We feature local artists from Dayton in our upstairs gallery. The gallery is open any time during our normal business hours with additional seating.
FEATURED ARTIST UPSTAIRS April - May
“I like to approach a blank canvas and relax my gaze at it until a color pops into my mind. That is where all of my paintings start: in the moment of color inspiration. From there, the painting is like capturing a conversation the colors are chattering away.
My abstract paintings unfold and materialize within the act of creating them. The canvases are worked in various stages of wet and dry and are physically rotated on the easel throughout their creation sometimes never settling on a “right-way-up.”
I invite you to turn inward, just a little, as you view my paintings and find yourself an imaginary internal landscape or microcosm to escape to for a moment. In this way you have permission to use your own creative intuition; allowing the act of viewing to itself be a creative work.”
Rachel Dominguez-Benner is a painter and textile artist born and raised in Lansing, Michigan. She received her BFA with a focus in Graphic Design, and Metalsmithing from the Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan in 2004. During her schooling she was the recipient of the Guy Pallazola Memorial Award for her senior entry and graduated summa cum laude .
Her work is remembered for its saturated and bright colors and pleasing composition. Sometimes interpreted as microcosms and often seen as landscapes, she delights when the viewer relaxes into their own imagination with a sense of playfulness — like laying in the grass on a warm day staring up at the clouds.
Rachel is currently serving a year of Americorps VISTA with Co-op Dayton, a non-profit incubator of worker-owned cooperatives. Rachel is also a teaching artist in the Dayton, Ohio area. She is a DVAC ArtSource Fellow, chairs the board of the Dayton Sewing Collaborative, and is an active member of the Gem City Market Cooperative.
FEATURED ARTIST DOWNSTAIRS
Mikee Huber is a Dayton, Ohio artist whose current artistic obsession is creating oil based multi-media abstract paintings. She will be showing her paintings throughout the year of 2019 in our downstairs seating area.
Click below to learn more about Mikee and her artwork.
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