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Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns

By Alyssa Reck

Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase her functional porcelain pieces with sgraffito designs at the Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale; photo: Lisa Goldberg

She’s done it again!

Lisa Goldberg, organizer of the Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale, is thrilled this fall’s event will be the 14th consecutive tour. It will feature 25 artists from the states of Ohio, Indiana, Kansas and North Carolina. The tour will take visitors into some local artists’ homes and studios in Yellow Springs.

There will be seven different locations to visit. Each location will have a host artist and three other artists displaying and selling their works. So, don’t forget your pocketbooks if you are attending the event. You just might end up finding something for your home.

The event is from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. on Oct. 18 and 19.

“Studio tours are really unique and attract a different audience than art fairs,” Goldberg said. “It’s more intimate and the people that attend are interested and educated about the art itself.”

In addition to buying pieces, art enthusiasts will have a chance to meet these talented artists and get to speak to them one-on-one. The pieces include ceramics, fiber, glass, graphic arts, jewelry, mixed media, painting, printmaking, sculpture, woodworking and more.

“I haven’t even met all the artists, so I’m really excited,” Goldberg said.

The artists that will be present include Erin Holscher Almazan, John Britt, Lucy Chapman, Donna D’Aquino, Chandra DeBuse, Courtney DeYoung, Deborah Dixon, Dylan Engler, Pam Geisel, Lisa Goldberg, Sara Gray, Bruce Grimes, Cody Heichel, Beth Holyoke, Ben Jordan, Elaine Lamb, Geno Luketic, Krissie Mastin, Naysan McIlhargey, Dan Minnick, Kimberly Rorick, Jennifer Rosengarten, Andrea Starkey, Les Thede and Alice Young-Basora.

According to Goldberg, the participating artists are recommended to her, are people she met at conferences and other events, or are artists who previously participated in the tour. This year the tour has a total of 12 new artists.

“It’s almost like a board game,” said Goldberg. “I move the guest artists until I have the right mix at each studio.”

Some artists from past events have had their work displayed at galleries – a product of connections forged at the event.

“One customer has been buying from Donna [D’Aquino] for 15 years,” Goldberg said.

On Saturday, after the event, artists board a bus and take it to the host studios so that even they can see each other’s works.

According to Goldberg, planning for next year’s event begins the day after this year’s is over. There are five defining features she looks for in each artist and his or her work when deciding whom to invite. Each artist and their work must be creative, well-made, different, high quality and unique.

“The last few years, I’ve been tweaking it,” Goldberg said.

Five years ago, Goldberg expanded the number of artists and hosts participating in the Studio Tour. Last year, there were artists from six states. This year, there are 10 clay artists, doing everything from sculpture to jewelry.

“It’s about finding the right mix,” Goldberg said. “The artists that do well have a broad spectrum of price range and items.”

Those planning to attend the 2014 Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale should note it is a driving tour and the host locations are in and around Yellow Springs. The tour attracts visitors from out of state, college professors and their students, parents and kids who have a strong interest in the arts, collectors and even some galleries. An estimated 2,000 visitors attend.

“Area businesses are impacted by these events – like restaurants, which get booked up,” said Goldberg.

The day before the Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale is the Yellow Springs Art Stroll. Like the Tour & Sale, this event is free to the public. It will be held in downtown Yellow Springs from 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 17.

Another upcoming event in Yellow Springs is Art & Soul. The event, which features 30 artists, is on Nov. 15 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. It has a $3 admission fee and will take place at Mills Lawn School Gym. “It’s a completely different feel,” said Goldberg.

For more information on the Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale, contact Lisa Goldberg at 937.767.7285, visit or pick up a tour brochure at The Winds Café, Young’s Jersey Dairy or the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce. For further information on October Art Stroll, visit the event page at

Reach DCP freelance writer Alyssa Reck at

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