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Monday Morning Artists ‘reflect’ on inspiration

By John Hamilton

Photo: Yuki Hall, Grinnell Mill

In the small village of Yellow Springs, Ohio, there is a library. As you go through the main entrance, you’ll notice a display case full of miscellaneous little pieces of arts and crafts, each created by someone in Yellow Springs, a community known for its artistic prowess. These pieces will also be part of a new event, “Reflections.”

The exhibition is put on by a group called Monday Morning Artists, which meets the first Monday of each month at the First Presbyterian Church of Yellow Springs. The group is open to all artists. “Reflections” will be on display July 17-August 16 at Yellow Springs Arts Council. It’s meant to not only show off the artwork of the talented locals and but to also give a look at what inspired them—and a method to invite others to join their world.

“We want to broaden the definition of reflection,” says event facilitator Libby Rudolf. “The pieces on display are meant to be more than just a literal definition of reflecting, the pieces of art are meant to be reflections of ourselves.”

Rudolf is a founding member of the group Monday Morning Artists and runs the group’s website,
Monmornartists.blogspot.com. She has been an artist almost her entire life, beginning when she was a young girl sitting with her grandmother, who painted and passed the love of art and creativity onto her.

As time went on, Rudolf took classes and practiced frequently, but when her children came into her life she dedicated her time to them. As the kids grew older she started to get back in the figurative saddle.

This is fourth time there has been a show like this. In the past, it has featured different themes, such as “Exuberance” and “Flower Power.” All served a similar purpose—to help display and promote the artists of the community and hopefully widen the audience. This year’s theme was suggested by member Mary Cargan, who works with colored pencil art.

But Rudolf points out that “Reflections” will feature much more than just oil or watercolor paintings. Many other artists have won awards at other art shows, including member Theresa Mayer, who works with fused glass. Rudolf, of course, features a piece of her work in the show as well.

“It reflects the gift of music from my father,” Rudolf says about her piece. “It’s him playing the banjo to my [then baby] son and this had a massive impact on me. It is a reflection on how their inspiration and love of art and music changed me.”

But the event is much more than just a show and tell. The month-long party is also meant to help spread the love of art to others and continue the craft. On July 18, Rudolf herself will host a watercolor painting class, where attendees can “paint a small portrait to take home.” Artist Sandy Kinnamon offers a similar class on July 25 called Watercolor Magic.

Mary Cargan will host a class titled Drawing What is Not There—The Importance of Negative Space.

And on August 8, Yuki Hall will offer an experience about painting reflections.

There’s even something for the kids: Clara Rose, the youngest member at 12 years old, will host a finger knitting course on August 8 for children. Finger knitting is a variety of the craft which utilizes the artists’ hands instead of knitting needles to create a product.

“Many of our artists are award winners, and have been in the business for a decade or more,” Rudolf says. “This is a wonderful event with their work, in a fun town that has an amazing art scene that people should experience.”

Monday Morning Artists present “Reflections” July 17-August 16 at Yellow Springs Arts Council, 111 Corry St. in Yellow Springs. Class registration begins Friday, July 17. Classes cost $12 each, except for the children’s course which requires a $2 donation. For more information about the exhibit or companion classes, please visit Monmornartists.blogspot.com or ysartscouncil.org.

Reach DCP freelance writer at JohnHamilton@DaytonCityPaper.com.


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