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The public is invited to a ceremony at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Emporium to present the VIDA award honoring the muralists of Yellow Springs.

A Tour of Yellow Springs Murals

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The VIDA award to be presented Dec 12, 2018, recognizes the collective efforts of muralists working in Yellow Springs over the years. (see full story here) Note that while individual artists may be credited here as creators, often the work of painting the murals is a collaborative effort among multiple artists. Here is a photo tour of some of the prominent works currently around the village.

This mural entitled “Preparation for Lifework” by Axel Horn hangs in the YS Post office. It was provided to the post office by the Section of Fine Arts, a division of the Treasury Department. The piece is dated 1941.

One of the oldest murals in the village is above Village Cyclery. Painted by Antioch alumna Susan Horowitz, it dates back to the 1970s according to John Fleming of the ACC.

A view from the north end of “Kieth’s Alley” that runs behind the shops on the east side of Xenia Avenue between Corry and Glen St. Many of the walls in the alley feature mural art.

The mural on the side of the Winds Cafe is one of the largest in the village. Created in 2002 by Pierre Nagley to commemorate the restaurant’s 25th anniversary. Below are several details from the work.

Sarah Dickens (“Golden Child) created this portrait of a woman, recently completed in Kieth’s Alley. She integrated it into the design of the prior work by Pierre Nagley. The detail below shows a deliberate drip effect used to add to the texture of the work.

This Maxfield Parrish inspired mural was designed and painted by Pierre Nagley for Ohio Silver Co. (not Travis Tarbox-Hotaling as originally captioned).

Murals adorn either side of the Yellow Springs News offices, also viewable from Kieth’s Alley, named for former YS News editor Kieth A. Howard. The blue themed work was created by Pierre Nagley.


The patio of Sunrise Café features a work that appears to depict a college field trip, also along Kieth’s Alley. Detail below.


This tribute to Prince was created by Sarah Dickens in 2016, shortly after his passing. Dickens estimates that she’s painted this same “free wall” space along Kieth’s Alley at least 15 times over the years, along with other artists.

This mural, also on Kieth’s Alley was created by Pierre Nagley, based on the artwork of David Wojnarowicz, recalling cave paintings from long ago.

“The Jungle” was originally painted by Sarah Dickens around 2002 in Kieth’s Alley. She recently finished refurbishing the work in these lush green colors with animals hiding here and there. It was a direct inspiration for awarding the VIDA to the muralists of Yellow Springs at this time.

This two-part mural is on the side of The Smoking Octopus, next to the Speedway station. This was created by Sarah Dickens. Detail below.

On Xenia Ave. above the Pangaea, Dark Star Books and Current Cuisine storefronts is a sectional mural by villager Mandy Knaul, aka Mandy Sue. The 51-foot mural featuring botanicals and Glen Helen scenes in response to a Facebook “shout out” from Dark Star seeking proposals from local artists to adorn the facade above the trio of Xenia Avenue shops.

The Corner Cone features this playful mural of ice cream mountains, a chocolate river, and colorful critters on its patio area, by Pierre Nagley.

For at least 10 years, these four tradesmen have occupied the wall next to what is currently Urban Handmade on Corry Street.

This vibrant mural is inside the front room of the Sprited Goat Coffee House on Dayton Street.

These murals are side-by-side in Kings Yard. The butterfly goddess was created by Tiffany Allyn and Etch from Dayton’s Mural Machine for House of Aum. The Little Fairy Garden mural was painted by Tia Acheson.

The background of the Miles Budd Goodman Amphitheater at Antioch is updated periodically by Pierre Nagley and Travis Tarbox-Hotaling.

Dylan Sage (left) recently completed the new mural on the wall of the Emporium. This is also the spot where the VIDA will be displayed honoring the muralists of Yellow Springs. At right is Sarah “Golden Child” Dickens, longtime mural artist in the village.


5 Responses to “A Tour of Yellow Springs Murals”

  1. Katherine says:

    Awesome! Do you know if the mural with mushrooms and Totoro is still there? I have an old photo and I wanted to learn more about the mural

  2. BJ says:


  3. Chris Till says:

    “For at least 10 years, these four tradesmen have occupied the wall next to what is currently Urban Handmade on Corry Street.” That was painted by the great Kathy Wilson circa 2005. From left, it depicts Scoopy Rainbow (who lived in town briefly); I can’t remember his name; the late, great Teaspoon Rainbow; and their boss Les Gilford, who employed the trio. Scooby took great amusement by insisting that what appears to be his hand holding the ladder is not actually his hand. Scooby, Teaspoon, and the other fellow drifted into town after the 2004 or 2005 National Rainbow Gathering. Teaspoon had a big personality and quickly became a welcome part of the town fabric. After falling in love and marrying Terri, he suddenly came down with a bad case of cancer and died around 2007. His local funeral memorial at the stone church was packed. Terri now is gone too. Rest in peace.

  4. Gary McBride says:

    Thanks for the correction. Updated!

  5. Marcia Wallgren says:

    The Maxfield Parrish inspired mural you’ve attributed to the “pleine air” style of Travis Tarbox-Hotaling, was actually painted by Pierre Nagly,commissioned by Ohio Silver Co.(Woman, rocks, mountains, tree).

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