Diverse Styles at Yellow Springs’ Jewelry Showcase
By Emma Jarman
It’s no secret the township of Yellow Springs is off the beaten path for many who live, work and entertain in the City of Dayton. Although it’s only about 20 minutes from downtown proper, many see the trip up 675 to be out of the way and an occasional day trip rather than a routine shopping excursion. This is not a hushed rumor whispered through the fields surrounding the Yellow Springs community; it is an orated fact recognized both by urban and suburban perspective.
In an effort to close the 20-minute gap between Yellow Springs and to attract the potential audience of downtown’s adjacent zip codes, local businesses in Yellow Springs have been making a notable effort to give us one (or many) good reason to sacrifice the $3 in fuel cost and head towards Xenia Avenue.
“[Community events] are very important to Yellow Springs because we recognize that people have to travel out of their way to visit us,” said Mindy Harney, organizer of the upcoming Jeweler’s Showcase in Yellow Springs. “We’re off the beaten path and that’s how this whole idea was created. We have a merchants group that meets once a month and we’re always brainstorming how we can draw people to town with all the amazing things we have here. It adds to the flavor.”
The Yellow Springs Jeweler’s Showcase will be held on the patio of the Corner Cone, located at 101 South Walnut Street in Yellow Springs, Saturday, June 16th. Not only will more than a dozen vendors be set up on the patio at Corner Cone, but a map will be handed out guiding shoppers through Yellow Springs to all the merchants in the area that sell jewelry.
“We wanted to showcase all the amazing jewelry in Yellow Springs,” said Mindy Harney, organizer of the showcase along with Bob Swaney, owner of the Corner Cone.
If you’ve ever been to Yellow Springs before, you may have some idea of the style to expect. If not, I’ll sum it up for you in one word: everything. Eclectic is an understatement when it comes to the variety of style and design you’ll find in Yellow Springs, particularly when it comes to jewelry and accessories. At the showcase, expect to see everything and anything from gold filigree to hammered silver pieces; braided hemp jewelry to wire wrapped bangles with precious stones and gems; gauged earrings made of bone to bejeweled body jewelry.
“Some of the stuff’s really fun and funky, then there’s also some really nice, elegant stuff, too,” said Harney.
Most, if not all of the designers will be on hand to answer questions about their items and explain their technique and process. You may even catch a glimpse of an artist or two creating pieces as you shop. Don’t be surprised to see demonstrations or hands-on activities; it’s all part of the experience.
“Jamie Seed from Sugar Magnolia will be at her own table. Gail Sampson from Gail Creates wire wrap jewelry will be there,” noted Harney. “You never know, I could see that (jewelry making) happen.”
A good portion of the vendors on the patio at the Corner Cone for the Jeweler’s Showcase are independent artists and designers. In fact, there will be only one store represented on the patio in Ohio Silver. Rhonda Newsome, owner of Ecomental, will also have a jewelry stand on the patio as she is an artist with an outside jewelry business. All of the vendors are local and most call Yellow Springs home. All of the stores on the walking tour jewelry map have been encouraged to offer discounts and special pricing for jewelry during the hours of the showcase. About a dozen stores are labeled on the map to participate in the Yellow Springs Jewelry Showcase walking tour.
While this is the first time Yellow Springs has hosted a celebration of local jewelry makers and designers, it is certainly not the first time the township has celebrated its artists and their works. If anything, Yellow Springs is an artist colony and has long celebrated its unique individuality as an oasis of creativity. In Dayton, an area most known for its technical innovation, Yellow Springs has laid solid roots as a splash of pastel color across the steel landscape of the birthplace of aviation. The daisy planted in the bayonet, Yellow Springs is a worthwhile destination and the Yellow Springs Jeweler’s Showcase is a fantastic introduction into all the creative genius things its community has to offer.
For more information on the Yellow Springs Jewelry Showcase or to apply to be a vendor visit www.cornercone.com or Email Bob Swaney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reach DCP freelance writer Emma Jarman at EmmaJarman@DaytonCityPaper.com