Sunday, July 31, 2011

Village Vignette's: Magic of Color

I ♥ walking around the Art Park at the corner of Corry & Dayton Street. The gardens, the flowers are glorious.I know some weren't keen on the colours of the Corry Street Shops, but they are so cheerful (reminds me of some the buildingsI saw  in Holland). Add to that the painted benches, odd bits of art-peeps in the park art, the yarnbombing, and then of course the shops/galleries around it. 

If you would like to keep up with events in the art park, check in with the Dayton Street Alliance FB page, the Chamber of Commerce calendar website, or google blog search for art park yellow springs.

cirque carnival 2011

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Steel Painting Workshops in August and September

Springs Gallery Presents – Workshops with Steel Painter Mike Elsass

Springs Gallery, a fine art/fine craft gallery in Yellow Springs, Ohio, is offering two opportunities for a hands-on painting workshop with Dayton artist Mike Elsass. Elsass, who paints on rusted steel, will be doing his creative, spontaneous painting, along with students, on Wednesday, August 31, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, and on Thursday, September 15, 4 pm – 7 pm. Students will paint on King’s Yard, outside of Springs Gallery, 220 Xenia Avenue in Yellow Springs.

The fee for each workshop is $70.00; all materials will be provided. Students may take one workshop or both, and will be able to take home a finished work of their own creation for each session. For questions, or to register, please call Springs Gallery at 937-767-1766, or email:

Registration forms are available on the Springs Gallery site at, and at Springs Gallery during business hours: Wednesday through Sunday, Noon to 7 pm. Free parking is available in two lots on the west end of King’s Yard off Walnut Street, and on surrounding streets.

Bio Info.:
Mike Elsass studied for years under nationally renowned Dayton steel painter Roger Sayre, whom he considers his mentor. Sayre showed Elsass the possibilities of steel as a surface for acrylic and urged him to experiment. Elsass explores the medium by sanding and rusting sheets of metal in search of new and different textures and applies multiple layers of paint and shiny or opaque finishes. In the aging of the metals and its imperfections, Elsass sees a mirror of the human condition. The fast-drying quality of the acrylics allows him to work with motivation and speed on several pieces at a time, expressing, as in a musical crescendo, his spontaneity and deep passion for life.

Elsass has done instruction and on-location painting throughout the U.S. and Canada. His work is in several corporate and private collections. Elsass is also currently represented by several fine art galleries throughout the West, South and Midwest, including Springs Gallery in Yellow Springs.

Image 1: Untitled acrylic on rusted steel by Mike Elsass, 12" x 12", photo by Christine Klinger
Image 2: "Teapot Rock #1," acrylic on rusted steel by Mike Elsass, 12" x 15", photo by Christine Klinger

"Bluesdaddy" needs a DRUMMER!

This is going to change someone's life.

Nerak Roth Patterson posted this on Facebook just a few minutes ago.

"DRUMMER NEEDED!!! Able to road tour, no drama, ego, drugs, or outta control drinking; must have your own vehicle...serious inquiries only! Practice schedule is Tuesday's from 7-9 p.m. If interested please send me a personal note, DO NOT POST!!! Thanks....Nerak"

Find Nerak Roth Patterson on Facebook.

Here's a video of one of his band's performances:

Tell your DRUMMER FRIENDS NOW! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for some lucky drummer.

Not your parent's block party!

I’ve been so impressed the last few years with the Community-Wide Block Party effort sponsored by the Yellow Springs Human Relations Commission. It has not only been a lot of fun but it has been instrumental in helping me and other neighbors get to know one another. It’s not that complete strangers become fast friends in an afternoon (although I’m sure that has happened) but it definitely proves to be a wonderful soil for the seeds of friendship and good neighborship to blossom.

The other aspect I like about it is the creativity and the individual personality that emerges in each block party. Because I’ve videotaped a lot of these block parties in the past, I’ve had a chance to see that creativity play out at each site. In the video, you’ll see that the Davis Street Block party had the added benefit of special musical guest and Emporium pianist Mark DeLozier. Last year the Stafford Street Block Party recreated an entire livingroom in the middle of the street.

I know there’s a certain amount of work involved but it helps tremendously if everyone can do one thing. I like dropping invites in everyone’s mailbox but I don’t like creating the invites. I put that out on e-mail and bam! A neighbor offered to do that part. I like that there’s a certain amount of pre-planning and then there’s a magical quality to the spontaneity of what people bring and how the day turns out.

