Art on the Commons


Sunday, August 10, 2014, 11 am – 5 pm

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One of the most popular Dayton-area art festivals returned this August for its 26th year!  Rosewood Arts Centre presented Art on the Commons at Kettering’s Lincoln Park Civic Commons on Sunday, August 10th. Each year, Art on the Commons features fine arts and crafts by 100 talented artists from around the country.  Works for display and sale include a juried selection of jewelry, ceramics, paintings, photography, metals, watercolor, sculpture, glass, fibers and wood creations. Entertainment is scheduled throughout the day and concessions are available.

New for 2014 were exciting interactive activities presented by Rosewood Arts Centre. Art lovers of all ages enjoyed Rosewood’s photo booth, origami folding, Instagram scavenger hunt, special youth activities, program discounts and American Raku firing demos. The Kettering Arts Council hosted a range of art activities for youth and adults, including live performances by students of Kettering’s Funk Lab Dance Studio.

View this year’s Festival Map here: 2014 Festival Map.

Art on the Commons is presented by Rosewood Arts Centre and the City of Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts.

Art on the Commons


Civic Commons is located at 675 Lincoln Park Boulevard, just off Shroyer Road near the Kettering Government Center. The Civic Commons can be reached from either Stroop Road or Dorothy Lane. Free parking is available within walking distance.  Handicap parking is available on the southbound lanes of Lincoln Park Boulevard.  For a map and detailed driving directions, please visit or download Directions to Art on the Commons (pdf).

About the Festival

Art on the Commons is a juried display and sale of fine arts and fine crafts located in the Civic Commons in Kettering, Ohio. Art on the Commons includes over a hundred artists from around the country in a scenic park within the vibrant culture of the Dayton area. Live music and entertainment enhance the festival atmosphere and several food and drink vendors offer variety of options. Art on the Commons has been recognized as an outstanding festival by national and local artist news publications.

Check out this year’s press release here: aotc_pressrelease_2014.pdf

Here’s a video from last year’s event:

This festival is presented in partnership with Fraze Pavilion. For more venue information, please visit the Fraze website.

Visitors to Art on the Commons are reminded that the following items are not permitted:

Weapons, except as permitted by Ohio Revised Code, Pets (except service animals), bikes/skateboards, glass/bottles/outside alcohol, fireworks. laser pointers, and umbrellas or any other items deemed dangerous or inappropriate.

All carry-in items/bags, including purses, will be searched by a Fraze team member. Fraze Pavilion team members will be working each entrance point to ensure the safety and security of all guests.

Questions may be directed to: Art on the Commons 2014, c/o Rosewood Arts Centre, 2655 Olson Drive, Kettering, Ohio, 45420 or or (937) 296-0294.

Artist Information

2014 entries were accepted through and ended March 31. The application process will reopen in January 2015. All artist participants must be juried, no exceptions.

Ceramics: Original thrown or hand-built objects created in earthenware, porcelain, stoneware and terra cotta.
Digital Art: Original, two-dimensional works utilizing computer technology to craft or manipulate visual images. Digital art prints must be made from the artist’s original digital file under the artist’s supervision.  Work must be printed on archival quality paper and be properly signed and numbered as a limited edition.
Fibers: Original works including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry and papermaking. No machine-tooled, machine-screened patterns or miscellaneous forms of mass production are permitted.
Glass: Original objects created through kiln-formed, glass blowing, molding or casting. Works may be etched or engraved.  No forms of mass production are permitted.
Jewelry: Original pieces hand crafted from precious and semi-precious stones, clay, polymer clay, metals, glass, fiber, etc. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is allowed. Only those artists who jury and are accepted in the jewelry category may sell jewelry.
Mixed Media: The use of more than one basic material or object in a given work or the combination of one or more mediums to create an artistic expression on a 2D or 3D surface. Two-Dimensional Mixed Media can include more than one of the following: paint, pencil, watercolor, photography, printmaking or drawing, fabric or other found objects. Three-Dimensional Mixed Media can include more than one of the following: claywork, fiber, glass, metal, wood, or any other 3-D objects.
Painting:Original works created with oil, acrylics, watercolor and tempera.

Photography: Photographic prints must be made from the artist’s original image, both from film and original digital files, printed by the artist or under the artist’s direct supervision. Work must be printed on archival quality paper and be properly signed and numbered as a limited edition.
Sculpture: Original, free-standing work in materials such as stone, wood, and metals.
Works on Paper: Original, two-dimensional design on paper created with printmaking, collage, chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, inks, and wax crayon. Prints must be signed and numbered as a limited edition.

Art on the Commons 2014 Jurors
Lynette Santoro-Au, Arts Manager with the City of Upper Arlington, has been working in the arts for over two-decades. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a BA Degree in English. She serves as Chair Emeritus of the Columbus Arts Marketing Association and is an active member of the Greater Columbus Events Council, Northwest Arts Partners and staff leadership teams at the City of Upper Arlington. She is the organizer of the Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival, an Auxiliary President with the Columbus Museum of Art, and a juror for art exhibitions at the Siegfred Hall Gallery at Ohio University, Grandview Lazy Daze Festival, Easton Art Affair and Concourse Gallery

Leesa Haapauro is a Dayton-based artist working with mixed media including clay, glass, stone and paper. She created site-specific work for the City of Dayton, Five Rivers MetroParks, University of Dayton, and the Dayton Visual Arts Centre and her work has been exhibited widely throughout the region.  Leesa currently teaches at Sinclair Community College, K12 Gallery for Young People, and Rosewood Arts Centre.

Mike Beerbower is President of the Kettering Arts Council and an advocate for the arts in the Dayton region.  An employee of Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Mike spends his free time as a maker, a kayaker, a traveler, a reader, a fixer, a skier, a photographer, a gamer, and lots more.