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DAYTON (November 13, 2020) – The Contemporary Dayton is pleased to present its popular Holiday Gift Gallery, reimagined: The Holiday Co-Share, a virtual holiday shop with 100% of proceeds benefitting Artist Members.

The new online holiday shop will feature 36 Artist Members; their stunning, hand-crafted “giftables;” including jewelry, painting, photography, prints, scarves, ornaments, cards, and eclectic objet de art; and a link to purchase their works. The Holiday Co-Share will be on view at beginning November 19 through December 31, 2020.

“The Holiday Co-Share is a reimagining of The Co’s renowned 28-year Holiday Gift Gallery, for which we usually transform the gallery wildly creative tableaus to highlight the work of our talented Artist Members, but is just not possible this year due to COVID-19,” said Co Executive Director Eva Buttacavoli. “With generous support from artists, sponsors, and volunteers, we are excited to offer this popular holiday shopping experience virtually via a new section of our website, at And, as always, there are items available for every budget.”

To launch the Holiday Co-Share, The Co is hosting the Holiday Co-Share Virtual Kick-off on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 6:00 p.m., with a DJ-fueled, live virtual Zoom party. The evening will be a mix of introductions to amazing artists and fast-paced fun hosted by Dayton’s-own bon vivant, Rodney Veal, host of the Emmy-award winning The Art Show. Liftoff Entertainment’s DJ Jay will be spinning cocktail crooners to 70s disco and favorite picks for your holiday gift list from The Rubi Girls, featuring Ileasa Plymouth, Dana Sintell, and India Summer, live from the Rubi Clubhouse. The Co will round out the ZOOM kick-off with a BIG Announcement and special gift offer.

The Holiday Co-Share Virtual Kick-off is open to all and FREE to view and participate. Besides getting to preview and have first dibs on holiday gifts, all attendees will be entered into a raffle to win exclusive items from the Holiday CoShare and be eligible to participate in a live “chat box” art auction to win a work of art donated by a surprise upcoming exhibiting artist.

The 2020 Holiday Co-Share Artist Member participating artists are:

  • Guustie Alvarado (Tipp City)
  • Pat Antonick (Dayton)
  • David Brand (Dayton)
  • Arlene Branick (Dayton)
  • Susan Brockman (Dayton)
  • Matthew Burgy (Waynesville)
  • Christy Clay (Dayton)
  • Ileana Del Campo-Gray (Dayton)
  • Amy Dolan (Springboro)
  • Samantha Farkas (Yellow Springs)
  • Connie Hanselman (Miamisburg)
  • Debbie Hicks (Dayton)
  • Kate Huser Santucci (Dayton)
  • Bonnie Kuntz (Dayton)
  • Heidi McGrew (Beavercreek)
  • Celise McKee (Yellow Springs)
  • Gabrielle Nappo (Naples)
  • Mark Needham (Louisville)
  • Hyacinth Paul (Dayton)
  • Sandra Picciano-Brand (Dayton)
  • Marsha Pippenger (Dayton)
  • Ann Rismiller (Dayton)
  • Yetunde Rodriguez (Dayton)
  • Jennifer Sayger (Miamisburg)
  • Nadine Saylor (Carterville, IL)
  • Jeff Smith (Sugarcreek Twp)
  • Katie Swartz (Mason)
  • Peggy Steinberg (Dayton)
  • Rachel Tepe (Springboro)
  • Rebecca Tsaloff (Kettering)
  • Jo Anne Vincent (Germantown)
  • Jon Vincent (Germantown)
  • Dennis Walker (Piqua)
  • Barb Weinert-McBee (Xenia)
  • Mary Beth Whitley (Dayton)
  • Aaron Wooten (Chicago)


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.