Season preview: Towns use art as an economic engine

Middletown, Miamisburg embrace hubs as focal point

In addition to the large and familiar regional visual arts venues, there is something exciting going on to give dozens of regional artists more visibility for the 2012-13 season of visual arts around the Miami Valley.

Visual art is being used to jumpstart economic progress in various cities in the area. In the tradition of the Cannery Art & Design Center downtown and the Town & Country Fine Art Gallery in Kettering, new multiartist communities are cropping up.

In Middletown, a new Pendleton Art Center has opened at 1105 Central Ave. There’s plenty of space for dozens of art studios in the three-story, 45,000 square-foot building. There are a total of 65 artist gallery/studio combinations. The beauty of this collective is that everyone contributes to the success of all. The individual spaces are rented, with all the artists open only on the first Friday and Saturday of each month. This Pendleton Center is the fourth for Jim Verdin. He also started collective art venues in Cincinnati, Ashland, Ky., and Rising Sun, Ind.

In Miamisburg, artist Mike Elsass, Bonnie Nolan of the Miamisburg Merchants Association, businessman Joe Harrison, and the city of Miamisburg have all worked together to start a multiuse gallery at 43 S. Main. It’s not quite as big as Pendleton with only 9,000 square feet, but the excitement and energy are the same. This is a new venture. It might just be a temporary spot; only time will tell. But the bottom line is there are more visual arts venues, and more creative ways, that artists are using to get their works in front of the public eye.

Artists getting creative … imagine that?

Cannery Art & Design Center

45 S. St. Clair St., Dayton

(937) 313-9883 or

Oct. 5: “Find the Scream”

Nov. 14-Dec. 21: “The Art Box”

Dec. 1-29: “Mobiles & Lights”

Jan. 4-26, 2013: “Faculty Student Show”

Feb. 1, 2013: “Sketch Saturdays”

Mar. 9, 16, 23, 2013: “Functional Art Show” classes Apr. 5, 2013: “Artist of the Month” Marsha Pippenger

May 3-13, 2013: “Travel” Doug McLarty

Jun. 21, 2013: Wine Tasting/Art Collectors Club

Jul 5-26, 2013: “Testing 123” Carol Stoops

Aug. 2-31, 2013: “Lost & Found” John Landsiedel

Dayton Art Institute

456 Belmonte Park N., Dayton

(937) 223-5277 or

Admission is $8 adults, $5 seniors, students, active military and groups.

Through Apr. 7, 2013: “Inside the Box” in Experiencenter.

Through Sept. 23: “You Are My Superhero”

Through Nov. 4: “Emmet Gowin and His Contemporaries”

Oct. 6-Jan 6, 2013: “Stephen Knapp: Lightpaintings”

Dayton Visual Arts Center

118 N. Jefferson St., Dayton

(937) 224-3822 or

Sept. 14-Oct. 20: “In Vivo: Erin Holscher Almazan, Francis Schanberger and Diane Stemper”

Nov. 2-Dec. 29: “Tracking: Deborah Melton Anderson”

Nov. 2-Dec. 29: “ArtToBuy Holiday Gift Gallery”

Nov. 2-Feb. 2, 2013: Dayton Convention Center, “Disaster: A Juried Members’ Show”

Jan. 15-Feb. 22, 2013: “REACH Across Dayton”

Mar. 1-23, 2013: “The Cline Show”

Apr. 5-24, 2013: Annual Art Auction Preview

May 10-Jun 15, 2013: “Construction of Space: Tess Little, Jennifer Rosengarten”

July 12-Aug 17, 2013: “Annual Open Members’ Show: Water, Water, Everywhere”

Fitton Center for Creative Arts

101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton

(513) 863-8873, ext. 110 or

Sept. 14-Nov. 9: “The Best of 2012” Members’ Exhibition

Dec. 8-Feb. 8, 2013: “Slide” sculptural installations by Pamela DeCoker/Alysia

Fischer; paintings by Kim Krause and CK Nichelson

Mar. 16-May 31, 2013: “46th Greater Hamilton Art Exhibition”

Middletown Arts Center

130 N. Verity Parkway, Middletown (513) 424-2417 or www.middletownarts

Sept. 21-Oct. 27: “Area Art Show 2D & 3D”

Nov. 2-Dec. 15: “Reunion Exhibit” Ron Bushorn

Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries at Wright State University

A128 Creative Arts Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Fairborn

(937) 775-2978


Through Oct. 14: “James Sullivan: The Reluctance of Things”

