Upcoming Events

Oct 1 - Nov 6 Island Colors: Art Quilts by Pam Geisel-- reception Fri, Oct, 14, 6-9 pm (during the Yellow Springs Art Stroll)

Art on the Lawn August 12, 2017 -- 10a-5p, Mills Lawn School, 200 S. Walnut St. in Yellow Springs

applications available here

Thursday, October 6, 2016

ARTISANS OUT AND ABOUT: Members Participating in the Yellow Springs Open Studios

We have several Village Artisans members who are participating in this year's Yellow Springs Open Studios:

 - Pam Geisel, art quilts
 - Sara Gray, fused glass
 - Christine Klinger, paintings & mixed media
 - Theresa Mayer, lampwork & fused glass
 - Cynthia McDonald, gourd art & paintings
 - Kathy Verner Moulton, digital illustrations
 - Libby Rudolf, watercolor paintings
 - Nicki Strouss, ceramics (at the John Bryan Community Pottery studio)

The event takes place in the artist's studios on Sat. & Sun., Oct. 15 & 16, from 11 am-5 pm. Visit the event's website for more information and a link to the map.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

OCTOBER LOBBY SHOW: Island Colors - art quilts by Pam Geisel

During the month of October, Village Artisans Gallery in Yellow Springs will present “Island Colors,” art quilts by member Pam Geisel in the Village Artisans’ Lobby Gallery. 

For show “Island Colors” she exclusively used fabric created by Island Batik, a California company that manufactures, imports, and distributes cotton batik fabrics from Indonesia. Pam is an Ambassador for the company. “The colors in the fabric are just gorgeous and they have an intensity to them that seems to glow.”

The show runs October 1 – November 6, 2016, with an Artist reception on Friday, October 14, 6 – 9 pm.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

ARTISANS OUT AND ABOUT: Libby Rudolf at Season's Bistro

Seasons Bistro and Grill in downtown Springfield will host a selection of Libby Rudolf's recent works from September 5 through mid-December, 2016. There will be an Artist Reception Thurs., Sept. 22 from 5-7 pm. Seasons Bistro is located at 28 S. Limestone St. in downtown Springfield.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Meet Kathryn Pitstick

Tranquility, intaglio, 10” x 8”, by Kathryn Pitstick

Kathryn Pitstick attended the DAAP (Design, Art and Architecture Program) at the University of Cincinnati and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Wright State University. She is a new member of Village Artisan Cooperative in Yellow Spring and is very active with the Dayton Print Coop. She has exhibited her work extensively and won many awards.

Kathryn says her work is inspired from nature “because of the emotion and energy I receive from my surroundings. I stand in awe of the rhythm interaction and vastness in plein-air environment. I search for a sense of organization of chaos in the complexity of my subject. My body of work encompasses printmaking, painting and photography. Delicate details, abstraction and sometimes ambiguity are found in my compositions.”

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

SEPTEMBER LOBBY SHOW: Prints and Ceramics

During the month of September, Village Artisans Gallery in Yellow Springs will present the artwork of two new members of the cooperative. Printmaker Kathryn Pitstick of Yellow Springs, and ceramist Nicki Strouss, of Columbus, will show their current pieces in the Village Artisans’ Lobby Gallery. 

The show runs September 1 – 30, 2016, with an Artist reception on Friday, September 16, 6 – 9 pm.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Black & White Reception, Fri., Aug 19, 6-9p

Join us this Fri., Aug 19 from 6-9 pm for an artist reception for the Black & White community exhibit at Village Artisans. The show runs through Aug. 31.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

33rd Annual Art on the Lawn

33rd Annual “Art on the Lawn” (presented by Village Artisans)

WHEN: Saturday, August 13, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm 

WHERE: On the grounds of Mills Lawn School, 200 S. Walnut Street, Yellow Springs, Ohio

Yellow Springs, Ohio’s popular August festival of art, music and food – is in its thirty-third year. This year more than 100 artists from all over Ohio and beyond will gather under the shade trees at Mills Lawn School in the heart of Yellow Springs to show and sell their artwork. The event will be held Saturday, August 13, 2016, from 10 am to 5 pm; it is free and open to the public.

New and returning artists will present paintings, drawings, ceramics, fiber art, garden art, glass, jewelry, paper crafts, photography, candles, leather and more. Food vendors and live music will complement the outstanding artwork. The event is sponsored by Village Artisans, a multi-media artist cooperative in Yellow Springs. 

The featured artist at this year’s event is Michelle Litell, a homemaker and self-taught bookbinder from the small town of Marion, Ohio. Litell won “Best of Show” with her hand-made journals at last year’s Art on the Lawn. Litell entered her craft around 2007 while homeschooling her sons in her rural community. “They needed blank books for a project and I had difficulty finding them where we live,” Litell said, “so I decided to create something. My first books were simple, stitched pamphlets but they worked well for what the boys needed and they hooked my heart as well.”

Also a musician, Litell said she has “always loved putting down her thoughts in many forms, such as poetry, song lyrics, drawings and so forth. “So creating my own books seemed like a natural fit.” Litell dove into the craft by researching binding techniques and trying several different methods and materials “until I found techniques that I adapted and loved using.” She has a few favorite stitches and binding methods that she considers her specialties. 

“It took me several years of testing materials and honing my skills before I began to show and sell my work. I love to use papers with color and texture.” Many of the papers and materials she uses are handmade and renewable. “I also use vintage materials such as records, sewing patterns, maps, and photos. Combining vintage with new materials brings life and personality to my pieces, which are all unique.”

A few years after she’d started binding, Litell was given some leather and began teaching herself to dye, stamp, sew, and burn covers from it. “I developed my own dyeing technique and I prefer to use leather that has holes, scars, and other marks. I find beauty in what others see as imperfections and I try to place those marks in interesting places on the covers. We all have scars and marks in our lives and we need to see the beauty in that. They are all a part of our story, a part of who we are.”

Litell views her bookbinding as “only part of the art. I make places for other people to finish the project. They write their own stories, with thoughts and heart that no one else can produce. I think others need to know what we carry inside – who we are and what we think. Journaling, whether in words or pictures, gives us a place to do this, to leave pieces of ourselves. I love that I get to participate in a small way in the stories of so many people.”

The beautiful hand-made work of Michelle Litell, and over 100 other artists, can be seen at the August 13th Art on the Lawn in Yellow Springs. 

For more information on the show or on Village Artisans, please visit the gallery at 100 Corry Street in Yellow Springs, call 937-767-1209, email villageartisans.email@yahoo.com, or go to the web site: www.villageartisans.blogspot.com. Summer gallery hours are Monday – Thursday 11 am – 6 pm; Friday and Saturday 11 am – 7 pm; and Sunday Noon – 6 pm.