Friday, April 29, 2011

Sunshine Yellows and Art

photos by jafabrit

Took a stroll to visit my JafaPal Nancy Mellon at Village Artisans and I am telling you this woman is the Queen of Felt. Nancy spent days gluing intricate pieces of felt an old ceramic frog AND it's up for sale.

Also took a stroll to visit IN A FRAME and bumped into fellow textile artist Bette Kelley delivering several peices for the Miniature Show coming up in June. I LOVE this show, always some FAB work and amazing what artists come up with in a tiny frame.
We have a NEW gallery in town in Kings Yard called Springs Gallery.

If you are planning to visit Yellow Springs, then check out the
LOTS of INFO about upcoming events, places to stay, things to do, shops to browse in.
Any questions about the artwork on the Village Artisans building please visit the


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Travel Tips: Where to Play and Stay In Yellow Springs, Ohio


Chamber of Commerce  has oodles of listings, plus an events calendar
Glen Helen Nature Preserve  -ecocamp regristration is going on, may 14th is their HUGE garage sale.

 photo Glen Helen by jafabrit

BIKE TRAILS-Xenia to Yellow Springs considered the most popular.

LOTS of Unique Shops ( if you like thrifting, check out  here and antique's here )
 Places to rest and have something to eat from casual dining to fine dining
and of course
 Not only in the many galleries around town, but outside too, in the streets, in Keith's Alley, even yarnbombed knitted cozies for trees and poles

Corry and Dayton Street art installation by the Jafaworkz Collective

Take in a Movie at the little Little Art Theatre  and don't forget to  look up at the ticket booth and see Pierre Nagely's mural :)



Budget Travel listed Yellow Springs as one of the 10 Smallest Cool Towns
Ohio Magazine: 2009-2010 Best Hometown
Wikipedia Listing  Contemporary Art Towns USA

Featured in several books for yarnbombing.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Chalking it Up at the Emporium

Wheeeeeeeeeeee! staff are always doing fun chalk drawings at the Emporium. 
However the one  below was  a very sweet farewell to a cat owned by one of the employees.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Earth Day Weekend Wood Firing at John Bryan

Yellow Springs Community invited to the
Lighting Celebration on
Saturday, April 23 at 7:30

Studio Members at the John Bryan Community Pottery have completed their new wood kiln.  An Earth Day Firing with activities celebrating the accomplishment and thanking those who worked on and contributed to the kiln is planned.  The entire village is invited to join in all of the activities, or just come to the pottery over the Earth Day weekend to learn what is involved in the wood firing of pottery.
The lighting ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2011.  The
ceremony will include a dedication of the kiln, sharing of thoughts about the contribution to this organization in the community and then the lighting.
Refreshments will be served. Villagers are also invited to stop by during the day on Friday and Saturday to see the loading of wares, and on Sunday to see the stoking of the kiln. The Pottery is located in the Penguin building behind the Bryan Center.  This event will occur rain or shine.
The new 40 cubic foot kiln is called a is called a manabigama, which literally translates to “beautiful learning kiln.” The kiln, which will be fired every few months, is modeled on an ancient Japanese kiln designed to reach temperatures of 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit. It will require a continuous supply of wood throughout its 18-hour firing.  The wood fired kiln will offer students, studio members, community artists and area educational institutions another aesthetic option for their fired work.

John Bryan Community Pottery has been part of the
Yellow Springs arts community for well over 30 years.  The studio, whose main
purpose is educational, has been offering pottery classes year around to area
residents, as well as workshops and shared studio space to artists for all of
those years. For more information about the John Bryan Community Pottery, go

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

And Talking about Excellence

Local Textile Artist Pam Geisel  participated in a 12-week, on-line quilt challenge at Project Quilting and was chosen as the

Congratulations Pam

Local Seamstress Par Excellence

JafaPal Karen Russell was given this picture of a costume  for
the Phantom of the Opera and asked if she could whip one up for a local production. She was given no pattern or instructions. All she got was a photograph and some fabric (no lace).
Was she going bonkers?
Was she pulling her hair out?
How lucky that I happened to be dropping in for a quick brew. When I saw the colour of the fabric I had that aha! moment. YES, now I know why those old lace curtains were in my car for 5 months (I kept forgetting about them), they were meant for THIS moment. Of course Karen didn't believe me when I said, "hey, I have some lace curtains in the car that I think would match that fabric".  Did I show her! She was totally gobsmacked!


Karen called
it "the gown of doom" of "which nightmares where made"  but it bloomed into this, and what an amazing job too.


I had this odd feeling that Delia was hoping we would feed her grapes as she lounged beautifully draped on Karen's Sofa

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

In Color In Town

The Yellow Springs Arts Council presents an Opening Reception of In Color by photographer Steve J. Lord, on Friday, April 15, 6- 9 p.m. at the YSAC Gallery, 309 Xenia Avenue. The exhibit features richly-colored portraits of flowers and birds, photographed and converted to grey-scale, then digitally colored. Lord's work explores the effect of limited palette on perception of the complete color spectrum. Extended gallery hours are Saturdays, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., April 16, 23, 30, May 7 and 14. For more information or to schedule a private viewing, e-mail the photographer at For more information about YSAC, visit

Monday, April 11, 2011

REPOST: "Soldier's Tale" At Antioch College April 23rd

Free ‘Soldier’s Tale’
Performance at Antioch College on
April 23rd

unveils famous Stravinsky story through lens of Kurt Vonnegut

The Johnstone Fund for New Music will present a
concert performance of Igor Stravinsky's Soldier's
score and Kurt Vonnegut libretto in a contemporary music, theater and
dance presentation at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, in South Gym at Antioch College, One Morgan Place, Yellow Springs, OH 45387.

