Articles by David Dupont

Woodworker Neil Kemarly wins Best of Show at BSAF

A woodworker from Pioneer took top honors in the Juried Art Show at the Black Swamp Arts Festival Saturday. Neil Kemarly won Best of Show for his furnishings that use the wood’s natural characteristics as a key design element. Judge Brandon Briggs praised his work as an example of the power of simplicity in design. First place 2D went to Kentucky printmaker Chris Plummer. Plummer said some of his most recent work was inspired by his work teaching children. First place 3D went to ceramics artist Rachel Stevens, from North Carolina. Judge Kathy Buszkiewicz said she was impressed with Stevens’ striking use of color. Also honored were: Samuel Hitchman, ceramics, second place. Paula Gill, fiber, third place. Derrick Riley, printmaking, Rick Braveheart, photography, and Dave Thompson, mixed media, all honorable mention. (A full story will be published tomorrow.)

BGHS team wins Chalk Walk

A team of hometown artists came away with top honors in the Black Swamp Arts Festival’s Chalk Walk. Bowling Green 2 won honors for their design “Peace Car.” Members of the team were Natalie Avery. Ian Brackenbury, Jordan Ely, Rona Mejiritski, and Anne Weaver. Nikki Myers was the team’s advisor. The second place honors went to Holgate for their earth centered work. Third place went to Wayne Trace for a piece, “Science and Art.” Eleven teams participated in this year’s event.

Toledo author to discuss his supernatural fiction, Sept. 16

From PHIL FARINA Phil Farina, Toledo author, will be appearing at Gathering Volumes, to discuss his newest supernatural works of fiction, “Gravesend” and “The Enochian Dilemma” Saturday, Sept. 16, 2-4 p.m. “Gravesend” is loosely based on the author’s personal experiences with the supernatural. The main character is a young man named Robbie Mauro, who as a young boy often had experiences. Sometimes he heard things; sometimes he saw things; but most often he had premonitions. These experiences had a profound effect on his life. One day he and his friends came across a very old Ouija Board. Unable to resist, the boys played with the board to some death defying results. In the “Enochian Dilemma,” the author takes a page out of the book of Enoch. We are told by Enoch that God created first the angels, then man. He loved man most of all and sent the Angels to watch over man. These special Angels were called Watchers; for they were tasked to watch over man but not interfere.  The angels did not like this much, so they disobeyed Gods commands and mated with women whom they found beautiful. The results were the Nephilim, or the Giants of Old. This angered God and resulted in their destruction by the Great Flood of Noah. All the Watchers were destroyed save one, Azazel who swore vengeance against the Almighty. The Enochian Dilemma takes the reader on a fantastic journey of how to stop a renegade Angel who is hell bent on destroying God’s creations. Both books have been features at Wizard World Comic Cons and have been well received by both…

BG’s Main Street transformed into art show

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Hardly five hours after the sound of Dwayne Dopsie’s accordion stopped reverbing around the Main Stage area, and throughout the city, dozens of volunteers were back downtown getting ready for the opening of the art show, and the second day of the Black Swamp Arts Festival. The Dawn Patrol, so dubbed by the late Bill Hann, a retired Air Force officer, had reported for duty. Their mission was to transform Main Street into a vibrant arts village. This begins well before dawn and continues until the art shows are ready to open at 10 a.m. There’s an air of anticipation as the metal framework of tents go up, top with roofs, and the sides. Stacked among these are carefully packed arts and crafts, just waiting to be displayed. It’s an art in and of itself the way the exhibitors packed their vehicles, knowing what they need to have out and up, before boxes are removed. It’s a puzzle that must be disassembled and then put together again in an entirely different form. There are numerous details to take care of – where to park when the unpacking is done, where to get coffee, where to find a rest room. Volunteers are there to show the way, intent on maintaining the festival’s reputation for treating artists well. Coffee was being delivered. Roaming through the art show in progress, I find many familiar faces from previous shows. Always happy to see them back, and to stop and briefly chat before they set back to the task at hand. A street that’s empty at 5, by 6…

