Street Fair is Coming!
Plans for summer events are really brewing around Yellow Springs. The Chamber is full of signs ready to go out and huge maps of booth positions. Artists are dropping in with questions. You can feel the energy in the air. Street Fair is coming June 11th 9 a.m.-5 p.m.! Everywhere I turn, artists are working feverishly to get a booth full of pottery, sculpture, paintings, hand-crafted clothes, bags or unique jewelry ready for you.
One of my favorites is Jennifer Float’s booth with her colorful and whimsical paintings. Jenny is a happy painter. She has a very high “Awww” factor. Everyone smiles when they see her work. For the last 2 months, every time I see Jenny shop sitting at Village Artisans (an artist co-op in Yellow Springs) she has half-done canvases stacked on every surface and a brush in hand. Jenny doesn’t do much sitting when she shop-sits.
So, you probably know about Street Fair, but do you know about some of the other cool events being planned for this summer? On June 17th, the Friday after Street Fair, is Yellow Springs’ Art Stroll from 6-9 p.m. One of my favorite shows is happening that night. Every 2 years is the Miniature Show at “would you could you In A Frame,” at 113 Corry Street. This year, fifty-two artists have created over 100 pieces of fabulous, tiny art. Included are 3-D works, paintings, embroideries, encaustics and more, all no larger than 3 inches x 2 inches.
The new gallery in town is Springs Gallery in King’s Yard, 220 Xenia Avenue. It will have its Grand Opening celebration during Art Stroll. I’ve already had a peek inside and loved the art. Many of their artists will be present at the opening.
The Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery, 309 Xenia Ave. is having a great reception that will include art, live music and belly dancing.
Also on Art Stroll night, the Art’s Council in partnership with the Jafagirls is going to have a truly disgusting, Interactive Public Art Project at the Art Park at 100 Corry Street. The world’s first Traveling Gum Wall will be there. This summer and fall the Traveling Gum Wall is going to be popping up all over town, serving as a fundraiser for the Arts Council. Gum is sold for a buck a piece. You buy the gum, chew, chew some more, squish it onto the Gum Wall, and then sign the back.
Whoops, almost forgot, the Gum Wall will be at Street Fair too at the Arts Council’s Oasis, 309 Xenia Ave.
Much more is going on during Art Stroll, Art Sale at Village Artisans, live music, beer making demo, wine tasting, Free Art Friday,….
Maybe I better explain Free Art Friday. It’s a movement around the world to leave art on the streets for anyone to find and take home. It’s been a while since the Jafagirls of Yellow Springs have done a Free Art Friday. But the word is out, Friday the 17th there will be art for the finding. (Check the trees!)
Quick run down of other offerings for the summer: Twice a month, 1st and 3rd Saturdays, will be “Dance Piazza” with DJ Juju at the Art Park, 100 Corry Street.
Here is a list of the styles of Dance taught for the first hour of each Dance Piazza. The last two hours dance any which way you please!
- JUNE 18 – International Folk Dances with Miami Valley Folk Dancers
- JULY 2 – Bhangra (Punjabi Folk Dance) with Karanvir Singh
- JULY 16 – Swing Dance with Jill Christie of the Dayton Ballroom Dance Club
- AUGUST 6 – Mexican Folk Dance with Nuestro Orgullo youth dance troupe
- AUGUST 20 – Flamenco Dance & Guitar with Mariya Tarakanova & Brent Del Bianco of Flamencotalk
- SEPTEMBER 3 – West African Drum & Dance with BabaaRitah Clark
- SEPTEMBER 17 – Appalachian Clogging & Old Time Music with Rick Good (formerly of Rhythm in Shoes) & Friends
July brings : The Cotton Club” a YS Kids Playhouse jazz musical and the “Yellow Springs Experience.” July 15th –17th three days and nights filled with the “Cirque Carnival,” Live music and Dance, Wellness and Spa Sessions, Nature Hikes and Art Workshops. Woo hoo! Tell you more about that later.
See you in the Springs!