Past Exhibits & Projects

Past Projects

2023 was an exciting and inspiring year at the Yellow Springs Arts Council. We are so grateful! 

We had 3 group shows:
1. Our Annual Members’ Show

2. Stitched Splendid: A Knit Showcase, an exhibition presented by the Dayton Knitting Guild. Find out more about them at their website:

3. Miami Valley Scenes and Dreams by Miami Valley Quilt Network. Find out more about MVQN and their beautiful quilts at their website:

We also had 5 individual shows:
1. Laura Carpenter Truitt presented Time and Place. Much of Laura’s work has to do with perspective. The underlying conflict in her work is generated by climate change, land abuse and over consumption of all kinds, her own included. The borders and edges of images illuminate barriers as well as showing us paths of entry. Check out Laura’s Instagram: @lauraberch

2. Mary Noble showcased her beautiful paintings. She is a local abstract artist who lives in Dayton, Ohio. Her style is fluid and changes from piece to piece, but she typically is found using acrylic paints or watercolors.

3. Nisa Blackwell-Turner exhibited her abstract paintings in her show Outside The Box. Nisa does not limit herself by convention when it comes to her paintings. She continuously and joyously pushes herself to try new methods. Follow her on instagram: @tnpartisticimperfections or check out her website

4. Rachel Z. Meyer exhibited her mixed media collages in her show Sojourning. She uses paper mostly frown found sources such as book pages, wrapping paper, and map pieces. Her work is mostly whimsical, occasionally serious, and always thoughtful. Follow her on instagram: @rachelzm

5. Valerie Blackwell-Truitt presented Quilt Imaginings. Quilting is another means of creative expression for Valerie, who is also a singer and dancer. She has an enormous sense of accomplishment knowing she is able to create beauty, not only through fabric choices, but also with designs and how they speak to her.

Click Here For Info about the 2014/2015 Fence Art Gallery Project!

Click Here For Info about the Art House Hop (Last event held in 2017)



YSAC Virtual Members Show

  • February 1st – March 31st
  • Virtual Reception (Facebook) February 19th  7-8 pm
  • View work by over 20 local artists, who have explored the theme of Isolation in a variety of media.

“The Hollow Ground Series”

Art by Greg Alan Jankowski

  • April 1st – April 30th
  • Virtual Reception (Facebook) April 16th 7-8 pm
  • “What is the experience of truly being alive? That to me is the only true art to investigate, create and share with the world.”

“Multiple Dimensions”

Art by Brian Maughan

  • May 1st – July 31st
  • Virtual Reception (Facebook) May 21st 7-8 pm
  • This posthumous show exhibits work from Brian’s personal collection and is wide-ranging, from some of his figurative sculpture in fired ceramic and bronze, to drawings in charcoal, ink, watercolor and pastel.

“SharonSSongS: The Ballads of 81 Years”

Art by Sharon M Mohler

  • Virtual Show August 1st – August 31st
  • Virtual Reception (Facebook) August 20th 7-8 pm
  • Sharon Mohler’s tiny, sculpted scenes of life, brimming with humorous, sometimes outrageous, and often loving moments, are a delight. She calls them “The Ballads of 81 years.” “My pieces tell the same stories that sung ballads would if I were a better musician. The pieces were created over the last 40 years. Every piece tells a story, some tell many stories. There are four ingredients in my work, polymer clay, wire, acrylic paint and my imagination.”

“Tool Abstracts”

Sculpture by Bob Huston

  • In-person Show October1st – October 31st
  • Reception October 8th 6-9 pm
  • Sculptor Bob Huston is creating cast iron abstract sculptures exploring the theme of “Tools.” An illustrated wall graphic will explain the casting process from pattern, to sand mold, to molten metal, to the finished piece.

The Holiday Art Jumble

Holiday Art Sale

  • November 12th – December 24th
  • Wednesday – Sunday 1-4 pm
  • The Holiday Jumble will take place physically in the YSAC Gallery if pandemic restrictions allow events of this kind at that time.


“Pareidolia” – Seeing Faces in Unusual Places

February 21 – March 15

YSAC Members Show

Emerging Artist Showcase

Sep 18 – Oct 23

Art By Angie Hsu, Ryn McCall, Cheyenne Sandoval and John Wehner


Read the YSAC 2018 Year in Review Here!

Holiday Art Jumble

Nov 17 – Dec 30

Fundraiser to benefit YSAC Community Gallery

Doors open to the public November 17, and the hunt for treasure is on!
Silent Auction – Bid on a princess dress for a 4-6 year old, hand-crafted by master seamstress Bette Kelley with beautiful details, including a built-in petticoat with ruffles.

