Tuesday, May 31, 2011

International Yarnbombing Day (no kidding!)

Raise Your Needles in Support of International Yarnbombing Day

Calling All Yarnbombers! Yellow Springs will be celebrating International Yarnbombing Day (technically June 11) ONE DAY EARLY on Friday, JUNE 10. All yarnbombers are invited to take part. We will meet on FRIDAY at 9:30 a.m. outside Village Artisans in the Art Park, 100 Corry Street. Jafabrit Corrine Bayraktaroglu and Jafagirl Nancy Mellon are coordinating the event. Corrine is bringing a bag of already completed knitted pieces available to use for those who don't knit or crochet. Bring big needles to sew with and a pair of scissors.

The Mission: Yarnbomb trees lining Dayton Street, the Peace Pole (on the side of Williams Eatery), benches, the Knit Knot Tree on Xenia Avenue and other smaller areas. The effort will begin at 9:30 a.m. but all are welcome to yarnbomb throughout the day in celebration of International Yarnbombing Day.

Pics will be taken and posted to the web so please let Corrine or me know you do NOT want your picture taken. Please extend this invitation to all who you think might wish to participate.

---Susan Gartner, basedonatrueblog@gmail.com

photo by Corrine Bayraktaroglu

Monday, May 30, 2011

Yellow Springs Arts Council Call for Artists

The Yellow Springs Arts Council seeks applicants for the YSAC Gallery at 309 Xenia Avenue.

Openings for the 2011 season:

* August: 8/19 - 9/10 (a high traffic month)
* October: 10/14 - 10/30 (includes special Art Stroll weekend exposure)

Our Arts Exhibition Program empowers member artists to present local works. Shows open during 3rd Friday Flings. Additional gallery hours are managed by the artists. The program is facilitated by a team of experienced volunteers and provides space, publicity and consultation services. The YSAC Gallery supports artists of multiple disciplines and experience levels. Artists are encouraged to think outside the box and to initiate collaborations with performers or artists of other arts disciplines.

Presenters may be individual artists, partnering artists or curators of collections or group shows. With YSAC membership + $25 showing fee, presenters sublease the gallery for the duration of their show. Presenters may become members with the express purpose of showing.

To apply, click here for an application and return by mail to YSAC. For more information about YSAC Gallery go to ysartscouncil.org. Applications must be emailed or postmarked by June 10, 2011 for August or October exhibition.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Painting Bricks

photo by jafabrit

All for a good cause, the jafagirls are getting the
 Worlds FIRST Traveling Gum Wall!
ready in time for  Street Fair Day.
More about it on the Yellow Springs Arts Council Website  

Band Concert Monday

Thursday, May 26, 2011

YS News: Graffiti in the Schoolyard

" a group of Mills Lawn students took their spray cans and paint brushes to the school yard this month to repurpose the soccer wall into a work of graffiti art. The wall was created by students of the Skills for Life after school program, whose teachers, urban contemporary design artist London Lee has led them through an exploration of the meaning and techniques of urban art" Yellow Springs News

What a FUN program and I love the wall, really very cool!
 I am sending a pic to the Wooster Collective

Monday, May 23, 2011

Union School House Artisan Market

Artisan Market 
We are bringing to life a vision for utilizing the
grounds of  this beautiful building and attractive Dayton Street frontage,  I would like to invite you to participate in this exciting venture.  We hope to see between 20 & 25 booths
filled with local artists, farmers, antique dealers, entrepreneurs of all
kinds, connecting with the community.
Market day every Saturday June thru October.
Please visit us in room 210, Thursday – Friday, 11am –
5pm for information on the market.
Feel free to contact us by phone
Monday – Saturday 9am– 7pm @ 937.369.4804 and 606.206.0034 

We look forward to meeting you!
Spaces avaiable
Grand opening June 4, 2011

Local Bands in the News: Wheels

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Great weather for a Fling!

Paintings by Bridgette Bogle and dioramas by Michelle Blades are currently on exhibit at the YS Arts Council Gallery, 309 Xenia Avenue. Extended gallery hours will be held Sunday, May 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, May 28, 1-5 p.m.; Friday, June 3, 5-9 p.m.; and during Street Fair on Saturday, June 11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information about the exhibit or to schedule a private viewing, visit www.bridgettebogle.com or www.ysartscouncil.org

The folk/bluegrass band Blue Moon Soup performed Friday night in King's Yard.

photos by Susan Gartner

Friday, May 20, 2011

Third Friday, wheeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!

