Artist’s Proposal Selected for Electra C. Doren Branch Library

Artist Darren Kall’s proposal for an original art installation at the Electra C. Doren Branch Library in Old North Dayton has been selected to become the first piece commissioned by the ReImagining Works project, a joint effort of The Dayton Metro Library and The Dayton Art Institute.

The goal is to incorporate original artwork at each Dayton Metro Library location. The Electra C. Doren Branch, located at 701 Troy St., is the oldest in the county-wide system and the first to undergo renovation.

By public vote, the DAI’s painting “Stacks in Celebration” by Charles Sheeler, was selected to be used as inspiration for the new work. Kall reimagines the painting as a sculptural steel fence surrounding the library’s new outdoor reading terrace. The fence will comprise eight steel cutout panels depicting notable Dayton architecture, particularly the buildings of Albert Pretzinger, designer of the Electra C. Doren Library, Memorial Hall and other buildings in Dayton.

“The sculptures I create will be touchable for the visually impaired,” said Kall, who plans to use raw materials from Dayton steel suppliers, laser cutting and finishing from local manufacturers and local workers for fitting and installation.

Kall is a Dayton-based artist with a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in studio art, specializing in sculpture. He has done private and public commissions in both painting and sculpture, among them the bas-relief tiles in the portico of Oakwood High School. The ReImagining Works project was made possible by an anonymous bequest intended to integrate original art and innovative programming at the 17 new or renovated Dayton Metro Library buildings.

Noted glass artist to speak at art museum

Christopher Ries, one of the glass artists featured in the new exhibition “Dayton Celebrates Glass: Chihuly, Littleton, Labino and Beyond,” will be at the Dayton Art Institute to speak about his work and his artistic process on Thursday, July 10. His 6:30 p.m. presentation will be followed by a reception in the museum’s Leo Bistro.

The new exhibit — with studio glass on loan from area collections, Ohio institutions and artists with ties to our region — officially opens on July 12.

Ries, who founded the glass department at The Ohio State University, has produced the largest whole, unassembled pieces of crystal sculpture known. The work is in many museums and fine art collections around the world.

Admission to the Thursday lecture and reception is $8 for members, $12 for non-members. RSVPs are required; call (937) 223-4278 or visit

Wright State grad wins two Daytime Emmys

Wright State University graduate Martin D. Fahrer was awarded a Daytime Emmy for outstanding achievement in Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic design in a Drama Series for his work on both “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” at the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards last weekend.

These are Fahrer’s 14th and 15th nominations and fifth and sixth Emmy awards. He was previously nominated for outstanding achievement in Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic design for a Drama Series for the long running daytime drama “Another World” in 1998 and received a daytime Emmy for outstanding achievement in the same category for the children’s show “Between the Lions” in 2001, for “All My Children” in 2003, “One Life to Live” in 2007, and again for “All My Children” in 2009.

Fahrer was born and raised in Wilmington, where he attended Wilmington High School and College and then majored in Set and Lighting Design at Wright State University. He received a graduate degree from New York University.

Fahrer currently resides in New York, where he has enjoyed a successful career as a freelance set designer in television, theater, music video and commercials. He recently finished production on “Annie” for Columbia pictures and is currently working on “Peter Pan Live” for NBC.

WYSO news department wins national reporting awards

Public radio station WYSO 91.3FM has won two national reporting awards from PRNDI, the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated.

WYSO took first place in the “continuing coverage — small newsroom” category for “The Affordable Care Act Rollout” by business and economics reporter Lewis Wallace. In the “best feature in a small newsroom” category, Wallace, with assistance from Sarah Buckingham, won second place for “Take a Tour of the Healthcare Marketplace with WYSO Reporters.”

Wallace came to WYSO from Chicago Public Radio in August 2013, where he was a Pritzker Journalism Fellow.

Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse presents 20th Season

“Superhuman Happiness,” an adaptation of Ovid’s Metamorphosis, is being presented by the Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse as part of the group’s 20th season.

The show was written and adapted by John Fleming with music by Ellen Maddow and visual effects by Curtis Goldstein. The show will be presented at 7:30 p.m. July 10-13 and 17-20 at the Antioch Area Amphitheatre, 920 Corry St., Yellow Springs.

Tickets, available at the door, are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. For more information: (937) 767-7800 or

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