There’s a meeting at the library today, Saturday, at 3:30 for people to learn more about this effort. Contact person is Joan Chappelle at 767-7056.

I guarantee you will get back much more than you put in.

Centerstage Relaunch Party - Saturday, Aug 13

Centerstage Relaunch Party
August 13

Everyone interested in the revival of the Centerstage Community Theater is invited to attend a relaunch party. The event will take place at the Yellow Springs Art Space on Xenia Ave on August 13th, (Saturday) 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Light refreshments and drinks will be served.

Please bring your ideas, favorite plays to consider, skills and enthusiasm. The new Centerstage will not be located at the old location, so this event is to reconnect and find projects that can fit in the community with what is here.

Any questions call Kay Reimers at 767-8401 or

Please help spread the word!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Local author sets sights on amazon bestseller status!

After six years in the making, ARTEMIS Books and local author, Scarlett Rains, have launched a bid for Amazon ‘bestseller’ status with release of the first two historical romance novels in Ms. Rains’ exciting Sisters of the Heart Series: Promises of the Heart and Seduction of a Bluestocking. Promises of the Heart and Seduction of a Bluestocking are now available in Kindle and print form at and and soon will be available in area bookstores. Because Scarlett’s novels have generated early sales in the US and UK, ARTEMIS Books plans to release Betrayals of the Heart, the third book of her series, this fall. Don’t miss it!

Influenced by the work of Margaret Mitchell, Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, Scarlett Rains writes in a style uniquely her own.  Her talent shines through in these unusually enthralling stories rich in historical detail, filled with characters who come alive, enticing the reader to read ‘just one more page’ before turning in. Enjoy her excellent novels today, spread the word and help your community member become an author of ‘bestselling’ status

Flower Power 2nd Tuesday of the Month: August 2

Flower Power is coming up on August 2nd, Tuesday, 9:30am at Brother Bear's Coffeehouse. See ya there :)

Art on the Lawn accepting applications

There is still time!
Apply to sell your art at Art on the Lawn! Send in your application now!

Art on the Lawn is a juried Fine Art and Fine Craft show open to all artists in the Miami Valley and beyond.

The outdoor show takes place
August 13, 2011 under the large shade trees
at Mills Lawn Elementary School,
200 S Walnut St, Yellow Springs, OH 45387.

For more information visit our web site:

Applications are available from the
Village Artisans
100 Corry St.
Yellow Springs, OH 45387
937 767-1209

Or can be downloaded here.

Village Vignette's: Lanterns

Next to YS News off Xenia Ave

Artist's in the News
David's 1971 Design for the Peace Corps is "Going Universal" and  "the stamp was chosen from the Smithsonian Permanent Collection to be included in its 2011 engagement calendar."

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Shop Visits: Heaven on Earth Emporium

I never leave Heaven on Earth Emporium disappointed. This upscale thrift shop is pure class, with colour coordinated sections for clothing, and a great vintage fabric section at the back, handbags, confectionary, and GREAT prices.  The owner, Donna, sure knows how to make her store welcoming, exciting and fun to explore.

If you are looking for vintage lace, or hand embroidered handkerchief's, this is the place to visit.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Glen House Art Artist Reception Sunday, July 31

Join GlenHouseArt and artist Jennifer Rosengarten, Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Dayton for Salon! : an evening of food, wine, music, fine art and conversation this Sunday, July 31st from 6-10pm. The public is invited to Glen House Inn to view Ms. Rosengarten’s newest exhibit Before Gardens/ After Gardens and join in a discussion of her work at starting at 7pm. Acoustic music by Ben Cooper and Israel Parker is featured from 8-10pm with wine and finger food. Suggested donation is $20.00 with all proceeds going to support the ongoing programming at GlenHouseArt.

For more information about Glen House Inn and GlenHouseArt, including directions and contact information:

Glen House Art

1221 Glen Road

Yellow Springs, OH 45387


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

This Saturday at YSAC Gallery 7-10 p.m.

The Yellow Springs Arts Council presents Experience Saturday, July 30, 7-10pm. Don’t miss YSAC’s first event in our new Experience Saturday series—a special multi-art evening with local rock band The Show and visual media group The Now Device. Evening line-up: 7pm Gallery Tour of art exhibit Synesthesia: Rock N’ Roll Renaissance by Ryan Henry, 7:30pm Salon Chat with Rod Hatfield of The Now Device, 8:00pm Visual Media Projection with Musical Performance.

