We're already into planning for next year's show. The purpose of this letter is to determine your interest in participating in the 19th Annual Yellow Springs Art Show Poster Competition and Exhibition. At this show, the 2023 Art Show Poster image will be selected. The image chosen is used for various promotions of the show and is highlighted on the cover of our color catalog. It is then offered up for sale at the beginning of the spring show. It's an exciting opportunity for all our artists, and the poster/artist chosen receives great exposure, as experienced by former poster artists.
The poster exhibition will open with a reception on December 2nd, 2022 at Historic Yellow Springs, and will run through December 9th. Pieces will need to be dropped off on November 29th with pickup on December 16th. Any current artist who has not yet been a Yellow Springs Poster Artist within the past five years may submit two original framed pieces into this exhibition, one piece for the competition and one extra piece. We will not be accepting portfolio pieces for this show.
The requirements for our poster art are simple:
The subject matter must include some reference to Historic Yellow Springs. This would include any part of the village, the grounds, the people, or the history. Please keep in mind that the image needs to reproduce well commercially and will be used to advertise the show during the spring. If you have any questions about appropriate subject matter, please call the office. Our archivist will also be happy to help with any research or photos you need. If you have questions about what building encompass the village, please reach out to us at 610.827.7414 ext. 10. The subject matter of your second image is of your choosing. All work needs to be professionally framed with clean mats. Please see below for an archive of past posters.
We are very excited about providing you with this opportunity and we look forward to seeing you in December. We will send further details once we have received your response.
DENISE SEDOR, and her painting FANNY KEMBLE, ABOLITIONIST, is our 2022 poster artist for the 2022 49th Yellow Springs Art Show. Denise competed with fellow artists at the Poster Competition and Exhibition in December 2021. Her work will be used to highlight the 2022 show in all facets of marketing and promotion including the 2022 catalogue. In addition, prints of the poster and notecards will be available for purchase at the show.
Denise’s poster is a portrait of the English actress Fanny Kemble (1809-1893) who was a feminist before that became a popular description of strong women who could have influence in the world. And she surely did, as she spoke out against slavery and published “A Residence on a Georgian Plantation” which is believed to have been influential in turning the tide of the Civil War.
Fanny Kemble is pertinent to Historic Yellow Springs as she visited the Yellow Springs Spa with her two children in summer 1843 escaping the steaming heat of Philadelphia. In a letter she wrote, “The country is pretty, the air pure, the baths delightful; and my chicks (children), thank God, already beginning to improve in health and spirits.” She stood out as she rode horseback alone in petticoats and fished in pantaloons. She was per own person and some thought this was in bad taste. However, they stated she was charming, had a kind heart, a radiant personality and was a genius.
Denise told us that she has been doing portraits for the past few years and wanted to do a portrait for the art show poster competition. She described her portraits as being done in her own way and not necessarily realistic. She researched our archives and two women stood out but one caught her eye. Or as she exclaimed, “Did she pick me?”
Denise has been going to Canyon Ranch Spa in Lenox, MA, for over 20 years. It is on Kemble Street. This is what jumped out to her in her research when she learned that Fanny Kemble summered in Lenox and spent time with, among others, Louisa May Alcott, Emerson, Henry James, Henry Cabot Lodge as well as Edward Everett Hale. She helped found the library there.
Canyon Ranch, in Lenox where Fanny summered, is a place of healing for Denise and she knows that Yellow Springs is also a place of healing. With that in mind, she embarked on her poster embodying Fanny as her hero who had been at both places. Her portrait is a mixed media creation using charcoal and crayon with a bit of color. She wanted it to have an “old” feeling when viewed.
Denise has always been interested in art and considers herself quite creative. In her early years she was self-taught always drawing something. As a teen, she purchased her first camera and enjoyed taking photos. She began working in an office and the company agreed to pay her tuition for college where she majored in business. However, all her electives were in art and her photography skills resulted in a gallery exhibition and doing photography professionally. She pursued her interest in painting taking classes at the Chester Springs Studio, the Chester County Art Association and the Wayne Art Center, learning, she said, from great teachers.
She grew up in the Bronx, NY, and currently lives in Devon. She considers herself an abstract expressionist who loves to experiment in new things. The Yellow Springs Art Show is very dear to her, and she first visited the show with her mother on one of the Mothers’ Day events. She told her mother that day, “I’m going to be in this show!” And while she was moved to get juried into the show in 2014, she never expected to become one of the poster artists. It has brought her much joy.
The original artwork will be sold by silent auction at the 2022 Art Show in the Lincoln Building galleries.
We encourage you to view this original poster work as well as all of Denise Sedor’s paintings at the show. Remember prints of the poster and notecards showing the poster image will be available for purchase.
Check out some of our previous winners