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.
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.
Back before Christmas Spark decided to have an Open Studio every two months and invite the public to observe and maybe take part in some of the artistic interest of our members. We also decided to have an art related activity for children and to try to keep it free.
Our next OS is scheduled for Saturday, April 2 from noon till 3:00 pm. The event is being sponsored by Adena Greenfield Medical Center and the free children’s activity is going to be building biodegradable bird nesting houses provided us by Dave Allen of Green Birdin Cincinnati. After assembly the children will be provided acrylic paints and brushes and given the opportunity to customize their Green Bird house before taking them home to hand on a nearby tree limb.
We’ll probably have a pot of coffee on and something sweet to snack on. We’re going to be limited to thirty-six bird houses so it’s going to be one of those early bird gets the worm thing!
This is the perfect season for this project and if your scout troop is needing to work on a related merit badge feel free to bring them down
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.
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:
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.
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.
Remember 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.