YSAC community gallery


$10 Suggested donation- all proceeds benefit the YS Arts Council

Doors open at 6:30pm • Concert begins at 7:30pm

This four-woman group (Mary Beth Burkholder, Sarah Goldstein, Linda Scutt and Carol Van Ausdal) performs both vocal and instrumental music with a signature blend of acoustic instruments including fiddle, harp, guitar, flute, banjo, concertina and hammered dulcimer. Their repertoire draws predominately from Celtic and Appalachian traditions with tastes of traditional music from other cultures, and will include festive holiday music in the concert.


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4th of July Parade, Wheeling Gaunt Float!


“I was in Yellow Springs, Ohio for the annual town reunion week! A fantastic Idea that should be adapted everywhere. And I was fortunate enough to be a witness to a wonderful small town 4th of July festive parade. In the parade, there was a float in this man’s honor (Wheeling Gaunt) and banners mentioning the project to erect a statue in his name. Clearly an individual that people of this town believed should be honored with his statue. I’m all for celebrating local heroes but realized that where I felt very close to the spirit of Yellow Springs, OH, I had no Idea that this man was such an integral part in the Ideals of what Y.S. is and should always be about. Kindness and community. So many of us are born in places that are entirely not anything like this. No wonder we are so drawn to a place that for the most part exemplifies those principals. Yellow Springs suffers a bit for the tourism that is continually at their steps. And yet they greet all who come their way with banners at each entry to the town, emblazoned for all to see ” KINDNESS”. I know that as for myself, I learned the significance of this very thing at the hands of the people from this town. Sometimes you need a simple thing like friendship and community to open your mind and your heart. Wheeling gaunt certainly understood this and has helped us all that way. If there is a proper way to contribute to this man’s cause, I for one would be and am honored to participate.”

-Steven Speir

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YSAC Board Nominations

Call for Nominations – YS Arts Council Board of Trustees. Arts Council functions through the active participation of its members, who are supporters and artists of all artistic disciplines. YSAC promotes and advocates for arts and cultural offerings through program coordination, community partnerships and services.

Membership is for the community and all members are eligible to nominate candidates to the board. Submission Deadline: January 24, 2014—email ysartscouncil@gmail.com or mail to YSAC, P.O. Box 459, YS, OH 45387.

Your arts community needs you! A minimum of three(3) open board seats must be filled. Click here for more information on board of trustees, bylaws and membership. A member exhibit and vote will take place on February 21, 2014.


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YSAC Background & Purpose

The Yellow Springs Arts Council supports local arts infrastructure through program opportunities, publicity, education, fiscal sponsorship, advocacy, and coordinated partnerships across the community. Each year the YSAC supports over 200 local creative workers. The organization began in the 1950’s as the Yellow Springs Arts Association. In 1972, it incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit and adopted the full name, Yellow Springs Arts Council.

In 2008, the YSAC expanded its mission to encompass all arts disciplines and opened an administrative office in downtown Yellow Springs, followed by the launch of the YSAC Community Gallery and Multi-Arts Center. YSAC increased its arts advocacy role in 2012, which led to the Yellow Springs Village Council’s adoption of a Public Arts Policy in January 2013. Regional publicity for YSAC supported events, in partnership with the YS Chamber of Commerce, brings thousands of visitors to Yellow Springs annually for arts-related activities.

The Arts Council manages three signature programs. Our Gallery Program provides exhibition opportunities and facilitated services to local artists. The gallery also hosts music and other performance genres as part of our Arts Alive monthly series. Yellow Springs Experience is our partnership and marketing program, which provides publicity and networking opportunities for artists and cultural groups. It allows exciting community projects to come to fruition through Arts Council’s fiscal sponsorship and support.

YSAC is a member organization and relies on membership dues and donations. The organization is also supported through grant writing and fundraising projects. Artists, appreciators, and supporters of all arts disciplines are welcome and encouraged to participate in the organization. Membership levels include Arts Supporters, Advantage Member Working Artists, and The Gift of Art Society for larger donors. Our programs are accessible to YSAC members, local citizens and visitors through free offerings and ticketed events.

The Yellow Springs Arts Council strives for wide cultural participation in our efforts to meet the needs of the community. YSAC does not discriminate on the basis of age, ability, background, culture, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation or economic circumstance. Through an inclusive practice, we aim to reflect our wider community and promote positive attitudes about similarities and differences with all participants and visitors.

