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Anastasia Mak, this year's featured artist at Art on the Lawn, with her work. (Submitted photo)

Anastasia Mak, this year's featured artist at Art on the Lawn, with her work. (Submitted photo by Christine Klinger)

Art on the Lawn to return for 35th year

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More than 100 artists from Ohio and beyond will gather under the shade trees at Mills Lawn Elementary School for the 35th annual Art on the Lawn on Saturday, Aug. 11, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., rain or shine. Sponsored by Village Artisans Gallery of Yellow Springs, the annual arts and crafts festival will feature both new and returning artists who will present their ceramics, drawings, fiber art, garden art, glass, jewelry, leatherwork, mixed media, papercraft, paintings, photography and more. Food vendors and live music will accompany the artwork.

Returning this year is Art on the Lawn’s featured artist, Anastasia Mak, a painter from Chicago. Mak won Best of Show at the 2017 Art on the Lawn. Born and raised in Ukraine, at 14, Mak came to the United States as an exchange student and her parents moved to the U.S. a year later. After graduating from college in Atlanta, Mak said she “looked for a place that was a better fit for me, and Chicago was it.”

When asked about her art education background, Mak said that while in Ukraine, she attended a “special children’s art school designed to prepare kids for a formal art school.” In the States, she did not pursue an art education, instead choosing to pursue a business degree. However, Mak says she paints almost every day and “that’s why I like to say that my art education just comes from practice!”

Using acrylics, Mak says her “style continuously evolves but the bright colors with geometric skies have been in my paintings for at least a decade. My subject matter is closely connected to what I love the most: traveling and exploring. Since the beginning it has incorporated various destinations: cities, landscapes, trees.” To see more of Mak’s work, visit

For more information on Art on the Lawn, call 937-767-1209, email or visit

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