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Welcome to Art on the Commons 2020!

A virtual art experience

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Welcome! 2020 may be our 32nd year for Art on the Commons, but it's our first-ever virtual festival! Rosewood Arts Centre, through the City of Kettering's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department, with support from the Dayton Daily News, 91.3 WYSO, the Miami Valley Communications Council, the Ohio Arts Council, the Kettering Parks Foundation, The Joan W. McCoy Memorial Art Fund, and the Kettering Arts Council, is thrilled to present the Miami Valley's favorite juried fine arts festival, featuring the work of 81 talented artists from around the country.

Browse the virtual event to discover new interactive activities daily, to shop directly from our artist vendors and to vote for your favorite artist in our People's Choice Award.


Schedule of Events

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11 a.m. – Kaleidoscope Art Projects with Brooke – Painted Cactus Planters
Ever wanted a plant that didn’t die? Ever wanted a pet rock? This is the perfect activity for you. Join Brooke to combine the two with these adorable Painted Cactus Planters.


12 p.m. Excursions with WYSO’s Niki Dakota
Featuring the music of Hello Emerson

3 p.m. demo – Andrew Dailey, Drawing
Watch a time lapse video of Andrew Dailey create a large scale botanical drawing! The realism of his drawings are incredible as they come to life on the wall of Miami Valley Communications Council.

11 a.m. – Kaleidoscope Art Projects with Brooke – Mason Jar Pencil Holder
Brooke will help you create a fun, funky, and functional pencil holder to help you kick off the new school year.

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12 p.m. Excursions with WYSO’s Niki Dakota
Featuring the music of Shrug and Yuppie

1:30 p.m. LIVE interview with David and Sandra Brand of Mythic Silver
Local artists David and Sandra Brand show-off their studio and share a bit of their creative process with metal working, silver soldering, and more!

 3 p.m. demo – Nikki Strouss, Ceramics
Nikki Strouss, Rosewood’s Artist in Residence is getting ready for her upcoming gallery exhibition. She is known for her immense and highly sculptural vessels. Transforming 50 pounds of clay is surely no small feat!

10 a.m. – LIVE Raku Firing
Witness the fiery excitement of a live Raku firing! Rosewood instructor Shelly Burden leads this alternative firing process that produces unique and lustrous finishes to ceramic pieces.

12 p.m. Excursions with WYSO’s Niki Dakota
Featuring the music of Amber Hargett and Charlie & Amanda Jackson

1:30 p.m. – Kaleidoscope Art Projects with Brooke – Coffee Filter Butterflies
Light up your windows at home with some colorful pollinators. Join Brooke in creating some whimsical and colorful butterfly friends.

3 p.m. demo – Leonard Williams, Watercolor
Watch watercolor instructor, Leonard Williams shows off his amazing techniques involving landscapes, and specifically water.

11:00 a.m. – Kaleidoscope Art Projects with Brooke – Flower Spinners
Brighten your room with a paper garden filled with these beautiful flower spinners. Use your creativity to construct flowers never before seen by man, and colors, eluding every other garden on earth.

12 p.m. Excursions with WYSO’s Niki Dakota
Featuring the music of Kate Wakefield, Eleanor Dakota and The Echodolls

1:30 p.m. LIVE Interview with featured artist Dan Cleary
Tune in to learn more about our Featured Artist, Dan Cleary. Learn about Dan’s unique layering process for creating photographs that span hundreds of years, as well as his immense knowledge base and research into the Wright Brothers work and lives.

Today's Highlights - August 9

11 a.m. Kaleidoscope Art Projects with Brooke - Flower Spinners; 12 p.m. Excursions with WYSO's Niki Dakota featuring Kate Wakefield, Eleanor Dakota and The Echodolls; 1:30 p.m. LIVE interview with featured artist, Dan Cleary

LIVE Interview with featured artist, Dan Cleary

Posted by Play Kettering on Sunday, August 9, 2020
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Featured artist, Dan Cleary

Congratulations to our 2020 featured artist, Dayton-based photographer, Dan Cleary!

Dan Cleary’s photographic collages are about the varying visual representations of the past and the present. For his Wright Brothers: Then and Now series, Dan has traveled to locations where the Wright Brothers did their research and flight demonstrations to create modern images to go along with the historic photographs. This included many locations in Dayton, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Washington, DC, Detroit, Michigan, Le Mans and Pau, France. He has created images that are nostalgic in their desaturated overtones but enlivened by the presence of modern-day activities. Dan also includes a written narrative with each image to tie the past and present together.

Visit our virtual gallery to shop Dan's work.

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Excursions with Niki Dakota Presents: “Art on the Commons—Art in Uncommon Times"

Kate Wakefield: Miss Kate’s Kids Songs

The Echodolls: No Reflection

Eleanor Dakota: No Love Of Mine

We are gathering on the virtual Excursions Stage at this year's Art on the Commons festival! 91.3 WYSO Excursions emcee Niki Dakota has been asking musical artists around the Miami Valley: “What are you making during the pandemic?” From August 6 - 9, the Art on the Commons festival will stream new songs from: Hello Emerson (August 6); Shrug (August 7); Yuppie (August 7); Amber Hargett (August 8); Charlie & Amanda Jackson (August 8); Kate Wakefield (August 9); Eleanor Dakota (August 9) and The Echodolls (August 9). View more videos and meet our artist lineup.

Cast your vote for the People's Choice Award!

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  • Questions about our festival website? Drop us an email at! (Please note that we are unable to help with technical issues or questions regarding individual artists' websites.)
  • How can I support Rosewood Arts Centre?
    The Kettering Parks Foundation supports the arts in Kettering. Learn more about the Foundation by visiting and clicking on 'donate.' Thank you!
  • I love what I bought! How do I share it with the world? Post your images in our thread on the Art on the Commons Facebook event page OR tag @playkettering on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

Thank you to our 2020 sponsors!

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Memorial Art Fund


Our video gallery is made possible by the generous assistance of the Miami Valley Communications Council.


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