Thursday, June 30, 2011

Artisan Market & Swap Meet Saturdays 9-5

Saturdays June thru October 9am-5pm
Spaces Available!

Union School House
314 Dayton St. Yellow Springs, OH

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
937.304.8176 or 606.206.0034

Welcome vendors and shoppers! The grounds of this beautiful building and attractive Dayton St. frontage provide an amazing backdrop for our new community market. I would like to invite you to participate in this exciting venture. We embrace the value: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Look around you and imagine the booth you could create with your used items. Our booths will be filled with local artists, crafters, farmers, antique dealers, recyclers, entrepreneurs of all kinds, connecting with the community.

Vendors: Visit us in room 210, Thursday – Friday, Noon – 5pm

Reservations can be made or first come, first serve spots will be available Saturday mornings.

We look forward to meeting you!

Amanda Young

photo by Virgil Hervey

Wheels plays Canal Street Tavern on Friday

Fresh from their gig at the Surprise Tuesday Fling Best of the Road Concert at Art Park here in Yellow Springs, local boys Rory Papania, Sam Salazar, Jamie Scott and Sam Crawford will be playing at the Canal Street Tavern on Friday, July 1 at 9 p.m.

WHERE: Canal Street Tavern, 308 E. First St., Dayton

COST: $5; all-ages show

EVENT INFO: (937) 461-9343 or


Click here to read some great reviews on the band's website.

and click here to read a recent article in the Dayton Daily News.

Watch for the band to appear in the Rand McNally/Best of the Road marketing video and the promotional video I'm currently working on.

Love your tight harmonies, guys! I thought the Art Park crowd was going to levitate during "Ophelia" on Tuesday night. Wow. Keep up the great work!

Sidewalk artists welcome visiting dignitaries

On Tuesday, villagers expressed their town pride with colorful chalk drawings on Dayton and Corry Streets during Surprise Tuesday Fling which took place in honor of our visiting dignitaries, Juliana and Joan Broste from Rand McNally/USA Today Best of the Road Rally.

photos by Susan Gartner

Bettina Solas at Corner Cone Friday

Bettina Solas will play autoharp and mountain dulcimer at Corner Cone on Friday, July 1, 7-9 p.m. She performs a wide variety of music, mostly Celtic, folk and traditional but also selections from Pink Floyd, Bob Seger, Coldplay and others. Check out her website at Corner Cone is located at the corner of Walnut and Dayton Streets in Yellow Springs. Come out for a relaxing evening of great food, ice cream and music.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Mills Lawn principal to perform punk, funk, and garage music at Westcott House

Perfectly Frank Evening features The Show and The Now Device

Friday, July 1, 8-11 p.m.

The Westcott House, 1340 East High Street, Springfield, OH 937-327-9291

The Show & The Now Device: Live Music & Multimedia Performance

The evening will feature a special multi-art collaborative event with The Show and Rod Hatfield of Seattle based The Now Device. The Show, a Springfield-Yellow Springs based trio, features Ryan Henry on guitar, Yellow Springs Mills Lawn principal Matt Housh on drums and vocals and Jessica Kinzer on keyboards and lead vocals. The Show performs original, high energy music that spans genres from garage and surf, to punk and funk! For more information on The Show, go to or

The Now Device is a visual media company that showcases live video mixing and projection. Its portfolio includes work with Radiohead, Xbox, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and collaborations with Frank Lloyd Wright's Westcott House, Cincinnati Pops, FilmDayton and Seattle Theatre Group. For more information on The Now Device, go to This music and multimedia performance will transform The Westcott House into a unique, multi-art environment.

$5 for general public, free to Westcott House Foundation Members and Students

Cash bar and snacks available

Perfectly Frank Evenings is the new series at the Westcott House. A vibrant social event featuring live music, poetry readings, film screenings and more! Reservations recommended.

The Westcott House Foundation was established in September 2000 to manage the restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright's only Prairie Style home in Ohio and to develop The Westcott House as a museum and educational center. The house, fully restored and hailed by many as a forgotten architectural treasure, opened to the public on October 15, 2005. The Westcott House is one of about 260 Wright houses remaining in the world with eleven located in Ohio. One of the Foundation's primary goals is to establish The Westcott House as a "must-see" destination for the benefit of community and state, architectural enthusiasts, and the general public. For more info, visit

Dance Piazza Saturday features Bhangra dance

I am very excited to feature Karanvir "Ricky" Singh at this Saturday's Dance Piazza (July 2, 7 pm prompt) who will perform & teach Bhangra dance, a folk dance from the Punjabi region of India. Here is a clip from the Punjabi film of 2002, "Jee Ayan Nu" ("Welcome") - celebrating Punjabi folk culture for your song of the day...

Dance Piazza is located at Art Park, corner of Dayton and Corry Streets.
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.

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

For more info, contact Judith "Juju" Wolert-Maldonado
937.430.2505 or

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Visual Arts Contest for grades K-12

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is offering a multi-media contest (video, photography, painting or drawing) for students grades K-12, with the theme “Ag is Cool!”

Winning entries will be recognized by the Governor’s Office on the first
day of the fair, along with free concert tickets and fair admission. For
more information about the contest, please visit the department’s website

Another papermaking opportunity July 16-17

Above are photos from Sarah Strong's Papermaking Workshop which took place at Strong HeArt Press & Studio last Saturday, June 25. Participants Sally Childs-Helton and Cy McQuigg are pictured creating unique handmade paper in a beautiful setting behind the studio at 143 1/2 E. Limestone Street.

My timing was just right to capture the entire process from lavender stems to the sun-dried finished product. The whole experience was other-worldly...a peacefully-paced, pre-computer, serenely meditative creative experience filled with the lush smells and sounds of summer. If you missed this wonderful experience, there will be another opportunity coming up as part of the YS Experience July 15-17.

Japanese Handmade Paper Lanterns with Paper Artist Sarah Strong

Limited to six participants. Adults only please.
Two-part workshop:
Saturday, July 16 – Create Hand Crafted Paper
Sunday, July 17 – Make a Beautiful Japanese Lantern
Both workshops run from 9 a.m.-noon
Meet at Strong HeArt Press & Studio, 143 1/2 E. Limestone St., Yellow Springs
$65 per participant

Make your own beautiful luminary for your patio or home.

Spend two exciting mornings at Strong HeArt Studio with Paper Artist Sarah Strong. Learn to make your own paper then turn it into an amazing hand crafted lantern. Small exhibit to conclude workshop with all luminaries alight!

All supplies included, plus light kit and bulb for your lantern
Take home a complete illuminated lantern.

Sarah is an award-winning book artist and holds a BFA in printmaking. She has spent years teaching drawing, printing, creative writing and book arts classes throughout the Midwest. Sarah presently owns and operates Strong HeArt Press & Studio, a letterpress, book arts and paper making facility in Yellow Springs.

Strong HeArt Studio and Press is situated along the edge of Historic Antioch Campus and The Glen Helen Nature Preserve in Yellow Springs, OH

Go to to view all classes and register. Click on "workshops" under Categories and look for Japanese Handmade Paper Lantern

Contact Sarah at or call 317.525.1785

A Quiet Repose

I popped into Sam & Eddie's Open Books and decided to check out the gallery upstairs. 

Getting a chance to see more of Eddie Eckenrode's work was a treat, even more so because the gallery is set up to allow time to just sit quietly, soak it in, and enjoy and explore the work. 
Yellow Springs sadly lost a much admired and loved member of the community, but we are blessed he is still with us in his work.
So if you are visiting town look out for this art awning

Yellow Springs In the News

Although I do wonder at the word "tries" hum!  we are already know we are the most FUN ;)

He felt the power of the flower

Bob the driver that is lol! More about how the Rand McNally driver became a Jafabob here.

Nancy displaying her flower.

Nancy and I would like to thank everyone for coming along and we hope to see you again soon. 
We will be meeting the first Tuesday each month at Brother Bears at 9:30am.
Bring needle and scissors, we will supply the rest.
for stitching up a storm AND repainting  the daisy bench in the Art Park.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Flower Power Project 2011: Come join us today!

Jafagirls ("Just Another Flippin' Artist") Corrine Bayraktaroglu and Nancy Mellon organized a Flower Power 2011 Sew-In yesterday at Brother Bear's to prepare for the arrival of Best of the Road Contest Judging Team "Traveling Joan and Traveling Jules". Pictured participants are Kim Krier and her children, Marian and Noah, Kipra Heermann with her granddaughter Corinne Totty, and Molly Finch. We're doing it again this morning at Brother Bear's, after the 10 a.m. Welcome at the Train Station.

photos by Susan Gartner

Traveling Jules & Traveling Joan are here!!

