvas
Dimensions: 24" x 36"
"Cityscapes delight and draw us into the urban life."
Artist Statement: "The jewel tones create the feeling of evening as the city prepares to bring the day to an end."
Artist Statement: Jennifer Perkins is a local encaustic and mixed media artist who has called Dayton her home for the past 8 years after relocating from Portland Oregon. She currently runs a studio space with her partner and teaches art.
Title: Sunset on White Lotus
Medium: soft pastels on sandboard
Dimensions: 8"x10", 12"x14" framed
"Looking west as the evening falls over 3rd street in Downtown Dayton."
Artist Statement: Jon Daugherty is a Graduate from the University of Cincinnati DAAP program and professional Industrial Designer. Envisioning concepts that bring excitement to markets and solutions to users, while combining creativity and manufacturing processes to bring the ideas to life. Jon has been developing commercial and consumer products for over 30 years. Jon’s traditional hands-on art side has been a lifelong passion but only a sideline pursuit. His soft pastel paintings express scenes from around rural Southwestern Ohio and the City of Dayton. Primarily known for his weathered barns and their rural surroundings in which have been included in the Contemporary’s annual art auction for many years. A collaboration that began in 2020 has brought together Jon’s three dimension and manufacturing skills, the famed Mike Elsass’s signature paint style, and the marketing horsepower of Beth Miller’s Wagtown message to produce art installations that can be found throughout downtown Dayton and the Wagtown trail. Jon, Jon’s wife Lori, and their daughter Kelsey create and showcase their creative skills at their own Darty Art Studio/Gallery located at the Front Street Buildings in Dayton Ohio.
Title: Outside my Window
Dimensions: 35" x 31"
"Outside My Window relates to my recent injury. I was alone in my recovery just looking out my window. But the day l felt well enough to come down to Front St. and see my artist friends l knew l was on my way to recovery. The city unites people."
Artist Statement: "I rarely start with a sketch. I prefer to start cutting into the fabric and see where it leads me. I have been creating art quilts since 2005 when I took a workshop at the Quilt Surface Design Symposium in Columbus, Ohio. This opened my eyes to the unlimited possibilities for a textile artist. The route I chose was the narrative style, also thought of as story quilting. I combine printed commercial and hand-dyed fabrics. I discovered when they are combined the fabrics give off a sense of movement. My layering methods, raw edge applique and bold colors are well-known. My faces are a mix of abstraction and folk art while my nature scenes are visually interesting with texture and color. Each of my art quilts are an expression of our stories, our lives, and how we communicate with each other. I am back doing abstract quilts too. I've shown at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum, Lincoln, NE and the Riffe Gallery in Columbus, OH and many more and across the country."
Title: Dayton, Ohio Skyline
Medium: Digital Inkjet Print
Dimensions: 15" x 27"
"I've lived in the Dayton area all of my life and have always found the city to be quite striking in appearance. More recently I've been enamored by the views of it from by the river and figuring out ways to photograph it. This was my first attempt at capturing a three-image panorama of the skyline during Blue Hour as the summer sun faded from the right side."
Artist Statement: "The majority of my work focuses on the genres of nature and outdoor photography, and specializing in wildlife, wildflowers, trees and cityscapes. Often traveling to far off scenic locations away from home or near as can be. I deliver a variety stylish framed pieces of landscape scenes and fine art prints of abstract scenes in nature."
Title: Black Figure in a Field
Medium: oil on wood board
Dimensions" 17.5" x 14.5
"This painting was made in a field on Keowee Street and Webster Street. This field used to have a house on it during Dayton’s hay day. Even with the decaying parts flowers still grow just like this city is growing again."
Artist Statement: "I create work that is in between representational and abstract. My work is meant to evoke the psychological nature of people in space."
Title: Scotty Bratcher"
Medium: Acrylic on board
Dimensions: 4ft" x 2ft'
"The City is my inspiration"
Artist Statement: "I came, I saw, I created."
Title: Beautiful Chaos
Medium: mixed media
Dimensions: 9"x9"x3.5", 7"x7"x3.5", 5"x5"x3.5"
"When I think about city life I think about movement. How everyone is working together to create what our city is. The city dose not stop once the sun goes down. It is still full of that same movement, but a more exciting movement."
Artist Statement: "Everyone’s brain works by layering information. But, everyone’s mind works in different ways. How does our brain organize and sort through our memory? What fades away and why? I have a really hard time taking in information clearly. As a young child, I was diagnosed with a learning disability. I was constantly told that my mind worked differently than everyone else’s. I love to use multiple exposures in photography to illustrate how my brain organizes information, but I have been experimenting with how to use other mediums to still create this effect, but in a more abstract way. I am now using resin and glass to represent the layering of those memories and how something as simple as light can distort what you see or remember."
Title: It's Fun
Medium: digital photography, floating frame
Dimensions: 17" x 11"
"I have been photographing the city of Dayton for 30 years and the city is ever changing. I love seeing something new every time I go out to shoot. As much as I hate seeing some of the old Dayton disappear, I am amazed by how Dayton is transforming itself, surviving. My photo "It's fun" is the façade of the Price Brothers building a long-standing Dayton business during its deconstruction. The second photo "Once Was" is a shot from Dayton Landmark Mendelson's, a mecca for many artists-Once was now no longer."
Artist Statement: "Fine Art Photographer-urban decay, architecture, environmental abstract. After a pause in creating, I am finding myself again through the lens of a camera."
Title: The Dayton Arcade Rotunda
Dimensions" 5"x7", matted and framed 15"x19"
"As I have begun exploring Dayton through my artistic journey the last four years, rounding every corner in the city I’m intrigued by new experiences. Recently I’ve been admiring the unique architecture in Downtown Dayton with the Dayton Arcades new renovation I was inspired to recreate the Rotunda of the Dayton arcade in pen and ink. This ink drawing I created was based from a photo online. It is a beautiful space and it’s restoration says so much about the possibilities so many cities have to recreate what once was."
Artist Statement: "Residing in Yellow Springs, Ohio, I was encouraged from a very young age to pursue my interest in art. Observing local flora and fauna, especially birds, provides my predominant artistic expression. Working mostly in ink and watercolor drawings, I capture the world around me."
Title: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
Dimensions: 12" x12"x.5"
This building in Troy, Ohio was demolished to put in a new fire station. It reminds us to appreciate what is here today, because it may be gone tomorrow.
Title: Bye Bye Birdie
Medium: acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 16" x 12 x 1"
Artist Statement: "I have been an artist all of my life always wanting to create for others’ enjoyment. It is wonderful to see the happiness on the observers’’ faces and to hear their thoughts, both positive and negative, on the works they are observing. I thoroughly enjoy creating art in different media and exploring new ideas. To create a unique take of reality. I am often sidetracked with by new media and projects. My formal training in art began in high school in Troy, then at the University of Cincinnati, continued at Bowling Green University and was completed at Sinclair Community College. I currently take advantage of the many workshops and training sessions offered. Because of my interest in many variations of art, I have a variety of followers interested in different forms of my art. I like to create a unique version of the original in everything I create. I am inspired by my fellow artists, nature and others."