The Now Device is a Seattle based visual media company, co-founded by multidisciplinary artist and entrepreneur Rod Hatfield, that showcases live video mixing and projection. Rod's past projects include work with The Experience Music Project, Xbox, VH-1, The United Nations, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and collaborations with Cincinnati Pops, FilmDayton, Seattle Theatre Group and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House. For more information go to

The Show, a Springfield-Yellow Springs based trio features Jessica Kinzer on keyboards and lead vocals, Matt Housh on drums and vocals, and Ryan Henry on guitar. The Show performs original, high-energy music that spans genres from garage and surf, to punk and funk. The event doubles as a CD Release Party and The Show’s debut self-titled album will be available for purchase. For more information go to

This music and multimedia performance will transform the YSAC Gallery and Exhibition Space into a unique, multi-arts environment. The event is open to the public with a $5 suggested donation at the door (kids 12 and under free). But be on the look out for FREE invitations, which are circulating Yellow Springs and can be found at the YS Arts Council and YS Chamber of Commerce through 7/29. Proceeds benefit the Yellow Springs Arts Council. For more information about the YS Arts Council, visit

The YSAC Arts Gallery and Exhibition Space is located at 309 Xenia Avenue.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Public Art: Spotted from the Car

It was fun to see a new piece of Public Art outside Corner Cone.
Installation by William Mischler

Workshop and concert today, 5 p.m. at Chen's

Harpist, documentarian and teacher Michael Riversong, from Cheyenne, Wyo., is traveling through in the ancient tradition of the traveling bard. He will present his concert and workshop, "How to heal with music," today at 5 p.m. at Chen's Asian Bistro, 126 Dayton Street, Yellow Springs. Complimentary wine will be served. Get out of the heat and come enjoy this impromptu treat.

To read more about Michael Riversong and his Tesla Academy, visit

Friday, July 22, 2011

Herbal workshop: Boo Boo Balm (and other herbal first aid)

Dear friends,

It's time for another Wise Woman Herbal Exploration & Self Care Workshop! Returning healthcare to our homes and communities

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

August 7th, Sunday
1:00 - 4:00
Bhakti House 217 E. Herman St.
Cost: $30 (includes materials) pay at the time of workshop
Limit: 10 participants
Reservations: email or call Marybeth Wolf 937-767-5077/

Looking forward to another wonderful day making healing medicine with women in our community,

--Marybeth Wolf

Art on the Lawn to feature four-legged artist

What: Art on the Lawn (sponsored by Village Artisans)
Where: Under the shade trees at Mills Lawn Elementary
200 S. Walnut St., Yellow Springs
When: Saturday, August 13, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Free

In many ways, Mozart Dane is your typical artist -- he can only paint when the mood strikes him, prefers to work in his own studio, and requires quiet to be creative. But Mozart, or “Mo” as he is known to his friends, differs from other artists in one important way -- he is a dog.

As the “Featured Artist” in this year’s 28th Annual Art on the Lawn in Yellow Springs, Mo will personally present his abstract masterpieces for sale to the public. All sales will benefit his favorite charity, Harlequin Haven Great Dane Rescue,, the group that rescued him, and for whom he has become a dedicated “spokesdog” against puppy mills, pet stores, and homeless dogs. Mozart will join around 100 other juried artists from Ohio and beyond -- jewelers, painters, ceramists, photographers, fabric artists, woodworkers, metalworkers, calligraphers, and more -- under the shade trees of Mills Lawn Elementary, in the heart of beautiful Yellow Springs.

Mo’s paintings, along with artwork from human artists, will also be featured in Village Artisan’s “Dog Daze of Summer” show for the entire month of August. The public is invited to a reception during the village-wide Third Friday Fling in the Springs, Friday, August 19, 6-9 p.m. (Mo will try to attend, but is not sure of his schedule.) Village Artisans is located at 100 Corry Street (corner of Dayton and Corry Streets), Yellow Springs.

To view some of Mo’s paintings and read more about him and his causes, go to To learn more about Village Artisans, go to or visit us on Facebook.

• For "Art on the Lawn" and "Village Artisans": Sue Brezine, cell: 937-902-7531
• For "Mozart Dane": Beth Mack, 937-379-2231,

Host families needed for July 28-August 1

From Brent Hayden, a music educator in Springfield and resident of Xenia. Please read through and if you are interested in hosting international students for a few days, please contact Brent at his contact information below.

