Spark Boosted the Boosters!

The March 6th Coffee & Canvas fundraiser for the MHS Band Boosters was a rousing success. Greenfield art teacher and Spark member Cathy Rivas led a full house in the acrylic and canvas painting of a field of wildflowers. The Booster’s proceeds will be used to help pay for the MHS Band’s annual trip to New York City.

Here a gallery of event photos to share:

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On February 20th, 2016 Spark’s Tom Schluep and Molly Jordan held their first American Sign Language class for children. Language plays a major part of a child developing their communication skills and exposure to any language is invaluable.

The kids who attended this class quickly became engrossed in the learning of a new language. They left Spark with armed with something they hadn’t arrived with and most clamored for more.

We’re sure Tom and Molly will be fertilizing the seeds they planted today so stay tuned for news of another such class.


The McClain Band Boosters is teaming up with Spark on Sunday afternoon, March 6th for a fundraiser to help earn money for the band’s trip to New York City. Spark’s Cathy Rivas will be the instructor and the event will take place between 2 and 4 pm at 251 Jefferson St. in Greenfield.

This field of flowers will be the subject of the canvas event.
This field of flowers will be the subject of the canvas event.

Costs will be $35 a person and includes a stretched canvas, all paints and brushes, use of Spark’s equipment, professional assistance and instructions, a good cup of coffee and something to nibble on. Coffee and Canvas is opened to high school students in 9th through 12 grades and all adults. It would be a wonderful mother/daughter event.  Size is limited to thirty-five students and everyone will leave the building with their own artistic masterpiece.

Reservations may be made in two ways:

  1. Submit the CONTACT FORM below to make reservation and to pay sent a personal check to: Spark Creative Artspace, PO Box 325, Greenfield, OH 45123.
  2. Register and pay online using Spark’s Eventbrite Page. All major credit cards are accepted.
Click button to register and pay with credit card.
Click button to register and pay with credit card.



RB Stone had been here and left. But he left a wonderful impression on those who were present for his performance, added to his fan base, and has assured himself an invite to return to Greenfield.

Several months ago Spark pondered the question, “Will people leave their homes for some entertainment on a weeknight?” So we invited Jerry Gillespie to spent a couple of hours performing and singing acoustic music from the 70s and 80s. Sometime later we invited a bunch of local musicians to perform an evening of Hank Williams Senior’s music. Each time the audience grew larger and on each occasion the audience departed wanting more. With last night’s visit with RB Stone Spark became convinced there is an audience for Thursday night entertainment.

People began showing up around 7 pm, several ordered food from Three Spoons Diner, maybe half brought a little wine or beer to enjoy, a few, myself included, who forgot it was a BYOB affair, walked over to Catch 22 Sports Pub and brought back a few.

The music began at 7:30 pm and was supposed to end at 9:30 pm.  Both RB and the crowd were having so much fun the plug didn’t get pulled until after 10:00.  When it was over most didn’t run for the door. They mulled around visiting with friends and rubbing shoulders with the star of the evening, RB Stone.

We don’t know what our next Thursday evening event will be but rest assured, there will be another. We plan on doing these events every other month and we hope to see you at the next one.


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February Open Studio Photo Gallery

Sponsor banner, Buck's Tires
The February Open House was sponsored by Buck’s Tire Service, a strong supporter of our community.

Some time ago Spark decided to hold an Open Studio every other month and to try including a free event for children and their parents. In December it was a well attended Christmas decorations workshop and on February 6th it  was a workshop, led by Tom Schluep, on making decorative bowls from recycled newspaper and magazine pages. Someone donated a big tub of Beanie Babies so  many of the kids took home a bowl of Beanies. The work tables remained active for the entire three hours and everyone seemed to be having a great time. Also present were Spark members Elaine Williams demonstrating her art of jewelry making while Eric Salyers worked on carving a nice walking stick. Our next Open House will be in early April.


