Art & Soul in the Springs

November 14, 2013

YELLOW SPRINGS — Art & Soul a YS Art Fair will be held in Yellow Springs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 at Mills Lawn Elementary School, 200 S. Walnut St.

This marks the second year of this juried art fair, an intimate show with 31 artists from the region displaying and selling their hand made fine art and fine craft. The show will have a mixture of artists new to the area along with some past participants. The show’s promoter, Lisa Goldberg, also produces the Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour and Sale.

“This seems like a natural follow-up to the Studio Tour,” said Goldberg. “And we are honored to have such high quality arts and fine crafts professionals in one place.”

Originally funded in part by a grant from the Yellow Springs Community Foundation, the show’s name, Art & Soul was chosen because “artists put their souls into the making of their work” said Goldberg. Goldberg is excited about the lineup of artists for the show this year. Art & Soul includes works of ceramic artists, glass blowers, jewelers, bead makers, fiber artists, painters, photographers, and mixed media art in all price ranges.

Janet R. Webb of Marion, Ind. handcrafts sterling silver jewelry, adding raw materials and acid-etched copper for design and texture. Her torch-fired enamel adds color to her pieces. Rose Lawson, Alice Young-Basora, and Lynda Fisher, all create jewelry with hand made and purchased beads. Jeweler Ben Jordan constructs his work with metals, while Courtney Yoakum’s jewelry is crafted from clay and painted with surface designs primarily inspired by patterns, flowers, and birds.

Theresa Yondo from Novelty, Ohio creates functional and sculptural porcelain clay works which are wheel-thrown and/or hand-built. She is joined by ceramic artists Dianne Collinson, Jancy Jaslow, Kristy Jo Beber, Kimberly Rorick, Geno Lucketic and collaborating artists Rebecca Graves and Steve Smith. All of the clay artists have unique styles and work that stands alone or complements the other potters’ work. Several of the ceramic artists are hand-builders, while others create their pots on a potter’s wheel. Rorick’s figurative sculptures depict stylized features and expressions of the human form, predominantly the female form.

Mixed media artists Patricia and Jon Hecker of Tattoo Dreams in Bloomington, Ind. create hand-built boxes embellished with iconic images of modern culture. They are joined by mixed media artist Lisa Vetter and Paul Siefert of The Art Farm using found objects to make their functional assemblages; and Barbara Zilz creates things from paper. Also included in this years show will bee middle school art teacher Karleen Materne who will be selling some of her own creations.

Theresa Mayer, Jim Delange and Sara Gray all work in glass, while Les Thede crafts furniture and furnishings made from maple, cherry, oak and ash.

Samuel Holman-Smith and Tony Lewis are high school students who create surrealistic and stylized drawings, paintings, and portraits using pencils and acrylics as their primary mediums. In addition, painter Edith Wadkins, and photographer Claudia Retter will show their work.

Barbara Jones, a very popular fiber artist, spins, weaves, knits and dyes fiber. The handmade yarns are woven into fabric which Jones designs and tailors into garments and accessories. Award winning Pam Geisel and Kim Gillie Krier specialize in modern art quilts. Both have a large repertoire of items including bags, journal covers and wine glass coasters. Other fiber artists include Michelle Ishida and Lucy Chapman. Lucy who uses natural fibers to create functional pieces; Pam Irvin, specializing in handmade scarves; and Deborah Yorde, a weaver working with a variety of high quality fibers.

Mills Lawn School is located adjacent to the downtown shopping district. And Art & Soul marks a kick off to “Holiday in the Springs.” While in the village, look for unique shops and restaurants, public and gallery art, and an opportunity to take a horse drawn wagon rides between the hours of 1-4 p.m.

Art & Soul provides an excellent opportunity to buy handcrafted work directly from the maker — be it a gift for the holidays or a little something for the buyer. There is an entry fee of $3, a portion of which will be donated to the Yellow Springs School District and the Yellow Springs Police Coat Fund. Children under 6 are admitted for free. The halls will be filled with artwork created by students in the arts programs.

For more information on the Art & Soul visit http://www.ysarts.org/artSoul.html

For more information on other happenings in Yellow Springs visit http://www.yellowspringsohio.org or call 937-767-2686.