Thursday, March 18, 2010

“Spring Into the Arts” in Yellow Springs this Weekend

Spring is around the corner, and so is the Yellow Springs Arts Council’s 2nd Annual “Spring Into the Arts” weekend! A colorful and savory menu of events by local artists and arts organizations can be sampled Friday, March 19 through Sunday, March 21, when the village serves up an eclectic mix of performances, films, workshops, exhibitions, and discussions. In addition, the public is welcome at Open Houses on the “Friday Fling” evening: meet the Yellow Springs Arts Council Board members who galvanize our festive Spring weekend, celebrate the mixed-media art of Pete Mitas at the Village Artisans, or learn more about the women’s retreat center, Creative Explorations.

All the senses will be pleased in the weekend’s line-up of performances. After centering yourself with a chair massage or stress-releasing yoga, you can marvel at the movement of dancers during Friday's collaborative improv show, then feel the heat of red blurs created by Soul Fire Tribe. Ears will be delighted with Saturday’s original dog poetry by Cathryn Essinger, followed by Broadway tunes sung by Dayton performer, Michael Taint, while Sunday’s Chamber Music YS features The Corigliano String Quartet. On Saturday, the Wright State University Astronomy Club will be at the Trailside Museum with high-powered telescopes for a night of “Vernal Equinox Stargazing.” If you're not a night owl, Glen Helen’s own Nick Boutis will lead a bird-watching hike at 9am Saturday morning.

Throughout the weekend you can rejuvenate yourself with culinary arts at local restaurants featuring a signature “Yellow Springs” dish: Chen’s, Current Cuisine, Ha Ha Pizza, Peach’s Grill, Sunrise Café, Williams Eatery, Winds Café, Young’s Dairy and Ye Old Trail Tavern. Also available are wine tastings and a beer making demo.

Spring weekend events not only showcase the artistic endowment of Yellow Springs, but invite attendees to interact with art as well. Joanne Caputo’s Friday test screening of her film about a prison artist includes an audience feedback session. Saturday’s panel discussion on the “Business of Art,” will focus on strategies for artists to start and market their small businesses. And all are invited to remove their shoes at the Bearfoot Boogie community dance Saturday night.

“Spring Into the Arts” weekend is a wonderful reminder that Yellow Springs – with its broad range of talents and expertise – is a rare community actively engaged in the vibrant world of art. For exact times and locations, please check the complete schedule of events below or at

Some Highlights:

The Yellow Springs Arts Council invites you to make your way to the Underdog Café (at the Emporium) on Saturday, March 20th at 7pm for original dog poetry by Cathryn Essinger. Author of several books of poetry, including My Dog Does Not Read Plato, Essinger is a professor of English at Edison Community College whose work has been featured in several anthologies and on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. Join us to hear Ohio’s 2005 Poet of the Year reading "Stalking the Wild Fettuccine" and other canine tidbits.

The Yellow Springs Art Council invites the public to "Spring Into the Arts" by attending their "Meet the Board" Open House on Friday, March 19 (a Friday Fling) from 6-8pm in The Art Space at 108 Dayton St. (2nd floor). Stop in to mix, mingle and find out more about opportunities and programs of the YSAC. Our permanent collection will also be on view, showcasing the artistic heritage of the Yellow Springs community. Free and open to the public; refreshments and wine served.

Art is a vital business for many residents of Yellow Springs, yet marketing is rarely taught in art schools, and artists are often in the dark about getting their work into the marketplace. Hoping to shed some light, playwright Kay Reimers has coordinated The Business of Art, a panel and discussion group for sharing strategies, on Saturday, March 20, 2-4 pm, in the Senior Citizens Great Room. Traditional and non-traditional methods of marketing will be presented by local artists, including Naysan McIlhargey of Miami Valley Pottery and Lisa Hunt of YS Kids Playhouse. Karen Wintrow of the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce will also be on hand to describe marketing opportunities with the Chamber. The Business of Art will take place during the Yellow Springs Arts Council’s “Spring Into the Arts” weekend. For more information, contact Reimers at 767-8401.

