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DVAC PRESENTS ANNUAL HOLIDAY GIFT GALLERY: 55 Artists, Three Trunk Shows, One Totally Unique Shopping Experience

DAYTON (November 2, 2017) – Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) is pleased to present Holiday Gift Gallery, opening November 17th and running through December 23rd . This annual event transforms the downtown gallery into an all-art, all-original, all-local gift gallery where guests can shop from hundreds of unique items created by 55 Miami Valley artists.

“We are so excited to once again offer DVAC friends and supporters this fun way to support the artists in our community and check off their shopping list with truly one of-a-kind gifts,” said DVAC Executive Director Eva Buttacavoli. “This year, we are using the entire gallery, meaning more great pieces to choose from. And, as always, prices vary and there are items available for every budget.”

This year’s Member artists are:

  • Guustie Alvarado
  • Tara Anderson
  • Pat Antonick
  • Stephanie Beiser
  • David Brand
  • Arlene Branick
  • Susan Brockman
  • Matthew Burgy
  • Rosalie Campbell
  • Susan Cannon
  • Glen Clark
  • Dawn Coleman
  • Dianne Collinson
  • Amy Deal
  • Jim DeLange
  • Almost Normal Design
  • Jane Dippold
  • Rachel Dominguez-Benner
  • Jeni Engel-Conley
  • Douglas Fiely
  • Janet Garlikov
  • Jennifer Glance
  • Bley Hack
  • Roxanne Howard
  • Mikee Huber
  • Brenda Jaeger
  • EunKyung Jeong
  • Dianne Judge
  • Esther Kadash
  • Tom Keen
  • Mary Koch
  • Susan Mahan
  • Heidi McGrew
  • Sarah Miller
  • Gabrielle Napp
  • Mark Needham
  • Jennifer Perry
  • Linda Phillips
  • Sandra Picciano-Brand
  • Yetunde Rodriquez
  • Eric Roy
  • Yasue Sakaoka
  • Kate Santucci
  • Nadine Saylor
  • Kate Snow
  • Mark Spisak
  • Mandy Spisak
  • Anna Talei
  • Kevin Tunstall
  • Jo Anne Vincent
  • Lisa Walsh
  • Barb Weinert-McBee
  • Mary Beth Whitley
  • Don Williams
  • Aaron Wooten

DVAC will present several events in conjunction with the Holiday Gift Gallery. These include the 3rd annual Holiday on Ice Preview Party & Artful Cocktail Mix-Off and three Trunk Shows featuring works from accomplished local artists.

Holiday On Ice Preview Party & Artful Cocktail Mix-Off will take place on Thursday, November 16 th from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at DVAC. Tickets are $20 for DVAC Members, $25 for non-members, and include a smorgasbord of fancy cheeseballs and party snacks by Nibbles Catering, cash bar, and 10% off any DVAC Holiday Gift Gallery purchase made at the event.

Guests of Holiday On Ice can also purchase tickets to sample and vote on artful, craft cocktails created especially for DVAC by celebrity bartenders from some of Downtown Dayton’s most popular restaurants: Coco’s Bistro, Corner Kitchen, De’Lish, Lily’s Bistro, Mudlick Taphouse and WheatPenny Restaurant & Bar. These tickets are$1 each or 6 for $5 and the winning restaurant will receive the 2017 Artful Cocktail Award Trophy.

The below Trunk Shows will take place throughout December with three featured artists presenting new, limited edition works, each for a very limited time, and each with their own opening party. The three pop-up shows are:

Holiday Trunk Show I:
Wood, Ribbon and Silk: New Textured Glass Vessels by Jim Delange
December 1-2, 2017
Opening Party: November 30th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Holiday Trunk Show II:
Semi-Peaceable Kingdoms: New Ceramics by Almost Normal Design
December 7-9, 2017
Opening Party: December 6th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Holiday Trunk Show III:
Wanderings: Exotic Landscapes in Fiber by Anna Talei Fisher
December 15-16, 2017
Opening Party: December 14th 6:00-8:00 p.m.


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.