Monday, January 28, 2013

Call for Art Donations -- Annual Antioch School Fundraiser

The Antioch School is seeking art donations of any type for its 2013 Comedy Show & Silent Auction on March 23.  This huge, highly successful event puts your work in front of an engaged supportive crowd of about 250.  

All Silent Auction items have a minimum value of $50, and artists are welcome to contribute items of lesser value (which would be grouped with other items).  Donations can be dropped off at the Antioch School or a volunteer would be happy to pick them up.

This event -- featuring Milt Abel from Stand Up Dads, heavy hors d'oeuvres, open wine bar and raffle ticket opportunities for four flights anywhere in the country -- was an early sell out last year and the same is expected this year.  For a donation form or ticket information, contact Beth Bridgeman at

Monday, January 21, 2013

2013 YSAC Members Show -- "Art for Change"

The 2013 YSAC Members Show -- "Art for Change" -- opens on February 15, and it seems apropos on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to remember the power of art to promote awareness, provoke dialogue and inspire action!

Art opens minds, touches hearts and changes the world...Join with your fellow artists in making a difference! Drop off art at the YSAC Gallery on February 2 & 3 (1-4pm), and you can become a member of the YS Arts Council at that time if you are not already one.  Contact Nancy Mellon (937-767-1366 or if you have any questions.

(The Eyes Have It by Sherraid Scott)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Final 3 Days of YSAC's Holiday Art Jumble

You still have 3 days to get your hands on fascinating, lovable, crafty and "arty" items at the YS Arts Council Community Gallery (111 Corry Street)!  The Holiday Art Jumble Exhibit & Sale continues through Sunday, January 20 with "Half-Off Days".  Stop by from 1-4pm to see what treasures you can discover!

YSKP's Mardi Gras Gala FUNdraiser -- January 9, 6-11pm (Glen Auditorium)

The YS Kids Playhouse invites you to eat, drink and be merry at its Mardi Gras Gala FUNdraiser and Gaston Boudreaux – The Cajun Robin Hood Kick-Off Party!  The YSKP family brings you a carnival of entertainment in keeping with its mission to cultivate the development of future leaders and innovatively engage audiences.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy Creole delicacies from Chef John Steiding such as Jambalaya, Gumbo, Boiled Crawfish, Cajun Boudin and Muffaletta while being entertained by a variety of performers including Emma Woodruff, Jill Becker, Jennifer Gilchrist, John Fleming & Byron Crews, Sharon Perry, Walter Rhodes, DJ Clean Gene and Mark Lorenz.  And, we have carved out a portion of the evening for King Cake, Bead Throwing and the Mardi Gras Mambo!  Other fun stuff – Pierre Nagley’s fabric flowers, photo ops with Sondy Kai’s upcycled plastic body masks and a raffle featuring Tecumseh Land Trust’s Swamp Tour.  So, pull out your most outrageous masks, don your favorite purples, golds & greens, gather your Krewe & “Laissez les bons temps rouler”!

The festivities begin at 6pm with aperitifs and appetizers accompanied by Zydeco music and performances from our YSKP youth, including Shekinah Williams & Jack Lewis.  At 7:30pm, we move to the main course with everything from blackened redfish and shrimp & grits to red beans & rice and oysters; the entertainment continues with Mardi Gras-inspired melodies and a sneak preview of the YSKP’s 2013 Summer Show, Gaston Boudreaux – The Cajun Robin Hood.  From 9-11pm, the dance floor opens and if you want some of those pretty beads, just shout “Throw me somethin’, mister!”

Gaston Boudreaux was created by the YSKP in 2002; this original production investigates the impact of the environment on cultural changes, a timely message given the 100th anniversary of the Great Flood of 1913.  This is the first time that the YSKP has revisited one of its popular musicals.  “As the YSKP enters its 19th year, we are ever grateful to the people of Yellow Springs for almost two decades of support as audiences, actors, volunteers and patrons,” says YSKP Founder and Artistic Director John Fleming.  The Cajun Robin Hood will be performed at the Antioch Amphitheater from July 11-21, 2013.  For more information, visit

Dance your winter blues away at YSKP’s Mardi Gras Gala FUNdraiser – this will be the highlight of the winter season.  Tickets are $65 for adults, $115 for couples and $35 for students (under 21).  Seating is limited and there will be no ticket sales at the door.  Reservations must be confirmed by February 1.  For reservations, contact Bette Kelley at 937-767-1910 or  Details (including full menu) can be found at our Facebook event.  The YSKP would like to thank our 2013 partners, which include Tecumseh Land Trust, Glen Helen, Miami Conservancy District, YS Community Foundation, Antioch College, Ohio Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts.