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Village Artisans artist cooperative will mount the 37th annual Art on the Lawn Saturday, Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Booths will be set up on Mills Lawn Elemetary School lawn bordering Walnut and Limestone Streets. Over 75 fine artists and artisans are scheduled to participate in the juried event. (Submitted photo)

Art on the Lawn set for 37th year

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More than 75 artists from Ohio and beyond will gather under the shade trees on the grounds of Mill Lawn School, in the heart of the village, to show and sell their original fine arts and crafts at this year’s Art on the Lawn fair Saturday, Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.

In its 37th year, this popular, free, outdoor festival of art, food and music, is sponsored by Village Artisans Gallery of Yellow Springs. The work on view and for sale will include ceramics, drawings, fiber art, garden art, glass, jewelry, leatherwork, mixed media, paper craft, paintings, photography and more. Food vendors and live music will complement the booths of juried work.

Of the 75 participating artists, about two-thirds are returning from past years, while the rest are new to the show.

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This year’s featured artist, named Best of Show at 2021’s festival, is Jeff Smith, a photographer from Spring Valley.

Smith was a pilot with the U.S. Air Force for 24 years. Largely self-taught in photography, he specializes in landscapes. According to a press release about Saturday’s event, Smith says sunset and twilight are his favorite times of day to capture, but it’s not always easy.

“Occasionally, after many failed trips,” he said, “I’ll experience a fleeting moment when it all comes together; where patience, anticipation and preparation produce stunning scenes which evoke awe and excitement.”

About 340 of Smith’s prints currently hang on the walls of hospitals, physicians’ offices, and professional spaces throughout the Miami Valley. The United States Postal Service selected one of Smith’s images to be included as selvage in a series of stamps this year. His work can also be seen on his website, ArtofFrozenTime.com

Village Artisans, sponsor of Art on the Lawn, is a cooperative art gallery in Yellow Springs featuring locally made, affordable handcrafted jewelry, wood, pottery, photography, paintings, drawings, fiber, glass and mixed-media art. Located at 100 Corry St., in Yellow Springs, its regular gallery hours are Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon–5 p.m., with extended hours for special events. For more information, call 937-767-1209, email villageartisans.email@yahoo.com, or go online to villageartisans.org, villageartisans.blogspot.com or facebook.com/villageartisans.

Art on the Lawn organizers request that dogs and other pets remain away from the fair, noting that typical August temperatures and crowds with children make the event an unsafe place for pets.

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