YSAC Gallery

“Through the Eyes Of Joseph Robinson”

Paintings and Poetry of Yellow Springs

April 20th-May 12th

Open Gallery Hours Wednesday-Sunday 1-4

Evening Reception April 19th 6-9 pm

A Tribute to Joseph Robinson at 7 pm

A celebration of the life and works of Joseph Robinson. A poet, artist, and long time resident of Yellow Springs. The collection of poetry and artwork provides a look through the artist’s own eyes of his life in Yellow Springs. His bright water color paintings of local structures conveyed the love he had for the town he called home and the people who resided in it with him.


Joseph Douglas Robinson was born in Springfield, Ohio in 1931. After joining the air force in 1951 and traveling extensively throughout the United States and Europe, he and his wife, Joyce Robinson, eventually settled in Yellow Springs in 1962.  Next came a job at the Air Force Logistics Command at Wright-Patterson AFB.  During these years, he and his family became active in community life in the village. Joe served as president of the PTA and joined the Jaycees.  In 1964 he helped found the Yellow Springs Soccer League, Joe and Joyce became YS Athletic Boosters and were influential in the lives of the youth in the community.

He retired from Wright-Patterson in 1986 and began a second career with Motor Meals, bringing food and cheers to seniors and shut-ins through out Greene County.  He also chose to complete his bachelor’s degree at age 69,  graduating from Wittenberg University in 1999.

In the course of completing his degree, he discovered his passion for painting watercolors.  His works have been exhibited and collected locally, especially his loving portraits of the Village of Yellow Springs.

His grandson Addison described his art work as “truly capturing the essence and character of Yellow Springs.”

After his death in 2012, Joe was laid to rest permanently in Yellow Springs.

He is still surrounded by those he loves and his presence is continually felt. As described by his grandson Kearbey, he was “the definition of a modern Renaissance man, both a poet and a military man, an athelete and painter, an open-minded and yet devoutly religious man who spent a life time serving

the country he loved and working for justice and equality within it.  He lived the motto ‘always be above and beyond reproach’ while still opening his heart to those of us who could not meet such a high standard.”

“Through the Eyes of Joseph Robinson” provides an opportunity for the community to catch a glimpse of his spirit through his work.


Please join us for the Reception on April 19th from 6-9 pm  At 7 pm there will be a talk about his work and his life.

YSAC Gallery is at 111 Corry St. in Yellow Springs, Ohio