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Mighty mite

This little work is lit with an intensity that Van Gogh went south hoping to find, painted with an economy of means Edwin Dickinson pulled off in his premier coup canvases. It’s tiny, eight inches square. At that size, Michael McCaffrey invests a humble power and life into his kinetic, tactile marks. It makes De […]

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Painted

Taffy #2 will be in Cincinnati at Manifest Gallery until later this month, in Painted, the organization’s 4th biennial survey of contemporary painting. It was up against some stiff competition from the U.S. as well as from a number of foreign countries. As the indefatigable Manifest crew says on their site:  For this exhibit 167 […]

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Support Ashland Art Center – Shop with AmazonSmile

If you’re looking for a simple, automatic way to continue supporting the Ashland Art Center, you should start your Amazon shopping at smile.amazon.com. You shop as you normally would on the site, at no extra cost to you, and you don’t need to make a separate account. Through AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price […]

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September 28th is International Rabbit Day!

One of my studio partners, and former shelter bunny, Mr Bean, is a model for the Bun Fund Spay/Neuter Campaign […]

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The view from my room

E.M. Forster’s A Room With a View delivers its wisdom with affection. There are no villains in this novel, only people who, unintentionally, without malice, lead others astray. This is a universal human predicament for Forster, primarily because individuals can so easily lead themselves astray, and he finds it both amusing and problematic. People may be hopelessly lost […]

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Second Saturday Art Walk for September

Art Presence Art Center member John Campbell will present an educational offering on the Second Saturday Art Walk, September 14th from 5 to 7 on constructing his beautiful cloth baskets.  They are unique and colorful and  real conversation pieces.  Don’t miss this presentation.  There will be 3 sessions, and refreshments as well. Look for the […]

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Why I’m not painting

And therefore I looked down into the great pity of a person’s life on this earth. I don’t mean that we all end up dead, that’s not the great pity. I mean that he couldn’t tell me what he was dreaming, and I couldn’t tell him what was real.” Denis Johnson When I got to […]

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Artist Member Show – August First Friday, 10:00am-8:00pm

Several times a year, Ashland Art Center offers its Artist Members the opportunity to participate in an artist member show. The next show will be held on First Friday, August 2, from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm in the main classroom. Artist, Jay Gordon, Kristine Ballenger and Andre Satie will be showcasing their work. Jay […]

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Imagination’s worlds

At the risk of coming across as a human billboard for Arcadia Gallery, I have to note with pleasure a show that has already come down—with the same inadvertently useless timing of my last post on the gallery. Maybe this helps offset the impression that I’m standing on the street directing passersby through the front […]

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Max Gottschlich on the limits of knowledge

A few months ago, I came across what for most people other than professional philosophers would be an obscure, academic essay on Kant in the journal Metaphysics from 2015. I stumbled onto it after skimming through some art criticism online and finding a phrase about “Kant’s theories on the limitations of logic.” This intrigued me; […]

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