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Holiday Art Jumble Sale

Press Contact: Nancy Mellon


937 767-1366


Holiday Art Jumble Sale

Presented by the Yellow Springs Arts Council

December 7th – January12, 2013

YS Arts Council Gallery, 111 Corry Street, Yellow Springs, Ohio

It’s Back! The Yellow Springs Arts Council is hosting its second Holiday Art Jumble. This fundraiser supports local artists and the YSAC Community Gallery. The Holiday Art Jumble opens on December 7th (1-4pm) and continues through January 12th (Wednesday to Sunday, 1-4pm).

“Tis the season of giving” or “Tis the season of shopping”? – The modern-day holiday conundrum. This season you can do both! Fill your heart with cheer as you shop for one-of-a-kind gifts at the YSAC Holiday Art Jumble. Scores of art supporters have donated gently used art, hand crafted items and antique collectibles.  It’s the grand reshuffling of Art in Yellow Springs!

The walls and pedestals of the YSAC Gallery will be filled with out-of-the-closet art, handcrafted whimsy, tiny collectibles- handmade and brought home from all over the world and fabulous chotchkies!  And best of all, they will all be at “can’t resist” prices.

The festivities begin on Friday, December 6th with a special event for YSAC Members- a “Sneak Peek Party” from 6-9 p.m. The Jumble opens for shopping and smiles, Saturday December 7th from 1-4pm.

On Saturday, December 14th you can combine your holiday shopping with jubilant entertainment at our Arts Alive! Holiday Concert.  The Holiday Concert runs from 6:30-9:30 pm and includes festive music, a cash bar and seasonal treats. Local favorites, Heartstrings, will perform from 7:30-9:00 pm. This five-woman group, including Mary Beth Burkholder, Sarah Goldstein, Dottie Palsgrove, Linda Scutt & Carol Van Ausdal, plays traditional music with a signature blend of acoustic instruments including fiddle, mandolin, banjo, concertina and hammered dulcimer; their repertoire draws predominantly from Celtic and Appalachian traditions, with tastes of Scandinavian, Italian and Klezmer music.

A $10 performance donation is suggested.  All proceeds from the Jumble Sale and Heartstrings Concert will benefit the YS Arts Council in support of local artists and the YSAC Community Gallery.



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Ed Davis Press Release

Contact: Ed Davis

“Time of the Light”:
An Evening of Poetry with Ed Davis

Local writer Ed Davis will read from his new full-length poetry collection Time of the Light at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the Art Space at 111 Corry Street in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He’ll be joined by special guest Jack Whitacre, of Yellow Springs, who will also read original work.

About Time of the Light, his new poetry collection from Main Street Rag Press, Davis says the book “represents what I feel is my best effort to follow my muse down many meandering country roads and forest paths, from West Virginia coalfields to Ohio cornfields. Birds, boots, blues and banjoes—there’s even healing dirt, plus many of the kindred spirits, living and dead, who’ve made my journey always interesting and often luminous.”

The Yellow Springs Arts Council’s Multi-Arts Space features an art gallery as well as a gathering space located between William’s Eatery and Would You, Could You in a Frame. A reception with refreshments will follow, during which Davis will sign copies of the new collection as well as his other books. The adjoining art gallery will be showcasing the work of Yellow Springs artists Tom Verdon and Parviz Dadras. The event is free and open to the public. Contact Ed Davis at 937-767-7169 for more information.

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Art Jumble Sale & Showcase – Dec. 2013

Press Contact: Nancy Mellon
Nancymellon.jafa@gmail.com 937-767-1366

Holiday Art Jumble
A fundraiser presented by the Yellow Springs Arts Council
December 7th to January12th
Location: YS Arts Council Gallery, 111 Corry Street, Yellow Springs, Ohio

It’s Back! The Jumble sale is coming back this December!

We invite you to donate anything fascinating, lovable, crafty or “arty” that you are ready to pass on or no longer have a place for. We would love your Out-of-the-Closet Art, Grandma’s Arty Knickknacks, Hand-Crafted Whimsy, and Art Supplies

Drop off your “Art Treasure” donations from Wednesday to Sunday (1-4pm) between November 9th -December 1st at the YSAC Gallery at 111 Corry Street.
Or call Nancy Mellon at 937-767-1366 to work out another time.
(So that we can keep restocking the Jumble, we will continue to accept donations through January 6th during open gallery hours.)

