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.
Take a break from the week’s labors and don’t cook on Friday night, April 25th. Stop by the VFW Ranch on Watt Rd. (behind Eagles) and pick up a sack of delicious freshly fried fish sandwiches and sides for the family. You’ll be giving yourself a break and helping Spark reach its goals.
The fish fry will be in operation from 5-7:00 pm and at 7:30 pm the Roots in the Field music concert will begin. Come for one, stay for both!
Fresh off it’s extremely successful Canvas Art Events, the next offering from Spark Creative Artspace is an evening of roots music featuring The Gypsy Jug Band and the One Damn Man. This event will actually be two events going on simultaneously; a music concert and a Friday night fish fry. It will all take place April 25, 2014 at the VFW Ranch, 12868 Watt Rd. (right behind the Eagle’s lodge) and the fish fry will begin selling take home fish sandwiches at 5:00 pm. A quality fish sandwich with slaw will go for $5 and all proceeds will go to help fund Spark’s growth. If you wish to stay for the music, it begins inside the VFW Ranch building at 7:00 pm and goes on until 10:30 pm. There will be a $10 door charge. The event is BYOB and responsibility is the word of the evening. Spark! will be conducting a silent auction of donated Appalachian arts, musical instruments, gift certificates and other items. We will also have available custom designed super soft 100% cotton event t-shirts for only $15. This is going to be a great way to wind down the week, ease into the weekend, and help put more Spark! into life in Greenfield.
Saturday, March 29, 2014 was the premier Cupcakes and Canvas children’s art event for Spark Creative Artspace. Over twenty-five young children, along with several parents or grandparents, attended the morning event and spent two hours plus individualizing their versions of MONSTERS as art instructor, Jennifer Wenker, led them through the basics of painting with acrylic paints. The cost was $25 per child which included all supplies, protective aprons, instructions, fantastic cupcakes, juices, and a stretched canvas painting they can forever cherish. Jennifer encouraged them to express their individual interpretations and the imaginations went into hyper-drive.
A special thanks to building owner Pat Hays for providing free use of this store front for this Spark “popup” event.
Spark Creative Artspace’s premier event was a huge success. Over thirty ladies attended and immediately became so engrossed in the creative process they had to be reminded to slow down and enjoy the wine element of Wine & Canvas.
As you can tell from the photos, smiles were the order of the evening.
SPARK! had a BLAST at the Appalachian Artisan Guild’s Cabin Fever Arts Festival! Thanks to the Guild for inviting SPARK! We had a great day meeting visitors and fellow artisans and talking with folks about our fun events!!! Thanks for your support and for getting happy about our mission/vision! Pictured are SPARK! artisans/artists in our spiffy new tees, Jim Thompson, Jennifer Rooks Wenker, Eric Salyers.
SPARK! was invited to visit the 40 Greenfield Preschool students of Mrs. Marcia Wagner Starkey to explore open-ended creativity in the classroom. We made CYANOTYPES on our first unofficial day of Spring when the temps hit 70 degrees. SPARK! artist, Jennifer Wenker guided the students through the exploration and creation of “sun prints” following a nature walk. The lesson was a great fit as the children are learning about weather all week and Tuesday’s subject was SUNSHINE!