East Liverpool is the Pottery Capital of the US. It’s been the capital since the 1880s. Sarah Webster Vodrey is the Director of the East Liverpool Museum of Ceramics. She showed me around the museum.
"Doorknobs, inkwells, pie pans - it was very utilitarian n at first and then as time when on people were able to combine utility with beauty. And even from the very start, the human impulse is to make it attractive," says Vodrey.
Sideshow is an annual arts and music festival, created by members of the Dayton Circus Art Collective. The two-day event features over 50 visual artists and 20 musical acts in the Yellow Cab Building on 4th Street in downtown Dayton. Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt visited the Yellow Cab building ahead of Sideshow 7 as the artists prepared for a preview party. Here she speaks with several visual artists about what they'll be displaying at Sideshow 7.
When you enter the first gallery of the Changing Landscapes exhibit, you see classic tapestries depicting Chinese landscapes. But the exhibit quickly unfolds to display both traditional and modern uses of embroidery, printing and sculpture that tackle the idea of landscape literally and figuratively.
Changing Landscapes is the first exhibition of contemporary Chinese fiber art to travel to the United States. This weekend marks the opening of the exhibition tour's only Midwestern stop - at the Dayton Art Institute.