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Roots in the Field – Initial Plans

Roots in the Field Poster 2015Remember Spark’s Roots in the Field Musicfest from 2014? How about 2015? Well, it’s now 2016 and we’re deep into the planning for our third annual Greenfield music festival. Here’s what we can tell you so far; it’s going to be at the VFW Ranch (rain or shine), we’re going to have five acts instead of three, there’s going to be a great selection of brews, and we’re still working on the food but it will be fantastic. The bands so far include:

Eddie Free and his band Cactus
The One Damns with Jany & Angie Jay Wile
Johnny the Fox Band from Chillicothe
Taking Back Summer (formerly Rock ‘n Country)

More details as they evolve but mark your calendar for Saturday, April 16, 2016 and plan to join the fun.

Second in Coffee & Still Life Series by Sofia Burgess

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NOTE: Subject matter for painting not chosen yet.

Spark artists Sofia Burgess will present a second in her series of still life Coffee and Canvas events on Sunday, March 13th at Spark Creative Artspace, 251 Jefferson St. in Greenfield. Hours will be from 2:00 pm till 4:00 pm.

Like the first still life event this would be an excellent opportunity for a mother-daughter experience. The fee is $30 for adults 18 and over and $25 for younger participants and will include a stretched canvas, use of all Spark supplies, refreshments and professional guidance and assistance.

Payment may be made at the door using cash or personal check. However, to help Spark know what to expect we’d appreciate your filling out and submitting the following contact form.



Spark is a non-profit and totally volunteer organization and all proceeds go towards helping Spark Creative Artspace meet its monthly expenses.

Spark may be contacted at 937 763 ART1 (leave a message).


scrapbookingSpark’s Stacy Downey loves to scrapbook and she is inviting all to attend her first scrapbooking at Spark Creative Artspace’s studios, 251 Jefferson Street, Greenfield.

Scheduled for Saturday, March 12th the event will begin at 2:00 pm and run to 7:00 pm, or till you drop! Cost$20.00 per person, payable at the door in cash or check, and will include snacks and drinks provided courtesy of Spark volunteers.


Bring your extra paper and embellishments to trade and exchange with each other.

No experience necessary! Just pictures, papers, and a desire to save and treasure your memories!

If you plan to attend please submit the following form so Spark will have some idea of what to plan for.



We did it again! For the second year we sold every last drop of the four wonderful homemade soups provided us by Doug Gall of Three Spoons Diner.

For over two hours the room was filled with happy people enjoying their handmade stoneware bowls filled with all they desired of German Potato Dumpling, Chili, Corn and Roasted Pepper Chowder, or New England Clam Chowder soups. Three Spoons also provided  a couple of large pans of excellent sweet yellow cornbread.

The desserts included homemade chocolate cookies, chocolate covered football sugar cookies, and Texas sheet cake.

This year’s soup bowls came from potter Margaret Gingerich of Nelsonville, OH.

Spark wants to thank Three Spoons Diner for their continued support and all those who attended and showed their support for Spark’s activities.

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Rb Stone is a force in about any genre of popular music you can name. He’s at home with blues, rock, country, roots, Americana, and more. Stone is internationally known and has written songs and performed with acts like The Marshall Tucker Band, The Charlie Daniel’s Band, and the jazz group, Hiroshima.

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RB on stage at the Hard Rock Cafe.

I met Rb several years ago at a cigar box guitar festival and had the pleasure of having him perform a number on one of my cigar box instruments. Over time we’ve remained in contact and if not for a polar vortex swishing down from the Arctic, he would have performed at Spark last February.

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Photo from the cover of June 2015 Blues Blast Magazine. RB is playing a Capt. Ron Lowebow cigar box guitar.

Well, he’s going to be back in the area and has agreed to do an evening of his music at Spark Creative Artspace on Thursday, February 11 from 7:30 till 9:30 pm. This will be a free event but since we need to fill up his gas tank your donations would be appreciated.

There will be no reservations so it will be first come first seated. It will also be a BYOB event and as such, Spark cannot assist in any way with the consumption of adult beverages. We have made arrangements with Three Spoons Diner to deliver their full menu offerings if you didn’t have time for supper or would like a snack during the performance.

Hope to see a room packed with lovers of music so tell your friends and family and come join another great evening at Spark.