Monday, September 5, 2016

2016 Yellow Springs Sketch Crawl

Yellow Springs Sketch Crawl
Sunday, October 2nd.  11-3
15 minute sketch by Magrit Typdings Petrie
Spend a morning walking with your sketchbook, pen/ pencil/watercolors with a group of other artists. We’ll stop 6 times to do 15 minute sketches capturing the buildings, trees, streets and public spaces
of downtown Yellow Springs.

11-1 Sketching Downtown Village Life- we’ll meet at 11 a.m. in front of the Winds Wine Cellar-209 Xenia Ave.
1-3 The Crawl ends at the Yellow Springs Brewery for beer, sharing our sketches and talking about the experience.

The Yellow Springs Brewery is donating $1.00 to the YS Arts Council for every beer bought from 1-3
 On Sunday, October 2nd.
How sweet is that!
If you don’t want to Sketch, but want to support the Arts in Yellow Springs, come have a beer at the Yellow Springs Brewery from 1-3 on October 2nd

The Yellow Springs Brewery is located at 305 N. Walnut Street

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Art House-Hop in Yellow Springs

Please join us for the fourth annual

Art House Hop: A Collector's Showcase
A self-guided Tour of Yellow Springs Private Art Collections
Saturday Sept, 3rd, 2016
Noon - 5pm
$15 per person (children 12 and under free)
For more info please click on link below

Art House-Hop

"I wanted to let you know that my husband and I went to the Art House-Hop on Saturday. It was such a delight! The art was so interesting-eclectic, beautiful, intriguing, a touchstone of people's lives and travels. We felt so warmly connected to the community, collectors and viewers alike.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Recent Acquisitions: Yellow Springs Arts Council Permanent Collection

Mary J. Cargan

Old Tree in Huế
Parvis Dadras
The Yellow Springs Permanent Collection is hosted at Antioch University Midwest
900 Dayton Street 
Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387
Visiting Hours LINK
YS Permanent Collection ART MAP

For more information about this extensive collection please visit

Permanent Collection

Initiated in 1992, the Permanent Collection represents the artistic heritage of the Village of Yellow Springs. The Permanent Collection Mission is to represent Yellow Springs Artists through the preservation of their art by collecting, exhibiting and storing works that demonstrate the ideals, passions and creativity of our community now and in the future.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Ohio Antique Trading Supply in Yellow Springs, Ohio

I went to visit our newest store in town, OATS, located at 241 Xenia Avenue, and what a feast for the eyes. The description on OATS explains why: "The creator of OATS, Abbey Knight, has brought her talents to numerous different industry outlets including store displays, design shows, and antique malls. Abbey's style and designs have been featured in Ohio Magazine, Country Living, and numerous blogs on vintage design and home decor." 
 While the shop is housed in a small space it's not suffocating or cluttered. 
kilm's and antiques
There are three rooms; the  main shop, the middle room, and the back room. Each room has a different feel and theme,which adds to the adventure of exploring deeper into the retail abyss. It's those details like oranges in a bowl and well placed items that makes it so inviting. I kept thinking I wish this was MY living room. It's full of surprises with unique items,vintage, jewellery, candles and small plants. 

OATS main website 
OATS Instagram
OATS Pinterest

Photography and Article by Corrine Bayraktaroglu

Monday, June 27, 2016

"Observations, Flowers and Landscapes" Art Work by Ann Gayek and Michele BonDurant

July 15th-August 14th
 Opening Reception on July 15th 6-9 p.m.
At the YSAC Community Gallery

111 Corry St., Yellow Springs, Ohio

 Flowers, Gardens and Landscapes, the warmth of the sun in hot, drenched yellows, deep, cool shadows under bridges, abandoned buildings burrowed in nature, and meditative views from the lake
Come Revel in Summer Scenes.

Two Women Artists with very different views of Landscapes.

Michele BonDurant works in oil, gouache and collage. She looks for “a certain amount of isolation in the landscape. Small, abandoned buildings which once had a purpose are particularly intriguing.”



Ann Gayek, is a watercolor artist, Her style ranges from recognizable images of flowers or landscapes to abstractions.  She is also a horticulturist, she designs and maintains residential gardens. She refers to gardening as three-dimensional ever changing art. Ann's flower paintings are intuitive and impressionistic and grounded in her familiarity with flowers and gardens. She likes to start a painting with contour drawing using charcoal or pen. Her small watercolor and pen pieces are painted from life, sitting on a bucket in her garden.

Both women paint often outdoors, on site.

Michele's paintings are from direct observation. Her primary concern is the interplay of color, shape and light.  In the studio, she rarely goes back into her plein air paintings. She chooses some of them to create collages. “Creating collages from the paintings allows me to simplify forms, intensify or mute color, and add texture with cut paper, artist tape, yupo, etc...”

In addition to watercolor, Ann works in pastel and oil. Her pastel flower paintings and her oil landscapes are process paintings, starting with expressive line and intuitively adding color in paint and pastel.
“I am fascinated and inspired by the incredible variety of flowers, their personalities, and their habits.”  Ann says that her goal in her flower paintings is to capture the spirit of flowers, their beautiful shapes and colors, their wonderful energies.

Monday, April 25, 2016

James Luckett at the Chris K Gallery Reception May 2, 2016

Suginami: Photography by James Luckett

April 30 – May 31

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk

James’ book will be available for sale. Light refreshments will be available.
Monday, May 2 from 7 – 9 PM
Suginami is one of 23 ku, or wards, of Tokyo, an area of the city where James lived for 5 years. Houses and apartments there are sited tightly together; narrow streets and even narrower paths wind around themselves, forming a maze of walls, fences, gates and plants that carefully delimit private space from public. Daily walks took him in, around and through the margins of this area of the city for hours on end. Suginami is an exploration of the ways this landscape layers in the edges of a frame, of the transformation of light inside the dark box of the camera and of the space of discovery between the viewfinder and the eye.