Hot time as the 25th Black Swamp Arts Festival opens

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Taking the stage, zydeco royalty Dwayne Dopsie made the audience at the 25th Black Swamp Arts Festival take a pledge. “I’m not here to complain,” he said leading the crowd in the pledge. “I’m not here to be cold.” No, he told them, they were there to dance, have fun, and party. If anyone had a reason to complain about temperatures that dipped into the crisp 50s, it was a tank-top-clad son of the Bayou who only had tattoos to cover his arms. But Dopsie had other things on his mind and that was entertaining the crowd with a hard driving set of music. He pushed along his band the Zydeco Hellraisers with the antic virtuosity of his accordion over the vigorous rhythm of washboard player Paul Lafleur. Dopsie, carrying an umbrella, even left the stage to lead a conga line of fans through the full house of listeners. Dopsie and the Hellraisers capped off a night of music that was intense in different ways. The show opened at 5 with the Matt Truman Ego Trip. The wise-cracking, hard rocking bar band’s tight sound held up well in the unaccustomed light of day. Frontman Matt Truman said they were honored to open what is for them a neighborhood festival, especially given it was the event’s 25th year. “We’re from around the corner,” he said. “You probably call the cops on us when we practice.” The local rockers gave way to the mellower, though lyrically dark, rockers from Cincinnati, The Hiders. Then the show pivoted to Ireland. The quintet Lunasa is full of champion players….

La Conexion staging “Lights on for Dreamers” action this weekend

La Conexion is urging action to support the DACA program this weekend. The group is urging residents of Bowling Green on Saturday and Sunday from 8 to 9 p.m. to keep front lights on and post short messages to show their support for the Dreamers here under the provisions of DACA. On Sunday La Conexion will hold a rally on Wooster Green from 7 to 8 p.m. Those attending are urged to bring a flashlight, candle, or the light on their telephones to provide “Lights on for Dreamers.” For more information email: or visit the group’s page on Facebook.

Lawrence Coates cultivates a sense of place in his fiction

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News In his lecture “Temporary Landscape: Literature of Place,” novelist Lawrence Coates made an observation that to the young writers in the audience may have seemed like a challenge: no great novel of place has been written about Toledo or its environs. Ohioan Sherwood Anderson posited the metaphor that each place is a brick in the wall that is America. And each brick, whether it is William Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County or Anderson’s own Winesburg, Ohio, modeled after Clyde, is needed to make that wall complete. This is according to Susan Straight’s map and essay “The American Experience in 737 Novels.” Coates, who teaches in Bowling Green State University’s Creative Writing program, has worked on adding his own brick to the wall. The native of northern California has focused on the Santa Clara Valley, now known as Silicon Valley. Before that it was known by other more fanciful names – The Glorious Garden Without Walls, The Valley of the Heart’s Delight, The Poor Man’s Paradise, and The Garden of the World. The last name Coates plucked for the title of his novel about winemaking in the 1920s. In his Spotlight in the Arts lecture, Coates focused on his first novel, “The Blossom Festival” and his most recent “The Goodbye House.” He opened his talk with a passage from “The Blossom Festival.” Boys are playing on the site of what was a railroad yard. All they know is that it’s a place to play, not that it was once an orchard, or a place the Spaniards grazed cattle, or friars raised grapes, or a seed meadow for…

Sewer work to start on Gypsy Lane

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District has announced that effective Tuesday, September 12, and Wednesday, September 13, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily, Gypsy Lane Road, between Rudolph Road and Sand Ridge Road will be closed for sewer maintenance.  Detour: Rudolph Road to Sand Ridge.  All work is weather permitting.

Library to host panel on drug crisis, Sept. 13

On Wednesday, September 13 at 7 pm the Wood County District Public Library will host a panel discussion on heroin and opioid use and addiction and their impact on our community. Panelists include Sen. Randy Gardner; BGPD Chief Tony Hetrick; Charlie Hughes of Northwest Community Corrections Center; Solace of NW Ohio’s Belinda Brooks; and Aimee Coe of the Zepf Center. Learn what is being done locally to fight this epidemic, and what you as a community member can do to help. For more information, contact the library at 419-352-5050.

