As I reach the final turn of my two years as President of Historic Yellow Springs I remain convinced that people in my position are best seen and not heard. The face of our organization is found in the people who run it every day. The teachers and staff are the life blood of institutions such as ours. But when Sandy Momyer decides it is time for me to write, I do my job.
During 2009 I served on the search committee for a new executive director that culminated in our unanimous selection of Pru Haines. Pru brought to us a strong background in running non-profits including the art and history programs. She embarked on her journey as our director with our hope that non-profit life would resume the life it enjoyed for a quarter century before the financial crisis of 2008.
But time has demonstrated to all of us that there is no turning back the clock. Outside funding from government and tourist development sources has all but disappeared. At HYS we have cut our own staff by 40%, yet we still struggle to make ends meet.
In January we met with Pru and discussed the future. With her participation we made a decision to head in a new direction. In contrast to our 2009 search we determined that we needed a director who could bring a “for profit” model to an institution that needs desperately to work within a balanced budget framework.
Eileen McMonagle came to Yellow Springs as a ceramics student. But in her professional life she earned an MBA and has held senior management positions for a number of international industrial manufacturers including SKF and Mars. Lest you think that we have “sold out” to capitalism, Eileen also comes equipped with an art history degree and a talent for throwing clay. We are thrilled to have her join us as executive director.
This transition in our approach, one premised upon making our programs self-sustaining has led us to explore new affiliations. Under Pru’s leadership we have worked toward cooperative programming with Barnes Foundation and we are bringing programs taught by the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts back to our village for the first time in sixty years.
Self sustenance is a laudable goal. But art, history and preservation are not going to be self-sustaining any time soon. If you share a belief that these interests have a place in our society and in this community, you must realize that the sustaining institutions like ours alive is today our individual responsibility.
So come. Take a course; walk our trails; attend our programs. Meet our new executive director and appreciate that a tradition of hospitality in this corner of the world is fasting approaching 300 years.
Board President, HYS
Message from the President
From the Director's Desk
HYS to Host First Annual Chester County Preservation Fair
Workshop & Artist Talk with Michael Connelly to Benefit the Paul Bernhardt Scholarship Fund
Creativity Abounds Continues at Yellow Springs
Horse Sculpture Given to Moore Archives
38th Annual Yellow Springs Art Show to Open in April
Mark Your Calendars
The first signs of spring are in the village and for those of us who have endured this hard winter, it is these signs of annual renewal that make the coming of spring so joyful. When you are here, check out the sprouts of green in front of the Lincoln building and the snow peas popping up on the hill behind the fountain. I’m seeing them for the first time even though I have been a part of Historic Yellow Springs through my involvement with Chester Springs Studio for over 15 years. Spring is a time of rebirth and the promise of warm days and nights with the windows open to the sound of cicadas and katydids. For us here at the village, it is also a time of change and a new start.
I am so pleased to now have a more active role here at Historic Yellow Springs. As the new Executive Director I am in wonder at the history of this special place and the reincarnation of the village throughout history. We are in the process of, maybe not a reincarnation, but a reach back to the core of what has made this place special for so many people over the years. This village is a place of creativity for the community and for all who know that exploring one’s personal imagination is a healthy endeavor. It is these two fundamental aspects of creativity and health that have been the driving forces of this historic site since the Lenape Native Americans first told the European settlers of the magical yellow water.
There is a lot going on this Spring at HYS. Please check out all of the wonderful events listed below. This summer we will also have the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) back in our village. Soon you will be able to find further information about the summer PAFA classes here at HYS on both our websites.
Although I have only been in the role of Executive Director for a short time, I would like to thank everyone for their help and support. One of the great “secrets” I've discovered is the love everyone has for this place. Many of the groups I have spoken with have come to Historic Yellow Springs and Chester Springs Studio from different directions but the one thing in which we are all in agreement is - this is a special place for us to help prosper and preserve.
Executive Director, HYS
It is not too late to send in your Annual Appeal contribution. Your generous support is extremely important to us and is appreciated. Check our web site to contribute online. Thank you.
