Celebrating Clay – Chester Springs Studio at 40!

Celebrating Clay – Chester Springs Studio at 40! Celebrating Clay Artist’s Reception: September 23, 2 – 5pm Exhibit: September 23 – October 7, 2018 Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 2-8pm Saturdays & Sundays, noon-4pm  Chester Springs Studio, in Historic Yellow Springs, is commemorating a milestone 40th anniversary with the exhibition Celebrating Clay from September 23 through October 7, 2018. The exhibition enriches the Studio’s current clay and wood-firing program while simultaneously honoring our commitment to the field of ceramics and clay artists. Celebrating Clay features functional and sculptural work by thirty-three recognized ceramic artists from across the Delaware Valley. A festive artists’ reception with music by the West Chester University Steel Drum Ensemble and refreshments opens the exhibition on Sunday, September 23, 2-5pm. Ceramics Demonstrations, throwing on the wheel and firing the wood-kiln, are planned for October 6, 2-4pm. Celebrating Clay’s exhibition, artists’ reception, and ceramics demonstrations are open and free to the public. If you would like to volunteer to work at this exhibit, please click on the button directly below. For additional questions about the exhibit, email Matt Wren, Ceramics Studio Supervisor or call 610.827.7414 ext. 21. More...

Archaeology for Kids

Kids—Learn about Archaeology and Participate in an Actual Dig at Historic Yellow Springs! Join the fun on August 13-17, at the Historic Yellow Springs Archaeology Dig for Kids, for ages 8 to 16 years, in Chester Springs, Chester County, Pennsylvania. What treasures can you unearth at an archaeology dig? Here at Historic Yellow Springs (HYS) we have discovered projectile points used by Native Americans, paint brushes used by artists in decades past, oyster shells from when HYS was a resort, and marbles from when it hosted an orphanage. Last year we found a toy trolley car. A professional archaeologist will coordinate the dig and train the children in how to survey the site, excavate and sift soil to uncover artifacts, track daily progress, map discoveries and record findings All archaeological findings are documented and become art of the historic record at HYS. This popular hands-on summer dig allows kids to learn about local history while studying the process of archaeology. Kids research and explore local history as they follow clues left by the artifacts to identify the object, how it was used and by whom. They learn about past human lifestyles and events, and discover how and why they have changed. Information recovered from the dig plays an important part in reconstructing local history. There are just a few spots left (for children 8–16 years). Classes begin on Monday, August 13th. Questions? Email Cher Pizzi, HYS Studio Program Manager, cpizzi@yellowsprings.org. Learn more and Register >...

Workshops: Introductory to Mold Making for Sculptors

This summer we have a great line up of workshops for artists and sculptors! On August 4th and 5th we are offering a mold making workshop for sculptors with George McMonigle. “Did you ever want to make a mold of one of your sculptures or wonder how they were made?” Maybe you had mold making back in school and wondered what has changed! If so, this workshop is a perfect place to start. You will be making a silicon mold of a small (3′ to 4′) very simple sculpture. A demonstration will be given explaining modern mold making materials and techniques. Time will be given to create a small sculpture. George will then walk you through the step-by-step process of dividing your piece with shims, pouring layers of silicon and making a mother mold and a plaster cast of your work. In mold making “size matters.” To get the most out of this workshop and an understanding of the process, we will only be molding a small simple sculpture. This same process can easily be scaled up for much larger and more complex sculptures in your own studios. More information and registration...

WE WELCOME BABY THEODORE

Congratulations to Caitlin Burton and George Meresitzis as they welcome baby Theodore Spiros Meresitzis into their lives.  Caitlin serves as Venue Manager at Historic Yellow Springs planning and hosting all our weddings and events at The Washington. Theo was born on December 27, 2017, weighing 7 lbs. 12 oz. and 21 inches long.  Caitlin told us, “This was the best day of my life and experience to bring this little soul into this world.”  She reports that he is a very good baby and got all gold stars on his one-month check-up.  We look forward to watching Theo grow and thrive. Caitlin will be returning to her position here at HYS following a maternity leave. Her creative and business skills will continue to assist our brides in planning the most memorable day of their lives and introduce The Washington to area corporate partners. Again, all best wishes to Caitlin and George and their new little...

LOOKING TO SPRING AT THE CHESTER SPRINGS STUDIO

2018 Spring Semester is beginning soon at the Chester Springs Studio in Historic Yellow Springs.  We are offering a variety of classes and options to fit into your schedules.  The beginning semester dates are: Fine Art Classes:  March 12 – April 14 (5 weeks) Fine Art Classes:  May 21 – June 22 (5 weeks) Ceramic Classes:  March 26 – June 10 (10 weeks) We are currently working on final class and workshop schedules and they will be posted soon.  When finalized you may view the schedule, class descriptions and register online at:  http://yellowsprings.org/classes-workshops/ .  Questions?  Email Cher Pizzi, Studio Program Manager at cpizzi@yellowsprings.org.  Or call, 610 827-7414 Ext....

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...