Thursday, November 15, 2012

Social Media Night At The Dayton Art Institute & Stephen Knapp's Lightpaintings Exhibit!

Always a welcoming sight.
On a lovely autumn evening, before setting forth on the Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow two weeks ago, I was fortunate and most honored to be invited to another Social Media Night at the Dayton Art Institute celebrating the opening of Stephen Knapp's Lightpaintings exhibit.

Stephen Knapp's Lightpaintings the highlighted exhibit featured at DAI until January 6, 2013.
Very, very exciting things coming up at one of the most cherished art museums in Dayton history.
By November 21, local artists can donate handcrafted ornaments to put on the DAI tree located in the General Motors Rotunda Entrance that will then be included in a special silent auction with proceeds benefiting the amazing DAI Summer Art Camp Scholarship Program. Further details here: Decorate The DAI Tree!
Other big changes and wonderful surprises afoot include renovation of The Cafe featuring new menu items and The Museum Store merging together into one beautiful cohesive gathering space opening in early December. It was quite impressive to get a sneak peek view of the construction- black and white elegance and brilliant orange-red interior that will likely draw more people into the up-to-date classy atmosphere meant to be enjoyed in an unhurried sense.
At the intimate social media party, thoughtful gifts were raffled and everyone was awarded a special sentiment (I got an awesome lime green t-shirt proudly boasting "Art Changes Lives!") and Aimee Marcereau DeGalan, DAI's new curator whose background stems from American and British painting, made introduction, coquettishly implying about upcoming exhibitions, telling us all to, "stay tuned."
Now onto Stephen Knapp's Lightpaintings....

Shadow Musing from 2005 greets us with its straight out of the rectangular, wide screen television format. With strong line direction and graphic black outline, the negative space is primarily filled by dark, engaging shadows that aren't truly absent of color as brilliant dominance of light comes forward.
Close up of Shadow Musing.
An eye catching close up that captures bold intense color & movement of graphic line.
"Lightpaintings are the intersection of painting, sculpture and technology, exploring color, light and space and are a harbinger of the future of painting."- mentioned in front page of Stephen Knapp's website.
So with that being said, my curiosity was piqued for good reason.
Lightpaintings? A man painting using only light? What on earth....
"What is it like?" I had asked Eric Brockman, Marketing and Communications Manager of the Dayton Art Institute and one of the parties responsible for putting Dayton Art Institute's Social Media Event together.
"There are no words to describe it," he replied. "You just have to see it!"
He was completely right about that.
Stephen Knapp's constructive, straight out of the box, Lightpaintings are the most intriguing artworks I've had the pleasure of viewing in a while.
Part interactive sculpture. Part celebration of light.
These nearly life sized "paintings" are more than holographic like images displayed on the wall.
Taking light in crisp, sharp edged line formations and a special kind of hand cut glass, the lush spectrum of glorifying colors depicted in each carefully articulated installation piece invites viewers to analyze and come to their own personal conclusions as to what Knapp embodies in these mesmerizing compositions that play with the same elemental hierarchy that a painter does- realistic interaction of light and shadow topping that list.
As an added treat, people can also engage in stealing the light's direction for the one sole light bulb hovering can be intentionally blocked, taking some or all color away.

Forward Green, 2005 is spring season sophistication with curved elements and captivating golden orange and vivid green colors that joyously dance on the darkened wall.
Side close up view of interactive Forward Green.
Serenata, 2008 is even more eye catching. With delicious poppy candy color and chaotic prisms making diagonal criss crossing pattern, the brilliant scheme of this piece is absolutely phenomenal in all corners of view.
Pink, purple, turquoise, and yellow are just some of the colors working harmoniously together to create a dynamism that is irresistible enjoyment to the the naked eye.
A close up of the spectacular glass structures in Serenata.
Another close up of Serenata.
Introspection from 2012 uses a melodic pastel palette that is much different than the others displayed in the gallery. A contrasting anomaly, the softness of this piece gives an alluring, tranquil sense of poignancy and hope as the light moves in infinite directions, making stark, vital shadows on the wall.
The close up shapes captured of Introspection are quite reminiscent of stylistically rendered winged insects floating into beguiling space.
Into Morning from 2007-2011 brings celebratory radiance, taking up a substantial amount of wall space as it livens up the atmosphere with bright, electrifying luminosity.
The close up of Into Morning illustrates Knapp's innovative way of weaving light fragments into an astonishing painting that is quite a three-dimensional masterpiece.
Just a taste of the grand scale of Into Morning, one of Knapp's larger works.
Another astounding close up of Into Morning.
Capriccio from 2003 is another vivid splendor using an array of amazing color. The free flowing shapes almost circle the pink and red center, creating almost a rather intriguing abstract flower.
A close up of Capriccio in all its fetching glory!
For further information about Stephen Knapp on the web visit: Stephen Knapp OfficialLightpaintings.
But most importantly, please check out his amazing sculptures at the Dayton Art Institute.
Photographs and description alone cannot do the justice required to truly experience the majestic breadth of this beautifully crafted, interactive artwork.
It's pure genius and refreshing fun that the whole family can enjoy.
Connect with DAI to find out more about Lightpaintings and the exciting events coming up!
Official Site