Plan to be at Historic Yellow Springs in the Washington Building on Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., where the First Annual Chester County Preservation Fair is being held. This is a one-day, one-stop event featuring all the trades and services you need for your historic house, barn, church, mill, office or site. The event is co-hosted by Historic Yellow Springs and the Chester County Historic Preservation Network.
Over 20 vendors will be on hand to answer your questions, present new materials and ideas, and offer the latest information available in the field. In addition to the usual carpenters, architects and builders that you find at most trade shows, this Preservation Fair will include architectural historians, archeologist, realtors, conservators, historic sites, preservation advocacy organizations and a wide range of other services and trades. You are sure to get the information you are looking for at the fair.
Some preservation contacts you can expect to meet include: Monroe Coldren and Son, blacksmith and metal work, architect Peter Zimmerman, 18th Century Restoration, S.A.V.E., historian Jane Dorchester, Vixen Hill, John Milner Architects with archeology, planning and conservation, and landscape designers, contractors and painting experts to name just a few. It is a great opportunity not to be missed.
Owners and managers of the county’s thousands of historic resources will find they do not have to travel far to get the preservation help they need. Cost to attend is $10 and $8 for members of HYS and the CCHPN. Pick up a flyer and you will get a $2 discount off the entrance fee. For further information please check the website www.yellowsprings.org/preservationfair.html
For information to sponsor a page in the directory or to secure exhibit space at the fair, please contact Matthew E. Roberson at 610-620-4656.
On Saturday, April 9, two events at the Chester Springs Studio of Historic Yellow Springs will initiate the establishment of a national scholarship in memory of artist and teacher Paul Bernhardt.
Artist and teacher Michael Connelly will present a ceramics workshop from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the ceramics studio. Mr. Connelly, who studied with Mr. Bernhardt at Conestoga High School as a teenager, currently teaches at Montgomery County Community College, exhibits his work nationally, and leads workshops around the country. He holds an MFA from Alfred University. In his artist statement, he notes, “My pottery occupies a sense of purpose, to create objects within myself and true to myself. The examination of utility generates my sense of design and involves all of my creativity. ” Both high school students and adults are invited to participate in this hands-on workshop. The workshop fee is a minimum $35 donation, due with pre-registration.
Mr. Connelly will also present an Artist Talk at 7:00 PM in the barn studio. Pottery donated by Claybody members, friends, and supporters of the scholarship initiative will be available for sale at this talk and reception, which is free of charge and open to all. A highlight of the evening will be a ‘laughing contest,’ in salute and tribute to Mr. Bernhardt’s one-in-a-million laugh.
Mr. Bernhardt taught ceramics for 35 years at Conestoga High School, and was the only high school teacher ever awarded the prestigious Excellence in Teaching award from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). He was also a much-loved and respected instructor at Chester Springs Studio. All proceeds raised at these events and in future related events will benefit a scholarship fund for a deserving high school student whose work is juried into the National K12 Ceramics Exhibit, which takes place at the annual NCECA conference. This annual scholarship will provide its recipient with the sort of open door to in-depth study in ceramics that Mr. Bernhardt provided to so many alumni over the years. The first Paul Bernhardt Scholarship award is anticipated to be in 2012.
For more information or to register for the workshop, please contact John Matthews, Nell Hazinski, or Kate Plows at email@example.com.
The Creativity Abounds Summer Program has been planned and this summer the program will be arts intensive focusing on drawing, painting and clay. We will be holding four weeks of three hour arts classes with two age groups. One group will be directed to children 6 – 8 years of age with the second group geared to children 9 – 12 years of age.
Creativity Abounds summer classes will begin the week of June 27 and run through July 22. Daily hours are 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Check our website yellowsprings.org/studio/children.html to get full details for the classes and to register. Spaces are limited and fill quickly so be sure to register early.
For those students who are interested in a theater program, please check the West Pikeland Township website at www.westpikeland.com or call 610 827-7660.
A small horse sculpture was recently given to the Moore Archives. Archivist Sandy Moore was contacted by Margaret Walker who stated she was interested in giving this sculpture to our collection as she believed it belonged here.
