A couple of years ago, when Spark moved into its current home, it put out the call for a piano. Elaine Williams came to the rescue with an upright piano that turned out to be broken beyond repair.
A working piano was found and the question became what to do with the broken one. A couple of the members gutted it and re-purposed many of the parts for other creations. Until saner heads prevailed many of us thought it would make a perfect sign hanging above our front entrance. Finally realizing it was still to heavy for that and none of us was an engineer that idea was abandoned.
The answer came the Friday of the annual festival when the piano was sprayed with a coat of beige paint and the next day wheeled up to Spark’s booth space. A variety of acrylic paint colors and brushes were provided and passing children were invited to play a part in making art.
The end product was fantastic and the piano will now be mounted on casters and wheeled out onto the sidewalk as our official “OPEN” sign for Spark activities.
Each year since our inception Spark has had a creative entry in the annual Greene Countrie Towne Festival parade. The first was a Do Da entry composed of all kinds of characters created by young children. Last year was a large Chinese dragon winding its way through the crowd and this year, a pat of ten over the top pink flamingos. The costumes were mostly the creation of Stacy Downey with assistance from Elaine Williams and others.
One again a nice group of people took a few hours to expand their educational experiences by learning the basics of American Sign Language. Seven adults attended this third in a series of beginning ASL instructions taught by certified instructor Tom Schluep. Tom was assisted by interpreters Molly Jordan and Dan McCray.
Due to Spark’s recent Faerie Door workshop there are now several new entrance routes into our fair village for wee folk to come and go. We had a nice turnout and everyone seemed to have had a great time. So nice to see people meet their creative selves.
Tom Schluep and Molly Jordan will be offering another class in the basics of American Sign Language for adults at 1:00 pm, Saturday, June 25th at Spark Creative Artspace, 251 Jefferson St., Greenfield.
The class will last about two hours and cost $25.
While pre registration is not necessary Spark would like to have some idea of the demand. So, would you please fill out and submit the following contact form?
Do you believe in Faeries? Would you like to make a door for the wee folk? SPARK! Creative Artspace would like to invite you to join us to create your own Faerie Door. Join us at 9:00 am on Saturday, June 25 at the SPARK! Studio to craft your own! Total cost is $15 ($10 for Spark and $5 for materials).
The faerie workshop will be led by Spark’s master faeries, Eric and Stacey who will provide a wide assortment of materials with which create and customize your own special door to permit the wee folk to enter your home or place of business.
Your creation can be placed wherever you choose, along a baseboard, beside your main entrance, a part of your front door, at the base of a tree, as part of your garden landscape, or wherever you think your faeries would like.
The Faerie Workshop is open to adults and children but young children will require the presence of an adult.
While pre registration is not necessary Spark would appreciate having some idea of the demand. So, if you don’t mind, please fill out and submit the following contact form:
Memorial Day this year is Monday, May 30 and once again Spark will help the kids and adults of the area honor the day with a patriotic display of decorated bicycles, tricycles, skate boards, roller skates, buggy, carriages, strollers, walkers or any other sort of conveyance.
Bring your machines to the 5th Street school colonnades around 9 am Monday morning and Spark will provide you with red, white & blue streamers, balloons, flags and other patriotic bling to spiff up your ride for the parade. Adults are encouraged to help kids get their bikes parade ready.
The parade should begin at approximately 10:00 am and will wind up at the Greenfield Cemetery.
Spark’s third iteration of Roots in the Field Music Fest is in the books and it was better than ever. The weather was near perfect with afternoon temps in the upper 70s and an almost cloud free blue sky.
The crowd was a nice size and we drew music lovers from at least as far away as Columbus. Doug Gall of Three Spoons Diner served up some great food including prime rib sandwiches, mild Italian sausages, baked potato salad, and macaroni salad. The crew from Sawyer Man’s Fans was on hand again to run the beverage venue and while a goodly amount of brewed beverages were sold there was not the trace of any bad behavior. A well-behaved bunch of music lovers enjoying the weather, the vibes, and their friends.
For the first time we expanded the music lineup to five bands and all from this area. Opening the event was Cactus followed by Morgan, Hadden & Moon. The from Chillicothe Johnny the Fox Band took the stage for some great guitar work. Next to last was a wonderful set by Jay and Angie Wile, otherwise known as The Two Damns. And the headliner of the day was a bunch of musicians who’ve been playing together for years but recently changed their name from Rockin’ Country to Taking Back Summer.
The music lineup was made possible by a group of generous sponsors including Visitors Bureau of Highland County, Merchants National Bank, Greenfield Products, Edgewood Manor, Buck’s Tire Service, U-Haul of Greenfield, and Sitterles Insurance Agency. We’d like to also thank WVNU, the Times Gazette, and Highland County Press for all the media coverage they provided Spark.
We want to thank everyone who showed up and helped make this event possible and in doing so showed their appreciation for all Spark is doing in the community.
We’ve already began talking about next year and how Roots #4 can be made even better and we’re open for any suggestions.
As the title says in the Gaelic language, Three Spoons Diner forever. Once again with the support of Doug Gall and his great restaurant staff Spark Creative Artspace enjoyed another fundraising special dinner. For the second year the people of our community came out in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and to support both Spark and one of the village’s favorite businesses. Spark wants to thank everyone who helped in any way and rest assured the proceeds will be spent wisely on continuing to bring the arts to our area.