James Luckett 
has worked for over 20 years art and photography and exhibited nationally. He has earned an MFA from the University of Arizona, labored as a master printer in a forensic photography lab and taught award winning photography classes in Tucson and Chicago. He now fashions digital and analog images with a wide range of photographic means, manners, methods and mistakes at Antioch College. In 2011 his chemically manipulated gelatin silver prints were awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. Luckett has also been cooking traditional homestyle Japanese food for over two decades. James learned most everything he knows about working in a kitchen from the kindness of mothers and the encouragement of aunts while living in Tokyo. He’s catered Japanese New Year’s food, hosted elaborate dinner parties, and sampled the full-range of Japanese cooking from the lowest to the highest in the company of executives, vagabonds and friends. He is the cook at Tables of Contents Café, located inside Blue Jacket Books in Xenia, Ohio. You’re invited to follow his interests and exploits at his long running, ever evolving, always accumulating website consumptive org.



James Show is part of the Japanese Suymposium, a cultural journey through Asia. Info available at Yellow Springs Experience

"I Make Things Because I Must" May exhibit at the YS Arts Council Community Gallery

Fiber Art by Kathy Verner Moulton, Mary Noren, Phyllis Schmidt and Holly Underwood
May 20th-June 12th
Reception May 20th, 6-9 p.m.
Artists Talk 7 P.M.

Featuring Art Quilts, Stuffed Magical Creatures, Textile Portrait Dolls,
Embroidery Art and Hand Crafted Rugs.

Four Fiber Artists with an insatiable need to make things  
“All through my life my need to create has driven me. No matter what else I was doing, I had to have some piece of artwork in progress,” Kathy Verner Moulton  

“In my teens, I started sewing with my grandmother,” Mary Noren

 “Making things truly helps me stay sane. Bringing to life the creative ideas in my head brings me simple happiness like nothing else can.” Holly Underwood

“For me it's fun, a way to play.”  Phyllis Schmidt

These artists, create art to give to friends and family as gifts, to decorates their homes, to remake something old into something new. They are driven to make things: to surround themselves and their loved ones with handmade items that fill a need in a personal way, to repurpose something broken into something useful, to shun mass produced products in favor of one-of-a-kind gems.

Holly Underwood
learned to embroider and sew from her mother and grandmother. She still has the cross-stitch she did at about age 10. In the over three decades since, she has branched out to quilting by machine and by hand, embroidery of various kinds including hardanger and sashiko, making curtains and clothes, and toys and masks for her son. Her current favorite upcycled materials are felted wool sweaters and t-shirt yarn. Though she has dabbled in other types of crafting such as paper making, mosaics and candle making, for her it always comes back to needles, thread and fabric. You can visit Holly at her page Tinkerman's Daughter.

Mary Noren

 is inspired by vintage fabrics, bold colors and quirky motifs.  She designs and creates clothing, costumes, quilts, creatures, wall hangings and toys.  Her pieces are often playfully whimsical.
She runs a sewing school in Yellow Springs called the Mad Hatter Sewing Studio.
For Kathy Verner Moulton 
“Needle and thread became familiar tools in high school when what we wore was so-o-o important. You had to know how to change your regular jeans into hip-huggers, cutting and sewing back the waistband and tucking in the extra zipper. These skills came in handy during the leanest years of early marriage, doing free-lance sewing for a living. Later sewing became quilts and wall hangings both traditional and nontraditional using my character designs.” Her  series of “Yellow Springers” dolls began as a gag gift for a Christmas Party, each has his/her own pair of handmade “Ghirkenstomp”sandals.

Phyllis Schmidt's 

background is in Design. Her work now focuses on the decorative arts, creating colorful whimsical art out of bits and pieces from different media.
The YSAC Community Gallery is at 111 Corry St. in Yellow Springs Ohio
Reception: May 20th, 6-9 p.m.
Artists Talk 7 P.M. Refreshments will be offered

Thursday, April 14, 2016

YS Arts Council “Just the One, Actually”, Art by Chloe L. McEldowney

Reception April 15, 6-9pm
Exhibit Runs from April 15th until May 15th 
YS Art Council Community Gallery
111 Corry St
Yellow Springs

In a series of portraits, both of humans and natural objects, Chloe presents images of her subjects, detached from their environments.
“The essence of my work stems from my family background. Out of our home, my family ran an outreach program, welcoming in people from all walks of life.”

Growing up in a home where her family was constantly shifting, taking on and losing new members, she carries poignant memories of these faces, pulled from worlds of which she was not a part. Each member had its own family before living with hers, another city, another home, surrounded by different people, molding, building, scarring them.
Eliciting Daniel III (detail)No artist bears witness to the experiences of the subject, so Chloe chooses to focus not on that which surrounds what she paints, but on the person. Patches of stories both told and untold are painted into each subject, marks of obscured experiences are caught by her thoughtful brush.
She paints what she sees in a contrasting combination of bold and nuanced strokes, layering bright, heavy marks and hard lines interspersed with a soft blending of color. Parts of the surface is often masked, with thinner, transparent layers.
Chloe McEldowney is an artist in residence at Access Arts in Columbia, Missouri, where she is an art instructor. She has been included in exhibitions across the country, ranging from California to Massachusetts. Chloe is a native of Russia, Ohio, and received her BFA from the University of Dayton. She was awarded a Yeck College Artist Fellowship at the Dayton Art Institute. In her senior year, Chloe was a finalist in the Excellence in Visual Arts Awards by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio.

Chloe L.McEldowney Website