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Color of Energy Gallery Presents “You Are Here,” First Friday Opening Reception

DAYTON, OHIO – September 15, 2008 ‐ You Are Here presents artists from Dayton and from Austin,
Texas, whose paintings, photographs, and video each seek to capture points of view inspired by their

Conceived as an exchange of ideas by Mike Elsass, Color of Energy gallery owner, and artist Eva Buttacavoli, guest curator and Director of Exhibitions and Education at the Austin Museum of Art, Austin, Texas, the exhibition includes four emerging Dayton artists and four up‐and‐coming Austin
artists whose works will be presented at the Color of Energy, a gallery and project space in the historic
Oregon District in Dayton, Ohio. The exhibit runs from October 3 – November 2, 2008.

Denise Prince, Vibrating Bed, 2004, Photograph, 30 x 30”, Courtesy of the artist

Denise Prince, Vibrating Bed, 2004, Photograph, 30 x 30”, Courtesy of the artist

The artists seek to grasp the sense of a place – their “here” – a continually expanding nexus of their personal culture, history and iconography. It is landmarks such as our own backyard, the local church, a dilapidated parking lot, or the picturesque banks of the nearby river – and the connection to these places – that really form the backdrop of our lives. Our hopes and dreams, as well as our greatest fears and nightmares, are inextricably linked to the place we live.

These eight emerging contemporary artists of diverse backgrounds – living and working in two different cities, Dayton, Ohio and Austin, Texas – offer intimate views and fresh perspectives on their surroundings and how they reflect upon the larger personal, social, and political issues of our time. Inwardly focused contemplations of “place” are the subject of several artists’ works.

Austin photographer Yoon Cho explores what defines one’s identity – is it where one lives or is it a set of biological data – the sum of our parts?

Austin painter Nathan Green takes children’s‐drawing mainstays – a house, a church, a row of flowers, a sun ‐ and turns them inside out, creating smash‐up paintings of the familiar and the imagined.

Austin filmmaker Gabel Karsten’s sequential 10‐year “home movie,” presents her home, her life, her circle – an intimate self‐portrait of her “place.”

Rich with both personal and universal symbolism, Dayton photographer William Murdock’s stunning portraits present the fear of the loss of our identities.

The natural world provides literal or imagined landscapes for contemplation and connection of “place” as well. Dayton painter Darren Haper’s psychologically‐charged paintings are inhabited by machine-like creatures that seem to be on the verge of spontaneously disassembling – and disturbing their other-worldy landscapes.

Austin photographer Denise Prince’s cinematic photographs capture a dislocation of time and place – evoking a quiet narrative . . . or a distant memory.

Dayton painter Adam John Mitchell’s exquisitely painted divisionist landscapes are invaded by menacing robots, innocuous‐looking cartoon characters, or Nordic myth‐like creatures which disrupt their refined surroundings.

Dayton sculptor Shon Walters presents a new series here, reinterpreting his sensuous wood furniture elements into strange new environments, re‐imagining them as miniature characters in playfully mysterious rough‐hewn dioramas.

Throughout history – and underscored in today’s economic and election‐year climate – we sometimes find our “place” bound by the disconnect between national perceptions and how we actually perceive ourselves. The rich variety of art media, styles, and subject matter shown here attests that artists are seeking to re‐claim a wide territory of personal, social, and political landscape as distinctly their own, no matter where they reside.

Oct 3 – Nov 2, 2008

Location and Times:
Preview Party: Thursday, Oct 2, 5:30-8pm
Opening Reception: “First Friday,” Oct 3, 5-10pm
Curator’s Walk-thru: Saturday, Oct 4, 11am

Color of Energy Gallery
16 Brown St., Dayton, OH 45402
(located across from Thai 9 in the Oregon District)
Gallery Hours: Friday 5-9pm; Saturday 3-9pm; and by appointment by calling 937.266.3491 or 937.367.4850

Generous funding for You Are Here by Dr. Mike Ervin, Dayton. Additional support by Patrick Martin,
Dayton. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated “postcard book” with brief writings on each
artist by Eva Buttacavoli. For more information, please contact the Curator or visit the Color of Energy
website at www.colorofenergygallery.com.

