By Lyndi McNulty Eye for Art http://tinyurl.com/ygpfy7r
Published: Monday, November 16, 2009 1:24 PM EST
My Off Track Art work station on August 21, 2009 Kevin Dayhoff http://tinyurl.com/yegvz39 Click here for a larger image: http://twitpic.com/qzhwj or here: http://kevindayhoff.tumblr.com/post/258030332/my-off-track-art-work-station-on-august-21-2009
Kevin Dayhoff greeted me with a quick smile and a familiar “How’s your behavior?” as he peered from behind his computer screen as I entered the Off Track Art gallery at 11 Liberty St. in downtown Westminster last week for an interview.
He was a collage artist at work. However, it was not the traditional cluttered scene of an artist’s studio. There was no easel, piles of images and collage materials, an array of glues or even a palette plate of paint daubs sitting on top of boxes of art supplies. His canvas was his computer screen, and he was trying to get an image to paste properly into a collage.
The gallery is wonderful display of the work of 14 other artists. They all belong in an artists’ cooperative, Off Track Art, situated alongside the railroad tracks in the center of town at Main and Liberty streets.
Dayhoff is a lifelong Carroll County artist. A native of Westminster, he has had a wide range of experience and interests. He has been a landscaper, artist, writer and even the local town mayor.
He inherited his art talent from his parents. His father was an artist-painter-cabinetmaker. His mother is a culinary artist. In 1958, his interest in art surfaced when he was only five years old. People took a special interest in his drawing. His mother encouraged him draw a pirate when he was 5 and entered it into a drawing contest.
All through Carroll County Public Schools, Dayhoff drew, created collages, and wrote short stories. He was the boy sports editor for the Westminster High School yearbook and collaged many of the photographs in the 1971 yearbook – the year he graduated. In addition, Dayhoff studied photography in the 1960s in 4-H. Later, as a landscape designer, he took photographs of the properties and expanded that into his artwork.
When asked about what it was like to grow up an artist in Carroll County, Dayhoff has nothing but praise.
“There is no better place to be an artist than Carroll County. I have rarely met disapproval, only encouragement,” he said.
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