Dear Musical Friends,

We have a exciting news to share with you! My wife and I are the Chairpersons for an International Exchange from July 28th-August 1st with the Concertband Maasmechelen from Belgium. This International Exchange is part of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (Twin Lake, MI) International Program. During their visit they will be staying with host families, performing a concert, and experiencing life in the Dayton, Ohio area. For more information on Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, please visit their website at

How can you be involved in this international experience? We'd love for you to be a part of this by being a host family for 1 (or more!) of the 60 band members. Their ages ranges from 12 to 55 so we need a variety of host families. You may wonder, “What is required of me as a host family?”, so here are some of the basics....

*Provide a room/place for them to sleep
*Provide most meals (depending on the schedule of the group)
*Provide transportation to and from some activities/rehearsals/concert
*Have a good time meeting and spending time with new friends

Thursday, July 28th - 9:00p.m. - Concertband Maasmechelen arrives at Wright State University

Friday, July 29th-Morning with host families/ 4-6 pm rehearsal for band at Wright State University

Saturday, July 30th-Morning with host families/7pm concert at Young's Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs

Sunday, July 31st-Morning with host family/Evening farewell potluck picnic for all at John Bryan State Park Lower Shelter

Monday, August 1st- Concertband Maasmechelen meets at Wright State University at 8:00a.m. for departure

Please contact us ASAP if you are able to host one or more of our Belgium friends.

If you have any questions at all, please contact us at:

937-372-1153 (home)

Rachel @ 937-207-9899 or
Brent @ 937-206-7285 or

We really hope you'll join us in this International Exchange and welcome Concertband Maasmechelen in their first “stop” on their journey to our wonderful country!


Rachel and Brent Hayden

The Show returns to YSAC Gallery: July 30

The Yellow Springs Arts Council presents Experience Saturday, July 30, 7-10pm. Don’t miss YSAC’s first event in our new Experience Saturday series—-a special multi-art evening with local rock band The Show and visual media group The Now Device. Evening line-up: 7pm Gallery Tour of art exhibit Synesthesia: Rock N’ Roll Renaissance by Ryan Henry, 7:30pm Salon Chat with Rod Hatfield of The Now Device, 8:00pm Visual Media Projection with Musical Performance.

The Now Device is a Seattle based visual media company, co-founded by multidisciplinary artist and entrepreneur Rod Hatfield, that showcases live video mixing and projection. Rod's past projects include work with The Experience Music Project, Xbox, VH-1, The United Nations, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and collaborations with Cincinnati Pops, FilmDayton, Seattle Theatre Group and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House. For more information go to

The Show, a Springfield-Yellow Springs based trio features Jessica Kinzer on keyboards and lead vocals, Matt Housh on drums and vocals, and Ryan Henry on guitar. The Show performs original, high-energy music that spans genres from garage and surf, to punk and funk. The event doubles as a CD Release Party and The Show’s debut self-titled album will be available for purchase. For more information go to

This music and multimedia performance will transform the YSAC Gallery and Exhibition Space into a unique, multi-arts environment. The event is open to the public with a $5 suggested donation at the door (kids 12 and under free). But be on the look out for FREE invitations, which are circulating Yellow Springs and can be found at the YS Arts Council and YS Chamber of Commerce through 7/29. Proceeds benefit the Yellow Springs Arts Council. For more information about the YS Arts Council, visit

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Support the Yarn Graffiti Documentary!!

Okay. This can get a little confusing.

The above video is an excerpt from a work-in-progress documentary by a woman named Sarah Gonzalez. The video is titled "Yarn Graffiti Documentary". If you look carefully, you can spot two works by our own Jafagirls Nancy and Corrine that are here in YS ("The Queen of Hearts" tree and "The Snowflake Tree") and also one that Corrine did in Ann Arbor, MI. Back in June, Sarah put out the call to filmmakers everywhere to videotape any yarnbombing activities that took place on International Yarnbombing Day (June 11), which I did. You can see my video at the bottom of this post.

Sarah needs contributions to finish her documentary. Even small amounts like $10 or $20 are greatly appreciated. I donated this morning. You can find out more about that by clicking here.

She also has a blog that you can follow here.

It's possible that footage from my sweet little video will end up in Sarah's documentary. (Wouldn't that be cool?) But I'm being realistic. After all, she received videos from all over the world. Also, it'd be great if Yellow Springs was chosen as a place to screen her finished documentary. I think if Yellow Springers united and all gave a goodly-sized donation, we'd have a good chance of getting a screening. I mean, Jafagirls Nancy Mellon and Corrine Bayraktaroglu have made quite a name for themselves and for the town of Yellow Springs with the Knit Knot Tree (and other knit graffiti). They're celebrities in the world of yarnbombing so we're not exactly invisible.