Fun Awaits in Yellow Springs

Joan and Jules Broste arrived safely last night and will be staying here in Yellow Springs for their two-day, fun-filled adventure as part of the Rand McNally/USA TODAY Best of the Road Contest in search of the MOST FUN TOWN!

We have some great activities planned for the team along with time for them to explore alone. If you see them around town, please say “Hi” and welcome them to Yellow Springs.

Please join us for some fun events today and tonite:

10 a.m. Welcome Ceremony at Yellow Springs Station

Entertainment at The Art Park at Dayton and Corry
5 p.m. Busking and General Fun
7 p.m. Wheels
8 p.m. Egyptian Breeze Belly Dancers
8:30 p.m. The UnderCovered
9:30 p.m. Soul Fire Tribe

Click here to go to the YS Chamber Facebook page

Click here to go to Best of the Road site and Like Yellow Springs and also write a review

Click here to follow Jules and Joan on their travels

Sunday, June 26, 2011

News Flash: 10 a.m. Tuesday welcome Jules & Joan

Best of the Road Update...TravelingJules and TravelingJoan will arrive in Yellow Springs late Monday evening and stay with us until Wednesday afternoon. There will be a welcome to town Tuesday morning at 10 at the YS Train Station that everyone is invited to. Expect lots of fun Tuesday evening with a middle of the week Fling atmosphere. Come and join in the fun and meet Jules and Joan.

Best of the Road Rand McNally Contest

The votes have been counted and Yellow Springs has been selected as one of six towns competing in the category of Most Fun in the first ever Best of the Road contest sponsored by USA TODAY and Rand McNally.

Thirty U.S. towns have been selected by popular vote and editors' input from more than 600 nominated communities. The categories include most beautiful, most patriotic, friendliest, most fun and best for food.

Yellow Springs competition for Most Fun is Vacaville, California; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Santa Claus, Indiana; Glenwood Springs, Colorado and Sioux City, Iowa. Based upon voter comment, Yellow Springs is a strong competitor. "No chain stores and (many) independent restaurants. Always something going on; on a sunny day you find street musicians or artists,” “Friendly, fun and festive... a small town with a big heart!” and “I'd vote for Yellow Springs in every category if I could. I make the hour drive there at least every other week in the summer.”

On June 23, five teams of travelers will hit the road from New York City, getting into Los Angeles on July 15. Along the way, each team will visit six towns in an assigned category as well as points of interest en route. Yellow Springs is expecting their team to stop sometime from June 27-29.

The Best of the Road teams will be capturing their three-week adventure via videos, photos and updates at At the end, each team will choose the No. 1 town in each of their respective categories (to be announced July 22). The towns will be highlighted on the Rand McNally website and in the 2013 Rand McNally Road Atlas, as well as on USA TODAY's Travel site.

For more information, contact the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce at (937) 767-2686.

The “Most Fun Town” Best of the Road Team is Traveling Jules & Traveling Joan, a mother-daughter team. You can follow their travels by going to their Facebook page: TravelingJules and TravelingJoan.

By reading their bios and watching their videos, we’ve learned a great deal about them and they like many things that Yellow Springs does well including art, belly-dancing and yoga.

Yellow Springs is the 2nd stop on their journey so we expect them to arrive late Monday and stay until Tuesday or Wednesday. We’ve been communicating with them via email and cell phone so will have more definitive information the closer we get.

Please do the following things so you can track their trip and provide positive input about Yellow Springs:

1. Like the Destination Yellow Springs Facebook page

2. Follow them on Facebook!/travelingjules and Twitter!/travelingjules

3. Learn about Jules & Joan and follow their trip on their blog or click here.

Help put Yellow Springs on the "Most Fun" map!!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Ever Been to Sarah Strong's Studio

Nancy's Notes

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No! well now is your chance.
 Her Studio feel just right, a casual open space with big windows looking out on green trees. There is fascinating artists 'stuff' all around, including a printing press! Plus there are comfy places to sit and and a laid back friend artist. Sarah has created a wonderful art class called Japanese Handmade Paper Lanterns that she is offering July 16th & 17th during the Yellow Springs Experience. During the Saturday workshop you will make your own paper and then on Sunday you get to create Japanese Paper lanterns! 
For more details visit the

"No Matter What" at Little Art 1 p.m. Sunday

Click here to read review and watch trailer.

