The Dayton Society of Artists had the great pleasure of adding to Art in the City - a city wide celebration of the arts in downtown Dayton. The annual celebration features over 300 artists creating, performing and selling work throughout downtown on Saturday, August 5th 2023 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Presented by the Downtown Dayton Partnership as the signature event for the AES Ohio Summer in the City program, Art in the City serves as the community’s artist outlet and a chance for art lovers to get an “up close and personal” peak at Dayton artistry in action. Voting for the juried art show is currently closed, but take a look at the art and our art demonstrations from the Dayton Arcade, a new art initiative by the DSA to educate the community.
Mark your calendars for next year so you don't miss out on the action!
Nine rotating artists performed 1-hour long demonstrations of their respective mediums. The Dayton Arcade provided a wonderful bar located in the center of the rotunda and visitors were able to walk around to interact, shop, and enjoy watching the artistic process.
local artists in and around downtown Dayton is the drive behind AES Ohio Summer
in the City signature event, Art in the City. The Dayton Society of Artists
(DSA) has selected work from 30 of the area’s most talented artists to feature
in the 2023 Juried Art Show. Established in 1938, the DSA is one of Dayton’s
oldest art organizations located in the historical neighborhood of St. Anne’s
Hill. The mission of the DSA is to connect, support, and educate artists and
Happy Valley Sunrise / Tom Croce
AC Hotel by Marriott Dayton, 124 Madison St.
I am a self-taught freelance photographer with over 30 years experience. I believe photography is not about taking a photograph, it1s about being consumed by a moment. lt1s an intimate experience that begins with the act of seeing and experiencing the inherent beauty of things. My photography is about internalizing that moment and making an image that is more than a record of an external event, it1s about making a photograph that stands on its own, equal to, and as an expression of that experience and moment.
WOOD! (Jumpscare) / Tom McCarthy
Lock 27 Brewing, 329 E. First St.
There was a time when an object could be beautiful and functional. Why have we taken the beauty from our lives and replaced it fast, cheap, and dull?
Indigo Bunting #1 / Charlene Fox
Flyboys Deli, 219 N. Patterson Blvd.
I have found joy in painting and exploring, especially using watercolor to express myself. It is an additional joy and honor when someone finds that a painting l've created resonates with them and finds a life in their home! The opportunity to explore and continuously learn in this medium is a huge attraction to me. While I enjoy intuitive painting of florals and abstract landscapes, I am enjoying developing my skills in more detailed and realistic works as well. l'm really enjoying painting portraits! The journey when I paint is the core of the joy and is the drive to continue to explore. The results are an added bonus!
The View from St. Anne’s Hill / Linda Hart
Winans Chocolates + Coffees + Wine, 221 N. Patterson Blvd.
In the past year, I found a beauty in the urban decay in the background of our lives all around us, the same way I had previously found beauty in the flowers I have painted and grown for years. There is hidden beauty everywhere, even in industrial warehouses and train bridge overpasses. I want to challenge others to look a little harder to see the beauty of these industrial buildings in various stages of decay affected by time and nature. I realized how perfect watercolor was to capture the drips, rust, striations and textures of these beautiful, decaying buildings.
Vote for Me / Brian Mathus
Edward A. Dixon Gallery, 222 N. St. Clair St.My preferred mediums include canvas, wood, and paper. Using graphite and conte crayon, I intricately draw the interconnectedness between objects, environments and people. Through composition and color, I shape meaning and create an atmosphere, employing acrylic and oil paints. With each brushstroke, I infuse my marks with emotion, and then step back to carefully construct the composition. Layers of paint lend depth and sense of history, and I even scratch into them to reveal hidden layers. My artistic language incorporates elements of fauvism, cubism, abstract expressionism and African art, resulting in a unique fusion of styles and marks. I continue to paint until I experience an overwhelming sense of ecstasy at the sight of the work.
Commune / Shauna Schramke
A+ Cleaners, 105 E. Second St.
