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Fiber Artists Prepare for 21st Annual Woolgathering

Sep 16, 2016
Yarn spun and died by Laura Krugh
Renee Wilde / WYSO

In the 16th century, if a person said you were woolgathering, it meant you were daydreaming. This came from the act of peasants ambling along sheep paths and gathering up the tufts of wool where it had snagged on fences and thorny bushes. This weekend woolgathering is being proudly used to describe one of the largest gatherings of fiber artists with over 100 vendors from across the country. They’ll converge on Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs, Ohio for the 21st Annual Woolgathering.

There are estimates that say one out of 3 adjunct teachers across the country are living in poverty, and the summer months, when most students are on break, are especially tough.

To counter that seasonal economic downturn, 14 Dayton artists are hosting a one-night-only, pop-up art event called Feed the Adjuncts. 

In the following interview from WYSO Weekend, artist and adjunct teacher, Colleen Kelsey, paints a picture of the local landscape for part-time teachers which includes a look at some of the financial challenges adjuncts face. 

On May 13th and 14th, the Dayton Circus Creative Collective will celebrate Side Show 11, a music and art festival at the Yellow Cab Building.  Over 40 musicians will perform on three stages and the Yellow Cab's galleries will feature works from over 50 artists in a variety of media.

Several artists, musicians and organizers visited the WYSO studios for a week of previews on Excursions:

After moving into their new location on Grand Ave. in Dayton, the Grass Roots Enrichment Center has been its programming including creating STRONG, a new program to prevent and treat physical, emotional and sexual abuse in children and teens.  Lisa Patrick from Grass Roots visited the WYSO studios to talk with Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt about STRONG and the upcoming Surrealist Ball fundraiser for the program.

Local Artists Find Their Creative Space

Sep 2, 2015
Marika Snider / WYSO

For part-time artists, juggling career, home, and family can be challenging. Some find the solution in a Third Space, a place where their talents can mature. Community Voices producer Marika Snider talks with two local artists about finding their Third Space.

We Care Arts brings together people of all ability levels to learn art skills.  On August 1st, Arts & Drafts event will help raise money for We Care Arts.  The event will feature music from The Motel Beds, Splendor and Wasted Potential.  We Care Arts event coordinator Chris Corba and the Motel Beds' Tod Weidner visited the WYSO studio to talk about this very special event.

Wright State University

As Wright State University's Creative Arts Center undergoes a renovation, the College of Liberal Arts will celebrate its 16th annual Arts Gala.  The event showcases the work of students majoring in the fine and performing arts, and several of those students along with Jennie Buckwalter, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts, visited the WYSO studios to chat with music director Niki Dakota.

Wright State University's Arts Gala is Saturday, March 28th.

Artists Frustrated With Being Put in a Black Box

Mar 2, 2015
David C. Barnett / WCPN

For the past month, local arts and cultural organizations have been busy telling stories about African American history. But, some Ohio artists and cultural leaders find Black History Month to be a double-edged sword.

Charles Phoenix celebrates classic Americana and retro culture through a variety of mediums including the presentation of found Kodachrome slides, for which his Big Retro Slideshow is named.  Phoenix also incorporates recipes and local landmarks into his show, which returns to Dayton this week. 

Charles Phoenix's Big Retro Slideshow is at the Dayton Art Institute on Thursday, November 6th.

Basma Alsharif

Basma Alsharif is a nomadic artist who incorporates field recordings from the Gaza Strip into her latest project, Disappearing Acts, which is on display at Antioch College's Herndon Gallery.  Alsharif's work spans different artistic mediums, and the local display will incorporate film, photography and sound and includes several juxtaposed pieces from Alsharif's body of work.  Alsharif and co-curator Charles Fairbanks visited the WYSO studios ahead of the opening reception and spoke with Excursions host Niki Dakota about Alsharif's work and some of the elements of the exhibit.

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