3×3 or Less

Oct 19 – Nov 11

Community Art Show

We are talking inches! Tiny art, in any medium, by many artists. Curious to see how small they can go?

Stronger in the Broken Places

Sep 21 – Oct 14

Art by Deborah Dixon

A visual musing on the philosophy of Kintsugi* as applied to Deborah’s life journey towards greater wellness.

*The Japanese art of Kintsugi is the repairing of broken pottery with laquer mixed with powdered gold. Repairs resulting from this process often make the object more unique, beautiful and valuable

Into the Garden

Aug 17 – Sep 16

New art by Christine Klinger

Vibrant visions of gardens – color-soaked flower gardens and lush water gardens – Klinger portrays them intuitively through a variety of materials on various textured surfaces.

Places Far, Near and Dear

July 20 – August 12

Art by Anna Arbor and Catherine Lehman

Arbor and Lehman present paintings inspired by Daubigny and Van Gogh

Wood Invitational – Artwork by 10 Exceptional Wood Artists

June 15 – July 15

Lowell Converse, Paul DeLaVergne, John Garrett, Alan Greenberg, Tom Hawley, Rob Liptak, Jim Mayer, Steve Merland, Bruce Parker, and Russ Shaw. “Working with wood is a joyous process” – Steve Merland

This is a show for lovers of wood. Beautiful, hand-crafted tables and chairs, intricate, inlaid nature scenes in 100-year-old barn wood box frames, sleek wood sculptures, beautiful bowls, intricate boxes, and humorous, sometimes sassy, wall art.

Dreamscapes – Surrealist Art by Carla Steiger

May 18 – June 10

Looking at Carla Steiger’s art is stepping into a surreal experience.  In small dreamlike worlds she creates an irrational reality. It’s up to you, dear viewer,  to find your own meaning.

Spending long, meditative hours in her studio, Steiger assembles small tableaux from her amazing collection of old photographs, toys, paintings, fabrics, small objects, and treasures gleaned from nature. “Every day is a treasure hunt for the perfect shell or piece of rusty metal that can make the difference in a picture,” says the artist.

Landscape Images – Photographic Art by Lincoln Castricone

         April 20 – May 13

“Landscape never bores me and when it’s grand I am called beyond myself. For me a good landscape rendering evokes at once a sense of familiarity and mystery, the recognition of a place I’ve never been and never left.” –Lincoln Castricone
Think of dramatic scenes. Landscape and cityscape images. Powerful, wildly beautiful, compelling.

Brian Millar Paintings

March 16th – April 15th

Millar creates abstract paintings that are rooted in the traditions of Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Willem de Kooning and Adolf Gottlieb. Working with no planned outcome, he uses elements of visual language (line, shape, color, dark/light, texture, etc.) in an improvisational way.

Secret Places – Yellow Springs Arts Council Members’ Show

February 16 – March 11

You never know what to expect at a members show – the mediums are varied and the styles are as unique as our marvelous artists! The members show is a glorious, messy show, jam-packed with art and always fun.

Celebrating the artists of Yellow Springs! Friends, Wine, Good Food, and an Art Mystery!

Celebrating the Banner Festival [still showing!]

January 19th through June 30th

The YSAC Permanent Collection – Local Art History Series, presented by YSAC and YS Arts & Culture Commission, hosted by the Village of Yellow Springs at the John Bryan Community Center

Panelists Maxine Skuba, Beth Holyoke and Terri Schoch – Banner Slides created by Irwin Inman – Banner Festival Video created by Susan Gartner – Live Music by Mitch Coleman on Keyboard

On January 19th, we will also be announcing our new home base for the YSAC Permanent Collection – The John Bryan Center! We will be showing off the new work donated in 2017 to this very special local art collection. Come meet the artists and see the new art in the collection. Refreshments will be served.


Holiday Art Jumble & Arts Alive! Holiday Concert with Heartstrings

Nov 18th – Dec 31st

Sale of Art and Treasures for Bargain Prices!

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.

“Following Ernst Haas: Photos of Yellow Springs and From Abroad”
Work by Keith Doubt

October 20th – Nov 12th

While giving a lecture on Bosnia in St. Louis, Keith Doubt chanced upon an exhibit of works from Ernst Haas at the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum. There was a heartfelt connection. “His work clarified for me my focus and my motive as a photographer.”

