VIRTUAL ART IN THE CITY
CELEBRATE THE ARTS WHILE APART!
Videos: Meet the Artists & Behind the Scenes Tours
Have you ever looked at a painting or watched a performance, and wondered “What inspired this person to make this?” In this collection of videos below, Dayton creatives introduce themselves and their forms of artistic expression to you, giving a little background on their creative history and inspiration. After watching these videos, be sure to explore the rest of the Virtual Art in the City website to see their performances and/or galleries.
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Mikee Huber is a Dayton, Ohio artist whose artistic obsession is creating multi-media abstract paintings. She was a 2018 ArtSource Fellow through the Dayton Visual Arts Center (now The Contemporary). She also received an Artist Opportunity Grant in 2019, from the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District (MCACD) and administered by Culture Works.
Born in the 1970s, Huber has a studio in the McCook Field neighborhood where you can find her listening to disco, funk, and MJ’s music while she paints. She draws inspiration from scientific images at the molecular level, as well as patterns and textures in nature. She earned an Associate of Art in Fine Art, an Associate of Science in Commercial Art, and a Photography Certificate from Clark State Community College in Springfield, OH. Huber has worked as a graphics designer, supporting scientists and engineers
for 25 years. Her art is in private collections throughout the United States.
Mikee Huber is currently serving as a board member (Membership Development) of the Dayton Society of Artists (DSA). She is also a member artist of DSA, The Contemporary, and the Springfield Museum of Art (Ohio).
ReImagining Works is a unique project that brings the resources of Dayton Metro Library and the Dayton Art Institute together to commission original art for each of Library’s 17 new or renovated facilities. Made possible by the generosity of an anonymous bequest, this project offers a unique opportunity for regional artists to use an artwork from the DAI’s collection as a springboard to create a new work for permanent display at one of the Library branches. Bringing two of Dayton’s iconic institutions together, both places of discovery, inspiration and knowledge, ReImagining Works pays homage to artistic traditions of the past while creating art for the future.
These videos from photographer Andy Snow offer a true behind-the-scenes glimpse of the artist’s installation process. Of the 47 artworks commissioned to date, these videos showcase 20 artworks from libraries located in the City of Dayton and Trotwood – highlighting Dayton’s urban center.
Troupe Roja is Dayton's only multi-award-winning Middle Eastern dance troupe that performs styles ranging from modern fusion belly dance to folkloric Middle Eastern dance. Directed by Zattana Al-Naseem, the Roja dancers and Zattana's students, the Rosettes, perform at events all over the Miami Valley area and
beyond. They are known for engaging, dynamic choreography that often features props such as finger cymbals, veils, swords, and more. Classes are taught in Kettering, Miamisburg, and Springfield. Check out Roja on Facebook for more information
About Viva la Strings
How Viva la Strings was founded:
Pendra Lee Snyder founded Viva la Strings in 2008 to provide more paying performance opportunities for local musicians and to offer more access to quality music to our community. In addition to playing and running the day to day operations of Viva la Strings, she manages the Worship Classics String Quartet personnel and previously played with the Worship Orchestra at Fairhaven Church in Centerville, Ohio. She is a former member of the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra in Terre Haute, Indiana. Pendra holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana State University. She also holds a master’s degree in Television Production. With her several years of television, radio, and newspaper news reporting and production experience, as well as Marketing, Public Relations and advertising sales, Pendra developed the promotional and marketing skills necessary for Viva la Strings so grow into a successful multi-city organization. Local managers in Dayton, Columbus and Nashville, TN. ensures the same high standards of performance and customer service Viva la Strings has come to be known for.
Who is Viva la Strings:
Viva La Strings is more than a group of musicians. We are friends, we work together regularly, to deliver the polished professionalism expected. We have the knowledge and experience to bring musical detail and personal consultation to make yours an event to be remembered. Viva La Strings core performance ensembles include string quartet, string trio, string duo, combinations with guitar, harp, flute, keyboard, and vocalists. We network with professional musicians across Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee. If you are interested in hammered dulcimer, bagpipes, brass, woodwinds, percussion, or any instruments in between, just ask!
What We Do
Weddings, Corporate and Private Events, Live Performances, Recording Projects, and Arrangements & Orchestrations:
We will work along with you to design a musical ambiance that reflects your personality and taste, creating a musical event that is personal and special. From traditional to contemporary, or a combination, we have music for all tastes attending your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. Corporate functions, galas, receptions, non-profit fundraisers, holiday gatherings, private parties — our live music ensembles provide the perfect music entertainment for all occasions.
We also supply musicians and ensembles for assisted living residences, community concerts, musicals, and to enhance church worship services.
Whether you require a string quartet, 14-piece chamber orchestra, or full symphony orchestra with brass and woodwinds, we provide ensembles of any size to accompany artists in live performances, music videos, recording projects, and award shows. Our professional arrangers, orchestrators and composers can create your personalized wedding song or compose a full orchestration for a recording project. Our team customizes arrangements and orchestrations, allowing the instrumental vision for your music to come alive.
Our Instagram usernames are: @dancinrob and @heathercagle
Rachel Dominguez-Benner is a textile artist and co-op enthusiast living and working in Dayton, Ohio.
Recently finishing a year-long term of service through AmeriCorps VISTA, Rachel continues to work with the non-profit CO-OP Dayton. Rachel builds with start-up co-ops and social initiatives to work collaboratively using approachable online tools and systems. Rachel currently works as Interim Marketing Coordinator for the Gem City Market Cooperative and serves as Gem City Market Membership Committee Co-Chair. If you ever want to get her talking, ask about: social systems mapping; or Penland School of Craft in North Carolina.
Curiosity is the fuel that powers my creative practice and guides my process.
I am interested in the place where utility intersects beauty, and where dalliance crosses diligence. I tend toward saturated and bright colors in combination with ambiguous graphic motifs to inspire a sense of wonder and escapism.
I celebrate casual precision and the approachability of the hand-drawn line as a reminder that joy is found in layers of existence. I walk work into the world with the intention of providing deceptively simple objects and media that elicit delight and awe.
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Virtual Art in the City is presented by the Downtown Dayton Partnership as part of the DP&L Summer in the City, and sponsored by DP&L and Dayton.com, with support from the Ohio Arts Council.
Virtual Art in the City Partners
Artists United, The Contemporary Dayton, Culture Works, Dayton Live, Dayton Society of Artists, the Downtown Dayton Partnership, Five Rivers MetroParks, Front Street Art Studios and Galleries, The Human Race Theatre Company, The Levitt Pavilion Dayton, and The Mosaic Institute