Margaret, known to some as Mary, Walker came to the United States from her home in South Norwood, England, in 1958, where she had worked with horses. She found a job with horses at the Chester Springs farm owned by Vincent M. Reed. She spent 20 years working there breaking young horses to rein and to be ridden.
Mr. Reed was known to have purchased horses from the U.S. Calvary in the early part of the 20th century. One of those he named Danburn. Sometime in the 1930’s or 40’s (no one knows the actual date) an art student from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Country School at Chester Springs came over to the barn and was drawing horses. He was to eventually live in the barn and the Reed family fed him. He did a plaster sculpture of Danburn and gave it to them for their kindness. The Reeds later gave it to Margaret. She does not have the name of the artist.
Margaret went on to other work after leaving the Reed farm and ended up tending horses at the Valley Forge Military Academy until her retirement. The horse Danburn went with her wherever she was. At this time in her life, she would like the sculpture to be back home in Chester Springs that once was the art school.
Sandy said, “We are deeply thankful to Margaret for gifting us with this wonderful piece of art. I recognized it as an Academy piece as we have several similar small sculptures from that era. We are pleased to add Danburn to our archival collection. ” We hope to have him been displayed at some future time.
If you or anyone you know has art work from the Academy period in the Yellow Springs village, we are always eager to see it and learn more about it. Gifts are always welcomed, but to have a record of this art work and where it is located is just as important to us. You can contact Moore Archivist Sandy Momyer at 610 827-7414 Ext. 19 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, the snow is gone, the bulbs are popping up, the time has changed and it is art show time again! The village is already buzzing with preparations. So, please mark your calendars for the 2011 show which opens to the public on Saturday, April 30 and runs through Sunday, May 8. Hours of the show are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fridays until 8 p.m. and our show is open free to the public. Our special preview opening will be Friday, April 29.
The preview features champagne and hor d’oeuvres and the first opportunity to view this extraordinary show. The event runs from 7 – 10 p.m. with a $60 admission charge, $35 for HYS members. For those eager to have an early preview, admission begins at 5:30 p.m. with a $100 advance payment or $120 at the door.
Art Show Chair Maureen Fendrick is very excited about the 2011 show. She is pleased to be introducing a list of new artists to our show and, of course, to welcoming back so many excellent artists who have made this show so special for so many years.
A special Happy Hour Friday is scheduled for May 6 from 5 – 8 p.m. Plan to join with friends, family and neighbors for wine and cheese and great conversation surrounded by the wonderful art in the show. This event is a popular community gathering and we encourage you to plan to attend. A $5 donation is suggested. Yellow Springs Farm will be supplying their own locally-made cheeses.
With 178 artists participating, you can expect a wide variety of color, style and design. Please check our website for detailed information and you can order advance tickets to the preview at yellowsprings.org/artshow.html. Also watch our April e-news for more information about the show.
March 20 – “SPRINGTIME IN PARIS” – music for the flute and harp
West Pikeland 2011 Spring Performance Series
4 p.m. at the Black Box Theatre in the Township Building
April 17 – “LARRY McKENNA/TOM LAWTON JAZZ QUARTET”
West Pikeland 2011 Spring Performance Series
4 p.m. at the Black Box Theatre in the Township Building
April 9 – First Annual Chester County Preservation Fair
Washington Building 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
April 9 – Workshop & Artist Talk with Michael Connelly to Benefit the Paul Bernhardt Scholarship Fund
Clay Studio and Barn
April 26 – Spring Ceramics Classes begin
April 29 – Openting Party for the 38th Annual Yellow Springs Art Show and Sale
7 – 10 p.m. with early opening at 5:30 p.m. - Purchase tickets
April 30 – May 15 – 38th Annual Yellow Springs Art Show and Sale
Daily 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fridays until 8 p.m. - Open Free to the Public
May 12 – Herb Sale in the meadow with Ceramics Studio Pottery Sale
May 23 – Spring Painting & Drawing Classes begin
June 3 – HYS Membership Party & Members Art Exhibition Opening
June 5 – Jazz at the Springs
Check the website at www.yellowsprings.org for full details as they develop.