About the Curator

Eva Buttacavoli is a curator and educator who lives in Austin, Texas. She currently serves as Director of Exhibitions and Education at the Austin Museum of Art and previously served as the Curator of Education at the Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL.

Contact the Curator:
Eva Buttacavoli
Director of Exhibitions and Education
Austin Museum of Art
823 Congress Ave., suite 100
Austin, TX 78701
512.495.9224, ext. 231

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updayton Helps College Students Claim Dayton as Their Adoptive Hometown

(Dayton, OH) – September 15, 2008 – Dayton Campus Connect Introduces Regional College Students to the Advantages of Living and Learning in Dayton

Diversity. Art. Recreation. Technology. Green. These were some of the words that local college students claimed as their favorite attributes of Dayton—or areas they would like to see emphasized and enhanced in the region.

Dayton Campus Connect kicked-off the school year – and their Web site – with a “Welcome to Dayton” party at Courthouse Square on Saturday. The event was open to all area college students and offered music, activities, and lots of prizes and giveaways. Updayton was there to listen to the concerns of the students.

Updayton participated in the kick-off with an interactive art project. Each student stopping by the table was challenged to claim Dayton as their own city by writing down what they like best about their community, their ideas for change, and, if not from the area, the reasons that they chose Dayton as their adoptive hometown. Throughout the event, what was a blank slate was filled with both attributes of the area as well as aspects of Dayton that may need to be enhanced. Together the students created a mural by overlapping their perspectives of what the city can become. Team members Megan Cooper, Drew Fuller, Jennifer Fuller, Scott Murphy, and Hillary Steberl were thrilled to be part of the event.

With over 70,000 students in the Dayton region, updayton strives to engage young people in regional initiatives and be the voice for the young creatives. Steberl says, “as cliché as it may sound, these students really are the future of Dayton and that is why it is so important for them to share their pride in our community. Updayton is taking steps to engage young people by being a grassroots movement that empowers everyone to join us and make their visions of the Dayton area come to a realization.”

Updayton will continue to engage college students and young professionals in preparation for their first Young Creatives Summit planned for April 2009. Updayton members will be present at various local festivals and on college campuses as well as active in the community through services projects, recreational opportunities and sports leagues. Anyone who is interested in participating in summit planning or community engagement should contact updayton through getinvolved@updayton.com or attend the next meeting on Wednesday, October 8 at 6PM at 20 N. Jefferson Street.

The Dayton Campus Connect kick-off gave updayton the chance to meet a lot of excited students ready to get involved in Dayton. The centerpiece of the Dayton Campus Connect initiative is a new Web site, www.daytoncampusconnect.com, which offers numerous student discounts at area merchants as well as guides to local activities and an event calendar. It is offered as a “one-stop reference for things to do in Dayton.” For more information on Dayton Campus Connect, visit their website.

Dalai Lama Renaissance, documentary narrated by Harrison Ford, makes its Ohio premier at the Little Art Theatre

The award-winning 80-minute documentary feature, makes its Ohio premier at the Little Art Theatre, 247 Xenia Avenue (Rt. 68), Yellow Springs. The film is produced and directed by Oxford, Ohio, native Khashyar Darvich.

The film tells the story of 40 Western innovative thinkers who travel to India to meet with the Dalai Lama to solve the problem of world peace. Among the thinkers is a University of Vermont professor. What happened was surprising and unexpected, and was captured by a five-camera, 18-person crew.

This important film on human rights and world peace has played to sold-out audiences at film festivals around the world.

This is the first film about the Dalai Lama and Tibet to open theatrically in the United States since the international spotlight placed on China for its firm handling of Tibetan protestors speaking out against Chinese policies in Tibet.

Dalai Lama Renaissance has won a dozen film festival awards, and is the official selection of 38 film festivals around the world, where it consistently has attracted sold out audiences.

In the documentary, the Dalai Lama discusses the calls for economic sanctions against China, and emphasizes that he could not support economic sanctions towards China since it would hurt the ordinary Chinese poor.

