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“SunWatch” Art Show in Chillicothe’s Pump House

Miami Valley artists give a closer look at their art.

Chillicothe and the Dayton area — “Reflections of Sunwatch: Ancient Cultures” had its opening Friday night in the Pump House Center for the Arts.

Half of the show is by ten Miami Valley artists Inspired by a reconstructed late-prehistoric American Indian village near Dayton, and the other half is by local artists that highlight Native American culture.

Learn more in my previous story, including an introductory video on the show. And just because you get a complete tour of the Sunwatch part of show in my video below, do go see before it closes July 27th!

The Pump House Center for the Arts has a Facebook page and website. The SunWatch park, as part of the Boonshoft Museum of the Dayton Society of Natural History, has a website and Facebook page. Also see the SunWatch entry in Wikipedia.

(If I may say – though it is inspired by a different era, this show harmonizes with the recent World Heritage recognition of the Hopewell earthworks in Ross County and elsewhere, and its potential for local culture, tourism, and economic impact.)

Looking at details inside the back of the buffalo-hide or bullhide drum by Wakan Drums. (Watch the video to learn about it.)
Detailed art inside.
Some of the three-dimensional art in the SunWatch inspired portion.
Part of the SunWatch-inspired art.
“Totem Installation” by local artist Jason Vaughan-Kinnamon, apparently a wood carving that has been scorched to carbon black, with the addition of ceramics and more.
Miami Valley artist Andrew Luring shows local artist Stewart Beverly a couple of his wood-panel paintings, including “Mordecai Hopewell.”
Artist Andrew Luring said this was inspired by seeing the Mound City earthworks surrounded by prisons, and the fact that some new prisons have only video visitation of prisoners. The work “Ceremonial Incarceration” features the barely noticeable lettering “in person visitation is a human right.”
Looking at the contribution of local artists in the show.
Shelley Pocock’s “Full Moon Wishes.”
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Raised in Ross County, Bearcat class of '87 at Paint Valley. Wrote a column on history and historic preservation for the Chillicothe Gazette right out of high school, then a bachelors in Journalism in the OU class of '91. After starting my one-man company "Intrepid Heritage Services" in Columbus in 1997 to offer historical research, tours, and talks, I retuned to Ross County in 2003. Have been working as a radio programmer and reporter at Clear Channel / iHeart Media Southern Ohio. Started working with the Scioto Post June 27th, 2023.


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