I paint abstract city and town-scapes. I slow down for those structures that bend and arch but stand strong with the energy of generations - surviving time and tolerating modernity with a stiff upper lip. Thank you for taking time with me, and for allowing me to share what I create.
Biltmore / Kelly Guerra
Norman’s Pet Supply Co., 225 N. Main St.
My work explores the relationship between new class identities and daytime TV. With influences as diverse as Nietzsche and John Cage, new combinations are manufactured from both opaque and transparent textures. Ever since I was a young I have been fascinated by the endless oscillation of the zeitgeist. What starts out as hope soon becomes corroded into a cacophony of power, leaving only a sense of chaos and the unlikelihood of a new beginning. As temporal replicas become distorted through diligent and critical practice, the viewer is left with a testament to the inaccuracies of our future.
Tail of the Sea / Chip Williamson
Rabbit Hole Books, 27 & 29 W. First St.
Chip Williamson is a Dayton painter, photographer and gallerist interested in the common sacredness of everyday life. He is self-taught and always trying new ways of expressing himself. His original artworks are often images of common objects and places, easily recognizable to most people. However, his work transforms those images by creating a new way of experiencing them. The resulting art elevates the common every day lived experience into a new perspective, a joyful, sacred and sometimes humorous view of the world. Chip is inspired and influenced by the work of Andy Warhol, Wayne White, Jacques Cousteau, Lydia Williamson, the Photorealist Movement.
Sycamore Blessing (Numbers 6:24-26) / Jeanne Fehskens
Zen Lounge, 121 N. Ludlow St.
Much of my work is not only a creative process, it is a spiritual practice capturing the mystery and glory in creation. I use actual leaves and flowers in a natural dyeing process to create Ecoprints. Then I use the prints in compositions, adding collage elements and embellish with paint and ink. Circles and gold are a recurring motif symbolizing wholeness, unity and harmony with the sacredness of nature.
Buddha’s Solace / Pratik Paudyal
Starbucks, 1 W. Second St.
My name is Pratik Paudyal and I am an artist specializing in oil and acrylic canvas paintings. I started my journey in art many moons ago. I remember drawing pictures as a wee lad that helped me channel my emotions in a positive direction. I found that it helped with coping and unconciously became my go to for self reflection. Even as an adult, to this day, I find myself going back to the canvas everytime I need to deal with difficult emotions. The art I create becomes my answer; the light, the shadows,the seen and the unseen, reflect the path, the destination and the journey all in one. It helps me see where I was, where I ended up and what the next journey will look like. That is why I paint, that is why I am an artist.
Spring Melody / Yufeng Wang
The International Peace Museum, 10 N. Ludlow St.
I am a Chinese brush painting artist and college professor in Dayton, Ohio. As a teenager, my love of traditional Chinese painting was inspired by the renowned artists Sun Qifeng and Fan Zeng in Tianjin, China. My artwork desires to reflect and create a sense of peace and harmony in nature and humanity. Through Chinese brush painting and calligraphy, I try to convey the inner spirits and outer beauty of our surroundings
Everything is Possible / Nancy Shuler
Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, 8 N. Main St.
Utopia beckons beyond the deep forest. Redwood fingers reach for the Milky Way. The tangible and the intangible; the finite and the infinite; all entwine together in the beauty of life where anything is possible.
Sacred Heart / Libby Morgan
Dayton Arcade, 15 W. Fourth St.
I am a printmaker and sculptor from Dayton, OH. I am a MFA candidate at Miami University Oxford and received my BFA from Wright State University. My work focuses on themes of nature, loneliness, travel, and the difficulties of being a young woman in the 21st century.
Ash Cave / Eric Wright
Est! Est!! Est!!!, 45 W. Fourth St.
Until I discovered photography, art was something done by someone far more creative than me. The camera provided me a way to create and bring beauty into the world; to express visually the things I see and sense in the world around me. In a world fueled by hatred, envy, greed,
and anger; I want to add beauty.
Woman in Airport / Rhonda Duncalf
The Contemporary Dayton, 25 W. Fourth St.
