Thursday, December 14, 2017

“ Celebrating The Banner Festival ” The YSAC Permanent Collection Local Art History Series

Presented by the YS Arts Council and the YS Arts & Culture Commission
Hosted by the Village of Yellow Springs at the John Bryan Community Center
January 19th-June 30th
Opening Reception January 19th 6-9 pm.
7 pm. Banner Festival Panel Talk:
 with Maxine Skuba, Beth Holyoke,
Katherine Merrill and Terri Schoch
Banner Slides created by Irwin Inman
Banner Festival Video created by Susan Gartner
Live Music-Mitch Coleman on Keyboard

The Banner Festival was a beloved Public Art tradition in Yellow Springs for many years. The Banners graced our downtown streets with color, humor and beauty.  Many local artists created unique banners, year after year. How did it start?  How did it keep going for so many years?  Will there be another Banner Festival?  Come hear the stories, see pictures of banners from across the years and see up close some of the original banners that still exist.

“Conceived by local artist Maxine Skuba as a way to brighten the downtown area during the gray winter months, and also as a means for individuals to create and display public art.  Each year a wide range of towns-people-both artists and non artists, school children and senior citizens - designed and sewed banners for this event.”

On the 19th, we will also be joyfully announcing our new home base for the YSAC Permanent Collection-The John Bryan Center!  We will be showing off the new work donated in 2017 to this very special local art collection.  Come meet the Artists and see the new art in the collection.  Refreshments will be served.
We would like to invite anyone who made a banner to come and share your stories and memorabilia at the reception on the 19th.  If you have a banner that you made for the Festival that you would like to loan for the show please contact Nancy Mellon, We need banners by January 14th. You can drop them off on January 13th or 14th  from 1-4 at the YSAC Gallery.  We will ask you to fill out a short form.  They will be up at the John Bryan Community Gallery from January 19th-June 30th.