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3 artists: clay, country and composition

Published: Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 12:00 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 7:29 PM


What: “Curves and Corners,” an exhibit featuring Abbe Cheek, Micheline Daemen and Ray Wilson

Where: Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main St., Troy

When: Continues through March 3

Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays

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Three art worlds are colliding at the Troy Hayner Cultural Center this winter, and the overall effect is a good thing.

Abbe G. Cheek of Columbus is presenting her contemporary pottery; Micheline Daemen of Troy is showing her realist and abstract paintings, and Ray Wilson of Columbus is presenting his photography.

Abbe G. Cheek

She was more fortunate than most kids while growing up. Instead of Play-Doh, she got to make her first shapes out of clay in her mother’s studio. Today, she favors earth tones for her hand-built plates, bowls and vessels. My favorite work of hers is a small white Penland Plate with splashes of hunter green and taupe.

“Porcelain’s delicate and translucent qualities are further enhanced by the layering of subtle glazes on my thrown forms,” said Cheek, who now has a studio of her own in the basement. “Designs found in nature are my inspiration.”

Cheek has shown her clay pieces extensively in the Columbus area and has been juried into Ohio Craft Museum’s Best of Show every year since 2008.

Micheline Daemen

This viewer’s “best of three” artists would have to be Daemen, not only for the quality of her works but also for her obvious talent across various mediums and styles. She started attending the school of the Arts Decoratifs in Ixelles, Belgium, at 15. She continued her visual arts education at the Academie des Beaux Arts in Belgium, where she studied drawing, watercolor and oil painting.

“You don’t think about things very often, but when I was very young I had all the courses in Belgium, and one day the teacher gave me my drawing back with a notation that she wanted to see me after class,” said Daeman, who moved to the U.S. in 1986. “When my grandmother came to get me, my teacher told her I was very talented and should become an artist.”

Smart teacher. Daemen followed her advice and has been working on her craft. Layers of oils in a beautiful sunset with loads of texture? Check. Hard edges and wonderful composition in an acrylic abstract? No problem. Dreamy floral watercolor? Got that covered, too.

“The subject matter depends upon how I feel that day and what is going through my mind at the time,” said Daemen, who has lived in Troy for the past 10 years.

She is now a member of the Western Ohio Watercolor Society and is also showing her works at The Art Vault Gallery in Troy.

Ray Wilson

His photography career began while on a vacation trip to Alaska. A professional photographer saw his travel shots and “insisted that he get familiar with more details, gain skills and get serious” about his photography. He began his foray into imagery with film, but now uses digital almost exclusively.

“I don’t remove from images those things which were there originally, nor insert things not there,” Wilson said.

Nature usually takes care of the beauty, and Wilson enhances the scene in several different ways. Sometimes he doesn’t have to travel far to unmask that beauty.

“Baby Japanese Maples” is a case in point.

“My wife and I were at breakfast when she noticed how the overcast day made the leaves appear gray,” Wilson said. “She directed me to get out on the deck and take the shot.”

Taking the shot is only the beginning, however. For “Ash Cave,” Wilson took five separate exposures and combined them in a software program to capture a wider range of lights and shadows. The technique is called high dynamic range. Another image, which has sold, is titled “Fall Flies Away.” The subject is milkweed at Caesar Creek State Park.

“To me it doesn’t look like a photograph at all. It looks like a painting,” said Cyndy Shreffler, a Troy resident who has taught ballet at Hayner since 1977.

Wilson has exhibited his photography at the administration offices of Worthington and Grove City, at the High Road and McConnell galleries in Worthington, and the Ohio State Office Building and Motorist Mutual Gallery, both in Columbus.

Air Force Museum plane plays major role in Oscar-nominated film

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 2:50 PM

Air Force Museum plane plays major role in Oscar-nominated film

One of the biggest characters in the critically acclaimed and Oscar nominated film “Jackie” is made out of metal and doesn’t have any lines. 

A fictional version of the BOEING VC-137C SAM 26000 on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is the setting for a key scene in the movie “Jackie” starring Natalie Portman.

Built in 1962, the plane known as “SAM 26000” and Air Force One  flew John F. Kennedy to Berlin in 1963. Months later, it flew the assassinated president’s body from Dallas to Washington. Johnson was sworn in as president during that tragic flight.