Femina Magicae

September 15 – October 22

Stories from life, dreams, rare and mysterious animals and other oddities. Two young, women artists expressing their “greatest, most magical joys and deepest traumas” through art.

“Silks & Wire”

August 18th – September 10th

A Fiber Artist and a Jeweler sat next to each other one day, and fell in love with each other’s work. The outcome was Talitha Greene and Gayle Sampson creatively collaborating together for a year to create “Silk & Wire” original artisan and fine jewelry and wearable art. Fine Jewelry and Wearable Art – Art by Gayle Sampson and Talitha Greene.

“COLOR: The Language of Flowers”

July 21st – August 13th

Photographs by Nancy Howell-Koehler on July 21st from 6-9 pm. Flower Arrangements by Glen Garden Gifts. Nancy Howell-Koehler captures the essence of a living plant through a process that is immediate, and detailed. She scans the original live flower composition with the background and all details fixed in place.

“Earth Patterns”

June 16th – July 16th

New Ceramics, Works on Paper and Collaborative Vessels by Dianne Collinson and Friends.

Speckled and spotted, textured and smooth, the beauty of the world where feathers, leaves and reflections mimic and call each other across landscape and species. The infinite variety of nature’s patterns migrate from the fields, forests and sea, the owl’s plumage repeated on the surface of paper and clay, and crystal waters cast forward in the depth of a glaze.

“1 in 5”

May 19th – Jun 11th

Art by Kathryn Olson

“The struggle with my mind and my body is what I am left with. Because of what happened I am to be blamed by how I am dressed, how I act, what my sexual history is, and I have no voice in any of it. Displaying a visual representation on my personal experience with rape and sexual assault, 1 in 5 reflects on and continues the conversations that I have with myself.”

“Bosom Buddies” – A Journey Through Breast Cancer

April 21st – May 14th

Presented by the Jafagirls – Two friends and invited guests share how a diagnosis of breast cancer affects patients, friends and family. This is an exploration of the creative ways, they have dealt with the roller coaster of emotions: of fear, anger, grief, bewilderment, and joy.

“Try Another Way” Redefining Dis-abilities

March 17th – April 16th

Community Show presented by Nicki Strouss – A show about the experience of living with a disability or being a part of the life of a person with a disability.

“People without disabilities or without friends or family with disabilities, sometimes have difficulty understanding and relating to those of us who live with a disability. This show hopes to bridge that gap. Our lives are not that different from others, we just sometimes have to Try Another Way to succeed.”

“Breaking the Rules” – The Members Show
Art by YSAC Members

February 17th – March 12th

What rules? Art rules? Personal rules? Mom’s rules? Society’s rules?
The Show’s rule to make art that breaks the rules?Wonder what will be in the YSAC Members Show? We don’t know until the art is dropped off. But it’s always fun to see what Artists have been up to.


October 23rd – November 13th

“Sculpture: Recovering from 30 Years in Management”

Art by Richard Lapedes

A proud member and YS community giver, Richard Lapedes has been gracing the stage with his multimedia sculptures that prompt human expression through metaphorical and expressional means. His work will be on display in the YSAC gallery, a larger-than-life collection encouraged to be seen.

October 2

Yellow Springs Sketch Crawl

August 19 – September 11

“Views from the Labyrinth” Rajan Kose and Brian Maughan

A selection of past and recent art from a couple of old dudes who’ve been wandering in the labyrinth for decades.

July 15 – August 14

“Observations, Flowers and Landscapes”: Art Work by Ann Gayek and Michele BonDurant

IMG_1767Flowers, Gardens and Landscapes, the warmth of the sun in hot, drenched yellows, deep, cool shadows under bridges, abandoned buildings burrowed in nature, and meditative views from the lake. Two Women Artists with very different views of Landscapes.


December 4 – January 3, 2016

IMG_1383Holiday Art Jumble

Find a treasure from the many items donated for our annual fundraiser. Shop from Out-of-the-Closet Art, Grandma’s Arty Knickknacks, Hand-Crafted Whimsy, and Art Supplies in this yearly community art reshuffle.

November 13 – 29

101115_326Locked In: Team 2, a creative collaboration between Nathaniel Foley, Brandon Lowery and Jesse Thayer

3 Artists spent 3 days locked in the gallery to create an installation with 3 large boxes of ‘stuff’ donated by the community. Each chose 3 tools to aid in their creative process.

October 16 – November 8

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAExplorations of Dreams and Memories, work by Sharri Phillips

The artist states, “Through working with a variety of materials such a fabric, paint and paper mache, I try to create expressions of dreams and memories which often overlap in the most whimsical and mysterious of ways.”