Anyways, I don't want people to be confused about who is asking for money. If you've got money you're just dying to throw at something, I'd love to take it ;-) but this post is specifically to get out the word about Sarah Gonzalez and her Yarn Graffiti Documentary and I hope you'll consider donating to her cause so she can finish her documentary.

Here's the video I submitted to Sarah back in June. Enjoy!

Glenwood Springs, Colo. wins as Most Fun Town

The good news and the bad news.

It was just announced that our sweet little town lost out to Glenwood Springs, Colo. for the position of Most Fun Town in the Rand McNally 2011 Road Rally.

The good news is that there's a video I somehow missed back from July 2 that will remind folks of the fun time we had with TravelingJules and Traveling Joan (Juliana and Joan Broste) and their Rand McNally hosts Amanda Pflugrad and Gary Hurt. We'll always know that in their hearts, WE were their favorites.

Click here to see the photos and read the wonderful reviews of our town that put us in the running.

Click here to read about Juliana and Joan's blog adventure.

I definitely think we gave ALL the competition a run for their money.

Belly Dance Workshop at Library Saturday

Middle Eastern Belly Dance Workshop
Saturday, July 23, 1-2:30 p.m.
YS Library
415 Xenia Avenue

Learn about and experience this rich and elegant dance form with Janet Mueller, director of the Yellow Springs-based dance company Egyptian Breeze.

Free Shakespeare! perform A Midsummer Night's Dream this weekend

Free Shakespeare! perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Friday-Sunday, July 22-24, Antioch Amphitheatre, 7 pm

Free Shakespeare! is a traveling community of artists. Our goal is to create an event where people can rediscover the power and beauty of language and art. This very casual evening will include an art exhibition accompanied by live music followed by a free performance of one of Shakespeare’s plays.

The traveling theatre troupe is no longer a thing of the past. Free Shakespeare! is bringing a summertime dose of art, music, and theatre to the Miami Valley. Community artists will come together this summer in four area parks to share their work.

Our community needs this event. The current economy has taken its toll on every level of society. When money dries up, the first programs to be effected are athletic and artistic endeavors. To keep pace, these programs must institute “pay to play” policies, putting further strain on the families who need these options the most. Free Shakespeare! will make these cultural opportunities more accessible. By bringing art directly to communities, free of charge, we make it simpler for people to experience it. Simply show up. That is all we ask.

Free Shakespeare! is dedicated to liberating the works of William Shakespeare and exposing his cause to the world.

Cause? What cause?

Shakespeare’s plays deal with universal themes relevant to humanity and the world we live in. From joy, love, and redemption to greed, lust, and corruption, his work runs the gamut of human experience. Unfortunately, his work is widely regarded as archaic, irrelevant, and inaccessible. We will present his plays in a fashion that is interactive and easy to follow. For ninety minutes, the audience will be a vital participant in the story as it unfolds. They will leave the park with a new perspective on art and its capacity for change.

As a society, our language skills are on the decline. The prevalence of texting, instant messaging, and “tweeting” have forced us to communicate in smaller and smaller doses. Words are shortened to letters; vowels are regarded as unnecessary; the only thing that matters is if the message can be contained to 140 characters or less. This has a debilitating effect on our linguistic capabilities. But all is not lost.

As a community, we can wage war on the linguistic apathy running rampant throughout our nation. Presenting the works of William Shakespeare is one step we can take. By simply exposing people to his work we are taking dramatic action to begin correcting this problem. References to Shakespeare and his work abound throughout popular culture. He coined over 3,000 words and phrases, many of which are commonplace today. People deserve to know where their language comes from. We must cultivate an appreciation and respect for language before it dies out. Language gives us voice; without it, we have none.

Follow us:!/spreadthewords

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Video: The Show - Saturday, July 16 at YSAC Gallery

New video by Megan Bachman from Yellow Springs News

Call for Classrooms and Teaching Artists

Adaptation, Integration and the Arts – Call for Classrooms & Teaching Artists

VSA Ohio, the state organization on arts and disability, is pleased to invite applications from experienced Teaching Artists in Ohio to support the arts residency program, Adaptation, Integration, and the Arts (AIA).

Funded by the Ohio Department of Education, AIA provides arts education opportunities to classrooms inclusive of students with and without disabilities. The purpose is to provide meaningful and effective learning experiences in and through the arts. Teaching artists will work with educators to integrate the arts into other subject areas to enhance teaching and learning.

