Annual Art on the Lawn event returns
By Evan Shaub
On Saturday, Aug. 9, Yellow Springs’ Village Artisans will present Art on the Lawn, a display of Dayton’s artistic talent in its 31st year.
An estimated 2,500-3,000 people showed up for the last year’s seven-hour event. This year, many people from the Village Artisans expect the same turnout.
“We really like this show because it’s in a beautiful outdoor setting, and it’s a really pleasant venue,” event organizer and artist Amy Achor said. “We’re going to have a number of events. There will be book reading and book signing from a featured author, we’re going to have a little of everything from fine arts to ceramics and sculptures. These are some incredibly creative people.”
Returning Art on the Lawn visitors will get to see the work of newcomers as well as some returning artists, like featured artist Roger Smith.
“He’s a Yellow Springs native who won best of show at last year’s Art on the Lawn event for oil paintings that he did,” Achor said.
Smith is an impressionist painter with acclaim all over the globe; he currently has work featured in collections in Canada, Germany, Finland and Australia.
For someone’s art to get accepted into the show it has to be juried in, which means a person on the Village Artisans panel has to feel strong enough about an artist’s work to propose it to the other members of the panel, who then must approve it.
Currently, there are 77 displays of art slated to be a part the festival. Pam Geisel, who is in charge of design for Art on the Lawn, expects that number to be closer to 100 by the time of the fair.
“All of the art is sent in and reviewed by a committee,” Geisel said. “The actual jurying can be handled by any member, but it’s typically done by 5-6 members at a time. Artists can send in applications to have their art featured up to a week before the show.”
This is Geisel’s second year with the Village Artisans; Geisel and Achor both commented on the collaborative nature of an event like this.
“There really isn’t one person who puts this festival on,” Achor said. “We’re an artist cooperative, so every one of us is needed to make this event happen. For the volunteers, many months of work has gone into this already. The key word is ‘cooperative.’ It’s really all volunteers coming together to make it happen.”
The Village Artisans are also excited about a give-away taking place this year. They will be raffling off a basket full of some of their favorite art. The raffle, called the “Gift of Art Basket,” is a basket packed to the brim with handcrafted art from artists in the Village Artisans cooperative. Everyone at the event will be invited to participate in the raffle. The winner will be chosen at 4:30 p.m. the day of the festival.
“Along with the raffle, we’re also excited to have some publishing companies and some authors come in,” Achor said. “This year we’re featuring a lot of children’s books and children’s authors; it really is a family event. We have an author coming in who does comic books and graphic novels. It should be very exciting.”
Another exciting part of Art on the Lawn is interactive: Event-goers will have a chance to create some art themselves.
“We will have arts and crafts from all different types of media,” Geisel said. “There will be painting, drawing, ceramics, metal and woodwork – most types of art you can think of will be featured at Art on the Lawn.”
Some other types of art that will be featured include jewelry, candles, stained glass, caricatures and photography. In addition, there will be food and free live music at the event. The Harvest Mobile Food Truck and Keller Catering will handle the food at the venue.
“We’re considering adding a third vendor, but don’t know who at this time,” Achor said. “There will also be vendors selling ice cream bars and other deserts.”
Art on the Lawn will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 at the Mills Lawn Green, 200 S. Walnut St. in Yellow Springs. For more information, please call the Village Artisans at 937.767.1290 or visit shopvillageartisans.com.
Reach DCP editorial intern Evan Schaub at Intern@DaytonCityPaper.com.