The Missing Peace Art Space (USA)

(April 8, 2011)

by Steve Fryburg, Director

The Missing Peace Art Space opened on Sept. 4, 2009 in a 1900 era carriage-house brick building that stood vacant and neglected for years. Across from Stivers High School for the Arts, the two-story structure has been beautifully renovated by Gabriela Pickett (owner), Steve Fryburg and their friends.

Fryburg, former director and board member of the Dayton International Peace Museum, and Pickett, a Dayton artist, are friends and fellow peace activists who thought that the “art of peace” needed a special place that would give visitors the opportunity to contemplate peace and social justice issues in a tolerant, noncommercial environment.

Since our ancestors drew on cave walls art has been a form of communicating human desires and experience. It transcends the barriers of language and gives the artist and viewer a moment to connect on an intimate level.

There is a rich history involving the topic of peace and the arts. Goya’s “Disasters of War” in the early 19th century brought the horror of war directly to the viewer as has many other artists’ works that have followed since.

The Missing Peace Art Space does exhibitions of contemporary peace art work and expects to do exhibitions that have a historical perspective also.

Because of the limited size of their current building exhibitions are usually done on a temporary basis so that new exhibitions can be brought in.

This very humble peace art space has hosted some very spectacular exhibitions since its 2009 opening.

Realist Max Ginsburg was the first to show at the gallery with an impressive show of realist oils that gave the viewers a close look at the city streets of New York City and the overlooked, but dangerous underlying social problems impacting America.

Ginsburg show flyer:

  Mary Perry Stone, a social activist, who started her career during the Great Depression, has been featured and the gallery has a permanent collection of her work for temporary loans.

The museum/gallery has a room dedicated to women artists and their works for peace, “The Mary Perry Stone Women’s Peace Art Gallery”. This was done in honor to the lifetime of peace art activism done by Mary Perry Stone, 1909-2007.

Canadian artist Helen Broadfoot’s powerful “Show of Respect”, a group of ten, large, beautiful, but tragic oils of children and how violence affects their lives is now also permanent collection of the gallery and available for loan.

Show of Respect Details:

International Artist Arrigo Musti and a number of other artists from around the world honored the museum for a Fall 2009 exhibition, “The Art of Peace”. Arrigo also did his U.S. premier for his movie "Vite a Meta'" during his visit to Dayton.

This non-profit gallery was formed as a project of the Unitarian Fellowship for World Peace, a 501c3 US nonprofit.

More information about past, present and future exhibitions can be found at

Comments and Article by Steve Fryburg, Director, Missing Peace Art Space.

Pickett & Fryburg Bio information located at:

Address: 234 S. Dutoit St., Dayton Ohio 45402 USA
Tel: +1-937-241-4345
Holidays: Closed major holidays
Admission: free

(Originally published on March 7, 2011)

Click on the photos below to enlarge the images.




Arrigo Musti2.jpg are two oil paintings by Italian Artist Arrigo Musti and a peace sign made by Jaiymie Kiggins of guns confiscated by the Columbus Ohio Police Dept.

Mary Perry Stone Women’s Peace Art Gallery, photo of gallery dedicated to peace art done by women named in honor of artist Mary Perry Stone.

“Painting Paradise on the Axis of Evil” Exhibition by Emily Johns, UK.

Outside of our gallery with illuminated dove.