New Ohio Guide: Art and Utility - East Liverpool

Jun 17, 2012
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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.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for May 27, 2012 including the following stories:

-Jerry Kenney interviews Michael Bashaw winner in the individual artist category of the 2012 Ohio Governor's Award for the Arts.

-New Ohio Guide: Minerals, Mining, and Reclamation, by Sandra Sleight-Brennan

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. 

courtesy of the Dayton Art Institute

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.

A small group of veterans has been getting some extra attention lately.  Their stories have been made into a comic book.  WYSO’s Jerry Kenney reports on how it all started.

Charlie Bath enlisted in the Army in 1941, the day after Pearl Harbor.   For four years, he proudly served as a wire chief in the signal corps.  That job involved running telephone wire all over France and Germany.  Charlie was the guy who could climb, so that’s what he did – climbed poles, often checking for live wires by hitting them with a wrench.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for October 16, 2011 containing the following stories:

-Musical performances throughout the program from Fairmont High School's Eleventh Hour a cappella group, who performed at WYSO during last week's pledge drive.

-The Rise of Digital Textbooks, the latest installment of the SOCHE Talks

-Jerry Kenney interviews Susan Hesselgesser, director of the League of Women Voter's.  Their voter's guide for the 2011 election was just released in copies of the Dayton City Paper.

A Blue Sky Summer

Sep 16, 2011

The question “What did you do this summer?” Is the topic of many a back-to-school essay. Forty area students will answer “I was a Blue Sky artist”. Community Voices producer Susan Byrnes follows the experience of a few of those students who participated in the Blue Sky Project, one of Dayton’s most unique summer arts programs. The results of their participation can be seen at the Blue Sky Project Final Exhibition, on display for Urban Nights, September 16th , at 8 North Main St. in downtown Dayton.


On August 22, 1911 the Leonardo Da Vinci masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris. It took a couple of years to recover the painting. It had been taken by an Italian nationalist who hoped to repatriate the painting back to Italy.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for July 3, 2011 containing the following stories:

-Sarah Buckingham interviews Tony Powers, a local artist with synethesia whose latest exhibit, Why Are the Walls Screaming is currently being displayed at the Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery.

-Jerry Kenney previews the latest production by the Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse, the Cotton Club.

-The latest installment of PoliticsOhio: Kasich Signs Budget And Controversial Bills Into Law, by Emily McCord

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for May 29, 2011 containing the following stories:

-Emily McCord speaks with Irish radio producer Mary Phelan and area resident Roger Kearney, a distant relative of Barack Obama about the upcoming documentary "The Road to Moneygall," which will air on WYSO.

-Sarah Buckingham previews this week's Sunday Documentary Hour offerings

-Jerry Kenney speaks with artist Greg Dearth about his upcoming exhibit at Gallery 510 in Dayton