Local acts at home on art festival’s Main Stage

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent Media In celebrating its 25th year, the Black Swamp Arts Festival is putting local talent center stage. Each day this weekend, a local act will open up on the Main Stage. Opening up the festival on Friday (Sept. 8) will be Matt Truman Ego Trip with a show at 5 p.m. Saturday, the BiGBand BG kicks things off at noon followed by Toledo bluesman Bobby G at 1:20. (Read profile. ). And Tom Gorman returns for his 25th year on Sunday. Truman’s no stranger to the festival. In recent years it’s been his children who have been involved, including performing with the Horizon Youth Theatre. “The kids love it.” But in the festival’s early years, a teen-aged Truman performed. In 1995 it was with the Jinkies on the Community Commons Stage, and then a couple years later he was on the Main Stage with Jackie-O. The details of those long-ago gigs are faint, except he remembers with Jackie-O playing with the sun in their faces. Not a common situation for a bar band. Truman is a veteran of the local music scene. Growing up outside of Pemberville he and his brother Ted were involved in various groups that played on the Bowling Green scene. Truman started playing saxophone in fifth grade band and guitar about the same time. Early on they played in various garage bands. They even had a dual-well cassette player which they used to record. “That’s when you realize it’s easier to be an original band than a cover band,” he said “That way you don’t have to play things above your…

Pizza sales at Black Swamp Fest benefit Humane Society

From WOOD COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY For anyone who enjoys the arts, pizza, and animals there is a perfect opportunity to engage in all three this coming weekend. September 8th – 10th Wood County Humane Society will be running the Pisanello’s Pizza booth at the Black Swamp Arts Festival in downtown Bowling Green, Ohio. All of the proceeds will benefit Wood County Humane Society. The Black Swamp Arts Festival (BSAF) is an annual, top rated event that showcases art and music. There are over 150 booths selected by a juried panel. As with most festivals and fairs food and drink bring the experience full circle. The BSAF focuses on this portion with a food and beer garden. The Pisanello’s Pizza Booth will be in this area located near the center stage. Please join us in this fun event, grab a bit to eat, listen to the live entertainment, and help our animals. The WCHS, located in Bowling Green, Ohio, is a private, non-profit managed admission shelter providing care for homeless and abused pets and investigating cruelty complaints in Wood County. The organization receives no funding from government organizations, The United Way, or national humane organizations, instead relying on earned revenue and the generosity of individual donors and businesses to fund our programs such as Safe Haven and food assistance programs, spay/neuter transport, and educational presentations. The WCHS provides care for hundreds of animals each year—from dogs and cats, to horses, goats, and pocket pets. All animals admitted into our adoption program are housed and cared for as long as it takes to find their fur-ever home. For more information on adopting…

Pro-choice campus group to protest HerChoice march

FORCE at BGSU will hold a protest of HerChoice’s annual “Life Changes Everything” fundraising walk Saturday, Sept. 9, at 8:30 a.m. 531 Ridge St., Bowling Green. The protest will start on the sidewalk across from HerChoice and follow alongside them as they walk for two miles. (Their registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 9.) Donations for the Aggie Fund,  a local fund that s  financially assists those who are seeking an abortion but are unable to raise the full amount. According to the protest organizers: “HerChoice—a pregnancy center in Bowling Green—advertises free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds to students, but they do not provide unbiased care. They are a Christian organization with the goal of ending abortion, which they claim has ‘devastating effects’ on women.”

