The Great “Art’Doors

Nature-themed Fine Arts and Crafts Show

By Robin Lynne Melet

Eastern Black Swallowtail wing pendant By Julie Gootee

The 29th annual Glen Helen Nature Arts and Crafts Show in Yellow Springs is coming to town Saturday, November 20 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and on Sunday, November 21 from 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

What makes this event so unique and different from others? Liz Schneiders, project manager of the Glen Helen Ecology Institute describes it as a “fine” arts and crafts show. “People sometimes are surprised by the quality of work they see here,” she says.

In all, 27 vendors will exhibit at the nature-themed artwork for sale event as a fundraiser for Glen Helen. “It is an excellent holiday shopping event,” said Pam Geisel, Nature Arts and Crafts Show Coordinator. “[It’s] a great get-away for hiking in Glen Helen or even just eating in the Yellow Springs eateries. It is a show we are very proud of.”

Welcomed feature artist, Bootsie Robison with exhibit her hand-spun wool and alpaca yarn as well as hand-knit mittens, caps, scarves, shawls, sweaters and some felted items. All the wool products come from the sheep on her farm, Locust Hill Farm in Peebles, Ohio.

Another famed artist and 10-year co-coordinator, Pam Geisel, creates art quilts and quilt-related art. She works with non-traditional fabrics and makes art quilts that incorporate traditional piecing in unique ways. Pam is from Yellow Springs and this is her fifth year as an artist in the show.

Other vendors include Ron Austing of Dillsboro, Indiana featuring his photos of local wildlife, Ginny Bauhgman of Westerville, Ohio, exhibiting her found art and drawings, Dianne Collinson of Yellow Springs creating her hand-built ceramics, and Betsy Roberts of Medway, Ohio featuring handmade soaps and body products with natural, organic ingredients. The show will also feature famed artists Jim Glover, Julie Gootee, Bev Grady, Sara Gray and Harper Art Studios, just to name a few.

Arts and crafts pottery by Kate Lally

Sycamore Leaf by Dianne Collinson

Other distinctive items for sale include note cards, books, butterfly jewelry, ornaments, acrylics paintings, calendars, table runners, coasters, bags, purses, pillows and even wall hangings made from recycled wool sweaters. There will also be photography, one-of-a-kind jewelry, wonderful fused and stained glass, functional pottery and watercolor paintings.

Glen Helen is a breathtaking 1,000-acre nature preserve of woods, waterways, prairies and fields trimmed with 25 miles of trails. Grounds are open daily from dawn until dusk. It is truly nature’s rapture, a getaway from city life with 400-year-old trees, limestone cliffs with waterfalls and overhangs and beautiful Yellow Spring, for which the town is named. The preserve is owned by Antioch College and managed by the Glen Helen Ecology Institute. The Glen Helen Association is a non-profit volunteer organization whose mission is to support preservation and programs at Glen Helen.

Parking is free and there will be plenty of off-street parking as well. Admission is $4 per person. If you go to www.GlenHelen.org or www.facebook.com/GlenHelenArtShow, you can get a $2 off coupon from the website.

For more information, call Liz Schneiders at 937-769-1902, extension 103.

Contact DCP freelance writer Robin Melet at contactus@daytoncitypaper.com

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