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

40 Years Of RTA Plus Awesome Prize Pack Equals Thank You!

I was the queen of envy when "driving" & squeezing this awesome foam bus in drawing class today!
Just last week on RTA's coveted 40th anniversary date- November 6th, the fares were 40 cents all day long- a much needed treat for passengers. Now we're on day 9 of 40 Facts About RTA, a special contest running on Facebook and Twitter for RTA rider fans.
Very excited to learn about this exciting promotion, I found these unveiled historic trivial bits quite interesting, especially considering that I have been a coveted bus fan (go trolley!) and have made some very kind driver friends over the years.
So here are the 9 exciting facts so far:

1.) The publicly-owned Miami Valley Regional Transit Authority (MVRTA) formed in 1970 and was controlled by trustees from Dayton, Oakwood and Kettering.

2.) During prolonged negotiations in the early 1970s, City Transit agreed to sell its property to the Miami Valley Regional Transit Authority (MVRTA) for under $3 million.

3.) On November 6, 1972 the Miami Valley Regional Transit Authority took over the operation of privately-operated City Transit. *

4.) The first women drivers were hired by RTA in 1974. Joella Rooney and Mary Crowder began training as operators on February 19 that year. 

5.) To afford the cost of providing expanded service throughout the county, the Miami Valley Regional Transit Authority passed a county retail sales tax in 1980 and began negotiations with several small bus lines that had been providing limited suburban service.

6.) County-wide service began in 1980 and eventually the original service to Dayton and Oakwood expanded to 21 suburban cities, villages, and townships, as well as Wright State University and Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Greene County.

7.) RTA became one of the first transit properties in the country to become fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements by installing wheelchair lifts on all of our buses long before the required date.

8.) In 1995, a new fleet of trolley buses, built partly in the Czech Republic and partly in Baltimore, Maryland, arrived in Dayton.

9.) Dayton, Ohio’s RTA is noted for being one of only five cities in the U.S., and the smallest city, to continue offering electric-powered transit options in addition to diesel buses....

Only 31 more days left and I cannot wait to read more. This is sooooooo amazing and fun!

So I'm giving a big "THANK YOU!" to my pals at the RTA. After retweeting and Facebook sharing my first RTA fact (number #3 that is), I won this lovely prize pack- a treasure for one of the biggest bus devotees!
Thank you! Thank you! Thannnnnk yoooou!!!!
Much love to the drivers and other staff at the RTA for making such a dedicated commitment to regional transit, for steering those beautiful buses to go places all over beloved city. RTA has been an amazingly significant part of my life since childhood. :)

Not only receiving a $25 Kroger Gift Card, but a mini route map, two balloons, a thermos mug to hold my Starbucks hot chocolate, and a coaster were also included. However, the best part inside of the lime plastic bag was the foam bus.
With sweet prizes just in time for the holiday season like gift cards and wonderful RTA treasures, best of luck to all those who enter. But sorry, I believe only residing Daytonians are eligible to win. 
One can still enjoy the infectious spirit and fruitful knowledge about the history of Dayton's public transportation.
Follow the excitement with these RTA links and learn more about our regional transit system here:
RTA Offical Site
RTA Facebook
RTA Twitter

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Happy Belated Halloween & the Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow Highlights

While ladies gave out leftover candy from their ghostly buckets, Batman & Joker also made surprise guest appearances amongst the crowded pumpkin spectacle, spreading further joy to delighted children and some adults.
Happy November!
Hope everyone has had a pleasant Halloween- partaking and enjoying the magnificent costumes as well as candy galore, especially the marked down sugary madness soon to be happening at every grocery store.
Lord knows I cannot wait....
After a lovely evening at the Dayton Art Institute, I ventured right behind the museum for the traditional Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow located atop of Grafton Hills, but since I foolishly forgot my memory card only a few pictures were taken of the splendidly carved pumpkins with their sweet cinnamon scented tea light candles wafting through the cool autumn evening.
Every year, it gets more and more wonderful just to see the wide range of talent and knife chiseling precision.

A lovely rose.
A werewolf or a fangy kitten?
Bowling pins waiting for my gutter ball. Seriously. I'm terrible at the sport.
Diamond, heart, spade, & clover playing card design! Yes!!!
Fitness inspiration. I heard that Zumba is the cat's meow! Still haven't tried it yet.
Roman numerals.
The hill view featuring all sorts of cartoon, comic book, and movie characters as well as the traditional carving.
A beautiful lion!
And of course the crazy Mad honcho! Pretty well done. :D