VSA Ohio provides professional development to artists and educators throughout the year on topics such as academic content standards and strategies for implementing Universal Design for Learning. However, Adaptation, Integration, and the Arts is not an artist training program and experience as a teaching artist is required. Experience must include mastery of an art form, work with students with and without disabilities, and development of arts-integrated lesson plans that align with Ohio's Academic Content Standards.

To be considered for this paid opportunity, visit for applications and information.

Application Deadline: Monday, August 15

VSA Ohio will review applications from Teaching Artists and contact them,
as needed throughout the year, to fulfill residency needs.

Application submission does not guarantee selection
as a Teaching Artist for an AIA residency.

For more information contact:
Erin Hoppe
Executive Director
VSA Ohio


Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities for Educators and Artists

September 29, 3:00 - 7:00 pm
Dance Content Standards, Integration, and Inclusion
presented in partnership with OhioDance

Standards & Integration in the Arts - Music, Visual Art, and Drama/Theater
presented in partnership with Ohio Alliance for Arts Education

early 2012
Creating Accessible Classrooms with Universal Design for Learning
Presented in partnership with Ohio Alliance for Arts Education

**All workshops will be held at
Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts
77 S. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Visit for more information.

Free lecture tonite: Global Predictions for 2012

Astrologer and new EdenWorld practitioner Josh Hayward will give a free lecture tonite on his global predictions for 2012 and beyond using planetary alignments. The talk takes place at 7 p.m. at EdenWorld, 253 Xenia Avenue.

According to the feature article by Megan Bachman in last week's YS News, "'The awakening of the divine feminine, the collapse of the structures of religion and government, and a re-birth of spiritual healing are some major world changes in store as the planets Pluto and Uranus square off, Neptune enters Pisces and the sun at equinox precesses into Aquarius over the next few years,' Hayward said."

Beginning in August, Hayward and his partner, Esther Lail, a clairvoyant, will offer a series of six-week courses on astrology, tarot and psychic tools. The three in-depth courses will run from the first week of August to the second week of September. "Hayward will teach astrology on Tuesdays and tarot on Thursdays, while Lail's psychic tools course will be on Wednesdays. All run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at EdenWorld and cost $150," according to the article.

For more information, contact Hayward at or (937) 767-1536.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Did you Participate in the YS Experience?

Hope you had a chance to join in the fun!

We'd love to have your suggestions for improving the next experience and/or your comments on this one on our YS Experience Contact page

Yellow Springs Experience weekend photos

Upcycle! T-shirt Cutting Workshop Aug. 20

Grab your too small/too big/don't-fit-your-body-right t-shirts and come to this workshop! Melissa Vanzant is a great Zumba instructor but she also wears some really creatively-cut t-shirts. I've been waiting for this workshop. Tell your friends!

What: T-Shirt Cutting Workshop and Zumba Basic Steps Demo
When: Saturday, August 20
Where: John Bryan Center Gym
What time: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Come and see different ways to customize and cut your old t-shirts to create funky new tops! Bring your own old t-shirt to cut.

Afterwards, feel free to stay for a brief, Zumba basic steps demo to perfect some of the common steps used in Melissa's Zumba classes. Then participate in Melissa's regular Saturday 12:30 class.

$5 for the workshop and attend the Zumba class for free!

Click here to read Melissa's blog and see her Zumba schedule in Yellow Springs at the John Bryan Center. (Fee for her regular class: $3 donation)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Kathy Moulton Exhibit

 at Village Artisans located at Corry Street Shops. On display are the original artworks from the books that are available in the store or online through amazon.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Ooey gooey fun at Cirque Carnival

I always get a kick out of the reactions of the public when they see the Arts Council's Gum wall, but these two were the BEST.  Thanks to all those who bought a stick of gum and chewed 4 art, your support is truly appreciated.

Friday, July 15, 2011

For something a little quieter...

Little Sister’s Kite Tails by Pam Geisel

This weekend is sure to be filled with lots of music, food, crowds, and dance. For those who enjoy something a little quieter, there are two events just for you.
Local quilters’ work will be featured at two different art shows in the area.

“Water, Water Everywhere” Art Quilt Exhibit at Aullwood Audubon Center

The show features nature-themed art quilts from 28 art quilters from across the country including Yellow Springers Lori Gravley, Fran LaSalle and Pam Geisel.

The show runs through August 21 at the Marie S. Aull Education Center, 1000 Aullwood Rd. in Dayton. The center is open Mon.-Sat. from 9 am-5 pm and Sun. from 1-5 pm. There is a $4 admission. The building also houses an educational center and there are hiking trails.