Click here to read sweet review from YS News staffer Lauren Shows.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Huichol Art Exhibit

If you're interested in Huichol Art, then this it is a must see, but hurry, the exhibit is only up until Sunday.
Open to the Public: Sunday, June 26, 2-4 p.m.
click on above link for address and details

Macario Carrillo

Macario is working on a collaborative piece (with Francisco)  that will be going into the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore.

Fransisco Loza

There is still time to sign up for their workshop on Saturday 1-3pm. 
call 443-854-6437 or email

Anna Gee Blackwell Musical Concert

Anna Gee Blackwell Musical Concert
Saturday, June 25
2-4 p.m.

Local concert pianist and soprano Anna Gee Blackwell will perform on Saturday, June 25, 2 p.m., at the Coretta Scott King Center at Antioch College. Blackwell will be accompanied by two of her students, Hayden Chance Jackson and Miles Ellsworth Senior. Blackwell served for many years as minister of music at Central Chapel AME Church and is currently the pianist at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Springfield.

Location: The Coretta Scott King Center for Cultural and Intellectual Freedom, 795 Livermore Street (corner of Livermore Street and East Center College Street) in Yellow Springs.

Yellow Springs Experience Info

For more information please visit the Yellow Springs Arts Council

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Gum Wall Sponsors

The Yellow Springs Arts Council would like to thank our newest Traveling Gum Wall Sponsors, Town Drug and their Distributor Miami-Luken (Todd Amos) for donating a BIG box of GUM for our Chewing4Art fundraising art project.

Our other sponsors are: 
Toms Market

Community Yoga celebrates Summer Solstice

A Summer Solstice Celebration was held on the front lawn of the Bryan Center on Tuesday evening, June 21. Participants gathered to celebrate the longest day of the year and the fact that an earlier summer shower ended in time for the event to go on as scheduled. Included in the event was a community yoga class led by Yoga Springs Studio instructor Carmen Milano and WYSO's General Manager Neenah Ellis.

For more info about Yoga Springs Studio, visit

photo by Susan Gartner

Call for actors: A Streetcar Named Desire

Auditions for A Streetcar Named Desire

A drama by Tennessee Williams

In this Pulitzer Prize winning play, Southern belle Blanche DuBois visits her pregnant sister, Stella and her husband Stanley Kowalski in a seedy section of New Orleans. Stanley thinks Blanche is holding out on inheritance money that rightfully belongs to Stella. Blanche is trying to forget her checkered past and start life anew.

Directed by Lisa Howard-Welch

Monday July 11 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Tuesday July 12 from 7:00 to 8:00 with callbacks starting at 8:00pm

Needed: 6 women and 6 men

Auditions will be cold reads, no preparation needed but please bring a resume, a photo, and list of conflicts.

Show dates: September 9-18

Kettering Health Network
Xenia Area Community Theater
45 E. Second Street, Xenia, OH

For more information call 372-0516


Art Classes in the Springs with Chelle

Art Classes in the Springs

Chelle Palassis’ Studio
2625 US Route 68 North
Yellow Springs, OH

More Info
Call or text 937-831-2219
Ideal for children entering grades 1 through 6.

June 27-30 Blockheads-learn how to think outside the block with cubism. We will learn how to take every day scenes and square them off with angles and edges. We will work with paint. $100

Class is from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday with an art opening of the children’s finest work Thursday evening from 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. All artwork will be brought home at that time.

Every Friday Messy Monet-starting June 10 through July 8, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.- learn how to create like the impressionists with paint, chalk, and crayons. We will explore working quickly then how to refine our work. $35 each class. Pay for three, and your fourth class is free!

