Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Grid Furnishings, Ohio Wesleyan, and University of Dayton

Hello Everyone!
There are many events going on with our institutions, since the fall semester has arrived. Welcome back students and teachers, here are some events going on in the art communities of Ohio.

Grid Furnishings Exhibits Paintings by Brian Reaume
DELAYED PRESENT TENSE: Paintings on canvas, August 29 - October 28

The exhibit, celebrating works by Reaume, a mixed-media painter and sculptor, will continue through October 28, 2012. Reaume has installed large-scale work throughout Grid Furnishings’ 1,600-square-foot showroom and each of the pieces will be available for purchase.

“My paintings and installations are as much about my verse as they are visual. My goal is to tell a complete story through my work, be it abstract painting or sculpture I aim to intrigue the viewer, draw them in and open their perspective. My work has a voice and welcomes dialogue with those who take the time to delve into the layers.“

“The work that I create is intended to speak: asking the viewer questions while answering others. I want there to be dialogue, a continuous conversation so the art grows with and forms a relationship with its environment and the people surrounding it. I create work, whether 2D or 3D that one feels as if one could enter, walk into and find another world all the while finding reason for their current. I am the life that I live.” Said Reaume a self-taught artist who studied women’s literature and who is a writer at heart.

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More information about Brian Reaume can be found at

Ohio Wesleyan University's Ross Art Museum Presents:
Full of Grace Panel Discussion and Exhibit

Experts to Discuss their favorite images from National Exhibition of Children in Photography.
Delaware, Ohio: Ray Merritt, author of "Full of Grace" and acclaimed curator will host a panel discussion about the show and then attend an exhibit reception at Ohio Wesleyan University.
This exhibit includes over 150 photographs that capture the essence of childhood from the 1850's through today. 

Panel Discussion: September 13th at 7:30 PM
Room 312 of the R.W. Corns Building, 78 South Sandusky St. Delaware, Ohio

Reception will immediately follow at Ross Art Museum
60 South Sandusky St. Delaware, Ohio

Free and Open to Public

University Of Dayton: Eco Artist to Create "Ice Book"
Watch the Launch on September 14th

An "ice book" filled with local seeds is set to be launched into the Great Miami River next week as part of an eco artist's residency at the University of Dayton.

"I take blocks of ice and hand carve them into the form of a book, which to me is a very interesting sculptural metaphor for learning and for things that we can know about our environment," said Basia Irland in an interview with Cincinnati artist Susan Byrnes (listen to the interview at the related link). Irland is an eco artist who will return to Dayton for a weeklong residency Sept. 10-14 as the first installment in the University of Dayton Arts Series.

In preparation for the sculptures, Irland meets with local botanists, plant specialists and community members to determine the best seeds — typically from endangered plant species — to include in the ice book.

She calls the ice book project "receding/reseeding" because it links the receding of the world's glaciers to the seeds from local plants meant to restore local waterways.

The highlight of Irland's visit will be a public ice book launch at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park near the Stewart Street Bridge, preceded by a bike parade beginning at ArtStreet on campus and ending at the bridge. A public reception and lecture is also planned Thursday evening at the University of Dayton.

The University of Dayton and Antioch College brought the New Mexico artist to town in mid August. At that time she learned about the region's waterways, met with River Stewards, faculty and community members with an interest in environmental sustainability and demonstrated her unique art of making ice books.

Irland plans to participate in several events during her residency. The following events are free and open to the public:

"Water Works" exhibit: on display now through Sunday, Sept. 16, in ArtStreet Studio D Gallery.

Artist reception: 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, ArtStreet Studio D

Lecture: 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, McGinnis Center

Ice Book Launch: 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, Stewart Street Bridge

Irland plans to return to the area to continue her residency March 1-3 in Glen Helen Nature Preserve in Yellow Springs. She will work again with students from the University of Dayton and Antioch College, as well as other interested community members.

Irland has the honorary title of faculty scholar at the University of New Mexico and has received grants and awards from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Foundation. She has also been a Fulbright senior research fellow and a Woodrow Wilson fellow.

For more information, contact Cameron Fullam, assistant director of media relations, at 937-229-3256 or

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