FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK- July/August 2016

Hi Everyone, What a busy summer we’re having here at Historic Yellow Springs! Every weekend there are weddings in The Washington; art classes in the Studio Barn and on the grounds; art shows in the Lincoln and beautiful gardens to see and enjoy.  Thanks to all of our garden clubs who continue to come out in this hot weather to keep our gardens beautiful.  The Philadelphia Unit of the Herb Society of America is seeing a lot of use of their medical herb garden by the Revolutionary War hospital ruin. Conestoga Garden Club is receiving rave reviews from everyone who sees their gardens in the front of the Lincoln Building and Twin Valley Garden Club, with a special thanks to Nancy Holman and Dot Alloway, has completely redesigned our wonderful courtyard garden and the Brides are loving it!! Finally, Whitford Hills’ garden in the triangle of Art School and Yellow Springs Road is a beautiful and striking welcome to the village. On Thursday of this week we will again be hosting Chester County’s Town Tours and Village Walks. This year is very special for us in that we are providing a Trolley Tour of not just Historic Yellow Springs but of a number of historic sites throughout the four townships that are part of Northern Chester County. I would like to personally thank Sandy Momyer who has been working so hard on this tour and all of the 300 Year Iron and Steel Anniversary events for over a year! This e-News will be our last for the summer and we want to remind everyone that we have a number...

Happy Summer!

Historic Yellow Springs wishes each of you a happy summer filled with fun, relaxation and memories.  Summer in the village is busy and will continue filled with tours, exhibitions, art classes for adults and children, an archaeological dig and special workshops.  While all this is going on, we are busily planning for a vigorous fall season so watch for our September e-News to see what is on the calendar....
MITCH LYONS POTTERY WORKSHOP AT CHESTER SPRINGS STUDIO

MITCH LYONS POTTERY WORKSHOP AT CHESTER SPRINGS STUDIO

Mitch Lyons will present a two-day pottery workshop Surface Treatments for Pottery at Chester Springs Studio on Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17, 2016, from 10 am. to 4 p.m. each day. Mitch Lyons Pottery Workshop Chester Springs Studio is honored to host a new pottery workshop with Mitch Lyons. Due to popular demand, Mitch Lyons has returned to teach Surface Treatments for Pottery. The workshop is open to all levels of potters. Cost is $210 for members; $230 non-members. Learn to apply innovative colored-clay surface treatments Create seamless hand-built pottery Come away from the workshop with original pottery (no trimming needed) Tuition includes white or brown stoneware clay Surface Treatments for Pottery Mitch will explore his unique process of hand-built pottery using a series of dowel rods in graduated sizes to hollow out the center.  This allows you to create one-of-a-kind surfaces by adding colored clay slips, textures and inlaid designs as the pottery is being formed.  The resulting ceramic cylinders can be virtually any length and diameter, of uniform thickness and without seams.  He will also show how the cylinders may be further altered and finished into a variety of shapes. If you love pottery and interesting surface patterns, textures and designs–this workshop is for you!   REGISTER NOW! Mitch Lyons was recently featured in Ceramics Art Daily. About Mitch Lyons Mitch Lyons earned his Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Ceramics from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, and his Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Graphics from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His pottery and clay monoprints can be found in numerous private and public collections throughout the United States,...

SPRING CLASSES AT CHESTER SPRINGS STUDIO

  Ceramics classes began Monday, April 4 (but there’s still time to sign up for end of the week classes) through June 11, 2016.  Fine Art classes begin on May 16 and run through June 11.  And don’t forget Creativity Abounds for our kids and our Teen Classes as well! You can register online at http://yellowsprings.org/classes-workshops.  Members enjoy a discounted fee. We want to highlight some new classes offered this spring: THE ART OF BOTANICAL PAINTING – taught by Fran Phaneuf, discover the exciting world of botanical art using precise brushwork to create accurate botanical paintings.  Learn about dry brush work, colors in nature and the language of flowers. PERFECT SETTINGS – taught by Jessica Greet, learn how to make a cohesive three-piece place setting.  From mug, to bowl, to plate, this throwing intensive project will allow students to focus in on specific design elements. REMINDERS: MEMBERS WOOD KILN FIRING – April 2-3 WORKSHOP:  SURFACE TREATMENTS FOR POTTERY WITH MITCH LYONS – April 16 – 17 POTTERY SALE:   May 12 at Annual Herb Sale MEMBERS WOOD KILN FIRING – May 14-15 MEMBERS ART SHOW – June 3 – 12 MEMBERS WOOD KILN FIRING – June 4-5 UPCOMING WORKSHOPS:  One-Day Raku Firing with Brett Thomas – August 13 It’s Method Not Machismo: Throwing Large Scale Forms with Kevin Crowe–September 17-18 For further information on classes or the Members Art Show, contact Cher Pizzi at cpizzi@yellowsprings.org; for information on the Ceramics Studio and the Wood Fired Kiln, contact Matt Wren at mwren@yellowsprings.org....

“CAPTURING THE BEAUTY OF THE SPRINGS” AT PENN STATE

WHAT: “CAPTURING THE BEAUTY OF THE SPRINGS” EXHIBITION WHEN:  April 15 through May 25, 2016 WHERE:  Penn State Great Valley TIME:  8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily OPENING:  April 14 – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. COST:  Open free to the public Historic Yellow Springs and the Penn State Great Valley Campus have partnered to present the exhibition, CAPTURING THE BEAUTY OF THE SPRINGS:  100 Years Celebrating the Inspiration that is Historic Yellow Springs.  The show in the Henry Gallery opens on April 14 with a 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Opening Reception. The exhibition will run April 15 through May 25 from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily and is open free to the public. 2016 marks the 100-year anniversary of artists working and living in the village of Yellow Springs.  It was the magic and enchantment of this special village that prompted John Frederick Lewis, president of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine arts, to purchase this property in 1916. As with the French Impressionists, artists in America had begun to sketch and paint in the open air capturing the effects of light, atmosphere and color.  An early catalog stated: …The chief objective of the Academy in establishing a summer school in the country is to supplement the work done during the Winter at its school in Philadelphia, by instruction in painting in the OPEN AIR. En plein air painting was the center of the country school until its closing in 1952.  (After World War II, art moved toward a more contemporary abstract genre).   Interest in open air painting, however, continued as many students married and settled in the Chester Springs...