My work has been inspired heavily by the Bay Area Figurative movement, especially by Richard Diebenkorn. I am interested in the sense of mindfulness, stillness and freshness of the paint strokes in his paintings. Nature is another source of inspiration for my work. Part of my practice includes hiking and sketching in the woods. I am also interested in the stories of different types of people and their place in the world.
Untitled / Jude Simmons
Arcade Innovation Hub, 31 S. Main St.
A Dayton native, I spent most of my life abroad traveling the world. Of all the places l1ve been to, Thailand is one place I miss the most. Having moved back to Dayton a couple years ago, I have been focusing my artwork on raising awareness about climate change, and using symbols from various traditions around the world in my work. Abstracts and mixed media projects also keep my attention in between. This work in particular is a favorite of mine, as I feel like the composition is strong no matter which side it is hung from.
Tiger Lily Dreaming: 4.0 / Elisha Frontz
Grist, 46 W. Fifth St.
As an artist, I am drawn to the complexity and beauty of systems and patterns found in both the natural world and in mathematics. In my work, I explore these themes through a combination of traditional art materials and the many mediums of fiber art, using a variety of techniques to create intricate and detailed pieces that reflect the interconnectedness of all things.
Muses / Breanna Cole
After5, 111 E. Third St.
At the heart of my practice is a passion for creating work that resonates with viewers on a deep, emotional level as well as a desire to tell stories and to facilitate a personal connection. Whether I am working on a digital illustration, a traditional illustration, painting, or a mixed media piece, my goal is to connect with my audience in a way that sparks imagination and inspires thought. I take inspiration from the world around me and the people in it, and my hope is that my art can offer a unique perspective and inspire others to see the beauty in the everyday.
Dayton’s Glass Slipper / Jason Shea
Tony & Pete’s, 129 E. Third St.
My goal with my work is to always capture a moment that can hopefully tell a story or draw an emotion from my viewer. Over the next few years, after watching hundreds of videos from creators and photographers, witnessing local tragedies and movements, and working with other artists, my eagerness to learn new tricks and tell that story visually, keeps growing with each click of the shutter.
Engine One / Maria McGinnis
Dayton Metro Library, 215 E. Third St.
My work has been about visual communication of my experiences and my life. After being a single parent and working on my own cars out of necessity due to nnancial burden, I had thought of using car engines as reference material. These engines became my new adult building blocks for my life and I felt the need to use the colors of children1s building blocks because I felt a new life given through this recovery. So, I am expressing visually the new building blocks of life for my purpose and inspiration. I use the color and engines to capture the energy and vibrations I experienced in my healing and recovery.
Flow / Alison Bour
Third Perk Coffeehouse & Wine Bar, 146 E. Third St.
It all started with photography, the real stuff - out of the camera, limited editing. I still love this medium. But, I discovered, there was so much more! And so began the digital art journey l1ve been on for more than a decade. Now wait. l1ve heard it before - •a few clicks and it1s done, anyone can do that.' I want to say, 1,2,3 go! Let1s see YOU do it. I wish I could paint, sketch, draw. But the canvas is my computer. And l1m thrilled to find many art colleagues out there who respect my work.
Let’s Dance! / Samantha Farkas
Twist Cupcakery, 25 S. St. Clair St.
Getting lost in the idea of creating my version of classic creatures corresponds to getting lost in a book or playing as a child. The experience of creating taking me to another place is what I strive for when working on art and hopefully my efforts translate and take the viewer to someplace magical too. This project just fit perfectly for what interests and inspires my creative juices. I am an emerging artist, with a background in art and teaching. I reside in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Soul Sistah / Jessicah Taylor
Vidia’s Closet, 27 S. St. Clair St.
It takes two canvases sewn together with needle and gold colored thread to complete a piece. They are are both fabric and illustration. I may at times include glitter. My pieces take anywhere from 60-80 hours to complete together with sewn signature. They are simple yet busy. They have literal texture. I hope that you find my works as satisfying as I do.
Psychadelic Funk #1 / David Redmon
Varsity House, 31 S. St. Clair St.