Portman is nominated for the actress in a leading role Oscar for her role in Jackie. 

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The film is also up in the costume design and music - original score categories. 

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The plane served eight presidents over three decades — Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Clinton.

It is on display as part of the museum’s new $40.8 million expansion that includes the Presidential Gallery. 

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The National Museum of the United States Air Force, 1100 Spaatz St., is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

4 of the most brutal slams John Legend threw at Donald Trump in interview

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

4 of the most brutal slams John Legend threw at Donald Trump in interview

John Legend is NOT taking a wait-and-see approach when it comes to America’s new commander in chief. 


The Springfield native has seen enough when it comes to President Donald Trump. 

(Legend actually saw enough before Trump was elected.)

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The Grammy and Oscar-winning singer who will play Frederick Douglass in the season of WGA’s America’s “Underground” let loose on Trump as part of a Q&A with the “New York Times Magazine” linked here

Below are few of the most devastating lines. 

On whether Trump was thinking about him when the president made comments about Frederick Douglass being someone who has done an amazing job:

“I don’t think that Trump has read a book in his adult life, or that he knows anything about American history, black history, any history.”

“I don’t think he knows what’s in the Constitution. I don’t think he knows anything about Civil War history, or just about any kind of history. We can’t expect him to know much of anything.”

On whether his last album would have been different if he had started making it today:

“I think there’d probably be more anger as opposed to doubt.”

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On whether he hopes his work will make his conservative fans think differently:

“I think a lot of people are staying in their own bubbles and only hearing things that reinforce what they already believe.... Maybe when Trump takes away Obamacare, and they realize that it was the Affordable Care Act that they were using to get affordable health coverage — that might teach them, more than listening to a John Legend song.”

On art that had affected him politically (Legend mentioned works on humanity and authority by James Joyce and Virginia Woolf, and a class he took on the book “Obedience to Authority,” which discusses why Germans followed Hitler’s orders during WWII):  

I took those classes 20 years ago, but I’ve been thinking about that a lot when I think about how we’re reacting to Donald Trump right now.

Most Americans have no idea who's up for an Oscar this year

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 11:43 AM
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 11:43 AM

And the Oscar goes to ... um, you know, that movie, with that guy, about that thing...

That's how the average American might hand over the hardware come trophy time this Sunday. A National Research Group poll conducted for the Hollywood Reporter found that 60 percent of Americans polled in early February could not name a single best-picture nominee. But 70 percent plan to watch the awards show, airing at 7 p.m. on ABC, anyway.

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The poll surveyed 800 people, half of whom voted for Hillary Clinton and half of whom voted for Donald Trump in November's election, to ensure a balanced representation.

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"On average, Clinton fans were slightly more cinema-aware and were more likely to have seen the nominated films," the Hollywood Reporter noted.

To refresh your memory, the nominees are "Arrival," "La La Land," "Moonlight," "Fences," "Hacksaw Ridge," "Manchester by the Sea" and "Lion."

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Judging from buzz and other awards leading up to the Oscars it looks like "Moonlight," and "La La Land" are the favored contenders.


The Oscars Feb 24, 2017 - 11:57 AM

'Walking Dead' shirt with phrase said by character pulled for being 'fantastically offensive'

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 6:59 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 10:04 PM

            'Walking Dead' shirt with phrase said by character pulled for being 'fantastically offensive'

The AMC's show "The Walking Dead" is stirring up emotions, but not for gruesome scenes or unexpected endings.  

This time, it's for T-shirts. 

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The Huffington Post reported that Primark, an international clothing retailer, stopped selling the shirt.

The Warwick Courier reported that Ian Lucraft wrote a letter to the store's CEO Paul Marchant, saying it was "fantastically offensive" and "racist."

The problem? The phrase "eeny meeny miny moe," which in the show is followed by the line, "catch a tiger by his toe." However, some historical versions of the rhyme include a racial slur instead of the word "tiger," which sparked the complaint, according to the Huffington Post. 

The phrase is said by Negan, a character played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the show. EW reported Morgan responded with a tweet, saying, "people are stupid."

BBC News reported that the retailer said it removed the product.

Primark apoligized in a statement:

The T-shirt in question is licensed merchandise for the US television series, "The Walking Dead," and the quote and image are taken directly from the show. Any offense caused by its design was wholly unintentional and Primark sincerely apologizes for this.