Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year

It's been four years since I started this blog for the Yellow Springs Arts Council and I've had my ups and downs BUT what a joy to be able to share all the wonderful art in it's many manifestations in Yellow Springs, Ohio. 
Here's to another year of FAB art/events.

Happy New Year Everyone

Monday, December 27, 2010

Art A La Carte

 Yellow Springs Worth the Trip
says Edible Magazine 

"One of the best road trip destinations is Yellow Springs, a quaint little town of 3,665 in Greene County, just 45 minutes from Columbus. Rated as one of the coolest towns in the country by Budget Travel magazine, Yellow Springs boasts an outstanding restaurant, bakery and wine store in one; one of Ohio’s most famous ice cream dynasties; a tiny diner; a gourmet deli; gorgeous nature preserves; and a number of cute shops. And they all emphasize local produce, meats and other products."
Wait There is More
You don't just get good food
 You get ART too.
 Winds Cafe and Sunrise have rotating monthly ART Exhibits.

Diane Dover Winds Cafe 2008

Good Food and Good Art
Now that is a Win Win Situation

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Village Visions: Winter Doorway to the Springs

Chamber of Commerce Listings on Events/Activities
Don't forget to check out their facebook page that is constantly updating info.

The Glen is magical this time of year

Friday, December 24, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Irwin Abrams, Peace Prize Winner dies.

Irwin Abrams (1914-2010) was Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at Antioch University. He was regarded as one of the world's leading authorities on the Nobel Peace Prize and the history of the international peace movement. He appeared frequently on radio and television, including CNN, National Public Radio, BBC, and the CBC, and was often cited in the international press. His books included The Nobel Peace Prize and the Laureates: An Illustrated Biographical History, 1901-2001, the authorized edition of the Nobel Peace Lectures, 1971-2005, and Words of Peace

I didn't know him very well, but we had talked a few times. I had no idea when I first met him who he was as I blabbed on about world peace and current issues, etc. He never said a word lol! Such a humble man, and I could tell he was a very special and kind person.  He gave me a small book called  The Words of Peace, which I continue to find inspiring.
This world was blessed with his presense and I hope that his family are comforted in knowing he meant so much to so many people, even in small quiet ways.

Statement from Antioch University Abroad
If you would like to send a condolence card to Irwin’s family, please contact us for the address.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations in Irwin's name be made to the Steve Cary Leadership Fund.

Yellow Springs News Obituary

Friday, December 17, 2010

Snow Buddha

Photo by Steven Deal

Some people make snowmen or snowomen but not local artist Pierre Nagely. Snow Buddha took several hours and sits on Dayton Street outside Brother Bears.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

YS Kids Playhouse Winter Dance classes foar all ages, including adults!

2011 YS Kids Playhouse Winter Class Offerings

Info and registration online at or contact or call 937-767-7800. Most classes begin the 2nd week in January.

Mondays 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Grades 1 – 3

Wednesdays, 5 – 6 p.m.,
Grades 3 – 5

Wednesdays, 6 – 7 p.m.,
Grades 6 to Adults!

Wednesdays, 4 – 4:45 p.m.,
Grades K – 1

Mondays, 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.,
Grades 2 – 5

Fridays, 9:30 – 10:00 a.m.,
3 yr. olds

Saturdays, 11 – 11:45 a.m.,
4 – 6 yr. olds

Tuesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Grades 6 – Adult!

Tuesdays, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.,
Grades 6 – Adult!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Nonstop Gala

December 12, 2010

For Immediate Release:

GALA—performances, music, cooking demos
Saturday, December 18
7:00-11:30 PM
Nonstop Institute
305 N. Walnut St., Yellow Springs
donation requested

Nonstop Institute’s holiday Gala fundraiser on Saturday, December 18 starting at 7 PM will feature performances, music and artful cooking demos. Shuffle by actress/writer Louise Smith will present random contents of the performer’s psyche responding to a prescribed playlist with audience as director and witness. A performance that meditates on uniforms and uniformity by Cuban-born multimedia artist Juansi Gonzalez will feature elements from his America at Home installation and has been described as a “therapy of confrontation.” Dancer Jill Becker will perform Indictment, a tribute to Iraqi women who have lived for a generation with economic embargo and war. Artists/Chefs Michael Casselli (YS) & Raul Enriquez (NYC) will team up via skype to tempt the audience with Burrito Mambo, a mouth watering performance with a delicious payoff. And the experimental rock ensemble Kuan will perform. Donations requested.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

YSAC Gallery Hours 12-4 This Saturday

The Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery will be open this Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Come check out work by Travis Tarbox Hotaling and Jade Nikita McConnell for the last time before it comes down to make way for an exhibit of the YSAC permanent collection. Video below is from the artists' Opening Reception on November 19 with entertainment provided by belly dancers Erin Wolf and Cami Knick and singer/songwriter Rachel Mousie.