My artwork depicts primary colors and narratives, and I use color to describe mood to tell a story. I enjoy working from the human form, and I discovered the human form to be the most challenging subject to draw and paint. I enjoy creating narratives in my work. I like to challenge the viewer to ponder the meaning in my paintings. I use mostly primary colors to get the attention of the viewer to investigate my work, I also use color to depict a mood or feeling in my composition. My brushstrokes follow the flow of the form in my portraits to describe the character of a person. I like to show the person in a dignified matter, and the environments used to set a person in are interiors. I attempt to show a person in their personal space to show comfort and familiarity.
Brain Cloud Number 39 / Rachel DB
Sole Touchers, 37 S. St. Clair St.
As a trained Graphic Designer, my work is often about taking information from others and organizing it in the best way to be understood and inviting to be viewed. In contrast, for me painting is about the process of exploring these abstract brain-clouds, following moments in my imagination where there are few discernible shapes. My paintings are like snapshots of internal landscapes that are constantly shifting and resettling themselves. Similarly, many of my canvases will revisit the easel multiple times over the course of several weeks. I flip the paintings upside down, left side up, right side up, downside down and paint in all directions until the canvas feels like it1s at a moment of rest.'
Inspirit / Suzi Hyden
Reduce & Reuse Refillery, 133 E. Fourth St.
The flelds, woods, and streams are my oldest, closest companions, and Mother Nature has always been my muse. My artistic expression stems from my love of nature and celebrates the riches that grow from the Earth. Because cyanotypes are a non-silver photographic method, it is non-toxic and environmentally friendly. Plus, cyanotypes use the environmental elements of sunshine and water, thus creating my perfect match of medium and content.
Forest Vacation / Rachel Meyer
Blind Bob’s, 430 E. Fifth St.
Forest Vacation was an experiment with adding white gel pen to layered tissue and other paper. This work captures the serenity of the forest and of spending time away from the daily hustle. One of my favorite parts of being a collage artist is choosing my paper. One of the book page scraps I used says, WATCH OUT FOR THAT TREE!!? My work is collage and mixed media collage, using mainly repurposed paper. I like to work with this medium because it creates opportunities to reuse what otherwise would have been discarded.
Hold the Pose / Cassie Crownover
Mike’s Vintage Toys, 508 E. Fifth St.
As a photographer I have a passion for capturing moments that would otherwise be forgotten to create a beautiful scene that can be remembered forever. I aim to create works that evoke emotion, whether that be sadness, happiness, nostalgia or laughter. I want my images to be notable and leave an everlasting impression on the viewer.
Untitled / Kim Shelton
Clash Dayton, 521 E. Fifth St.
l1m a full-time artist presently living in Dayton Ohio with my husband Dale and our puppy dog. I received my BFA from Wright State University in 1998 and my Master1s of Art Education from UD in 2004. I taught art in downtown Dayton for eleven years. Making art has always been a passion of mine. My Painted Ladies is a series that shares the visual story of 3 sometimes more friends and the experiences these bright and colorful ladies find in life. My intent is to create expressive minimalistic scenes of memories that connect me with my viewers. The use of different colors in the girls faces represent all the colors that makeup our skin tones separated into each individual color.
Walk in the Park / Michael Surber
Corner Kitchen, 613 E. Fifth St.
Michael W. Surber is an award winning Ohio based artist known for his paintings and murals. From a young age, He has always had a desire for the arts in all its forms. Michael graduated college with a degree in Graphic Design. Michael is a member of the Dayton Society of Artist in Ohio and his work has been at Edward A Dixon Art gallery in Dayton, Ohio, as well as internationally in places like the Influx Gallery in Notting Hill, London, The Holy Art Gallery in Athens, Greece, Contemporary Art Collectors, Barcelona, Spain, The Fringe Coffee Shop in Hamilton, Ohio, and MADS Art Gallery in Milan, Italy. His paintings have been sold all across the United States, Canada, Switzerland, and Australia. He is also known for painting 30 murals in 60 days at a school in Cincinnati, Ohio.