Nancy's Notes: Pot Shop Visit

Nancy's Notes

Corrine and I popped into the Pot Shop today, and Wow!  They have created a new space up front for a Gallery.  It looks lovely.  And the work in it is stellar.  Everywhere we looked was a gem, from whimsical drawings on ceramic magnets to gorgeous  platters with spikes rimming the outside edge. I particularly liked an orange bowl (my favorite color) with wonderful doodles in it.  As a matter of fact, it was called a Doodle Bowl by the artist. Corrine fancied a wonderful cracked head with a live plant shooting out of the top. The John Bryan Community Pottery Gallery is open every Saturday and Sunday, 12-4 p.m. you need to go and take a peek.

Head by Camilla Thomason photo by Corrine

 Studio Director,Dianne Collinson, very graciously took time out to answer questions and show us around.
The Pot Shop not only has a spiffy new gallery, they offer Classes, Rental Space, Open Studio and Pottery Sales during special events for renters and students.


Upcoming Workshop: Altering the Surface
with Jim Connell August 5th-7th.
For more information about upcoming classes and  workshops visit here

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

YS Art Stroll featured in Dayton City Paper

Just saw this great article in the Dayton City Paper by Yellow Springer Lara Donnelly about our June 17th Art Stroll. Photo features Carole Braun, Lori Tuttle and Tom Osborne participating in the Chew 4 Art World's First Traveling Gum Wall---a Yellow Springs Arts Council fundraiser. Click here to see the article. Good job, Lara!

"Best of the Road" Competition

Top Town Finalists Named!

"America has spoken and the results are in! The top 30 towns in five categories will be visited and reviewed by the rally teams beginning June 23 to see who's the Best of the Road®
YELLOW SPRINGS is in the Running for the  most FUN town. 
YES!!! and it's not just because there's LOTS to do and see, but an atmosphere that allows for spontaneous acts of fun. There are always impromptu moments of fun going on around town, even when running in town to do chores/shopping and there is a fiddler outside of  Toms Market, and some gorgeous chalk drawing underfoot. I mean where else would a local police officer actually help yarnbomb a tree, or bust a travelling bra called Olga and stamp her passport for being a public nuisance. 

Unfortunately we can't schedule these fun moments for visitors BUT we can other things, so please do check out the links below.

  friend the YS Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page and get up to the minute news on what's going on around town.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Celebrate Solstice Tuesday evening 7:30

Summer Solstice Celebration June 21

Yoga Springs instructor Carmen Milano is coordinating a Yellow Springs Summer Solstice Event featuring outdoor yoga, drumming, joyful noises of music and voice and community. Community members are invited to enjoy the longest day of sunlight on the front lawn of the John Bryan Center on Tuesday, June 21, 7:30-9 p.m.

Those attending are welcome to celebrate the solstice with musical instruments, dancing, frisbee, a picnic or just enjoying the sunshine. A free community yoga practice, led by Carmen and WYSO General Manager Neenah Ellis, will be offered at 8 p.m. Those planning to participate may bring a yoga mat or towel. For more information, contact Carmen at 767-8743.

Free and family-friendly!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Miniature Show: Marianne Rabb Britton

In- between doing the gum wall fundraiser for the Yellow Springs Arts Council with Nancy on Friday Night Fling I dashed over to see the Miniature Show at IN A FRAME. I'm not sure where the art stops because the hor'd'oeuvres by Current Cuisine were a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.
Nancy had asked if Marianne Rabb Britton was still in town after seeing her beautiful quilts at the Humanist Center at 105 W. North College Street last week. The answer is no, BUT her work still is and she has 5 pieces in the Miniature Show.

Marianne's stitchwork and collage on such a small scale is amazing. Actually there is a lot of amazing work in the show in a variety of media. Check it out and let me know which pieces are your favourite.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Cut-a-thon and more at June 17 Art Stroll

Wavelength Salon Spa stylists Michael Harrod and Gayle Sampson cooled off their clients during the salon's Art Stroll Cut-A-Thon to benefit WYSO. A make-shift salon was set-up outside in the Art Park at Corry and Dayton Streets. A constant flow of customers kept three stylists busy nonstop from 5-9 p.m. while DJ Bobby Lite (aka Robert Hasek) provided the perfect music accompaniment. The salon crew raised $760 in 4 hours and had a great time doing it!

Meanwhile, up on Xenia Avenue, Asanda Imports featured a live painting demo with local artist James E. Harrah who worked on a contemporary portrait of Clint Eastwood as the High Plains Drifter.

photos by Susan Gartner