Monday, August 29, 2011

Village vignettes

photo by Susan Gartner

Summer's end

photo by Susan Gartner

Monday, August 22, 2011

Faerie sighting: Corner Cone

photo by Susan Gartner -- August 21, 2011

Music, mirth, and mosquitoes at Davis Street Block Party

The Community Wide Block Party sponsored by the Yellow Springs Human Relations Commission took place this past weekend.

The Davis/Whiteman/Phillips/High/Xenia Block Party on Saturday, August 20, featured food, fun, friendship and ping pong with musical accompaniment by Elizabeth Price, Patti Dallas, Joseph and Matt Minde, and Mark DeLozier.

After invites went out to 80 homes, pictures were taken of all the houses and made into a neighborhood map to help guests make a visual connection of faces to places. Many participants had just moved to the area and appreciated the creative (and well-timed) way to meet their new neighbors.

Thanks so much to the Human Relations Commission for the inspiration, $20 gift certificate from Tom’s Market, and the box of chalk. We hope we did you proud. Wait 'til you see what we've got in store for next year!

photos by Susan Gartner -- August 20, 2011

Art on the lawn -- literally

Top image taken from Jurate Phillips' booth at Art on the Lawn last weekend which took place at Mills Lawn School. Bottom image is nature's version of same which was found on Mills Lawn lawn.

View more of Jurate's work at

photos by Susan Gartner -- August 13, 2011

Scene Around Town: Dog Art

Balloons outside of Village Artisans promote their featured artist for the month: Mozart Dane -- "the dog who paints with his paws for a good cause."

photo by Susan Gartner -- August 19, 2011

Art from one end of town to the other

During Third Friday Fling, August 19, local sculptor Behrle Hubbuch III (right) talked with fans who came to Super-Fly Comics and Games to see his two latest large-scale Steampunk ships, The Leviathans, which he created for Catalyst Game Labs.

Meanwhile, Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery hosted an Opening Reception for Erin Smith, art instructor at Central State University. Her exhibit, “Hairitage: A Cultural Journey,” can be seen Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. August 20, August 27, September 3 and September 10. Call (614) 323-2784 for more information or to schedule a private viewing. For more information about YSAC, visit

photos by Susan Gartner -- August 19, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Learn Veil Movement with Laylia at Senior Center

Laylia’s Middle Eastern Veil Demo and Instruction class this past Monday at the Senior Center attracted eight enthusiastic participants. We are looking forward to the second class on Monday, August 29, 3 p.m. This is a free class and the public is invited. No dance experience needed. Wear comfortable clothes. All abilities welcome. Laylia is a wonderful teacher—encouraging, upbeat, and funny.

She is also teaching Belly Dancing on Monday evenings at 6-7:30 p.m. at Union Schoolhouse, 314 Dayton Street, Second Floor, Room #315. Fee: $15

Contact Laylia at for more information and come join us at The Senior Center on Monday, August 29!

photo by Susan Gartner

New mural in Kieth's Alley

New mural by Rac and Vesh (pictured) went up this week behind The Emporium and Underdog Cafe.

photos by Susan Gartner

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A quiet little cove of art

This beautifully tiled bench sits quietly away from the usual pedestrian traffic, behind the Little Art Theatre. It was created by Marcia Wallgren, owner of Ohio Silver. Marcia was the one who commissioned local muralist Pierre Nagley to paint the mural which is on the side back wall of the theatre. Thanks to you both for adding beauty to the "B-side" of our village!

Look closely at the bench and you will see what it says:

"Be the change you want to see"

photos by Susan Gartner

A spot of tea with your cone?

A new sculpture went up in July in front of Corner Cone at the corner of Walnut and Dayton Streets. Sculpture is by William Mischler. Thanks, William!

photos by Susan Gartner

Monday, August 15, 2011

Lovely day for "Art on the Lawn"

Photos from Saturday's Art on the Lawn, coordinated by Village Artisans.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Flash Mob Meditation for World Peace

Sandy King (right) coordinated a "Meditation for World Peace" Flash Mob on Saturday, August 13, at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Limestone Street and Xenia Avenue in Yellow Springs. Participants gathered to create an environment for people from all walks of life to come together in meditation.

photo by Susan Gartner

Friday, August 12, 2011

Yellow Springs Experience July 15-17, 2011

Yellow Springs Experience
Yellow Springs, OH
July 15-17, 2011

Featuring Dance Piazza in The Art Park with “DJ JuJu,” Antioch Writers’ Workshop, Art Opening and Book Signing with Kathy Moulton, Fluid Core Movement Class with Jill Becker, Ayurvedic Healing with Sheila Johnson, Myths and Truths About Coyotes with Carol Cartaino, Glen Helen Wildflower Hike with Joan Horn, and Japanese Handmade Paper Lantern Workshop with Sarah Strong.