DVAC 20th Annual Open Members Show Opening Reception TONITE

DVAC will host a magnificent reception for the Members Show “Light” that is old home week and a place to meet new artists, all rolled up into one great party. Don’t miss it: enjoy the ambiance from 5 to 8 p.m.

“Light” runs from July 15-August 20 with an opening reception TONITE, July 15, from 5-8 pm. DVAC is located at 118 N. Jefferson St., Dayton and is open from Tues.-Sat. 11 am-6 pm.

Pam Geisel and Lori Gravley both have work in the show.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Tie-dye cupcakes at Cirque Carnival

Victoria Roe of Three Leee Cupcakery is currently working on tie-dye cupcakes that will be available at her booth at Cirque Carnival. A photo isn't available yet so this will have to provide the mouth-watering inspiration until then.

Meanwhile, there are two great articles about all our weekend events in the Dayton City Paper. One of the articles is by Yellow Springs own Lara Donnelly.

Click here for the article by Lara.

Click here for the article by Tim Walker.

Visit here to see all the events at a glance:

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

YSKP's "The Cotton Club"

This summer the Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse presents our 16th season of original theater by youth for all ages.

The Cotton Club revisits the famous nightclub in New York City during the time of prohibition. While the club featured many of the greatest African American entertainers of the era, such as Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Bessie Smith, Cab Calloway, The Nicholas Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday and Ethel Waters, it also gave birth to contemporary notions of celebrity, press agents and the “red carpet”.

This original musical presents a cast of colorful characters based on the famous – and sometimes infamous – milieu of politicians, big spenders, boxers, stars, gangsters and gold diggers. In the YSKP’s contemporary portrayal of The Cotton Club, patrons sip cow juice as intrigue unfolds, flappers dance and the band plays on. This entertaining show for all ages uses both original songs and classic jazz tunes as the story follows an afternoon, evening and night of the people who work, perform and play in the most famous scene of the Jazz Age.

The Cotton Club is written and directed by John Fleming with original music composed by Neal Kirkwood. It will be performed by an all youth cast and feature a youth jazz ensemble. Performances take place in the Antioch Amphitheater at 7:30pm on July 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 16 and 17.

NOTE: The cast from “The Cotton Club” will be performing songs from the show on Friday, July 15 on Dayton St. in Yellow Springs, from 7:30-8:45 p.m. at the Main Stage near Corner Cone as part of the 2nd Annual Cirque Carnival.

Information about The Cotton Club and the YSKP 2011 Summer Program, and directions to The Playhouse, can be found by visiting or calling 767-7800.

Sign up now: Japanese Handmade Paper Lantern Workshop

Saturday, July 16
Sunday, July 17
Japanese Hand Made Paper Lanterns
Sarah C. Strong
$65 per participant
all supplies included, plus light kit and bulb for your lantern!

2 part workshop:

Saturday July 16th Create Hand Crafted Paper
Sunday July 17th 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, OH 45387

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!

For sign up contact:

This is part of the Yellow Springs Experience July 15-16-17

For more workshops/events, go to

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Pierre Nagley's Basho Debut

Pierre Nagley, Yellow Springs Local Artist, will debut 5 new, original designs on apparel! T-shirts, Tank Tops, Dresses, Bandannas, and Track Jackets all with exclusive designs. The first printing is sure the sell out quick so don't miss it! Come meet the artist and enjoy music and light Hors d'oeuvres. These threads are sure to please.

Also, don't forget to check out current resident artist, Ben Riddlebarger.

Friday, July 15
5-10 p.m.
Basho Apparel
213 Xenia Avenue # 3, Yellow Springs (above The Winds)

The screenprinting and apparel business was launched in Dayton the summer of 2000 by New York native and current Yellow Springs resident Paul Baker. It opened to the public in 2003 and is now co-owned by Baker and Brian Johnson of Dayton.

MAIN ACTS for Cirque Carnival

Friday, July 15 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm

The universe converges at Dayton and Corry Streets, Yellow Springs, Oh

The best party around, The Dayton Street Cirque Carnival! Fire Dancers, Belly dancers, jugglers, unusual artists booths, fun stuff for kids and adults, interactive art projects and music, music, music being played live everywhere, on stage or by musicians sitting on the sidewalks Come in costume if you want to, lots of wonderous-strange sights. Magical things will happen at the Cirque this year!

