Artist Palate Parties

Artist, meet Art-Lover. Art-Lover, meet Artist. Now, everyone mingle. Eat. Drink. Enjoy art!

Artist Palate parties are held in artists’ studios and collectors’ homes. These gatherings of eclectic people highlight the ways people incorporate art into their living and working spaces and take you outside your daily path. Hosted only a few times a year by DVAC donors, members and friends, these small, exclusive fundraisers feature a delightful theme, delicious food and drink and the opportunity to immerse, admire and, perhaps, purchase a work of art by a featured DVAC member artist.

Save the Date: Upcoming Artist Palate Parties

Fiesta Jardin

a DVAC Artist Palate Party

Hosted by Sandra and David Brand

Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 6-8:30 p.m.

Join us for for an evening’s delight in the Arts & Crafts inspired, art-filled home and lush gardens of two of our very favorite jewelry artists, DVAC friends, Sandra and David. The evening will feature small plates with wine and beer pairings from Meadowlark and Wheat Penny restaurateur Elizabeth Wiley and Fresco caterer Jenn DiSanto’s new dining venture SageCraft and be inspired by the Brands’ romantic second home of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. In keeping with the spirit of artist couples, we’re excited to feature two more of our long-time DVAC Member artists, Rosalie & Bruce Campbell. You’ll be intrigued by Bruce’s detailed prints of flowers, trees and landscapes created through historic print processes; and you’ll want to wrap yourself in Rosalie’s Shibori scarves and hand-dyed, loom-woven runners and table mats. Join us!


$50 Members / $65 Non-Members | Limited to 45 attendees

Please RSVP by June 21; by phone 937/224.3822 or by check payable to DVAC.

Event address provided at time of RSVP.

All proceeds benefit DVAC exhibitions, public programs and services to artists.

Image credit: Bruce Campbell, Succulent, 2015, gum bichromate print, courtesy of the artist


Previous Artist Palate Parties

Amuse Tattoo at CK

An Artist Palate Party benefiting the Dayton Visual Arts Center

Hosted by Natalie & Jack Skilliter

Sunday, April 9, 2017 | 2-4 p.m.

at Corner Kitchen

Charcuterie and toasts like only CK can do. Featuring artists Jacob Des and Tyler Macko, Toxic Brews and custom Belle of Dayton vodka concoctions by Callie.


$35 Members / $50 Non-Members | Limited to 50 guests

Please RSVP by April 5; by phone 937/224.3822 or by check payable to DVAC.

All proceeds benefit DVAC exhibitions, public programs and services to artists.

Image credit: Jacob Des, Amuse Tattoo at CK, courtesy of the artist


Autumn Patterned

Hosted by Ellen & Jeff Ireland, featuring a new series of work by DVAC Member artist Amy Deal

Saturday, October 22, 2016 | 5:30-8 p.m.

Longtime DVAC friends and Dayton community advocates Ellen & Jeff Ireland open their home for one of the most artful parties of the Fall season.

Join us and meander indoors and out through the Irelands’ 1884 historical Italian Renaissance Revival home, filled with art from most of DVAC’s 25-year history; treasures from distant travels; and warm and convivial friends, new and old. The party will feature a special treat: tucked within several rooms and winding among the gardens and grounds you’ll discover Amy Deal’s lively new compositions created specially as the evening’s centerpiece—a series of new hand-painted, radically patterned canvas cut-outs arranged into lively compositions from still-lives to pure abstractions. Their playful inventiveness sets the tone for what is sure to be a remarkably special evening.

Warm and toasty Autumn-inspired hors d’oeuvres interesting wines and local craft brews hand-selected by Jeff round out the evening.  It’s sure to be an exceptional evening.

$50 Members / $65 Non-Members | Limited to 50 attendees

Please RSVP by October 19, 2016; by phone 937/224.3822 or by check payable to DVAC.

Event address provided at time of RSVP.

All proceeds benefit DVAC exhibitions, public programs and services to artists.

Image credit: Amy Deal’s Studio, July, 2016, courtesy of the artist


Depth Perception

Hosted by Mark Brewer & Kevin Tunstall

Sunday, September 18, 2016 | 1-3:30 p.m.

Join hosts Mark and Kevin as they offer a selection of new artworks by DVAC Member artists Dennie Eagleson, Doug Fiely, Maureen O’Keefe, Francis Schanberger, John Sousa, and Marybeth

Experience texture, both literal and perceived, in a curated selection of works presented in an artfully inspired Mid-Century Modern home. Stroll throughout – upstairs and down, inside and out, on the deck and in the studio – and discover new works by each of the featured artists available to take home that very afternoon.

Featuring the culinary artistry of Elite catering paired with a Fall-inspired specialty cocktail created by Kevin. Join us to experience art in-depth.

$50 Members / $65 Non-Members | Limited to 75 attendees

RSVP here by September 14, 2016; or by phone 937/224.3822 or by check payable to DVAC. Event address provided at time of RSVP.

All proceeds benefit DVAC exhibitions, public programs and services to artists.

Image credit: Maureen O’Keefe, Ellipsis, 2016, Acrylic on panel, Courtesy of the artist


Hosted by LWC/Lorenz WIlliams Architectural

Thursday, July 7, 2016

5-7:30 p.m.

434 E First Street | Downtown Dayton

Featuring an exclusive preview of Lily’s Bistro’s NEW Summer Menu, devilish summer cocktails, hot tunes by DJ Jay Nigro and 6 DVAC Member artists’ work sited throughout LWC’s cool offices.


Limited to 50 guests

$50 Members | $65 non-Members

RSVP here


Closely Pressed

Hosted by Gretchen and Michael Jacobs

Saturday, March 12, 2016

6-8 p.m.

Let’s anticipate Spring together with a rollickingly good get-together at Gretchen & Michael’s lovingly restored McPherson Town home. Built in 1907, their American Foursquare is filled to the brink with works by past DVAC Auction artists including Diane Fitch, Ray Must, Jean Koeller, Beth Edwards, Roger Sayer, Craig Martin, Sean Wilkinson, Migiwa Orimo, Kim Vito—and paintings and prints by Gretchen herself.

Michele and Jon Cremeans of M.J.C. Catering will provide scrumptious bites along with a selection of wines, local craft beers and delectable sweets. A stunning assortment of hand pulled silkscreen, intaglio and lithograph prints from Dayton Printmakers Cooperative members including Ernie Koerlich, David Leach, Barb McBee, Sherraid Scott, Kim Vito and Micah Zavacky will be on display and available to take home. Please join us!

45 attendees maximum
$50 Members | $65 non-Members

RSVP by March 9

Autumn Streamside

Hosted by Eileen & Richard Carr and Mary & Bill Koch

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Meander down the road to Spring Run Farm for a Sunday afternoon of countryside pleasures: walk along the stream, watch a fly fishing demo by surprise guests and picture one of Mary Koch’s jewel-toned landscape paintings on display in your home. Bourbon and apple cider cocktails, refreshing beverages from Carillon Brewing Company, a rustic charcuterie and cheese board, and steaming bowls of chili.

On Stone/ In Clay

Hosted by Craig Schrolucke & Mike Goheen

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Brand-new DVAC party hosts Craig & Mike welcome us into their unique South Park home and garden for a late-summer celebration amongst mid-century modern furnishings, handsome arts and craft design touches and an eclectic collection of paintings, prints, photography and ceramic by local and national artists. Enjoy good company, the house cocktail, Summer-on-the-Rocks, refreshing beverages and luscious treats and works by featured DVAC member artist printmaker/painter Doug Fiely and ceramic artist Don Williams.