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK- April 2016

Hi Everyone, It’s April and Spring is finally here. We are going to be incredibly busy these next couple of months and I hope to see many of you here in the village for a whole host of events. When you stop by, check out all of the beautiful daffodils that are blooming everywhere in the village. And just in time for the Yellow Springs Art Show, we have the beautiful re-built stone walls in front of the Lincoln building, which were made possible through a generous donation. Speaking of the Art Show, it’s the 43rd continuous year we’ve been running this wonderful event.  The show was started by a group of individuals who were committed to establishing a strong visual arts presence in this part of Chester County and I hope all of you agree that we have been able to build on their vision throughout the years.  This show is a prime example of what is so special about this place. It is also a major fundraiser for us and is critically important to our continued success. Please come out and support our artists as well as HYS; 35% of the sales of the artwork goes to HYS and is tax deductible. We would like to thank 4Seasons Arborscapes for donating their expertise in helping to “hold off” the deterioration of our wonderful 300 year old Sycamore tree located above the courtyard.  Thanks also to Tristate Equipment who generously donated the use of the vertical lift equipment. And finally, we are working hard to get the grounds and buildings ready for all of our events.  Please come out...

THE 2016 YELLOW SPRINGS ART SHOW IS HERE!

Paintings, Drawings, Graphics, Sculpture, Ceramic Art WHEN:  Saturday, April 23 through Sunday, May 8, 2016 WHERE:  Lincoln Building Galleries TIME:  10 a.m. – 4 p.m. DAILY OPENING GALA RECEPTION:  Friday, April 22 – 6 – 9 p.m. – Tickets Available Now HAPPY HOUR:  Friday, April 29, 2016 – 5:30 – 8 p.m. Historic Yellow Springs is proud to announce the opening of the Yellow Springs Art Show  One hundred ninety-four artists (the most ever!) will be exhibiting paintings, drawings, graphics, sculptures and ceramic art, which was such a popular addition to our show in 2015. Tickets are available for our exciting Opening Gala on Friday, April 22, from 6 – 9 p.m . Visit www.yellowsprings.org to purchase tickets. The 2016 Show includes: Paintings, sculpture, drawings, and ceramic art presented by 194 artists (23 of them for the first time) are exhibited in the Lincoln Building Galleries on the first and second floor Prints and other unframed art work are exhibited in the Studio Barn. Here you will find hundreds of wonderful pieces that you can frame yourself. 2016 Art Show Poster by Jim McFarlane.  Titled “Autumn Glory”, this painting will be sold by silent auction at the Opening Gala on Friday evening, April 22nd.  Printed copies of the poster will be available for purchase throughout the show, as well as notecards featuring this image and images from past years. SEEK ‘N FIND art scavenger hunt is available daily to delight our young visitors.  Ask for the list of items to “seek” at the reception desk and let your children explore and “see” what is happening in the paintings on the wall.  Great fun for...

GAS KILN INAUGRAL FIRING AT CERAMICS STUDIO

On Wednesday, February 24th we unloaded the first firing of our new gas kiln at Chester Springs Studio in Historic Yellow Springs. The 24-cubic-foot gas kiln was generously donated to HYS by Wendy Cotton. The firing, managed by Ceramic Studio Supervisor Matt Wren, is a reduction cone 10 firing reaching approximately 2350 degrees Fahrenheit, taking roughly 12 hours to complete. Matt stated, “This is a unique venue for ceramicists in the area to utilize our kilns and explore new techniques and styles.” The process of reduction refers to the atmosphere inside the kiln as it is fired. During the firing the fuel to air ratio is reduced, creating a lack of oxygen that causes gas to seek out additional sources of oxygen for combustion. In doing this, it extracts oxides from the glazes and clay, achieving unique glaze colors and characteristics. The Cone 10 Gas Kiln Pottery Class with Nell Hazinski, along with invited community potters, participated in the initial test firing. The results of the firing provide important information for the students who will participate in a second firing during the last week of the class. We are excited to have this new addition to the High Fire Pavilion and will continue to offer classes to develop skills in creating pottery for cone 10 reduction firings. For more information about this kiln or our wood burning kiln schedule contact Matt Wren at mwren@yellowsprings.org or 610 827-7414 ext  21. Community/members wood burning firings are scheduled for April, May and June.  Check at...

SUMMER CAMP AT YELLOW SPRINGS – ADVANCED NOTICE

Historic Yellow Springs is in the process of finalizing its SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM FOR 2016.  As we dot the i’s and cross the t’s, we want you to be aware that our full schedule of camp programs will be announced in our April e-News.  Check your calendars for the following dates and keep them open for your children to enjoy a fantastic experience right here in our village. The weeks planned include:  June 20 – 24; June 27 – July 1; July 11 – 15; July 18 – 22.  We hope one or more of these weeks will fit your summer schedule and we will be able to include your children in our summer fun.  We always look forward to the scamper of small feet and the shouts of laughter as children enjoy the pleasures of Yellow...