Where there’s water, there will be plenty of waves. That’s the case at the current Dayton Visual Arts Center show, “Water, Water, Everywhere.”
Sculpted waves, painted waves, waves of destruction and waves of inspiration are being presented in this 22nd annual Open Members’ Show.
Ron Hundt of Kettering sculpted “Big Wave #1,” this year. It reminds this viewer of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy that swept through the Jersey coast Oct. 30. He imagined a large chunk of wavelike driftwood impaling a partially-shattered dock set in stone. Don Keith of Centerville created “Captured Tide” in two waves of beautiful wood. Dayton resident Jim Delange created three exquisite pieces of aqua, deep blue, and clear glass waves in “Surf Action.”
Several wave images were painted, photographed or created with mixed media. I was particularly intrigued by Ron Rollins’ monochromatic textured waves of layered paint in his work, “And nary a drop to drink …” An impressive collage of a “Diver” by Jeff Stapleton of Washington Twp. invites the viewer in for a closer look.
Whimsical works include a “Water Fling” mobile of a waterbug by Terry Welker of Kettering; an untitled bronze birdhouse that literally includes the kitchen sink by Greg Clem of Piqua and “The denizen of the Swamp,” a large-scale dragonfly by Winnie Fiedler of Kettering.
Juror for this year’s show was Aimee Marcereau DeGalan, curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Dayton Art Institute.
“Some artists responded directly to water’s awesome power, such as the furious pen and ink swirls in C. Pat McClelland’s (painting), whereas others channeled its more tranquil qualities, as see in the recumbent forms in Betsie Molinsky’s (acrylic work) and Teresa Roth’s (clay sculpture),” stated DeGalan. “In all, these artists interpreted the theme of water in a multitude of creative ways, whetting my interest in becoming more familiar with their work.”
Here is a list of the prize-winning artists: Lombard Award, Joseph Faloughi for “Memories.” Second through Tenth places, in order: Patrick Mauk for “Five by Five”; Betsie Molinsky for untitled, Ron Hundt for “Big Wave #1”; C. Pat McClelland for “The Sea at Night”; Ray Must for “Bomber over the Hydrobowl”; Richard Cable for “Way”; Susan Stayer for “Rescue Work”; Teresa Roth for “Water Bodies,” and Lisa Foster for “Water, Water — Everywhere.”
Faloughi is a resident of Centerville. His work is an abstract melding of hot and cool colors, with bold strokes of paint that suggest lots of movement. Molinsky, a Kettering artist, painted a figure lying upon a waterbed, or some type of watercraft.
Mauk, also of Kettering, painted a mixed media abstract.
Honorable Mentions went to Greg Clem, Colin Hester, Terry Welker and Jim Witmer. The show was held in commemoration of the Great Dayton Flood. The theme “Water, Water, Everywhere” was taken from the “Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” DVAC executive director Eva Buttacavoli asked Molinsky to hang this year’s show. It was a daunting task of setting up 154 works in five gallery sections.
“This exhibit is many of the artists’ favorite show of the year, because they can see the work of their peers, and it celebrates the diversity of our membership,” said Buttacavoli. “People who have never been to the gallery are invited to come and be overwhelmed by all the creativity and talent in Dayton.”
How to Go:
What: “Water, Water, Everywhere”
22nd Annual Open Members’ Show
Where: Dayton Visual Arts Center
118 N. Jefferson St.
When: Continues through August 17
Talk: 6:15 p.m. Friday, August 2
Hours: 11 a.m. top 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
More Info: (937) 224-3822