Video and photos by Susan Gartner

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

It's not really an Ornament BUT

I couldn't resist using this funny little handcrafted toy from Asanda Imports as a tree decoration. Make a GREAT stocking stuffer, as do a lot of things in this store filled with handcrafted items from Bali and Thailand.

For more traditional ornaments
check out Bonadies Glass Studio (also on Xenia Avenue).

What a collection they have too, WOW! but there is more. Beautiful Stained Glass pieces to fit any budget.
What about HANDMADE by Local Artists?
Oh, there are plenty dotted around town, for example
Check out 
"Christmas Cats" by Nancy Mellon at VA
 There are about 20 artists in this gallery and 20 opportunities to buy something unique.

Don't forget to check out the Holiday In the Springs guide at the YS Chamber of  Commerce for upcoming events, shop listings etc.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Hawley Wood Works Open House Saturday

Hawley Wood Works invites the community to a holiday open house and gift sale, Saturday, December 11, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Wood artist Tom Hawley will be turning bowls on his lathe throughout the day. Hand-turned bowls will be available for purchase, made from black walnut, blue magnolia, Osage orange, catalpa, Bradford pear, and cherry wood. Unique sculptural clocks and other artworks will also be for sale and holiday treats and warm winter beverages will be on hand (it’s cold in the workshop, so bundle up!).

Hawley Wood Works is located at the Millworks Business Center, 305D Walnut Street in Yellow Springs. Visit for directions.

Video by Laura Carlson

Sunday, December 5, 2010

"What?" performed this weekend

“What?”: An Exploration of Dreams, Reality, And Numbers (another meta philosophic dramatic sketch comedy performance with the same superhero in it) was performed at Brother Bear's Coffeehouse and Senior Center Great Room this weekend. The program included:

"Buy Nothing Day" by Ali Thomas

"A Simple Philosophy Of The Foundation Of Our Cultural Thought" by Vanessa Query

"The Third Wheel" by Vanessa Query

"The Sum Of His Problems" by Charlotte Walkey

"Waking Up" (excerpts) by Dario Fo (not one of us, sadly)

"Ayn Rand Vs. Jesus: A Love Story Of Phantom Menaces" by Skip Leeds

"Businessman Part 2: The Saga Continues" by Ali Thomas

The Artists Formerly Known As The Third Friday Players are Jennifer Johnson, Lenaya Rebekah Levigne, Skip Leeds, Vanessa Query, Ali Thomas, and Charlotte Walkey. Pictured are Vanessa Query and Charlotte Walkey.

For more info, visit

photo by Susan Gartner

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The making of "Dangerous Women" radio drama

A new video by Susan Gartner has just been completed -- Creating a Radio Drama: "Dangerous Women" by Living History Theatre. Yellow Springs playwright Kay Reimers explains the process behind her latest historical radio drama which focuses on the nearly century-long struggle to give women the right to vote. The Yellow Springs Community Foundation and Ohio Arts Council helped to fund Reimer's production.

The broadcast is available as an audio stream on Click here to listen.

"Dangerous Women" was directed by Dan Davis and produced by Jerry Kenney of WYSO. Lead actors include Miriam Eckenrode as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Howard Shook, as Henry Stanton, Doug Hinkley as Judge Cady and Marcia Nowak as Susan B. Anthony. Other actors include Troy Lindsey, Jason Sine, Gary Reimers, Sarah Strong, Flo Lorenz, Elizabeth Lutz, Mical Lindsay, Jeanna Breza, and Rob Campbell.

For more information, contact

December 1st

The Holidays are here!!!!

If the advent calendar is part of your holiday tradition, be sure to stop by Village Artisans to see Ann Bain's unique take on the advent calendar.