During the day’s Open Studio the sparks literally flew as several members continued work on converting an old cast iron piano harp into a glass covered coffee table. Other activities going on during the day included several people working on paintings, some wood carving, a 1-string diddley bow and an African thumb piano were completed, great coffee consumed, and one of the best cakes ever totally devoured.
Sara Lukens has been a part of Spark Creative Artspace since day one of dream one. I don’t know if she has had any formal art training but she has never lacked in imagination and creativity. Her passions can always be found in her creations and include dogs, animals, flowers, and nature (insects included).
Today’s popular media for Sarah is paper clay. A substance made mostly from paper fiber that can, like regular clay, be molded into infinite shapes and creations. Unlike regular clay, it is air dried rather than fired in a kiln.
We’re waiting for the day when Spark has a home to call its own and we can present a gallery full of Sara’s works.
Jay Wile is a one-man band. He didn’t start out to be one but that’s his current personification. Jay has years of musical experience having played any number of instruments in any number of bands playing any number of genres. These days he’s writing and performing incognito as, One Damn Man.
The basic setup is acoustic guitar, harmonica on a neck holder, and foot operated bass and snare drums. Since this is a recent incarnation we at Spark have had no opportunity to check out a performance. So, on a recent Saturday evening a couple of us drove to Bainbridge where One Damn Man was the opening act for another local band, Idiot Fun Club.
In addition to all he does, Jay and his wife Angie are a major part of Spark Creative Artspace. One Damn Man will be half the entertainment at the upcoming April 25th Spark Roots in the Field event and these two have been the major forces behind getting all the ducks lined up. Just two of the many people working hard to improve the quality of life in Appalachian Ohio.