Public library offers programs for middle school students

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY The ood County Distruct Library is launching its fall series for middle school students. Weekly Tween/Teen Coding & Creative Writing Clubs The library offers two tween/teen after school club opportunities on alternating Mondays from 4-5 p.m. Youth ages 10 and up are encouraged to explore and participate in both the Coding Club and Wordplay Creative Writing Club. No previous experience is required for either group. The Coding Club investigates computer programming with several Sphero robots, as well as guided coding practice through for students who would like to experiment with more in-depth coding. Wordplay is a new creative writing group, where students will play word games and consider writing prompts as they learn about how to craft stories through their writing. The two groups meet Mondays from 4-5 p.m. in the Children’s Place, alternating weeks. Coding Club meets September 11 and 25, October 9 and 23, November 6 and 20, and December 4 and 18. Wordplay meets September 18, October 2, 16, and 30, November 13 and 27, and December 11. Middle School Book Group The middle school book group, “Pizza and Pages,” meets for the first time this school year on Tuesday, September 12, at 2:30 p.m. in the Bowling Green Middle School’s Media Center. “Pizza and Pages” is a partnership between BGCS and WCDPL and is open to all area 6th-8th graders. The Children’s Place of the Wood County District Public Library has multiple copies of the pre-selected books available to check out. This September, youth can choose one or more of the following “Middle School Experience” titles: Posted by John David Anderson; Ungifted by Gordon Korman; and The Friendship Experiment by Erin Teagan. Posted by John David Anderson…

BGSU Arts Events through Sept. 26

Sept. 6 – The Faculty Artist Series features violinist Penny Thompson Kruse at 8 Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Sept. 7 – Spotlight on the Arts focuses on creative writing with a talk by Dr. Lawrence Coates, chair of the Department of English and award-winning author of novels “The Master of Monterey,” “The Blossom Festival,” “The Garden of the World” and “Camp Olvido.” Coates will discuss “Temporary Landscapes: The Fiction of Place,” at 7:30 p.m. in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts. A reception will follow. Free Sept. 8 – Family Weekend kicks off with a family-friendly showcase featuring the College of Musical Arts, Department of Theatre and Film and the School of Art. The showcase begins at 7 p.m. in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Free Sept. 11 – The ARTalk series begins with “Strings, Folds and Rabbit Holes” by 1981 alumna Kristy Deetz, arts and visual design professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Her talk will begin at 6 p.m. in 204 Fine Arts Center. Free Sept. 12 – In conjunction with the exhibit “FABRICation,” Kristy Deetz, arts and visual design professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, will give a gallery talk on “The Curator’s Process.” The talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Willard Wankelman Gallery at the Fine Arts Center. Free Sept. 12 – Tuesdays at the Gish presents “The Virgin Suicides” (1999, U.S., 97 minutes, directed by Sofia Coppola). This coming-of-age film, starring Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett, features five sisters and the group of boys who become fascinated by their troubled lives. The film…

Former student rep, entrepreneur Drew Forhan, returns to BGSU Board of Trustees

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Ohio Gov. John Kasich has appointed Drew Forhan of Hudson, Ohio, to the Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees. His nine-year term will run through 2026. Forhan is the founder, president and CEO of ForTec Medical, Inc. Founded in 1988, ForTec Medical was created on the premise that hospitals, surgical centers, medical offices and patients would benefit from mobile access to technology and highly trained technicians on an as-needed basis. The ForTec Laser Rental Program provides medical lasers to hospitals, surgical centers and physicians delivering the latest in therapies and treatments. Forhan is also a former executive with American Hospital Supply/V Mueller and with Richard Allen Medical. A past student representative to the BGSU Board of Trustees, he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration/selling and sales management from the University in 1981. He is a board member, chairman and president of the Hudson Community Foundation. In 2015, he was inducted into BGSU’s Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Hall of Fame. “I am delighted to be joining BGSU’s Board of Trustees,” Forhan said. “The years I spent at Bowling Green helped to shape who I am today. It is an honor to be appointed, and look forward to my years as a member of the board.” “Mr. Forhan has substantial business experience and a keen interest in student success,” said BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey. “He is a wonderful addition to a very dedicated board.” At its meeting in June, the BGSU Board of Trustees elected Trustee Megan Newlove of Bowling Green the chair of the board and Trustee Daniel Keller of Huron, Ohio, vice…