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The Contemporary Dayton presents CoSHOP Holiday 2023

DAYTON (Nov 14, 2023) – The Contemporary Dayton presents CoSHOP Holiday 2023, a curated collection of over 500 holiday and winter-themed fine art and fine craft from select community-driven artists and benefitting the arts community and The Co. CoSHOP Holiday opens Fri, Nov 17 and runs through Sat, Dec 23, 2023. Hours are Wed-Sat 11-6 and Sun 11-4. Additional hours are: Holly Days at The Arcade, Wed & Thu, Dec 6 & 7 open ‘til 8 p.m. and Fri, Dec 8, ‘til 9 p.m.

Delight in the creative wonderland of CoSHOP Holiday. This holiday season the CoSHOP theme is CO, WHAT FUN! and features a curated selection of holiday “giftables.” These unique, handmade pieces reflect our talented local and regional artists, all of whom contribute to our vibrant arts community every day. With over 500 unique items, we are proud to present this dazzling destination for unique, one-of-a-kind gift hunting this festive season.

The CoSHOP is The Co’s lively, year-round marketplace that features a rotating selection of home decor, personal care products, greeting cards, books, ceramic and glass art, limited edition art prints, and more curated by our team of art lovers, historians, book nerds, and decor enthusiasts. Art-lovers can visit The CoSHOP for FREE or Shop online. Online items are available for pick up Wednesday-Sunday. Select items are available to ship for a modest charge.

Little Bites, Big Impact, Nov 30, 6-8 p.m.

The Contemporary Dayton  I  Gather by Ghostlight  I  Est! Est!! Est!!!

The Dayton Arcade

On 4th St, between Main & Ludlow  I  free street parking after 6 p.m.  I  safe and secure paid parking at the Reibold Garage, enter on 5th St

Adding to the festive atmosphere will be Little Bites, Big Impact, an open house with The Co’s new Arcade neighbors, Gather by Ghostlight and Est! Est!! Est!!!. FREE and OPEN TO ALL, visitors are invited for an unparalleled art-shopping experience all in support of our local artisan community. Sample scrumptious, specially crafted noshings from all three locations.

“Our aim is to encourage community supporters, art lovers, collectors, and casual shoppers alike, to come together and celebrate our vibrant local artisan community”, says The Co Executive Director Eva Buttacavoli.  “The event provides a wonderful opportunity for individuals to purchase unique, locally made gifts that hold special stories, just in time for the holiday season. It’ll be an evening of delicious fun and an easy way to support local this holiday season.”

Shop CoSHOP Holiday! for locally made gifts; grab a bite or dine on hearty artisanal pizza at Dayton’s newest foodie destination, Est! Est!! Est!!!; and stay for Live Jazz at Gather by Ghostlight beginning at 7:30 p.m. With each bite, you’ll be celebrating and directly supporting our thriving local small businesses within the historic Dayton Arcade as we work to make a significant impact on our community!


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.