Sunday, March 20, 2011

"Flam Tap, Body Slap" debuts at YS Dance Concert

Dancers rehearse "Flam Tap, Body Slap, Be Your Own Drum," choreographed by Ali Thomas and Lara Bauer and part of the upcoming YS Community Dance Concert. Concert dates are Friday and Saturday, March 25-26 at Antioch College South Gym, 8-10 p.m. Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and students.

photos by Susan Gartner

Healing arts weekend comes to a restorative close

The Opening Reception for the YS Arts Council's "Art of Healing" group exhibit took place Friday, March 18, in conjunction with Third Friday Fling and YSAC Experience Wellness Weekend. The event highlighted 30 artists and performers and included music by Yellow Springs Strings, food, wine, and a Fundraiser Arts Raffle.

I participated in two of the weekend's wellness workshops: a small group session with keynote speaker Dr. Sherry Wheaton yesterday afternoon at Antioch Midwest University and a Soul Collage workshop at the YSAC Gallery this morning. Both sessions were well worth the $39 registration fee and made for a very thoughtful, reflective, and restorative retreat following Friday night's high-energy party.

Thanks to all who volunteered in front and behind-the-scenes and made the weekend such a big success.

To those who missed the Friday night opening, the YSAC Gallery will have open hours on Saturdays, March 26 and April 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Gallery is located at 309 Xenia Avenue, next to Speedway. Feel free to stop by and enjoy the stone terrace and garden areas anytime.

photos by Susan Gartner -- March 18, 2011

First sign of spring

First sign of spring spotted in downtown Yellow Springs this weekend.

photo and video by Susan Gartner

Friday, March 11, 2011

Let me a create a collage of your work

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Pictured is a selection of artwork from the Yellow Springs Arts Council Permanent Collection.

collage by Susan Gartner -- March 11, 2011

Red Cedars at YSAC Gallery

Cincinnati folk duo Red Cedars (Pat Kennedy and Dinah Devoto) performed Monday night, March 7, during an evening of poetry and music hosted by villagers Anthony Fife and Lauren Shows. Poets Katerina Stoykova Klemer and Barbara Sabol also read selections from their poetry collection.

The event took place at the new Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery located at 309 Xenia Avenue. To rent the space for your next event, e-mail or call (937) 532-6237.

photo by Susan Gartner -- March 7, 2011
posted to A Yellow Springs Blog -- March 8, 2011

IKEA Cincinnati hosts Gartner family reunion

My sister-in-law, Lisa Gartner, came through Cincinnati on a recent trip and we met at IKEA to catch up on life, career aspirations, and home furnishings.

photo by Susan Gartner -- February 27, 2011

Mister Omar's Chess Kings go to Cincinnati

This weekend, Omar Durrani will be taking 12 of his Yellow Springs Kings to Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati to participate in the 10th Annual Queen City Classic Chess Tournament. Durrani, founder of Mister Omar's Chess Academy, has been teaching chess at Mills Lawn Elementary School this winter as part of their afterschool enrichment program. His fundraising goal of $1,200 will cover lodging, registration, food and gas for the participants. Contact Durrani at (616) 209-5596 or for more information. Contributions may also be dropped off at The Children’s Center.

Check out his new website at

Video and photos by Susan Gartner -- March 7, 2011
posted to A Yellow Springs Blog -- March 7, 2011