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Artists Lisa Vetter and Paul Siefert, who create upcycled clocks, jewelry, lamps, candle holders and other art made from found objects, will sell their wares at the Art & Soul art fair on Saturday.

Juried art fair debuts this weekend

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The Yellow Springs holiday shopping season begins in earnest this weekend at a new art fair, Art & Soul, where villagers and visitors can find unique handcrafted gifts made by local and out-of-town artists.

Art & Soul may be in its first year, but the jury-selected group of 29 artists portends high-quality work, including a variety of jewelry, ceramics, blown glass, beads, photography and mixed media art across a wide range of prices, that’s sure to make the perfect holiday gift, according to organizer Lisa Goldberg.

“It’s a more unique gift to find because it’s not mass produced,” Goldberg said. “It’s all handmade, and you can meet the person who made it.”

Art & Soul runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Mills Lawn Elementary School, 200 South Walnut Street. Entry is $3, a portion of which will be donated to the Yellow Springs Police Coat Fund and Mills Lawn. The event is part of the kick-off weekend for “Holiday in the Springs,” a cornucopia of shopping and events that runs through the end of year.

Gift items, from $10 to more than $300, may include screen-printed messenger bags and T-shirts, jewelry made from silver, glass beads and fabric flowers, functional and decorative pottery, art quilts, photographs, watercolor paintings, coasters, cutting boards and even candleholders made from found objects. Using items such as cans of peanuts, billiard and bocce balls and children’s blocks, Lisa Vetter and Paul Siefert create clocks, jewelry, lamps, candleholders and more.

“By creatively ‘upcycling’ these objects with other media, we not only offer a new story to an old item, we also challenge the viewer to observe these everyday items in a completely different way,” according to Vetter and Siefert in an event press release. Neither has ever shown their work in Yellow Springs.

Local painter Julie Kay Karlson will offer her new decorative paper mache bowls, made using recycled paper of every variety and color, and even some of her old paintings; Cedarville glassblower Jim Delange will showcase his artful use of color, shape and design; Hajar Davis will sell fiber art dolls and boxes; and silversmith Karen Gaski will offer jewelry she accents with etching and enameling, according to Goldberg.

Read more in the Nov. 15 issue of the News.


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