From the Director’s Desk…June 2017

Hi Everyone, Thanks to all who came out to enjoy and purchase the incredible artwork that was on display at our 44thAnnual Yellow Springs Art Show.  Our thanks go to Maureen Fendrick, art show chair, and co-chairs Gail Fishman, Lisa Seward, Kathy McGarry, Jan Mest and Tracey Gola plus all of our volunteers who worked so hard to truly make it a beautiful and successful show.  Special thanks to Gail Fishman who spent countless hours setting up our new art show sales software.The month of May was incredibly busy for us here in the village.  In addition to our art show, we continued our tradition of supporting the arts with the award of two art scholarships. The Historic Yellow Springs Prize at PAFA has been given to a graduating senior, in honor of George Congdon, since 1985. The Tom and Jan Hall Art Scholarship is in its second year and is given to a graduating senior from Downingtown East High School.  Both award recipients are chosen by the school’s art faculty. We start June with our 20th Annual Jazz at the Springs. When you come, you will see the village full of activity with Jazz Fest going on behind the Chester Springs Studio or inside the Studio Barn painting studio if it rains. There will also be a wood kiln firing, pottery wheel throwing demo and great pots for sale. Our thanks go to Board Members Bob Willson and Steve Cottone for “chairing” the entire event and to our Sponsors who, through their donations, enable HYS to offer this wonderful family event for free. We have lots of things...

IN REMEMBRANCE OF ELAINE ORR

HISTORIC YELLOW SPRINGS SADLY ANNOUNCES THE PASSING OF ELAINE D. ORR 1945 – 2017 Elaine Orr became a member of Historic Yellow Springs in 1978 shortly after she moved to Chester Springs.  She joined the Board of Directors and become president of the Board for the first time in 1980.  She was to serve a total of three terms as president over the years.  When not president, she worked diligently as a Board member and volunteer, chairing and serving on all committees.  She was the epitome of TIME, TALENT AND TREASURE. Elaine worked closely with then Executive Director Sandy Momyer and together they weathered many successes and challenges.  The permit to build our large parking facility was secured after three year’s deliberation with the community.  Together Elaine and Sandy wrote the state grant to secure a loan to rebuild our sewer system.  Our first open space easement was established.  And, Elaine worked hard in rehabbing our wonderful historic buildings, growing our programs and events, upgrading our organizational functions, and just keeping HYS alive and moving forward. There are many wonderful stories and pictures of Elaine at HYS doing everything from painting rooms, gardening, cooking, Frolicking in the meadow, presiding at meetings and so much more.  Elaine was ready for any obstacle.  She would sit down, analyze the situation and then come up with a plan to move on – which always worked!  She enjoyed telling the story of her first day as president of the Board in 1980 when she opened a piece of mail. It was a foreclosure statement on the Yellow Springs property from Girard Bank.  HYS had...

SUMMER CLASS REGISTRATION

Class registration for the Summer Semester will go live on Monday, June 5, 2017.  Adult classes include throwing and handbuilt pottery, drawing, still life painting, plein air painting, sculpture, and life drawing and painting. We are offering pottery and drawing/painting classes for teens, as well claymation animation for kids. Register on June 5th at http://yellowsprings.org/classes-workshops/. Workshops in oil and acrylic painting, watercolor painting and mixed media are currently available for registration online at http://yellowsprings.org/classes-workshops/workshops/.Kids’ Half-Day Summer Camp and Archaeology Dig is currently available for registration at:...

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AT CHESTER SPRINGS STUDIO

THE PAINTERLY APPROACH— AN EXPLORATION WITH GEORGANNA LENSSEN Saturday and Sunday – June 17 – 18 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.Explore still life or image as a point of departure. Rather than simply recording or representing the painting subject, students will explore their connection to a subject and its essence. We will discuss contemporary painters and approaches to painting while developing our working knowledge and visual awareness of composition, shapes, color, paint application and surface quality. In this marriage of “interpretation and expression” students will learn a contemporary and liberating method of painting. All levels welcome – limited to 12 students                 $110 for members/$125 non-members   PAINTING IN NATURE’S STUDIO – WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP WITH MICK McANDREWSSaturday and Sunday – August 12 – 13 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This two-day en plein air workshop at Yellow Springs is the best way to learn to maximize your painting time in the outdoors with beautiful surroundings, natural light and the sights and sounds of nature.  Nature’s Studio presents a great challenge as well as a great reward. You will gain a partnership of you the artist with the medium.  Come enjoy the magic that makes watercolor so distinctive. All levels welcome – limited to 12 students                 $170 for members/$190 non-members   MULTI-MEDIA WORKSHOP WITH NANCY BARCHSaturday and Sunday – August 26 – 27 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Explore your creative vocabulary and learn new techniques each day in this multi-media workshop.  You will learn to combine paint, pastels, and printmaking to achieve stunning results in color and texture.  Techniques such as image transfers, monotypes and wax paper reverse printing will be...

DON’T MISS THE 23rd TOWN TOURS AND VILLAGE WALKS 2017

  WHAT:  CHESTER COUNTY 23RD TOWN TOURS AND VILLAGE WALKS WHEN:   Thursday, July 27 – RAIN OR SHINE! WHERE:  Village of Yellow Springs TIME:  Tours begin 5:30 p.m. and continue till 7 p.m. COST:  FREE to the public – everyone invitedHistoric Yellow Springs is pleased to be participating in the 2017 Town Tours and Village Walks program on Thursday, July 27, for the 22nd consecutive year.  It is our honor to invite Chester County residents and beyond to visit our village and learn about its deep and rich history.  The theme for 2017 is the Philadelphia Campaign of the Revolutionary War.  Three of the battles of this campaign took place in Chester County:  The Battle of the Brandywine, The Battle of the Clouds and the Paoli Massacre.  These battles will be explored at twelve sites throughout the county.  Tours begin at 5:30 p.m. with the last tour starting at 7 p.m.  All tours are free to the public. We at Yellow Springs will explore a much sought after inquiry re the Revolutionary War in our area.   Our presentation is titled THE REMAINS OF THE DAY.  The question often put forth is:  “Where are the bodies buried?” and we shall answer that question as we know it. Cemeteries are a tragic reminder of the cost of war.  They are also places where we honor those that have bravely served.  With the Revolutionary War Hospital at Yellow Springs and the Quaker Meeting Houses, churches and private homes in our area utilized as medical facilities, we know that many Revolutionary War officers, soldiers and community members suffered and died here during the...

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...