Gallery owner: ‘I've always wanted to be part of the revitalization of downtown’

Art gallery will celebrate second anniversary.

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A Dayton native’s passions have hung on the walls of a space inside of a downtown parking lot for two years now.

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Edward A. Dixon Gallery, 12 S. Ludlow St. in the Fifth Third Building's parking garage, will celebrate its anniversary as part of downtown Dayton’s First Friday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, Oct. 4.

Admission is free.

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Ed Dixon, the gallery’s owner and a licensed Realtor and day-trader, said owning a gallery in Dayton’s growing art market has been challenging and enjoyable.

“I have a vision for the gallery, so while I'm flexible on some things, I still want to maintain a cosmopolitan feel but also while staying accessible and comfortable for anyone who might have an interest in art,” he said via Facebook messenger.

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There will be refreshments at tonight’s celebration and guests can view works by a list of artists that includes Julio Pino Varens, Howard Behrens, Ben Ibebe, Marilynn Page, K.S. Maneja, Janet Garlikov, Mikee Huber, George N. Parker III, Marcellus Art, Alice Gatewood-Waddell, Philip Payne, Hessam Abrishami, Taliaferro Sebastian, Jane Wooster-Scott, Tess Muth and Erica Arndts.

Musician Joseph Glenn will perform between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The gallery is located near the Dayton Arcade.

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Dixon, a graduate of Dunbar High School, said he has a passion for art and his gallery has drawn a long list of art lovers from the Dayton area and around the country.

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He wanted to be a part of the energy found downtown.

“I chose to put my art gallery downtown because I've always wanted to be part of the revitalization of downtown since way back when Downtown Dayton Days ended. I also thought it was important to be centrally located for people near and far,” Dixon said.

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What: Edward A. Dixon Gallery second anniversary

Where: Edward A. Dixon Gallery, 12 S. Ludlow St., Dayton

When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, Oct. 4.

More info: Website

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