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Holiday Gift Gallery: DVAC’s Annual Fine Art & Fine Craft “Giftable” Gallery

DAYTON (November 4, 2016) – Dayton Visual Arts Center is pleased to present the Holiday Gift Gallery, DVAC’s popular annual fine art and fine craft “giftable” gallery, opening November 17th and running through December 24th, 2016.

“The Holiday Gift Gallery offers the best in fine art and fine craft gifs in our community,” said Eva Butacavoli, DVAC Executive Director. “No matter your budget, we have something for everyone on your list: handcrafted and original glass ornaments, hand-turned wood bowls, eclectic jewelry, painted silk and chunky hand-knit scarves, charming pottery, architecturally-inspired ceramic, letterpress cards, black and white photography, small whimsical paintings and much more. Plus, proceeds from the Holiday Gift Gallery support participating artists and DVAC’s exhibitions and education programs, so your gift will really go a long way in supporting the arts and artists in our region.”

This year, 58 DVAC Member Artists were selected for the Holiday Gift Gallery by jurors Tom Heaphey and Vicki Rulli, owners/artists at Itinerant Studio, Springfield, OH, Loreta Puncer, artist and gallery owner, Gallery 510 Fine Art, Dayton, OH, and Shari Rethman, Dean, Liberal Arts, Communication and Social Sciences, Sinclair Community College. The artists chosen are:

  • Guuste Alvarado
  • Tara Anderson
  • Pat Antonick
  • Mary Baker Koch
  • John Barret, Jr
  • Stephanie Beiser
  • David Brand
  • Arlene Branick
  • Susan Brockman
  • Mathew Burgy
  • Robert Bush
  • Rosalie Campbell
  • Susan Cannon
  • Glen Clark
  • Dianne Collinson
  • Amy Deal
  • Jim Delange
  • Jane Dippold
  • Regina Dixon
  • Amy Dolan
  • Rachel Dominguez-Benner
  • Douglas Fiely
  • Greggory Hill
  • Mikee Huber
  • Hollye Inderrieden
  • Mary Frisbee
  • Johnson Esther Kadash
  • Tom Keen
  • Shelly Knupp
  • Amy Kollar Anderson
  • Joyce Lucht
  • Susan Mahan
  • Carol McDonough
  • Heidi Scheirer McGrew
  • Celese McKee
  • Derrick Meads
  • Sarah Miller
  • Mark Needham
  • Vaka Pereyma
  • Jennifer Perry
  • Sandra Picciano-Brand
  • Priya Rama
  • Dave Reiter
  • Eric Roy
  • Kate Santucci
  • Nadine Saylor
  • Mandy Spisak
  • Mark Spisak
  • Peggy Steinberg
  • Enid Tangeman
  • Kevin Tunstall
  • Jo Anne Vincent
  • Emily von Stuckrad-Smolinski
  • Lisa Walsh
  • Terry Welker
  • Mary Beth Whitley
  • Don Williams
  • Aaron Wooten

Additionally, Butacavoli will curate three Trunk Shows during this year’s Holiday Gift Gallery. Three featured artists will present new, limited edition works, each for three days only, and each with their own opening party. The Holiday Trunk Shows are:

Graphic Botanical – New Ceramic by Dianne Collinson
December 2nd and 3rd, 2016
Opening Party: December 1st, 6-8 p.m.

Storylines – Crocheted Creatons by Susan Brockman
December 9th and 10th, 2016
Opening Party: December 8th, 6-8 p.m.
Featuring (DE-FI) Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator Models

Practical and Impractical Woodturned Bowls by Tom Keen
December 16th and 17th, 2016
Opening Party: December 15th, 6-8 p.m.

Holiday Gift Gallery kicks off with a ticketed preview party, Holiday On Ice Preview Party & Artful Cocktail Mix-Of, on Thursday, November 17th from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Tickets to this event are $20 for DVAC members, $25 for non-members, and may be purchased at

For additional information on Holiday Gift Gallery or to purchase tickets for Holiday on Ice Preview Party & Artful Cocktail Mix-Of, visit, email [email protected] or call 937.224.3822.

The Holiday Gift Gallery and the Holiday on Ice Preview Party & Artful Cocktail Mix-Of are supported by Exhibition Partners Rick Omlor and Dr. Elizabeth Hardy, along with Education & Public Program Sponsor Dr. Robert L. Brandt, Jr.


Mission: To provide art for the community and a community for artists.

Overview: The Contemporary Dayton (The Co) is the region’s contemporary art center. Established in 1991 as Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC), a 501c3, The Co produces and presents original exhibitions and programs, art events, community partnerships, and artist opportunities. Exhibitions and education programs feature artists living and working today, both nationally and in Ohio, with an emphasis on those whose work focuses on issues of social justice. In addition to its three galleries—open to all and always free—its retail store, the CoSHOP, provides income for Ohio artists and extends The Co’s accessibility to art, from visitor engagement to educational outreach through store products, programs, and experiences.

The Co is proud to support the creation of connections among the arts, community building, civic engagement, community planning, and use of public space, and makes an annual economic impact of 3.4 million to the region. Recently raising 1 million during the Pandemic to expand and move into its new home in downtown’s historic Dayton Arcade, The Co is led by Executive Director Eva Buttacavoli, a 30-year art museum administrator, curator, and educator, whose previous roles were at The Contemporary Austin, TX and The Perez Art Museum Miami, FL; and Curator Michael Goodson, who previously served as Curator at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Beeler Gallery, Columbus College of Art and Design, OH; and as Director at James Cohan Gallery, NY.

The Contemporary Dayton receives operating support from Culture Works, Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District, Ohio Arts Council, the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation, and Members.