Monday, October 25, 2010

Anatomy of a Sculpture

"The Spirit of Creativity in Yellow Springs" Outdoor Sculpture Contest winner, Beth Holyoke takes viewers through the process of creating her mosaic tiled sculpture for the village of Yellow Springs, OH.

video by Susan Gartner
posted to A Yellow Springs Blog -- October 25, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

Get your Indian food fix at Corner Cone

The Corner Cone is now on hiatus after another successful summer season but owners Sue and Bob Swaney are surprising villagers with a real treat to get us through the winter months. Akhilesh Nigam is ready to take your order at "Indian Food Corner". Hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Currently on the menu are numerous varieties of Naan Bread along with Lentil Soup, Chicken Tikka Masala, Saag Paneer, and Navratan Korma. Coming soon: Samosas and Biryani. According to a recent flurry of Facebook posts, the idea has hit an Indian-food-fan nerve. Thanks, Corner Cone!!

photo by Susan Gartner -- October 21, 2010
posted to A Yellow Springs Blog -- October 22, 2010

Published photos

In addition to my photos being posted regularly to A Yellow Springs Blog (, photos of mine have recently appeared in the Dayton City Paper, August 18, 2010 (click here)
and October 13, 2010 (click here) and the August 17, 2010 Columbus Dispatch (click here)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

A beautiful night for a Stroll

“It’s All About Art” was the theme for this past 3rd Weekend Fling in the Springs. The semi-annual Art Stroll on Friday, Oct. 15, was held in memory of long-time Yellow Springs business owner and artist Eddie Eckenrode who died in May.

Artist receptions were held at various galleries including Sam & Eddie's Open Books, Village Artisans, "Would you, could you" In A Frame, and the Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery. A tiki carving demo was given by Mike Garrett in King's Yard while a "meta philosophic dramatic sketch comedy performance" written by playwright and filmmaker Vanessa Query took place at Corry Street Plaza at 8 p.m. with a repeat performance in front of Sam & Eddie's Open Books at 9 p.m.

photos by Susan Gartner -- October 15, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Studio Tour offers more art for the effort

This past weekend's 10th Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour paired up guest artists with local host studios to give participants more art for their effort.

Artist Studio Tour guests take in host artist Kathy Verner Moulton's display of colorful digital paintings, notecards, prints and children's books. Guest artist Cynthia McDonald of Wild Gourd Studio is pictured with her hand-carved gourds, talking with Hays Moulton.

Studio tour participants joke with guest artist Alice Young-Basora of Nina Carina. Alice displays her jewelry featuring hand-painted canvas, fabric, and beads made from recycled paper.

Jalana Lazar of host studio Miami Valley Pottery arranges flowers for her guests.

Miami Valley Pottery is the host studio for guest artists Alice Young-Basora of Nina Carina and Lori Gravley (expressive fabric art and reusable cloth items).

Miami Valley Pottery owner and host artist Naysan McIllhargey reaches for one of his wood-fired pots.

Studio tour participants mingle with host artist Naysan McIllhargey and guest artists Alice Young-Basora and Lori Gravley (right).

Local artist Johanna Smith (left) talks beadwork with guest artist Theresa Mayer while Peg Peterson talks to host artist Pam ("For Quilts Sake") Geisel (hidden). Geisel's quilted postcards are on display to the right.

Host Artist Pam Geisel assists a customer with her quilted postcards while another shopper scans guest artist Theresa Mayer's beads.

An admirer looks over Theresa Mayer's pendants and earrings made with glass lampwork beads.

Guest artist Jennifer Jennings works on a nature-inspired collage and acrylic painting during the Studio Tour at the home of host artist Pam Geisel.

photos by Susan Gartner -- October 16, 2010

Capturing fall colors

Dayton artist Leo Hong Mao (known for his Yellow Springs sunflower paintings) was spotted Friday afternoon capturing the brilliant fall colors on Dayton Street. For more about Hong Mao’s life, work, and contact info, go to

video by Susan Gartner
posted to A Yellow Springs Blog -- October 16, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

Perfect weather for a perfect Street Fair

The spectacular fall weather on Saturday made for a very successful Street Fair filled with musical groups, vendors, street musicians, dancers, and more.

Included in the events: The Project Jericho Bucket Band from Springfield, directed by Ricky Kennerly, performed at the Jackson Lytle and Lewis Stage; later, the shanty group “Hardtackers” (comprised of YS resident Joe Cook and Brian Smith and John Schomburg of Columbus) entertained the crowd with maritime folk songs; villager Elizabeth Price danced and played percussion for The Piano Peddler, Eugene Beer; various street musicians added to the festival atmosphere; benches, curbs, stoops, and stairs made for makeshift eating areas all through downtown as fest-goers enjoyed the wide variety of food; the Coots Repertory Company (featuring Ron Siemer, Jerry Buck, and Walter Rhodes) performed Virgil Hervey’s 10-minute play (and recent 10-Minute Play Fest “Crowd Favorite”) “Parking Spaces” at the Corner Cone followed by Bettina Solas who played her mountain dulcimer.

photos by Susan Gartner -- October 9, 2010
posted to A Yellow Springs Blog -- October 11, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Images of Madison, WI

I spent a week in Madison recently, looking over the town by bike and by car, sampling coffeehouses, looking at rental properties, hanging out at libraries and community centers, participating in Zumba classes, reading bulletin boards and newspapers, meeting the staff of the local public access community television station (WYOU), and getting reacquainted with a town that has been in my dreams for decades. Lovely town, friendly people, sweet neighborhoods, thriving arts community, fabulous bike paths -- big city offerings wrapped up in a small-town feel. Thanks to all the people I met who made it such a fun trip and especially to my sister-in-law who was such a fun co-explorer.

photos by Susan Gartner -- September 2010