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Urbana’s Affair on the Square celebrates 10th year

Art takes on many forms. Art Affair on the Square, since its inception a decade ago, has embraced art in several shapes. The 10th annual Art Affair on the Square includes traditional art as well as performing, literary and even architectural forms. More than 50 artists will display their works ...

Krissy Hartman stars as Sandy Dumbrowski and Grant Warden as Danny Zuko in the Springfield Arts Council’s Broadway in the Park production of “Grease.” CONTRIBUTED

‘Grease’ is the word at Arts Festival

Even if you’ve only seen the 1978 movie version 1,000 times, you haven’t seen all of “Grease.” The main characters and the songs from the beloved John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John version are there, but there’s much more to enjoy in the musical that inspired the film. The Springfield Arts ...

“Tim Smith, Bellefontaine, OH” is an oil on canvas from 2003 by Eunice Bronkar. CONTRIBUTED

Eunice Bronkar’s portraits capture personalities

Looking at a painted portrait is one thing. Looking inward to capture the person in the portrait is what Eunice Bronkar does. The Champaign County resident said she’s lost count of how many portraitures she’s done in oils, pastels, watercolors and silverpoint since the early 1960s. “Capturing Likenesses: Portraits by ...

​​Vandalia Youth Theatre prepares clever ‘Urinetown’

Vandalia Youth Theatre Company presents Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis’ 2001 Tony Award-winning “Urinetown: The Musical” beginning Friday at Northridge High School. This smart, witty and irreverent spoof of musical theater conventions and corporate corruption is centered on a gloomy, Gotham-esque city suffering a 20-year drought that has made private ...

Six plays get world premiere here in Dayton at annual showcase

Those who love theater often plan their summers around FutureFest, the annual festival of new plays produced by the Dayton Playhouse. This year’s festival, which will introduce six new dramas to the world, is slated to take place July 25-27 at the Playhouse, located next to Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark on ...

​​Beavercreek Community Theatre tackles poignant ‘Songs’

Beavercreek Community Theatre isn’t taking the summer off. In fact, the troupe will deliver a special fundraising presentation of Jason Robert Brown’s poignant 1995 song cycle “Songs for a New World” on Friday and Saturday at the Lofino Center. An Off-Broadway cult favorite that launched Brown’s prominent musical theater career, ...

Dayton Celebrates Glass: Chihuly, Littleton, Labino and Beyond is a new exhibit at the Dayton Art Institute. The exhibit, which runs through Sept. 28, showcases studio glass from its early years to today’s contemporary artists. This is a detail from the blown glass piece “Dinosaur” by artist Lino Tagliapietra. LISA POWELL / STAFF

New exhibit at art museum celebrates Dayton’s love for glass

Thanks to Dale Chihuly, people around the world now know just how beautiful studio glass can be. The famous artist — based in Washington State — has created giant and colorful installations in picturesque settings ranging from Jerusalem’s Old City and the Royal Botanic Gardens to the canals of Venice, ...

This is one in a series of “I See Faces” images by Maury Wyckoff at the Troy Hayner Cultural Center. PAMELA DILLON/CONTRIBUTED

Hayner show features father and son

In nature, water douses fire. At the current exhibit at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, water complements fire. The two go hand-in-hand in a presentation by a father and son, Jim Wyckoff and Maury Wyckoff. Maryland scientist and artist Jim Wyckoff has been collecting glass art for half of his life. ...

“Lurid Tickle Sniffer” by Stephen Rolfe Powell is just one of the original pieces on display in “Dayton Celebrates Glass: Chihuly, Littleton, Labino and Beyond,” which opens at Dayton Art Institute on Saturday, July 12. CONTRIBUTED

The top 10 things to do this week

1) DAYTON CELEBRATES GLASS The international art world began celebrating the 50th anniversary of the studio glass movement in America in 2012 with new special exhibitions. Now, Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, in Dayton is putting a local twist on the studio movement that began in Toledo in ...

Tour combines gardens, artistic beauty

Outdoor beauty and art will highlight the Women’s Association of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s 21st annual garden tour. The tours will be Saturday and Sunday at five Springfield and Yellow Springs homes. Tour tickets cost $15 in advance, and proceeds benefit the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. Featured gardens include the Springfield ...

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