F un And Remembrance in Store
By Deborrah Adams
The third weekend in October will have Yellow Springs focusing on everything art from the gallery openings and Art Stroll on Friday, to the annual Artist Studio Tour and Sale on Saturday and Sunday, and Artoberfest on Saturday night.
“In October 1996, local businesses began the tradition of hosting Art Strolls on the Fridays after Street Fair to highlight art exhibits in downtown businesses,” according to Karen Wintrow, executive director of the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce. The popularity of those walking tours has grown into the Third Friday Flings which are now expanding into whole weekend affairs with many events scheduled on Saturday and Sunday as well.
One of the founders of the Art Stroll was Eddie Eckenrode, co-owner of Sam & Eddie’s Open Books, who died this past spring. For those who never had the privilege of knowing him personally, Eckenrode was a talented artist and long-time member of the downtown Yellow Springs business community. Eckenrode was known as a long time Yellow Springs’ artist and shopkeeper; but he is most fondly remembered as a citizen of the community, a member of the extended Yellow Springs family.
In the June 3, 2010, edition of the Yellow Springs News, Diane Chiddister underscored that sentiment in her Editorial (p.4) eulogizing Eckenrode: “… the lesson from Eddie’s memorial service, and his life, is how much a single person’s kindness impacts a village … clearly we had been touched, perhaps in a way that surprised us, by his caring. I feel fortunate to have known Eddie. And I feel fortunate to live in a tiny town where such small acts of kindness build into something much greater, a sweet, deeply connected way of living.”
The October Art Stroll is being dedicated to Eckenrode as a tribute to his memory and his contributions to the community and the artists of Yellow Springs, including his involvement in the Art Stroll tradition. Many downtown businesses will participate in the October Art Stroll Tribute by staying open until 9 p.m., exhibiting art in their place of business, and some may have a visiting artist, musician, or artisan creating art during the event. Look for the signs or balloons indicating those businesses participating in Art Stroll.
In addition to the Art Stroll Tribute there will be a special opening reception at Sam & Eddie’s Open Books. Eckenrode’s wife Samantha (Sam) and daughter Miriam are featuring selected works from his large portfolio of artwork in the newly dedicated gallery.
Sam Eckenrode wrote “this is the first public acknowledgment that we are rededicating the space to my beloved late husband.” She noted that the shop is having new awnings designed, incorporating some of Eckenrode’s art, which will be installed by the dedication on Oct 15. “There is a very sweet love letter included in the awning, on the side flaps” Sam added. “We’ll see how many people get the literary allusion.”
The grand opening and reception will be at Sam & Eddie’s Open Books – The Eddie Eckenrode Gallery at 232 Xenia Ave., in King’s Yard, from 6 to 9 p.m.
In addition to the special Art Stroll exhibits there will be several gallery openings and receptions on Third Friday. The Village Artisans Cooperative will host a gallery opening and reception for its recent art challenge for emerging and established artists. “Dare 2B Square” is a mixed media visual art show of works done on a 12-by-12 artist’s canvas. One Best of Show award will be presented and works will be available for sale. The reception will be held at the Village Artisans Cooperative at 100 Corry St., from 6 to 9 p.m.
Across the street at “would you, could you” in a Frame, 113 Corry St., British artist Corinne Bayraktaroglu will open her exhibit titled “Stitch Gasp!” a collection of stitched art works “meant to elicit gasps of wonder or horror.” There will be a reception with the artist from 6-9 p.m.
Another British artist Karen Russell will be featured at the new Yellow Springs Art Council Gallery with her collection called “Out of My Box: An Exhibition of Extreme Quilting.” Russell will be teaming with folk artist Sharon Mohler for a special arts experience. The reception will open at 6 p.m.
Of course Third Friday has also come to mean food, music and entertainment, and there is plenty to be found through downtown. This month Ye Olde Trail Tavern, 228 Xenia Ave, has opened its Octoberfest Beer Garden to be enjoyed while DJ Clean Gene Lohman spins the tunes.
At Emporium Wines, 233 Xenia Ave., during the monthly wine tasting patrons can relax while listening to Nashville-based Grace Adele and her Grand Band from 6:30 to 10 p.m. The Main Squeeze, 229 Xenia Ave., will be holding its craft beer demonstration and tasting starting at 7:30 p.m.
The day winds down at Peach’s Grill, 104 Xenia Ave., with The Pinstripes, a reggae/ska/soul band from Cincinnati, who characterize their concerts as “serious-fun.” Admission to the show is $5 and starts at 10 p.m.
The 10th annual Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour and Sale will be held Saturday and Sunday, October 16 and17. According to Lisa Goldberg, event organizer, this will be “a driving tour showcasing the artwork of 19 distinctive artists.”
In honor of the 10th consecutive tour, eight talented and diverse artists from the Yellow Springs area will open their studios and offer selected items for sale from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., both days joined by 11 guest artists. Goldberg invites art lovers and collectors to “Come see the exciting world of ceramic artists, painters, sculptures and textile artists – all at their creative best.” Take advantage of this self-guided tour to discover unique jewelry, innovative pottery, sculpture, fiber, paintings, and other handcrafted creations as well as the surrounding countryside. Maps of the tour will be available at Young’s Jersey Dairy, The Winds Cafe, and the Springs Motel; or download and print a map from the Web site at www.YSArts.org
Last, but by no means least, on the list of art events is Artoberfest “a celebration of music, beer, food, wine and the art of the stein” that will be held next door to the Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery at 309 Xenia Ave. from 5 to 10 p.m. The event helps raise funds for YSAC and tickets are $15, with advanced sales and YSAC member discounts.
For more information about Yel-low Springs and Third Weekend events check online at www.Desti-nationYellowSprings.com
Deborrah Adams at email@example.com