The Black and White Show at Village Artisans Gallery

By Joyell Nevins

Photo: Village Artisan Sue Brezine shows some of the works from The Black and White Show running through Aug. 31; photo: Kristen Shroyer

What’s black and white and read all over? It could be this newspaper, or it could be the latest exhibition at the Village Artisans Gallery in Yellow Springs. The Artisans is a multi-media cooperative founded in 1983 and still going strong.

The Black and White Show is the latest open show by the Artisans. Every year, they host two community exhibits and the response is always positive – but this show’s submissions went above and beyond.

“This response was just marvelous – we were overwhelmed with how many participated,” says Sue Brezine, co-op member.

The only requirement was color: submissions could be in two-dimensional or three-dimensional mediums of any kind. “This is a great variety,” Brezine says.

The art showcased includes glycee, watercolor and gelatin prints, digital works, and fiber arts. Check out a variety of jewelry, woodcuts, watercolors, and sculpture. The choices include intricate jewelry, chunky paintings, and expansive photographs. Size ranges from small square paintings to large draped quilts. There were so many entries, the Artisans had to extend their lobby gallery space into the hallway as well.

“We discovered that people really love black and white,” Brezine laughs.

Each piece of art has a card specially made for it by Ann Bain, the co-op’s calligrapher. Along with the name of the artist and the work, each card has a special black and white design on it as well. All the entries are available for viewing
and purchase.

The Artisans

The co-op itself has been a part of the Yellow Springs regional community for 33 years. Members are juried-in and cover almost every form of art anyone can imagine. Photography, paper arts, fiber arts, gourd art and pottery, book-binding, enameling, stained glass, jewelry, and every type of painting and print imaginable are featured in the yellow building by the Corry Street shops. You can view wire wrapping, matchbox paper inspirations, fused glass, and wood turning. The artisans themselves are young and old, male and female, but all share a love of art and the place they call home.

“I love being in a co-op that really cooperates with each other,” Brezine says.

The Artisans’ goal, according to their mission statement, is to “sustain interest and excitement for the arts through our artwork, exhibits and demonstrations.” They strive to provide the Yellow Springs community with unique handmade art at affordable prices. In fact, a majority of their artwork is priced under $50, increasing access to the work. Along with the two annual community exhibits, Village Artisans also holds a massive art event called “Art on the Lawn,” which brings more than 100 artists from throughout the Midwest to showcase and sell their wares.

“We have such talented people,” Brezine says, extolling, “This co-op, it’s just so
much fun!”

The Black and White Show runs through Aug. 31 at Village Artisans Gallery, 100 Corry St. in Yellow Springs. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. For more information about the show or to inquire about becoming a co-op member, please call 937.767.1209 or visit villageartisans.blogspot.com.

Reach DCP freelance writer Joyell Nevins at JoyellNevins@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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Joyell Nevins
Joyell believes in the power of the written word, a good cup of coffee, and sometimes, the need for a hug (please, no Tommy Boy references). Follow her on her blog “Small World, Big God” at swbgblog.wordpress.com or reach her at joyellnevins@daytoncitypaper.com

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