September 19 – October 11

summer's end sunflower photograph“The Sunflower Show”, a group show presented by Tecumseh Land Trust

The Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) encourages painting in nature through ‘Paint Outs’ at various sites in the Miami Valley. In September of 2014, DVAC collaborated with Tecumseh Land Trust and with Dave and Sharen Neuhardt, owners of Whitehall Farm, to invite both kids and adults to paint for a day in the Neuhardt’s 10 acre sunflower field. Both experienced and novice artists gathered, painted, drew, and discussed their art with each other and with Wright State Emeritus Professor David Leach. The art produced on and around this day forms our body of work. (Shown Here: Summer’s End by Corrine Bayraktaroglu)

August 21 – September 13

“A Green Desire”, collage and mixed media by Jeff Mellott

Jeff Mellot is having a conversation with trees. His current work focuses on the symbol of the tree. What is the nature of trees? How do they co exist with all of life? Man has used them for shelter and warmth and art. Wildlife make their homes in them, use them for protection and for vertical playgrounds. They feast on them. The show presented his work reflecting on the symbol of the tree – the tree of life, the individuality of a tree, it’s relationships and transformation into written and visual narratives.

July 17 – August 16

“Reflections”, work by Monday Morning Artists

The Monday Morning Artists create pieces in a variety of mediums. In 2010, a small group of artists decided they wanted to do a ‘drawing a day’ project to grow as artists. They had so much fun that they decided to continue to meet monthly to share and create together. And that’s how the group “The Monday Morning Artists” was born. Every year or so, they exhibit their art as a group; this was their fourth exhibit.

June 19 – July 12

“Botanical”: Impressions in Clay, Glass, and Photography by Dianne Collinson, Kit Crawford and Dennie Eagleson

Each of the artists approached the theme of “Botanical” working in their individual medium. Through their work with clay, glass and photography, each discovered in the natural world corresponding qualities of line, color and light.

May 15 – June 14

“Pleasure in the Pathless Woods” Photography by Michael Lynch

At first, Mike Lynch was a painter. After a while, he started using a camera to photograph his subjects for his paintings. The camera was a revelation. He felt it freed him. In Mike’s words: “When you first look over the show you will think that it is simply nudes in nature. It is that, but it is also a study of texture, form, shape, and color. The photos explore the idea of the goddess and the nude. The images illustrate emotions. They capture the human female form in all four seasons. The images blend together landscape photography and fine art.”

April 17 – May 10

“Figural Painting: All About the Human Body and Face”, work by Tom Verdon

Tom is a figurative painter who paints the many forms, shapes and expressions of our fellow creatures. He is used to other artists being around him while he works, and shares his studio weekly with a group of artists for live model painting/ drawing sessions.

YS Grams Amy HableMarch 20 – April 12

“#ysgram”, a Photographic Essay of Yellow Springs by 8 local Instagram photographers, Amy Hable, Corrine Bayraktaroglu, Talitha Green, Sandi Sharp, Steve Ali, Lori Gravley, Julius Eason and Adrian Cosby

So what is Instagram, you may ask? Instagram can be a creative obsession, it’s mindfulness, it’s capturing and sharing a moment in time, it’s communal play, it’s a way of seeing. OR Instagram is an online mobile photo-sharing social networking service. This photo was taken by Amy Hable

February 20 – March 15

Members’ Show “Family and Other Animals”

Man has made images of mankind and animals from the beginning of time. Why? Artists are invited to immortalize, satirize, blend, create a new species, or a new family, capture a likeness, expose a soul or maybe explore how far they can push their imagination with wild fantasy creatures. Work was in many mediums. “Cold Comfort” by Kathy Verneer Moulton is pictured.


IMG_3394-smDecember 5 – 31

Holiday Art Jumble

Find a treasure from the many items donated for our annual fundraiser. Shop from Out-of-the-Closet Art, Grandma’s Arty Knickknacks, Hand-Crafted Whimsy, and Art Supplies in this yearly community art reshuffle.

One work created during "Locked In"November 11 – 30

Locked In: A Creative Collaboration
Work by Ron Hundt, Jennifer Bachelder, Pierre Nagley and videographer Travis Hawkes

3 Artists spent 3 days locked in the gallery to create an installation with 3 large boxes of ‘stuff’ donated by the community. Each chose 3 tools to aid in their creative process.

