WORKSHOPS SCHEDULED AT THE CHESTER SPRINGS STUDIO

THE PAINTERLY APPROACH – AN EXPLORATION March 24-25 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with Georganna Lenssen CARVING ORGANIC CLAY SCULPTURE March 24-25 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with Bob Deane CLAY MONOPRINTING WORKSHOP April 7-8 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. With Mitch Lyons ALL MIXED UP MULTI-MEDIA WORKSHOP May 19-20 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with Nancy Barch Check our website now for details on the workshops, our artist instructors, and fee schedules.  www.yellowsprings.org. Workshops do fill so register now to secure your spot.  For questions contact Cher Pizzi, Studio Program Manager, at 610 827-7414 Ext. 16 or...

NCECA CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN PITTSBURGH

The 2018 52nd annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts (NCECA) will be held March 14-17 in Pittsburgh, PA.   CROSS CURRENTS:  CLAY AND CULTURE is a huge yearly gathering of ceramic artists, K-12 schools, community centers, universities, museums, galleries, businesses, organizations, collectors and enthusiasts of the ceramic arts from the United States and 20 foreign countries.   NCECA fosters education and appreciation for the ceramic arts through programs, publications, exhibitions, and resources to inspire advancement of the field and creative opportunities for artists. Excitement is building for this event right here in our Ceramic Studio at Chester Springs.  Eileen McMonagle, Executive Director, a ceramic artist, herself, and Matt Wren, our Ceramic Studio Supervisor, a ceramic artist, too, will be attending the 2018 conference.   Joining them will be a group of our ceramic artists/faculty and students who look forward to this exciting experience.  Our Studio assistant Pam Nobles will be a volunteer at the conference. Ceramic arts are featured along with teaching and learning.  Fellowships are given by NCECA for independent research; awards for emerging artists; as well as international residency experiences.  The conference will include presentations on kilns and glazes; exploration of cultural traditions, knowledge and innovations; demonstrations of techniques; and historic pottery illustrating the past as well as contemporary pottery looking to the future.   There will be a Research Center focusing on the latest books, catalogues, journals, and magazines from around the world highlighting ceramics.  A Gallery Expo will feature the sale of extraordinary works in clay and a special exhibition with present the work of K-12 schools fostering creativity in learning. Eileen and...

From the Director’s Desk…February 2018

Hi Everyone, Welcome to February! What an exciting first weekend we had. Whether you’re an avid Eagles fan or just enjoy the excitement of seeing an underdog team going up against the established “top dog” and winning, the Super Bowl was an exciting game to watch. Now that the Super Bowl is done, we’re hoping for an early spring because, here at HYS we are in full Yellow Springs Art Show mode.  This year, which is our 45th, is looking to be our largest show ever.  This art show is the single biggest fundraiser for HYS as well as a fabulous showcase for all of our artists of which the vast majority are local.  We strive to keep this show free and open to the public and how we achieve that is through sponsorships. If you are a local business, an art lover or just want to support HYS- please consider becoming a Yellow Springs Art Show sponsor. All of the sponsor information and benefits are on our website: yellowsprings.org/about/yellow-springs-art-show Also, this is a friendly reminder that we still need your support of our Annual Appeal. We are two/thirds of the way to meeting our Annual Appeal goal of $66,000. This money directly supports the preservation of the village and helps us pay expenses such as utilities, building maintenance, insurance and local taxes.  These are a big part of the expenses of running this 300 year old historic village. So, I wish you a speedy recovery from the Super Bowl, an early spring and many opportunities to visit and support this unique and special place. See you in the village,...

45th ANNUAL YELLOW SPRINGS ART SHOW UNDERWAY!

The 2018 45th Yellow Springs Art Show is underway! And just when we think we have exceeded our capability, we are posed to once again grow our show and bring innovation and change that is sure to please. Our Art Show Committee has already been busy with jurying new artists and art work for the show as well as choosing the work of Barbara Grant, PAINTING YELLOW SPRINGS, for our 2018 show poster.  The show opens with our traditional ticketed Gala event on Friday, April 27.   The official opening day is Saturday, April 28, and will run through Sunday, May 13.  All of this happens after many months of intense planning, coordinating and organizing. Chairperson Maureen Fendrick announced we will be exhibiting 214 artists in the 2018 show.  Of this number, 24 are new artists exhibiting for the first time and bringing new concepts, styles and genre.  Mo is very proud of the 35 volunteers who are working diligently to produce our show and bring you a one-of-a-kind viewing experience.  She says, “I want to thank our volunteers and our artists who form a dedicated team with talents, patience and time who bring together our spectacular show.” Mo encourages you to follow the show on Facebook to see artwork that will be exhibited this year. Our Gala will introduce Perfect Settings caterers who are sure to please our guests. Remember our Happy Hour on Friday, May 4 from 5 – 8 p.m. Plus, we will again hold Puppy Adoption Day on Sunday, April 29.  New this year will be “open late” days on May 3 and 4 and May 10 and 11 when the...

NOVEMBER IS NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

On August 3, 1990, President George H. W. Bush declared November to be Native American Heritage Month.  This was a landmark bill honoring America’s tribal people and building bridges of understanding and friendship in local areas. Historic Yellow Springs is pleased to honor the Lenape Indians who first built their campfires and erected their lodges in our area, establishing a village here.   Long before white settlers were to name the area Pikeland, the Lenape knew of the curious yellow water which bubbled up from the ground and were the original people to name Yellow Springs. William Penn made treaties with these peace-loving Americans who were settled here.  Archeological evidence suggests that the Lenape Indians utilized the magical springs for medicinal and ceremonial purposes.  In the summer of 2006, Dr. Heather Wholey, Assoc. Professor of Anthropology at West Chester University, brought her class to our village and they did a field project discovering the existence of a village in the Iron Spring Gazebo area.  Significant artifacts were uncovered from the Late Archaic (3000-1000 BC) period.  A notched point of Quartz Eshbach from the Middle Woodland (300 BC-500 AD) period was also unearthed. Other archeological research has been conducted since that beginning exploration and we continue to hold our Archeological Camps for kids during the summer months.  All the “digs” have produced interesting artifacts covering all the eras of HYS history. The Lenape were Woodland Indians who hunted, fished and even cleared land in their villages for growing crops such as corn, pumpkins, squash and beans.  They assisted the early Welsh, Quaker, German and English settlers in clearing land for their...