Soul Fire Tribe will be performing Friday Night

and Dance Piazza 2011 with DJ JuJu On Saturday night in the Art Park on Corry Street.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Latest mural promotes new enrichment program at Mills Lawn

On Sunday, May 15, participants from a Mills Lawn enrichment program were photographed showing their support in a big way, undeterred by the cold, damp day.

photos by Susan Gartner

Soul Fire Tribe this Friday

The long-awaited return of Soul Fire Tribe will be Friday, May 20, 2011 · 8:30pm - 11:30pm

Location: King's Yard (behind Ye Olde Trail Tavern)

Come one come ALL!!!! In addition to the fun and festivities of Third Weekend Fling, Soul Fire Tribe will be performing shortly after Blue Moon Soup in Kings Yard. Get there early, and if you can't find us, follow the music and fire fairies!

Blue Moon Soup will be playing 7-8 p.m.

photo by Susan Gartner

Mills Lawn Morning News looking for on-air "coach"

Every school day the students at Mills Lawn Elementary School put on a great morning news program that is broadcast throughout the building. They talk about the lunch menu, special events, weather, and highlight student poems, stories and artwork. It is cuteness squared -- guaranteed to start your day with a smile.

Yellow Springs Public Access Television (Ch. 5) has shown these programs live and will be showing them again when school is back in session in the fall. The programs will also be re-broadcast at supper time so that parents can watch them, too.

Channel 5 could use some help processing these programs. For anyone interested, please contact Paul Abendroth at 767-1678.

Mills Lawn is also requesting help with the production. The program needs adult help coaching the children. The technical details for broadcasting the program have already been worked out. If you'd like to volunteer your time for this very fun and worthy endeavor, please contact Wendy Shelton at Mills Lawn School at 767-7217 or e-mail her at wshelton@ysschools.org.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Locals in the News: Jaime Adoff


Traveling Gum Wall: Chew for Art

© corrine bayraktaroglu gum wall graffiti
 graffiti alley ann arbor photo by jafabrit

You might call it Pointillism, or you might say it’s disgusting. No matter what you say, on June 11th the Yellow Springs Arts Council and the 
jafagirls are unveiling the world’s first Traveling Gum Wall.
This interactive art project is a fund-raiser for the YS Arts Council.  It will include thousands of participants in the creating of a graffiti gem.

 Each participant will carefully place their freshly chewed gum on the gum wall, and then sign the back of the wall to make a permanent historical record of all contributing artists.

The gum, in a dazzling display of glorious colors and viscosity will be available for purchase from the YS Arts Council for a piddling sum.  Those with strong jaws and a vision of something they want to
create can purchase our gum in packs or even multipacks! 

After completion, the Traveling Gum Wall will be celebrated at the glitzy, ditzy Gum Ball.  Costumes
made of gum wrappers are optional.
The Traveling Gum Wall will pop up at events throughout the year.  Don’t miss your chance to chew for art’s sake.  Be a part of  creating gum art history.
It’s the Worlds FIRST Traveling
Gum Wall!
Tourist Landmark Bubble Gum Alley in San Louis Obispo, CA
Greeneville Ohio

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Dayton International Peace Museum Exhibit

The Dayton International Peace Museum is located at 208 West Monument Avenue, Dayton, OH 45402, (937) 227-3223

Open Tue-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 1pm-5pm

Friday, May 13, 2011

Viewing Art is Like Being in Love

photo by jafabrit
Artwork by the Jafaworkz Collective

"The conclusion of a recent experiment monitoring what happens in our brains when
we view art says that it is more than just good for your health - and can have a
big impact on the nation’s happiness." says Professor of Neurobiology and Neuroaesthetics Semir Zeki. Which is ANOTHER reason to support the arts.

click on flyer for a larger image for printing out
Yellow Springs Arts Council

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Stained glass earring demo this weekend

Local artist Talitha Greene will be making her stained glass earrings from start to finish in front of the YS Credit Union. She'll be using the copper foil technique used to make stained glass pieces. Look for her 1-6 p.m. on Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, weather permitting.

Dance Piazza 2011 with DJ JuJu

The Dance Piazza is back! (Remember summer 2009?)

You and yours are invited to an outdoor international dance party on Saturday, May 21, from 7-10 p.m. at the landscaped “piazza” or plaza at 100 Corry Street in Yellow Springs (aka “Art Park”). This event is part of the Yellow Springs Third Weekend Fling.

This event is free and open to all ages. There are plenty of benches and places to sit and listen if you just want to watch. Your presence is welcome!

From 7-8 p.m., each “Dance Piazza” will feature a different dance or musical performer, encouraging audience participation through a brief demonstration.

From 8-10 p.m., DJ JuJu will spin Latin dance tunes along with other world & American dance music including Afro-beat, Bhangra, Middle Eastern, club, old-school R&B, and more.

A piazza is defined as “a public square or marketplace, especially in an Italian town.” Although Yellow Springs is neither in Italy nor has a public square, the event creators, Marybeth Turner and Judith Wolert-Maldonado, wish to recreate the kind of outdoor festivities that can be found throughout piazzas in Italy and plazas in Latin America in the summer months.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase during the Dance Piazza at two local stands, Brother Bear’s Coffeehouse and Willie’s Wiener Wagon (meat and vegetarian hot dogs).

Dance Piazza 2011 Dates: (All are on Saturdays)

May 21st
June 4th
June 18th
July 2nd
July 16th
August 6th
August 20th
September 3rd
September 17th

Event will be cancelled in case of severe thunderstorms but will carry on under shelter in case of light rain!

For more info, contact DJ JuJu at 937-430-2505 or juju70@msn.com

Pictured are members of the Yellow Springs International Folk Dance group and
the Miami Valley Folk Dancers leading participants in a world folk dance.

photo by Omar D'Angelo

Call for Entries: Springfield Museum of Art

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Poetry at the Arts Council Gallery

Clark State English professors Chris Bays and Rachel Peterson are reading their original poetry at the Oten/YSAC Gallery in Yellow Springs, this Friday, May 13.


Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; Readings begin at 7:00 p.m.

Food, Coffee/Tea, an Art Exhibit, and a Beautiful Garden out back.

The Oten/YSAC Gallery
309 Xenia Avenue
Yellow Springs, OH 45387
(In the crazy brick building next to Speedway.)

Public Art and Copyright

I am not an expert, or a laywer BUT ( please go to government links if you have any questions).
Many make the honest mistake of believing that because an artwork is outside it is public domain . It's NOT, in fact artists retain copyright no matter where their artwork is displayed, outside or inside, makes no difference.  From a local viewpoint  I can't tell you how upsetting it is for artists to walk into a local shop and images of their art being used for profit by others. Not only are they being deprived of income opportunities, any licencing fees, they aren't getting any promotional opportunies because they are not credited or their website listed.  Does that mean people can't photograph public art at all? No, it means it can't be the focal point and used for commercial purposes (see example of mural below). This includes the mural in our local post office which the UPS has a statement about: New Deal Art: Murals and Sculptures.

After working many months rehabbing the old Holly's cleaners building for "would you, could you , IN A FRAME Les Gilford commissioned artist Jennifer Veutling and her sister to paint a mural of him and his crew on the side of the building. It was in celebration of completing a job they felt great pride in as well as stating who did the work.   Scooby, Junior (Chris), Teaspoon(now deceased) and Les Gilford.

Currently a construction company outside of town is using this mural to promote it's business. They never asked the artists,  nor credited them, and no mention of where it is.  If it had been a street shot that had the mural in it that's one thing, but using the image itself for promoting it's business is another story.

Some useful LINKS
Mural Copyright Laws

Legal Pitfalls in Taking or Using Photographs of Copyright Material, Trademarks and People

Visual Artists Rights Act "While there is principled justification for artists not being flexible about copyright ownership, practically speaking, copyright ownership in a broader context really only makes a difference within the public art context when there are merchandising issues at stake."

"A Simple Guide for Photographers, Artists, Illustrators, Writers, Musicians and
Other Creative Individuals "  from Photo Law  

Thursday, May 5, 2011

all that jazz

CHICAGO -YSHS Spring Musical
Where: Mills Lawn Auditorium
When: SATURDAY, May 7th, 2011
Time: 8:00pm

superfly has landed

When: SATURDAY, May 7, 2011 
Time: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Where: Dark Star Books and Super-Fly Comics & Games
Dayton Street in Yellow Springs, ohio

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Newest yarnbombing on Dayton Street by the jafagirls called the "posh pole" and designed to celebrate the new business "Artistic Silver" and their colour scheme.
Jazzy Chalk Art at the Emporium 
Here is the news story about the New Schu Band
English Toffee Coffee YUM!
Cool Zentangle Style hand art by the Mills Lawn Elementary School Artists in the window of Unfinished Creations on Xenia Ave.