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The Tree of Life Became a Forest

On November 6, 2015 Spark teamed up with the McClain Varsity Cheerleader Boosters for an evening of Wine & Canvas. A near capacity crowd appeared and enjoyed each other’s company while painting their version of Gustav Klimt’s classic Tree of Life. The tree of lifeproceeds were shared by both Spark and the Boosters and both groups want to express their appreciation for the support our area community continues to display.

Sprark’s next event will be an Open Studio and free Children’s Christmas Decoration Workshop on Saturday, December 5, noon till 4:00 pm at 251 Jefferson.

Young and old are welcome to stop by and take part. Children will be provided with materials and instructions on making unique decorations to both take home and to help decorate Spark’s Christmas Tree.

A nice selection of beverages and sweet treats will also be available.

Photo Gallery of Wine & Canvas

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Pottery workshops

workshop-clay-startersOne of Spark’s affiliates is the Appalachian Gateway Guild housed in SSCC’s Gateway Center in Fincastle. Part of the facility is a well equipped ceramic arts department and from time to time they offer a series of pottery workshops. Such is the case for this summer and this would be a great way to gain some insight into the art and craft of clay. I have a minor in ceramic arts and can attest to the calming effect of playing in mud and later seeing a thing of beauty emerge from the blast of a kiln.

I’ve also attended one of their sessions and met the resident potters who will lead these workshops. They are highly skilled and deeply engaged in their craft, truly special people.

Whether you create using coils, slabs, or on a potter’s wheel, pottery is like making mud pies or playing in the mud and not having to worry about your mother being upset.

Complete details and contact information can be found by clicking HERE.


Follow up on silo-cow lighting

On Wednesday, May 7, 2014 a very impromptu Art as Light show took place at Springhill Organic Dairy outside New Petersburg, Ohio. The artist who collaborated with Spark on this occasion were Katy Tompkins and Zachary Gillerlain who together are known as, The Happy Couple Duo. They are currently touring the country putting on lighting demonstrations and trying to earn enough with their Kickstarter project to set up shop in Colorado.

At Springhill they set up atop a huge  mound of sawdust and placed their equipment around the barn’s silo. As dusk turned to dark a crowd of around 70 art fans witnessed the silo take on an unworldly aura. I kept reflecting back on scenes atop Devil’s Tower in the movie Close Encounters of a Third Kind as the alien ship sat down.  I haven’t a clue what others saw but the common element was the ooohs and aaahs people uttered as the lighting effects changed. As the evening evolved the effects became more colorful and dynamic. I kept thinking what a nice touch it would have been it the ever-changing colors coincided with the music of John Williams’ composition from Close Encounters.  Both Katy and Zach are accomplished musicians so I can see that happening in the future.

Spark wants to thank all who attended on such short notice and a special thanks to the Amish neighbors who so generously provided hot coffee and wonderful homemade glazed yeast donuts warm and fresh from the fryer.

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QUICK NOTICE: Spark light’s a dairy barn tonight!

spark light project popupThis is a true pop up event in that very little notice is given. A team of illumination artist from Cincinnati will be artistically lighting up the barn at Springhill Farms Organic Dairy on Petersburg Rd. this evening around 8:45 pm. So, toss the kids in the car and come on out and possibly see something you’ve never seen before. This is a true pop up event in that we didn’t know it would happen for sure until yesterday evening. The farm is located about a mile outside New Petersburg on the left. Pull into the driveway and you’ll be directed to parking. Don’t forget this is a working dairy farm so you may want to put your gum boots on!

SSCC auditions for Macbeth

SouthernState_logoSSCC Theatre is pleased to announce upcoming auditions for the summer production of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” Open to community members and students, auditions will be held 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, and 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19, in the Edward K. Daniels Auditorium on Southern State Community College’s Central Campus, 100 Hobart Drive, Hillsboro.

Macbeth, a brave Scottish general, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders the king and takes the throne for himself. His reign is racked by guilt and paranoia, and he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler as he is forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion. The bloodbath swiftly takes Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into realms of arrogance, madness, and death.

Those interested in auditioning should prepare and memorize a one- to two-minute classical monologue. It does not have to be Shakespeare, nor from “Macbeth.” If you’re interested in auditioning, but unavailable to attend either audition date, please contact Rainee Angles to schedule an alternate audition date prior to April 18.

“Macbeth,” directed by Rainee Angles, will be performed July 25-27 and is the final show of SSCC Theatre’s 10th anniversary celebration. For more information about “Macbeth,” available roles, and a rehearsal schedule, please visit the audition page at www.sscctheatre.com.

Appalachain Gateway Guild

SPARK-logo 200x202Spark paid a visit to another new area art group on April 10, 2014. The Appalachian Gateway Guild is currently working out of the Appalachian Gateway Center at Southern State’s South Campus. Southern State has elected to stop teaching ceramics once it moves into its new building near Mt. Orab and potters and students in the area are organizing in the hope that they will be able to acquire the Gateway Center and continue promoting the potter’s art.

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