Here's the line-up so far:

Main Stage (near corner cone)

6-7pm Sportfishing USA
7pm Egyptian Breeze
7:30-8:45pm YSKP Cotton Club Review
8:45pm Yoga Springs Studio
9-10pm The Undercovered

Acoustic Stage (down past Williams Eatery)

6-6:30pm Coat Hanger Halos
6:30 Brendan Sheehan Solo Act
7-8pm Acoustic Reveille
8-8:30 John and Maria Booth (Spoken Word)
8:30-9:30pm Johnny, Stills, Stash, and Youngin

Ring of Amazement

6:30-7pm Jill Becker Group - dance improv
7-7:30pm The Daredevil Circus Act 1 (aerial performance)
7:30 Juggling
8-8:30pm - Laylia - Tribal belly dance
8:30pm Flash mob dancers
9-9:30pm The Daredevil Circus Act 2
10pm Soul Fire Tribe

2nd Annual Cirque Carnival Kid's Parade

Children of all ages are welcome to parade in downtown YS in their costumes, masks and smiles to start off the 2011 Cirque Carnival.

We will all meet at 6 pm near Brother Bear's Cafe! Dress yourself and your kiddos in their masks, costumes, or just their smiling faces as we parade around the town to get this party started!!!! Then come to enjoy the carnival at the Kid's Corner where the YS Community Children's Center will have bubble fun, YS Montessori School will have "Do-it-Yourself" face painting, and The Antioch School will rock their unicycles…Hula hoops, face painting by Molly May Finch, and games also!! Yay!

When: July 15
Parade starts at 6:30 pm
Where: meet at 6 p.m. at corner of Corry and Dayton Street by Brother Bear

Who: Children of all ages

The Parade will end at the Kid’s Corner within the Cirque Carnival (across from Brother Bear's Cafe) with lots of games and activities for kids to enjoy!

Yellow Springs Experience this weekend!!

Yellow Springs Experience July 15-16-17 in the news:

Click here to read the article in the Dayton City Paper.

Local sculptor featured at 2011 Origins Game Fair

Leviathans' Grenouille-class Destroyer model

This 2-foot-long model was created by local sculptor Behrle Hubbuch and was on display in the Catalyst Game Labs booth at the 2011 Origins Game Fair in June.

From Behrle Hubbuch:

The ship in the video posted on Facebook was built for a gaming company named Catalyst Game Labs. It and another larger ship, 4' in length that is still under construction, were commissioned as part of their booth display used at various gaming conventions called "Cons". There are several "Cons" throughout the country that focus on different aspects of the gaming, comic book, Science Fiction and other hobby industries. Origins takes place in Columbus Ohio usually in June. The two ships I am building will be on display together for the first time at Gen Con in Indianapolis in mid August. The plan for both ships is to have the port holes and bridge windows lit from within and for smoke to vent from the smoke stacks. I will be finished building the second ship the Leviathan in about two weeks. Both ships are built from plastic stock, found objects, and things my wife has been trying to throw away for years. ;) The url's for Origins and Gen Con are and

See more about Behrle Hubbuch at his website:

Call to all dance enthusiasts

This weekend will be filled with lots of dancing opportunities---for both watchers and participants.

On Friday night, July 15, Jill Becker will present an improvised performance from 6:30-7 p.m. as part of Cirque Carnival in the ring at the intersection of Corry and Dayton Streets with dancers Tricia Gelmini and Elise Yaskoff (Yellow Springs) and Colleen Leonardi and Coco Loupe (Columbus). The dancers will explore movement structures or scores, akin to the rules of a game, along with musician Neal Kirkwood (New York) on accordion. Neal is in Yellow Springs as Musical Director of YSKP's The Cotton Club. All of the highly trained performers are life long improvisers. This will be the first time that they have worked together as a group. Magic could happen!!

To learn about the other dance options, click here to read Nancy Mellon's great article on

Visit to see the full line-up of Yellow Springs Experience events for July 15-16-17.

Pictured: Elise Yaskoff and Jill Becker
photos by Susan Gartner

Monday, July 11, 2011

Art, music and poetry in Yellow Springs

Art and music was plentiful Saturday night in downtown Yellow Springs.

Rob Heiliger provided music accompaniment during the Opening Reception for artist Jason Augenstein at Emporium Wines/Underdog Cafe.
Up the street, Mark DeLozier played music for guests attending the poetry reading at the Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery and Exhibition Space hosted by Anthony Fife and Lauren Shows. Current exhibiting artist Debra Wilburn spoke about her illustrations and the various responses she's received over the years.
Featured guests Matt Vetter and Adrienne Cassel read selections of their poetry.

Photos by Susan Gartner