Experimental Mixed Media Workshop with Nancy Barch

Historic Yellow Springs is honored to host the upcoming mixed media workshop with Nancy Barch. Experimental Mixed Media Workshop will unleash your creativity! There are no rules, just enjoy the process of color, form and design in a controlled environment. Demonstrations and critiques are offered each day for your guidance in the world of mixed media. If you delve into the abstract, you will discover your own voice and how to expand on whatever media you currently employ. About Nancy Barch As a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, the work of Delaware County artist Nancy Barch has traversed the United States. Ms. Barch has garnered a number of coveted awards for her work in a variety of media including Best of Show in the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, the Elizabeth Shober Hooper Award and the Emerton Heitland Memorial Award from the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, the Paul Remy Award from the American Watercolor Society, NY, the Daler-Rowney Award and Silver Brush Award from the Kentucky Aqueous Touring Exhibition, and the Peterson Memorial Award from the National Society of Casein and Acrylics Painters. More information and to register > https://yellowsprings.org/classes-workshops/workshops/ We are COVID compliant and ask that you wear a mask inside the art...

Celebrate the 100th Wood Kiln Firing with a Fundraising Sale of Rich Holck Shino Glazed Pottery

Celebrate the 100th Wood Kiln Firing with a Fundraising Sale of Rich Holck Shino Glazed Pottery Recently we had the 100th firing of our wood kiln at Historic Yellow Springs. With this milestone in mind, as well as limited funds during COVID-19 pandemic, Rich Holck has generously offered to host a fundraising pottery sale. Rich has recently fired numerous that he made during our state’s-stay-at-home order. The gas-fired pottery is all glazed with shinos. He has offered to donate 90% of the sale of his pots to the benefit of the Studio! With the current 39K of lost income just from class cancellations and refunds—every donation and offer of support is appreciated. Please join us for this celebration and sale. Students and the ceramic community are invited to have first choice on Friday afternoon. The weekend dates are open to the public. WHEN: Friday, August 7, 2- 4pm Saturday, August 8, 12- 2pm Sunday, August 9, 12- 2pm WHERE: Chester Springs Ceramic Studio Clement and Peggy O’Rourke Pavilion We are COVID compliant and ask that everyone wear a mask and be mindful of social distancing. Historic Yellow Springs especially thanks Rich Holck, and all who participate in this fundraiser for your support! We appreciate all who have been a part of our creative community and look for ways to continue to support local artists and the...

In Pursuit of History through a life in Chester Springs

In Pursuit of History through a life in Chester Springs A BOOK REVIEW In Pursuit of History: A Lifetime Collecting Colonial American Art and Artifacts By Editors H. Richard Dietrich III, Deborah M. Rebuck Contributors: David L. Barquist, Edward S. Cooke Jr, Michael P Dyer, Kathleen A. Foster, Morrison H. Heckscher, Philip C. Mead, Lisa Minardi, William S. Reese Publisher: Philadelphia Museum Distribution (January 28, 2020)   Rarely do book reviewers devote much time to that genre referred to as “cocktail table books.” Those books are usually physically imposing, exquisitely photographed and containing text, which is often judged as inferior. In an age of digital photography and stunning print reproduction, the story line can seem neglected. Not so in the case of Yale University’s recent 300-page opus documenting the life and hobbies of our Chester Springs neighbors, the Dietrich Family. The book is the work of H. Richard Dietrich III and Deborah Rebuck and it weaves together a series of disparate stories culminating in the formation of America’s most impressive “non-museum.” More on the concept of a non-museum in a moment. Our story begins in Chester Springs in the mid 1960s. Brothers Richard and Dan Dietrich decide they want to live with their families in proximity to each other in Philadelphia’s western suburbs. They find two contiguous farms, one owned by former Supreme Court Justice Owen Roberts and another on Art School Road dubbed “Arkadia.” Richard is a budding collector of decorative arts working closely with the empress of porcelain, Eleanor Gordon. His brother Dan is a fine arts guy with modern tastes. Together, they are the heirs of...

A Yellow Springs Walking Tour

As we begin, you are standing on the South porch of the Lincoln Building. If you face south you are about 6 miles from the Great Wagon Road that you know as Route 30. The road you are looking at below you is today called Yellow Springs Road.  It was long called the White Horse Road because it led to the White Horse Tavern, a building still extant today at 606 Swedesford Road in Frazer. Today Yellow Springs Road proceeds south through the north rim of the Great Valley and ends near Great Valley High School. The Lincoln Building; where we begin. Notice the change in elevation as you drive up and down hills. Then, stop to realize this: on the evening of September 16, 1777, 10,000 American soldiers marched for 12 hours in a driving rain from the White Horse Tavern to the Yellow Springs. Many came up the road you are looking at including George Washington and his aide Alexander Hamilton. While at the “Yellow Springs” they reported to Congress that the army had no ammunition of any use and needed to march to Warwick and Redding Furnaces to retrieve dry gunpowder. At the time Washington and Hamilton wrote that letter the building behind you was a stable. As you look out towards Yellow Springs Road, you see an array of buildings. Beginning to the east (your left) is another barn which may also date to the time of the American Revolution. It is a modified version of a Swiss bank barn, a style brought to America from Europe. There is a ground floor forebay where livestock...

Yellow Springs Art Show 2020 Poster Artist

  Teresa Haag and her painting QUIET were chosen to be the 2020 poster artist and painting for the 47th Annual Yellow Springs Art Show. Teresa competed with fellow artists at the recent Yellow Springs Art School Poster Exhibition. Her work will now be seen on all our print media for the show as well as our official poster, notecards and catalogue cover. Teresa has participated in the Yellow Springs show for six years. She lives in Phoenixville and maintains her studio on Bridge Street there. She studied art at the Philadelphia Community College and has a BA degree in marketing from the University of Phoenix. Her work is shown in West Chester, Lancaster and Stone Harbor among other places. Teresa told us that she has visited Yellow Springs village many times, but on one occasion, she visited here in the early morning hours. This changed her thoughts re the village. She found the experience rejuvenating and inspirational and felt a general peacefulness of the area. Thus the title QUIET. She said she understood how the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Country School art students learned here. Her morning walk really inspired her and prepared her for her day. This is the feeling she hoped to convey in her painting. Art Show Chair Maureen Fendrick is pleased to honor Teresa as our poster artist for the 2020 show. She, as well as art show committee members, are excited to present her painting QUIET to promote the show. The original art work will be auctioned at the OPENING GALA of the 2020 Annual Art Show in our Lincoln Building galleries held Friday, April 24. The show will...