Photos by Corrine Bayraktaroglu
Wendy Beckman
Susan Gartner
Video by Susan Gartner

Music: "Jumpin' From Six to Six" by Colin James & Little Big Band 2

YS Experience: July 15-17 featuring Cirque Carnival

Yellow Springs Experience
Yellow Springs, OH
July 15-17, 2011
Featuring Cirque Carnival

Coordinated by Dayton Street Alliance and Yellow Springs Arts Council

The Yellow Springs Cirque Carnival is an evening of live music, performers, fire dancers, food and artisan booths. Yellow Springs Experience weekend workshops included Intro to Belly Dancing with Janet Mueller, Jill Becker’s Foot Clinic, and Sterling Silver Ring-Making with Rhonda Newsome. Saturday night culminated in an opening reception and multi-art event at the Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery with musical guests, The Show.

Photos by Dennie Eagleson
Corrine Bayraktaroglu
Susan Gartner
Video by Susan Gartner

Ballroom Dancing Under the Stars

Yellow Springs Experience
Yellow Springs, OH
July 15-17, 2011
Featuring Dancing Under the Stars with The Cotton Club

Coordinated by Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse and Yellow Springs Arts Council

For their 2011 Summer Season, Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse presented “The Cotton Club,” written and directed by John Fleming with original music composed by Neal Kirkwood, performed by an all youth cast and featuring a youth jazz ensemble. Performances took place in the Antioch Amphitheater July 7 – 17.

The Cotton Club Stompers played swing favorites from Duke Ellington and others under the direction of John Fleming in this original play about the 1920s New York Jazz Club. Musical director and chief box (keyboard) pounder Neal Kirkwood was joined by Josh “Easy” Seitz on the clarinet, Claire “Southie” Heister on the sax, Mike “Cincy” Kremer on bass, Skip “Doc” Leeds on guitar.

After the Saturday, July 16 performance, the community was invited to “Ballroom Dancing Under the Stars” where they danced, along with cast members, to the Cotton Club Stompers with special guest Ellie Leeds on vocals.

Photos by Ayn Wood
Video by Susan Gartner

Village Vignettes

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Welcome Ubuntu Canteen to Yellow Springs

There was a small, quiet post on A Yellow Springs Blog last week that didn’t get much attention unless you’re a major foodie like me.

Here’s the post again:

"Ubuntu" is an inspiring concept in many cultures of Southern Africa and emphasizes the spirit of sharing and honoring our connectedness.

In honor of our mutual humanness, I'll provide a fun, colorful, healthful, veggie-and-grain rich dinner to anyone who would like one :).

I will have one extra dinner (to feed 2-5 people) on each MWF. Pick-up and in-town delivery possible approx. 5- 5:30 p.m.

E-mail (if you do not have e-mail, leave a brief message on 767-1611 to specify food restrictions and arrange.

(There is no fee.)

Well, I did respond and am very glad I did. What a unique treat this is! I’m including a photo of the luscious food that was prepared Wednesday evening by the Ubuntu Canteen chef. My partner, Tom, and I invited our friend Maxine over in the spirit of Ubuntu. Tom and I popped over to the chef’s house beforehand (she is conveniently located in town) and picked up the meal and brought it back to our house to eat.

The menu that night was:

Curried Eggplant, Potatoes, Tofu & Beans; Turmeric Fruit & Nut Rice; Cucumbers in Jalapeno Yogurt.

This reminded me of a restaurant I went to on a vacation a long time ago. I wish I could remember the name and the state! The staff decided on one particular menu for each evening and that’s all they served that evening. The menu changed daily. They wrote what was on the menu on a chalkboard outside the restaurant so you could drive by during the day and see if it was something you were interested in. I remember how different that was from my typical restaurant experience and what a treat it was to not have to make any decisions and just relax and enjoy whatever the staff wanted to prepare that night.

Yellow Springs News staffer Lauren Heaton has written a nice review of Ubuntu Canteen. Read her review here.

Scene Around Town

"The Show" at The Gallery

First of the Experience Saturday series. A multi-media, visual and musical performance presented by Yellow Springs Arts Council on Saturday, July 30. Performance by The Show. Video Projection by The Now Device. Salon Chat with Rod Hatfield of The Now Device. Art exhibit by The Show guitarist, Ryan Henry. The Show band members also include Jessica Kinzer and Matt Housh.

Event took place at the Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery and Exhibition Space, 309 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs, OH.

Experience Saturday is funded in part by the Yellow Springs Community Foundation.

video by Susan Gartner

"Perfectly Frank Evening" at restored Frank Lloyd Wright house

On Friday, July 1, 2011, the monthly cultural arts series, "Perfectly Frank Evenings at The Westcott House" featured musical guests "The Numbers Are Bad" and "The Show" and live video mixing and projection by "The Now Device."

The Westcott House is a fully restored Frank Lloyd Wright building, the only Prairie-style house in all of Ohio, located in Springfield.

The opening act was husband and wife acoustic duo Tony Weaver and Jamie Daugherty ("The Numbers Are Bad") followed by "The Show" featuring band members Jessica Kinzer, Ryan Henry and Matt Housh.

"The Numbers Are Bad" can be found on Facebook.

video by Susan Gartner