SPECIAL SCHERENSCHNITTE WORKSHOPS PLANNED

The Chester Springs Studio will be hosting special SCHERENSCHNITTE WORKSHOPS in October with one evening workshop for adults on October 5 and a morning workshop on October 8 for parent/guardian and child. Scherenschnitte is the art of cutting paper into decorative designs and comes from the German meaning “scissor cuts”.  Popular in Switzerland and Germany in the 16th century, it was brought to America in the 18th century when Germans settled in Pennsylvania.  This art work often has symmetry within the design and common forms include silhouettes, Valentines and love letters. Participants should bring a 10”x12” or 11”x8 1/2” frame, a pair of sharp pointed scissors and an x-acto knife.  (Children must be old enough to understand the use of scissors.) You will leave the workshop with a completed, framed work of art. John Miller will be our instructor. John states that he loves the insight Schernschnitte artwork gives into the life of Colonial America and has taught scissor cutting workshops in Chester County for many years.  A lifelong Chester County resident, he is a retired elementary school teacher, current president of the Chester County Historic Preservation Network, and an educator at Springton Manor Farm. Please visit http://yellowsprings.org/classes-workshops/workshops/ full details and to...

CHESTER SPRINGS STUDIO UPDATES

CHESTER SPRINGS STUDIO UPDATES FALL STUDIO CLASSES BEGIN SEPTEMBER 19  A full schedule of classes and workshops has been planned for the FALL SEMESTER – beginning the week of September 19.  You can review the schedule and class descriptions online at yellowsprings.org/classes-workshops/. Adult Fine Art Classes will explore drawing, painting and sculpture.  Several highlights include: NEW! – FROM CLAY TO BRONZE – go from sculpting to creating a mold for casting your sculpture NEW! – PORTRAIT PAINTING – lots of basic drawing and painting instruction with costumed models Landscaping Painting, Beginning Drawing, Painting Basics, and Life Drawing will also be offered. Adult Ceramics Classes will offer a variety of skills along with these NEW classes: NEW! – CLAY HALF AND HALF – incorporate both wheel throwing and hand building techniques NEW! – SCULPTURE FOR THE GARDEN – create relief and figurative sculpture in clay NEW! – STARTING WITH ANIMALS – hand building class to make animals – a long-necked giraffe vase? NEW! – POSSIBILITIES IN CLAY – hand building, wheel throwing combination creating in clay We will continue to offer Clay Your Way, All About the Wheel, Throwing Concentration, The Potters’ Wheel and Modes of Clay and our special Pottery for Beginners on Sundays. Kids and Teens Classes –  NEW FOR KIDS – INTRODUCTION TO ANIMATION to produce a short animated sequence; YOUNG MASTERS:  DRAWING & PAINTING; DRAWING AND PAINTING NATURE as well as Creative Clay, Fun and Functional Ceramics.  TEENS will be exploring DRAWING CLASS AND THROUGH THE WHEEL. It is an exciting class semester filled with learning and creativity.  Schedule now and enjoy the beautiful Fall season...

JURYING OPEN FOR THE YELLOW SPRINGS FINE ARTS AND CRAFT SHOW

The Yellow Springs Fine Arts and Craft Show is scheduled to be held November 11, 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Lincoln Building Galleries and in The Washington.  Booth spaces are available for a rental fee with a jury process needed.  Get your application to jury NOW online at yellowsprings.org/event/fine-arts-craft-show/.  Details of the show and booth sizes are listed. We are searching for ceramics, glass, wood, paper, fiber arts, photography, jewelry and more.  All arts and crafts artists are welcome.  Booth space is limited so we encourage you to apply to jury ASAP. For those of us who are not artists, this will be the perfect time to grab your holiday shopping list and come over to Yellow Springs to begin your shopping.  You can get an early start on holiday giving with a fine array of gifts for everyone on your list.  You will fine unique and one-of-a-kind pieces that are sure to delight your family and friends. If you would like to volunteer in support of this event, please email Volunteer Coordinator Kathy McGarry at...

2016 TOWN TOURS AND VILLAGE WALKS TROLLEY TOURS- A HUGE SUCCESS

Three trolley cars entered our village on the afternoon of July 14 to launch the 2016 Town Tours and Village Walks program at Historic Yellow Springs.  This was a program long in the planning as Moore Archivist, Sandy Momyer, worked with the four surrounding townships to organize a tour that focused on the Supplying Freedom Tour as part of the 300th Anniversary of the Iron and Steel industry in Chester County. Sandy extends her thanks to Charlestown, East Pikeland, West Pikeland and West Vincent Townships for their support.  Also, the Mill at Anselma, the Charlestown Historical Society, East Pikeland Historical Society, West Vincent Historical Committee, and the Horse-Shoe Trail Conservancy were deeply involved in the tour and the support of its members was deeply appreciated. We were pleased to host 340 people on the trolley tour who then returned to cool drinks and snacks at The Washington. The Information tables set up by the townships and sites provided expanded historic knowledge for our visitors to peruse. To facilitate this there were 40 volunteers, including HYS staff, who served as guides on the trolleys, checking-in visitors, serving refreshments, hosting our Information Tables, directing traffic and any other task that needed to be done. We thank all our visitors and volunteers who made this event such fun and such a success. We also thank Karen Marshall, Chester County Historic Preservation Officer, for all her support to facilitate the trolley...

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK- September 2016

Hi Everyone, After the hot summer we had this year, we at HYS are really looking forward to September and the Fall.  I can’t believe that Labor Day is here and school has already started.   Our fall art classes are already online and will start September 19th.  And even if you can’t sign up for a class, there are a number of fall workshops that will satisfy your creative soul, so please check out our website for details. We will have our Annual Meeting on Sunday October 2nd so please mark your calendars and come Sunday afternoon to hear all about what has been accomplished this past year and what are our plans moving forward.  After the meeting please stay to enjoy some food and drink and mingle with friends and neighbors. We are also excited about our Fall Fine Arts and Craft show happening November 11th, 12th and 13th. It will be twice as big this year with a wider variety of exceptional crafts and art. We will continue to keep you posted about all that is happening here.  The village is looking great thanks to all of the garden club volunteers who are keeping the gardens beautiful; our beautiful rebuilt stone walls made possible through a generous donation and all of the efforts of the HYS Volunteers, Staff and Board. See you in the village, Eileen Can You Help Us? This fall, our Wood Kiln will be using a lot of wood and we are in need of a gas-powered log splitter to split the wood logs we’ve collected over the summer. If you have one in good working order,...

ANNUAL MEETING IN OCTOBER

WHAT:  HYS ANNUAL MEETING WHEN:  Sunday, October 2, 2016 WHERE:  The Lincoln Building TIME:  2:00 PM The Board of Directors of Historic Yellow Springs will hold its Annual Meeting on Sunday, October 2nd, at 2 p.m. in the Lincoln Building. Everyone is invited to attend! At this time, you will hear from Board President Gail Fishman and Executive Director Eileen McMonagle as they report on the “state of the village.” They will share the business and finances of the Board as well as the events, art classes, property issues, and all that is happening at Yellow Springs.  It is also a time to learn about plans for the coming year. We are pleased to report that our self-sustaining goals are being met as we move forward. Plan to be here to hear the details that are allowing us to do so.  It is a very exciting time in the village. The Volunteer of the Year award will be announced at the Annual Meeting.  The Annual Meeting is also a great opportunity to meet the Board of Directors, our Executive Director and the staff of...