Michael Taint will not likely blemish a note when he takes the mic at the Underdog Café on Saturday, March 20 at 8 pm, accompanied by pianist Mary Fahrenbruck. Taint is an accomplished singer and actor who's been involved with Dayton Opera, the Dayton Philharmonic and local theater for the past 14 years, including leading roles in SOUTH PACIFIC, URINETOWN THE MUSICAL and THE KING AND I, for which he won the Blackburn Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical. A retired U.S. Air Force officer and Yellow Springs resident, Taint will perform at the Cafe during the Yellow Springs Arts Council’s “Spring Into the Arts” weekend.

“Spring Into the Arts” SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, March 19
DINING: “Yellow Springs” signature dishes @ area restaurants $
Chen’s Bistro, Current Cuisine, Ha Ha Pizza, Sunrise Café, Young’s, Williams Eatery, Ye Old Trail Tavern, Winds Café, Peach’s Grill

9:30AM-4:30PM - “Landscapes and Flowers” paintings by Gayek; Glen Helen Gallery
3-8 - PM Wine-Tasting - Brandeberry Winery (5118 W. Jackson Rd, off Rt. 68) $
5 - "Cutting Loose" Film Test Screening - Little Art Theater
5 - DJ Clean Gene; Ye Old Trail Tavern
6-8 - Meet the Arts Council Open House - The Art Space, 108 Dayton St.
6-9 - Pete Mitas Art Opening and Reception - Village Artisans
6-9 - Walk-In Wellness Spa and Open House - Creative Explorations $
6:30 - Wine Tasting $ and Music by Grace Adele performs - Emporium
7 - Open Mic Night - Brother Bear’s Coffee
7 - Pre-show: Evening of Dance Improv - steps of the Winds Wine Cellar
7:30 - Evening of Dance Improv - 360º Studio (above the Winds Café)
7:30 - Beer Making Demo - Main Squeeze
9 - Soul Fire Tribe - Corry Street Piazza
10 - Jahman Brahman jam band - Peach’s Grill $

Saturday, March 20
DINING: “Yellow Springs” signature dishes @ area restaurants $
Chen’s Bistro, Current Cuisine, Ha Ha Pizza, Sunrise Café, Young’s, Williams Eatery, Ye Old Trail Tavern, Winds Café, Peach’s Grill

9 AM - Bird Watch Hike w Nick Boutis - Trailside Museum
10AM-4PM - “Landscapes and Flowers” paintings by Gayek; Glen Helen Gallery
10 - Modern Dance Class (NonStop Institute) – Presbyterian Church $
11-12:30 - Yoga for Stress Mngt. Workshop - Bryan Center Dance Studio $
12-8 - Wine-Tasting - Brandeberry Winery (5118 W. Jackson Rd, off Rt. 68) $
1-3:30 - Calming “Sleep” Yoga Workshop - Yoga Springs Studio $
1-4 - “Landmarks” art exhibit - Herndon Gallery, Antioch College
1-5 - Walk-in Wellness Spa and Open House - Creative Explorations $
2-4 - “The Business of Art” Marketing Panel Discussion - Senior Citizens Great Room
2-4 - “The Force of the Face” Mask Workshop - Nonstop @ Millworks $
4:00 - “Coal Country” Area Film Premier - Little Art Theater $
7-Midnight - Bearfoot Boogie community dance - Bryan Center gymnasium $
7 - Dog Poetry w C. Essinger (My Dog Does Not Read Plato) - Emporium
8 - Broadway Samplings w Singer Mike Taint (Dayton Opera) - Emporium
8 - Vernal Equinox Stargazing w WSU Astronomy Club - Trailside Museum
10 - Sleepybird Indie Folk Rockk - Peach’s Grill $

Sunday, March 21
7 PM - Iveta Jusova on the West Bank (Sunday Salon) - NonStop @ Millworks
7:30 - The Corigliano Quartet – First Presbyterian Church $

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