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Year in Review 2014: Art in the Village

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30 years of chamber music celebrated
The Horszowski Trio kicked off the 2014 portion of the Chamber Music Yellow Springs season in February. CMYS celebrated 30 years of concerts in 2014.

‘GODZILLA!’ comes to the village
YSKP presented local playwright Corrie Van Ausdal’s musical comedy “GODZILLA!” in the Glen Helen Auditorium in February of this year.

35 years of women’s voices fêted
The annual Women’s Voices Out Loud performance and art exhibit returned for its 35th year in early March. It was held in Herndon Gallery at Antioch College and was co-organized by Laurie Dreamspinner and Dennie Eagleson.

The very model of a YSHS performance
For its annual spring musical, the YSHS Theatre Arts Association presented the Gilbert and Sullivan classic “Pirates of Penzance.” The production was directed by Cindy Lincoln, with musical direction from James Johnston and choreography by Valerie Blackwell-Truitt and Ali Thomas.

Russian Trio wins, cellist dies
CMYS held its 29th annual Competition for Emerging Professional Ensembles in April, featuring two piano trios: Trio Cleonice, the graduate piano-trio-in-residence at the New England Conservatory of Music, and the Russian Trio, based in Baltimore, Md. The Russian Trio won the competition. Tragically, just two weeks after winning the competition, Russian Trio cellist Dmitry Volkov died of heart failure in his sleep. He was 26.

Artists create fence at hotel site
Holly Underwood of the Yellow Springs Arts Council organized the Fence Gallery at the former Barr property this spring, which involved local artists creating panels to add to the decorative fence, which went up around the construction area where the new Mills Park Hotel is being built. The project was the brain child of property owner Jim Hammond.

Antioch School takes jungle to stage
The Antioch School presented its annual spring musical, “The Jungle Book,” in April at the Clifton Opera House.

YS Theater Company debuts
The newly-formed Yellow Springs Theater Company staged its first performance with a production of “D’Arc Comedy,” a dramedic interpretation of the life of Joan of Arc, at the Antioch College Amphitheatre in May. The company presented its second performance, the two-man show “Killers,” which was written by villager Thor Sage, in November.

YSAC bounces back after funding loss
After losing major funding from the Morgan Foundation in 2013, the YS Arts Council took many proactive steps in 2014 to maintain its level of service to the community, including cutting part-time positions, dividing up extra duties in remaining part-time positions and implementing a Power2Give online fund drive to raise money for its fall rent, with funds matched by DP&L.

50 years of Summer Strings and Band
In July, the Yellow Springs Summer Strings and Band Program celebrated its 50th year as a summer music program for local children. The program has been directed by local musician and teacher Shirley Mullins since its inception.

YSKP founder Fleming retires
YSKP performed its summer musical, “Superhuman Happiness,” in July. The play, written by YSKP founder John Fleming, was based on Ovid’s “Metamorphoses.” The production marked Fleming’s farewell to YSKP, after 25 years of writing and direction.

Wenker takes over as gallery director
Jennifer Wenker, previously of Greenfield, Ohio, became the new creative director of the Herndon Gallery on the Anitoch College campus this summer, replacing Dennie Eagleson.

Renovated Foundry Theater opens
Antioch College’s newly-renovated Foundry Theater opened in September with a one-night-only performance of playwright Susan Glaspell’s “Trifles.” YSHS also presented their fall performance, which was in the past performed at Mills Lawn, in the theater, producing Mary Chase’s Pulitzer prize-winning play “Harvey.”

Choir hosts rally for marriage equality
The World House Choir hosted a Pep Rally for Marriage Equality on Oct. 10, on the eve of National Coming Out Day. The multimedia event featured musical performance, dance, speakers and a variety of visual elements.

Artists collaborate, locked in for 72 hours
Three artists, Jennifer Bachelder, of Columbus; Ron Hundt, of Kettering; and villager Pierre Nagley, were locked in the Yellow Springs Arts Council Community Gallery for 72 hours in November for “Locked In — A Creative Collaboration,” in order to create an art installation from two boxes of collected materials. Videographer Travis Hawkes documented the experience.


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