Year in Review
In March attendees at the “Women’s Voices Out Loud,” performance viewed at intermission the controversial art exhibit in the John Bryan Community Gallery. In the foreground is local artist Deb Housh’s painting, “More Nudes Please.” After several Village employees who work in the John Bryan Community Center complained about nudity and sexual content in artwork at the annual exhibit, Council decided to develop a local public art policy. (News archive photo by Megan Bachman)

In March attendees at the “Women’s Voices Out Loud,” performance viewed at intermission the controversial art exhibit in the John Bryan Community Gallery. In the foreground is local artist Deb Housh’s painting, “More Nudes Please.” After several Village employees who work in the John Bryan Community Center complained about nudity and sexual content in artwork at the annual exhibit, Council decided to develop a local public art policy. (News archive photo by Megan Bachman)

Year in review 2012: Arts in the village remain a focal point

In January the Yellow Springs Arts Council moved from the Oten Gallery to a new gallery space at 111 Corry Street, a space formerly occupied by Dolbeer’s drycleaner.

In February, the Arts Council and the Yellow Springs Experience sponsored the first annual “Love-In,” a weekend of artistic and cultural events with a nod to the village’s “hippie” reputation.

In May the Yellow Springs Arts Council revived an old tradition by rebooting its educational workshops with a series of classes, including papier-mâché puppet making, watercolor painting, dancing, gardening and aerobics.

In June the Center Stage theater group presented Thornton Wilder’s 1938 play Our Town, at First Presbyterian Church. The play was staged in the village of Yellow Springs, Ohio in 2012, and directed by Lorrie Sparrow.

In July YS Kids Playhouse presented Mo’s Night at the Opera at the Antioch College Amphitheatre, in concert with the Dayton Street Cirque Carnival

This year the Little Art Theatre board raised $500,000 for a new digital projector and complete theater renovation — the first in its 83-year history. Above, Little Art Executive Director Jenny Cowperthwaite and longtime 35-mm projectionist Andy Holyoke. (News archive photo by Megan Bachman)

This year the Little Art Theatre board raised $500,000 for a new digital projector and complete theater renovation — the first in its 83-year history. Above, Little Art Executive Director Jenny Cowperthwaite and longtime 35-mm projectionist Andy Holyoke. (News archive photo by Megan Bachman)

The second annual Cyclops Fest attracted several thousand people to the Bryan Center lawn in September to listen to local bands, watch live craft demos and shop for juried handmade goods, such as jewelry, apparel, handbags, paper goods, bath products and other merchanidise.

With hopes of re-igniting regional interest in the town’s alternative therapies, holistic health practitioners and artists teamed up in September for a Wellness Experience weekend, featuring a wellness fair with demonstrations of qi gong, shiatsu massage, zumba, holistic birth support, hot yoga, animal acupuncture, vendors with all-natural, handmade items, music and health food.

In November a new holiday art event, Art & Soul, took place at the Mills Lawn gym. The event, organized by Lisa Goldberg, the Yellow Springs schools and the Chamber of Commerce, replaced the longtime Glen Helen art show and also raised nearly $1,000 for Mills Lawn and the Yellow Springs Coat Fund (for kids.)

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