Starting December 7th, enjoy the Holiday Art Jumble! You will find unique gifts at “can’t-resist” prices and you’ll be supporting the arts in Yellow Springs.

Sorry, we cannot accept used toys, clothing, kitchen appliances or books. (Of course, if the item is just plain screaming “This Is ART!”, we will gladly make an exception!) If it’s a big item (say vintage velvet furniture that’s amazing), please call Nancy Mellon at 937-767-1366 to discuss.
Go to www.ysartscouncil.org for more details. The YSAC Community Gallery is open from Wednesday to Sunday (1-4pm), except during the third week of each month.

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Phil King & Anne Johnson on Music & Performance

Phil King and Anne Johnson
Recollections about Music & Performance in Yellow Springs

Phil King and Anne Johnson were kids in Yellow Springs in the 1950’s. This lively couple laughed and bubbled with memories about the many different musicians and performers in the Village:

There was the Antioch Area Theater, which was run out of the Opera House. In the 50’s it had lots of plays with local people. John Lithgow was in the theater along with Beryl Dallas. Jessica Andrews was in theater and was a dancer.

In the early 1950’s, Louise Solberg had a dance studio at N. College and Xenia Ave. She also taught dance at the Antioch School. Gertrude Metcalf, wife of the famous Antioch College stained glass art professor Robert Metcalf, taught stained glass to children at the Antioch School. The school was located in the Mills House at that time.

Pete Seeger with the Weavers came and played at Mills Lawn. Burl Ives came to the Union School House (then called the Dayton St. School). Paul Richard “Richie” Furay from Buffalo Springfield grew up here. And so did Greg Dewey from Mad River and Country Joe & the Fish. Joy Blackett was a national award winning opera singer from Yellow Springs.

From 1958-1960 the Lemon Tree was a Tea Shop in town. They hosted live folk players all the time.

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Kaethi Seidl

Kathei Seidl
John Bryan Community Pottery Tile Mural

The John Bryan Community Pottery Tile Mural was created in 2006-07. The project was conceived to raise awareness for JBCP, to get the community involved, and to create a “partner” for the Penguin Mural that has adorned the right side of the building since the 1970s. The theme for the mural project was: “What we love about Yellow Springs”.

The mural project was coordinated by Kaethi Seidl, with a lot of help from JBCP and manager Shannon Crothers. Jo Wilson, treasurer of the Yellow Springs Arts Council, was instrumental in getting the project off the ground by securing a $2500 grant from the Ohio Arts Council. Local artist, Beth Holyoke, who was highly active in both the Yellow Springs Arts Council and JBCP, was a huge help in every aspect of the project. Many community members pitched in to help.

On March 31, 2006, the project was kicked off with a soup dinner served in all hand made, donated ceramic bowls made by members of JBCP. This event raised additional funds and brought new faces and long-time supporters into the Pot Shop. The event also served as the first “open studio” to start making tiles for the mural.

Over the next months, JBCP held eight more open studio sessions, inviting the public to create their own tiles. Each individual tile served as a small part of a big whole. All art materials were donated by JBCP. Magpei, Inc. donated thin set, grout and other installation supplies. Recycled clay was used and the pieces were completed in single firings (bisque and glaze firing in one) to reduce costs. Kaethi Seidel and Beth Holyoke also went out into the community to work with different groups, including Mills Lawn, Antioch School, Yellow Springs Senior Center, Friends Care, Boy Scouts and others. McKinney Middle School students came to the studio one Saturday, and a small group of High School students created the large penguin by the door.

Susan Byrnes, of University of Dayton’s Art Street, invited Shannon Crothers and Kaethi Seidl to do a presentation and workshop for students at UD. The students made tiles and later came out to Yellow Springs to help with the installation, which began in May of 2007. The project was completed that summer.

The John Bryan Community Pottery Ceramic Mural stands as a testament to community artistic collaboration in Yellow Springs. It is noted on the YS Chamber of Commerce Public Art Map. Kaethi Seidl has been a partnering artist on numerous public sculpture projects in Yellow Springs including: Mary Chapman’s Memorial Bench, Library Bench in honor of Harold Fishbain, Dough Scott Bench on the Bike Path, and Lucy, an earthwork installed in front of the Yellow Springs Arts Council from 2012-13.

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