October 18 – November 9

Plastic World – Work by Mary Ellen Croteau

Beautiful artworks from plastic waste made by an internationally-known Chicago Eco Artist


Set piece by Pierre NagleySeptember 19 – October 12

Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse 20th Year Celebration Show

YSKP staff and volunteers dug through the ‘archives’ and found great treasures! There were wild and colorful puppets, props, posters, masks and costumes – 20 years of visual art created by Yellow Springs Artists for YSKP productions.

August 15 – September 14

“I Always Liked to Look at the Pictures” – work by Kathy Verner Moulton

Books for children and the young at heart, written and illustrated by Kathy Verner Moulton


July 18 – August 10

“Phyllis’ Show” – Photography by Nance Parent

Nature photos in honor of the artist’s mother.

June 20 – July 13

“Gone To The Birds” – work by photographer Talitha Greene and local artists

“For The Birds” features Talitha Greene’s award winning photographs taken over a decade of documenting individual Glen Helen Raptor Center Birds. Included in the Gallery Exhibit was an unusual Bird Aviary full of zany, sweet, beautifully crafted 3/D Art Birds, made by many local artists.

May 16 – June 15

Memories in the Attic – Work by Celise McKee

New uses for old, discarded things—finding beauty in the humble and the everyday.


April 18 – May 11

Art is Vice – work by Gary Birch – Painter

Gary works with acrylic paint and charcoal on wood. He may attach objects to the painting or use spray paint or cut the rectangle apart and reconfigure the images into a whole with less balance. Some of his paintings are framed, but most are left without that boundary.


Ira Beryl Brukner March 2014March 21 – April 13

What Deals Have You Made With Your Dreams?
work by Ira Beryl Brukner – Outsider Artist

A show of irregularly irregular, abstract-expressionist, non-conformist art.


February 21 – March 16

Members’ Show: Stretch – And Now For Something New

Celebrate the Artists of Yellow Springs, who have stretched themselves to create a wide variety of works for this show. (Pictured work is by Kit Crawford)


December 8 – 31

Holiday Art Jumble – Fundraiser and Community Art Re-Shuffle

Find a treasure from the many items donated for our annual fundraiser. Shop from Out-of-the-Closet Art, Grandma’s Arty Knickknacks, Hand-Crafted Whimsy, and Art Supplies in this yearly community art reshuffle.

November 8 – December 1

My Own Species: What Does It Mean?work by Tom Verdon & Parviz Dadras

Classical paintings and drawings by two local artists.

October 18 – November 3

Maquettes For Large Scale Public Sculptures
work by Jon Barlow Hudson

A maquette is a preliminary, usually small model (as of a sculpture or a building).

September 20- October 13

The Dreamer’s Journey: Passages Thru Inner Landscapes
Work by Carol Allin

Primarily an illustrator and sketch artist, Carol Allin uses pencils, pen-and-ink, and chalk or oil pastels in her dreamscape drawings.

August 16 – September 15, 2013

Bling! The Jewelry Show – work by artisan and fine jewelers

Jewelry made using a wide variety of techniques and materials including precious metals, semi-precious stones and polymer clays.

July 19 – August 11

In and out of space and timework by Patricia High

Patricia High’s dramatic, abstract paintings focus on the “connection between matter and the spiritual energy that governs.”

robrishSculpture2June 14 – July 14

Who Are We? – Sculpture by Alice Robrish

Alice Robrish makes classical, figurative sculptures in ceramic and paper mache, frequently incorporating found materials. Her work gives voice to prominent, timeless issues. Alice’s current work focuses on the lives of the unsung, with an emphasis on minorities and women.

May 17 – June 9

THREE ARTISTS Figure Objectswork by Gerry Fogerty, Palli Davis and Beth Holyoke

The exhibit is the work of three artists who have known each other for many years, each exploring different media. In this show the emphasis is on the human figure.

April 19 – May 12

3 – work by Sandi Sharp, Debbi Kampel, Leanne Foley

Three artists who also work as educators and through art therapy; Three friends who are brought together to showcase the expressive, observational, and joyful nature of art making; Three different artistic explorations showing individual processes and direction.

March 15 – April 14

Fiber & Fabric
Work by Julia Cady, Luisa Owen, Deb Henderson

From weaving on a loom, to “painting’ with fabric, to using a sewing machine to make a historical play come alive, these three artists are in love with Fiber and Fabric.

February 15 – March 10

Member Show: Art for Change

Artists harness the power of art to promote awareness, provoke dialogue, and inspire action.

Supporting the Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery Program