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Vol. 23, No. 30 July 30, 2014 www.oakwoodregister.com Oakwood's Deal wins 'Best of Show' at annual DVAC exhibit Oakwood artist Amy Deal claimed the Lombard Award and Best of Show honors with her entry "There Is Nothing Plain About Jane" at the Dayton Visual Arts Center's 23 rd annual Open Members' Show, on display through Aug. 16 at the DVAC gallery, 118 North Jefferson Street in downtown Dayton. The exhibit, entitled 'Plane, Plain, Plein,' features 142 entries drawn from among the more than 600 DVAC member artists; Litsa Spanos, a gallery owner and president of ADC Art Design Consultants, Inc., in Columbus, acted as prize juror for the exhibition. A member of DVAC since 1995, Deal's entry in the competition is a 25-inch layered collage acrylic which incorporates typographic materials from a variety of sources. "While studying at Kent, typography became my prime focus," said Deal. "The selection and arrangement of type- faces is as important as the use of color and images. My painting and mixed media process includes mul- tiple layers of typography. I adhere, cut, and paint maps, menus, books, anything I find containing typogra- phy. I honestly never know if a work will become a completed piece. I have many pieces of work that sit; I will look at them weeks later and continue to create more layers." "The job of a juror is exciting but can also be very daunting," Spanos said of judging the current exhibit. "Ultimately it comes down to works that really stand out for their uniqueness, originality and creativ- ity. I selected Amy Deal's "There Is Nothing Plain About Jane" as Best of Show exactly for those reasons. The piece really grabbed my atten- tion because the subject was not only stunning and powerful, but the way it was created was sophisticated, textural and unique." With the Lombard prize Deal receives a $1,000 award; Spanos also contributed a Purchase Award for her Best in Show selection. Many of the original artworks included in the exhibit are for sale, with Deal's entry listed for $800 in the show catalog. Deal, who also lends her tal- ent to the current fundraising effort under way at the Wright Library Foundation, studied visual communi- cation design at Kent State University, where she earned a bachelor of fine arts degree. Her community involve- ment also includes the DVAC It Takes Two campaign, producing art- work with patients in the pediatric wards at Dayton Children's Hospital. Professionally, she has worked at several Dayton-area agencies, includ- ing Icon Group and Real Art Design. Deal lives in Oakwood with — in her own words — "my stunningly attractive husband, Kevin, and bril- liant children, Rebecca, Grace, and Eddie." She can be found online at www.amydeal.com or www. amydealdesign.com. The exhibit 'Plane, Plain, Plein' will be on public display at DVAC through Aug. 16. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; admission is free. Visit www.daytonvisualarts.org for more information. Slip Sliding Away Aaron Cunningham, 10, takes a turn on a slip-and-slide set up in his yard on Peach Orchard in Oakwood as his dog, Abe, waits his turn. Jacks fall sports try-outs, practices begin Aug. 1 Try-outs and practices for the fall athletic teams at Oakwood High School will begin on Friday, Aug. 1, for all sports with the exception of cross country, which will begin on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. All students must have a valid physical on file before they will be permitted to tryout or practice. For more information, contact Joy Manning, Oakwood athletic director, at 297-5342 or via email at manning.joy@oakwoodschools. org The following are the times and locations for each sport: Football Aug. 1 8 a.m. in classroom; 8:30 a.m. practice; locker room opens 7 a.m. Volleyball Aug. 1 4-6 p.m. East Gym Boys' Soccer Aug. 1 9-11:30 a.m. Track Girls' Soccer Aug. 1 6-9 p.m. Track Girls' Tennis Aug. 1 8:30 a.m. Old River Courts Field Hockey Aug. 1 8 a.m. Track; 6:30 p.m. Irving Field Golf Aug. 1 8 a.m. Community Golf Course; $16 greens fees Cross Country Aug. 4 8 a.m. Stadium Photo by Brian Barr

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