Oct. 31-Dec. 9: “Global Matrix III: International Print Exhibition”

Jan. 13-Feb. 24, 2013: “Drawing From Perception VII”

Mar. 13-24, 2013: “Faculty Collects/Spark Art Studio Program”

Apr 13-28, 2013: “2013 Senior Show”

Rosewood Gallery

2655 Olson Drive, Kettering (937) 296-0294 or

Oct. 1-26: Simon Boses/Daniel McDonald

Nov. 5-Dec. 14: “HWD 2012”

Jan. 28-Mar. 8, 2013: 23rd annual “Dayton Area Works on Paper”

Mar. 18-Apr. 12, 2013: James Ladd/Sean Wilkinson

Apr. 22-May 17, 2013: Benjamin S. Duke/Esther Randall

Jun. 3-Jul. 5, 2013: “The View 2013”

Jul. 15-Aug. 9, 2013: Joseph Fuchs/Barbara McIntyre

Aug. 26-Sept. 20, 2013: “Art Ed 2013”

Sinclair Community College Galleries

444 W. Third St., Dayton

(937) 512-5381 or

Burnell R. Roberts Triangle Gallery

Through Oct. 3: Curtis Barnes, Fine Art Faculty

Oct. 8-Nov. 7: Emily Trick/Erin Wiersma

Nov. 12-Dec. 12: Joshua Almond

Jan. 7-31, 2013: Bob Coates

Works on Paper Gallery

Through Oct. 3: “Fine Art Faculty Exhibition”

Oct. 8-Nov. 7: Erin Wiersma

Nov. 12-Dec. 12: Rene West

Jan. 7-31, 2013: Scott Page

Hypotenuse Gallery

Through Oct. 3: “Fine Art Faculty Exhibition”

All Sinclair Gallery venues:

Feb. 6-Mar. 6, 2013: “REACH: 20th Anniversary”

Mar. 20-Apr. 9, 2013: “Annual Juried Student Exhibition”

Apr. 15-May 1, 2013: “Graduating Art Students’ Exhibit”

Springfield Museum of Art

107 Cliff Park Road, Springfield

(937) 325-4673 or

Sept. 22-Jan. 6, 2013: “Jack Earl: Modern Master-A retrospective”

Town & Country Fine Art Gallery

300 E. Stroop Road, Kettering (937) 293-5381 or

Through Sept: John Laird

Oct. 1-31: Vicki Hellmund

Nov. 1-30: “Sculpted Gourds” Kay Graham

Nov. 8-Dec. 21: “Starry Starry Night” holiday gift gallery

Dec. 1-31: Fiber by Carolyn Wimer

Continuous: Members’ Window features two artists per month

Troy-Hayner Cultural Center

301 W. Main St., Troy

(937) 339-0457 or

Through Sept. 23: “Images of the Great Depression”

Sept. 30-Nov. 25: “Through Our Eyes” photography

Jan. 13-Mar 3, 2013: The Artistry of Micheline Daemen-Ovleminckx, Ray Wilson

and Abbe Cheek

University of Dayton Galleries

300 College Park, Dayton

(937) 229-1000 or

ArtStreet Studio D

Through Sept. 16: “Water Works by Basia Irland”

Sept. 27-Oct. 25: “TODT Artist Collective”

Nov. 6-Nov. 20: “Citizens of the World” international exposition

Nov. 28-Jan. 23, 2013: “Cities” Joel Whitaker

Mar. 18-Apr. 7, 2013: “Orpheus” student literary magazine

Apr. 15-May 31, 2013: “Senior Fine Art Student Exhibition”

Gallery 249

Through Sept. 20: “Return” by Amy Sacksteder and Ryan Feeney

Nov. 1-15: “Senior Exhibition I”

Nov. 29-Jan. 17, 2013: “Senior Exhibition II”

Jan. 31-Mar. 7, 2013: “Jud Yalkut Retrospective”

Mar. 21-Apr. 17, 2013: “Annual Horvath Student Juried Show”

Roesch Library Gallery

Through Sept. 19: “The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible”

Marian Library Gallery

Through Sept. 28: “Moved by the Spirit”

Nov. 19-Jan. 31, 2013: “Mary-A Labor of Love” Fr. Joseph Schuck collection

Roesch and Marian Libraries

Oct. 1-Nov. 9: “Faces and Flowers of Mary” Marilyn Hart

Nov. 24-Jan. 27, 2013: “At the Manger: World Nativity Traditions”

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