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...

RESCHEDULED: ELAINE D. ORR A CELEBRATION OF LIFE

THE CELEBRATION OF LIFE OF ELAINE D. ORR, SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 29, WAS CANCELLED DUE TO AN ACCIDENT IN THE FAMILY AND WHILE ALL IS WELL NOW, THEY WERE NOT ABLE TO BE HERE. The celebration is now scheduled for Sunday, December 10, at 11 a.m. in The Washington in the Village of Yellow Springs. A light lunch will follow. Please mark your calendars and plan to join sons Gus and Jake Orr and their families and all of us at Yellow Springs to honor Elaine. Gus and Jake apologize for any inconvenience and trust you will join them on December 10.  They also would like any contributions in Elaine’s memory be made to Historic Yellow Springs.  Thank you. For more information, go to www.yellowsprings.org, call 610...

CHESTER SPRINGS STUDIO ARTIST OF THE MONTH

This is the first in a series of articles to highlight the extraordinary artists at the Chester Springs Studio who bring their talent and passion to share with our students. NELL HAZINSKI We are pleased to honor Nell Hazinski as our Artist of the Month for November. Nell remembers that when she first came to teach at the studio many years ago there was no potter’s wheel! In 1990 Nell left the Studio and accompanied her husband to Japan where he was teaching for four years. While there she taught art and pottery at an International School and had the opportunity to study the wonderful pottery and pottery techniques found there.  The family returned to the United States and Nell returned to the Chester Springs Studio. Nell sees her Studio experiences as exciting and filled with incredible energy. She said, “I think the village is a magical place where Feng shui exists. She is not the first person to express this feeling when visiting or working here. Nell will be conducting a Nerikomi workshop on November 5 here at the Studio. This old Japanese process uses colored clay to make designs which are then applied to pottery. Nell also works on her farm at her Milkhouse Studio where she teaches classes and workshops. A native of Northern New Jersey, she attended Rutgers University and later studied drawing and photography in Denver. Pottery, however, has been her “forever” love since Rutgers. Nell is happy to see all the growth at the Chester Springs Studio and gives praise to Matt Wren and Cher Pizzi for all the wonderful things they have brought to art in Chester...

YELLOW SPRINGS ART SHOW POSTER COMPOSITION

WHAT:  2018 YELLOW SPRINGS ART SHOW POSTER COMPETITION AND EXHIBITION WHEN:  December 8 – 17, 2017  WHERE:  Lincoln Galleries TIME:  Opening Reception Dec. 8 from 6 – 8 p.m. – Open Daily 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. THIS EVENT IS OPEN AND FREE TO THE COMMUNITY Join us in this first event to celebrate the 45th Annual Yellow Spring Art Show.  All artists in our current show are invited to submit work representing a village scene or an historic reference to Yellow Springs.  They may also submit one other piece of art.  All pieces are for sale with the exception of the piece that is chosen to represent the 2018 Art Show.  This piece will be auctioned at the Opening Gala of the show and you will see it on all our mailings, the catalog and other marketing pieces. Art Show Chair Maureen Fendrick said, “We have such talented artists in our show and we are always surprised how they interpret our village.  It is such fun and we can’t wait to see the work that they will bring to us this...