I narrated Dalai Lama Renaissance,” said Harrison Ford, “because I believe His Holiness is making a positive influence in our world. For me, the film represented an opportunity to continue assisting the optimistic efforts of an extraordinary individual.”

The film features two of the starring quantum physicists from the hit theatrical documentary “What the Bleep Do We Know,” Physicists Fred Alan Wolf and Amit Goswami. Also appearing in “Dalai Lama Renaissance” are Michael Beckwith (who appears in the film “The Secret” with Wolf), Air America radio host Thom Hartmann, and others.

September 28, 2008 Screening Times:  Daily: 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.  Little Art Theatre Theater
247 Xenia Avenue (Rt. 68); Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387   (937) 767-7671

Film Connections to meet @ ThinkTV 7-9pm

The firstFilm Connections” meeting was held last night and a group of about 30 people, including film makers, students, film buffs and a sprinkling of business people.  The meeting began with the premiere of the FilmDayton logo prototype, as revealed by Bill Reiger from Nova Creative.  Then local film maker Steve Bognar kicked the night off by sharing his recent experience at the independent film festival in NYC, followed  by  him showing some clips from his lastest documentary-in-progress.  He also showed a brief skate board film, created by a Yellow Spings native, too shy to attent and invited Davie Powers to show his music video Crazy Loop, which was submittecd to ther national 2nd Numa contest and won $10,000.  Ann Rotolante showed a trailer for the locally filmed True Nature.  There were questions, announcements, and lots of conversation.  Someone proposed a Tuesday Night movie club – in fact a group left to see the 9:40 PM showing at the Neon.  People stayed around and talked until 9:30 PM, and various people volunteered to help.  There were new faces and old faces, including Dennis Greene, Beth Duke et al, and J.T. Anderson.  There were also film students from WSU and UD.

The next Film Connections meeting will be Tues, Oct 28th from7-9pm.  If you’ve got an interest in film, please join us!

Ladyfest Dayton Rocks 20 N. Jefferson

The Creative Incubator Initiative, in conjunction with Downtown Dayton Holdings, LLC, and the support and assistance of the Circus Creative Collective, hosted the first Ladyfest Dayton, a local branch of an internationally recognized women’s arts and music festival, September 12-14. Ladyfest Dayton was the creation of three young Dayton women, Mary Kathryn Burnside, Jen Money and Jenn Breman, who saw an opportunity with Ladyfest to celebrate the talents and artistic contributions of local Dayton area women. Over 30 performing acts including acoustic musicians, break dancers, firethrowers, belly dancers, and great live bands performed over two nights. In addition, over 30 local artists displayed their visual arts in individual art spaces that each artist transformed over a period of three to four weeks to creatively house her work.

Ladyfest Dayton kicked off as a headlining event of Urban Nights, and despite the rainy weather, hundreds of festive arts and music enthusiasts streamed through the front and back doors of 20 N. Jefferson to participate in this unique event. What was once a bank, the 5000 square foot space became, for a weekend, an eclectic mix of delightful art displays, music stages, arts and crafts booths, and refreshment vendors, having been creatively repainted from floor to ceiling by the many artists who participated.

Three stages, one of which was constructed just days before the event by two men from the Dayton Theatre Guild who volunteered their services, kept back to back live music performances going throughout both Friday and Saturday nights with neither evening winding down until nearly 2:00 a.m.

On Saturday, free workshops were held including yoga, bellydancing, DJing, bike repair, Zine writing, self-defense, punk rock workout and The Womanist Movement.

The mission of the Creative Incubator Initiative is to grow and sustain emerging artists by facilitating multiple connections to their audience and community. Ladyfest Dayton was the first collaborative event that the Creative Incubator Initiative has participated in, and from the perspective of all involved, it was a huge success. Over 100 artists had the chance to perform and display their art to an audience of hundreds more while connecting with each other in an open, creative and unjuried setting. And, as a result, two local charities became the recipients of over $2000 in proceeds.

Photos courtesy of Mary Kathryn Burnside, Andy Snow and Kate Ervin

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