Based on a Russian folk tale, The Soldier’s Tale, also known asL'histoire du soldat, follows a deserting soldier who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for a book that predicts the future. The
virtuosic score that Igor Stravinsky composed for The Soldier’s Tale in 1918 has been re-conceptualized many times. In 1993, novelist Kurt Vonnegut revamped the story to explore the life of Eddie
Slovik, the only American soldier executed for desertion in World War II, and
the first since the Civil War.

This performance was coordinated
nonprofit recital series Sunday at
Central, features Columbus Symphony musicians, and is made possible by major
funding from the Johnstone Fund for New Music.
The ensemble features David Niwa, violin; Gary Wasserman, bass; Robert Jones, clarinet; Betsy Sturdevant, bassoon; Tom Battenberg, cornet; Rich Howenstein,
trombone; Bill Lutz, percussion; and conductor Olev Viro. Collaborating with the musicians are area director and choreographer Rani Deighe Crowe, and Melissa Heston and their company of local dancers and actors.

Free parking is available behind the Olive Kettering Library, 260 E.
South College Street.

About Antioch College
A private, independent nonprofit liberal arts college in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Antioch College will offer a four-year, undergraduate residential experience to a new class of students beginning in the fall of 2011. The College curriculum puts equal emphasis on rigorous liberal arts learning, work (cooperative education), and community engagement. Students will complete individualized majors based on one of 11 concentrations, a language minor, and six full-time work experiences.
The institution, originally founded in 1850, is now completely independent of
Antioch University, the multi-campus system it created.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Art Peeps Around Town

Side of the Underdog Cafe

Inside the Emporium

At Ha Ha Pizza

Saturday, April 9, 2011

repost:The Cherry Orchard at the Presbyterian Church

A benefit performance of an abridged version of Anton Chekhov's
 The Cherry Orchard
 at the First Presbyterian Church on April 8 and 9,  April 15 and 16
at 8:00.
The cast includes Miriam Eckenrode,  Marcia Nowik, Troy Lindsey, Howard Shook, Thor Sage, Brendan Sheehan, Natalie Sanders, Ali Thomas and Gary Reimers.

The performance features music from members of the Dayton Mandolin Orchestra.

All funds raised will be to improve the performance space in the church's community hall.  
 Tickets are $10 at the door.

About the play The Cherry Orchard

Here is a very young Judi Dench in this clip from 1962

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Info for Destination Yellow Springs April 8 Weekend

photo by jafabrit

Plays, Walks, Reptile Feeding, rock n' roll dance, wildflower hike, music, open mike
Phew, there is a LOT going on, so please do check out the Chamber of Commerce link.
Here is the printable Visitors Guide

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Herbal Explorations Workshops April-December

Wise Woman
Herbal Explorations and Self Care
with Marybeth Wolf & Amy Chavez
Returning healthcare to our homes and communities

April 17
Mama’s Herbal Apothecary
Demystifying the art of herbalism for beginners. Hands on making of herbal infusion, decoction, tinctures, drying herbs, syrups & herb balls.

May 15
Womb and Belly Day (noon –5 p.m., $50)
Learn womb and belly massage and women’s herbs for all stages of life.

June 5
Wild Edibles
Eat, experience, and learn about the nourishing and healing properties of our amazing local wild weeds!

July 10
Spiritual Bathing with Medicine Plants (at the yurt)
Plants carry an inherent spiritual essence and wisdom. Experience spiritual bathing, an old tradition taught to me by my teacher, Rosita Arvigo.

August 7
Boo Boo Balm (and other herbal first aide)
Make a healing salve from local plants and learn what you may want to include in your herbal home first aide kit.

September 4
Medicine Can Be A Ball!
Experience this joyful way of consuming herbs. We will try out some of Rosemary Gladstar’s favorite herb ball recipes.

October 9
Relax, Let Go, Release and Surrender….Herbal Nervines
Learn how to make daily tonics/tea to nourish and support your nervous system.

November 13
Winter Herbal Apothecary
We will make some herbal respiratory/immune syrup to have on hand for the winter and learn other winter herbal immune support & self care.

December 4
Sacred Spa Trade
Practice the art of giving and receiving herbal facial steams, foot soak and massage, hands and shoulders massages. Bring a friend!

Sundays, 1-4 p.m. at the Bhakti House
217 E. Herman Street
Yellow Springs
Cost $30. Limit of 10 persons per session. For info and reservations, call Marybeth Wolf at 937-767-5077

From Marybeth Wolf and Amy Chavez: Amy Chavez and I are excited to offer monthly herbal exploration and self- care workshops for the women in our community, our lives. We want to keep the workshops small, hands-on, experiential, and connected.... gathering a wise woman herbal community here in Yellow Springs.

Amy and I are both passionate about the plant world and want to share what we've been practicing in our lives, with our families and friends. We have both been on this path for many years and studied with our beloved teacher, Rosemary Gladstar. She encourages us to bring healthcare back to our homes and communities.

Friday, April 1, 2011

The People Speak

Sunday: 3:00 p.m.
(I believe it's free admission, but please call to make sure)
Phone: (937) 767-7671