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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 proceeds 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.
For some time now we at Spark have wondered if we offered an evening of entertainment during the week would people come out? Well last night we proved they will.
With the help of a number of local artist-musicians Spark hosted An Evening with Hank Williams, Sr. and it was a huge success. The room was filled with great classic country music, smiling musicians, and fifty or more smiling faces in the crowd.
The event was free but the majority of those in attendance left behind generous donations that helped cover the cost of a room full of new folding tables Spark had purchased just the day before.
We’re so encouraged by the response that one Spark member stated, “We should do this every month.” In reality that would tax our energies but every other month is certainly within our means.
Last night’s entertainment were chomping at the bit to return for another such event and an Elvis Presley tribute artist offered to do and evening of Presley music in the near future. If any of you have any ideas or suggestions for such events please don’t hesitate to let us know. Your input is always welcome.
A special thanks to those who performed last night’s show.
For some time Spark has wanted to begin a series of Cafe Evenings at its Jefferson Street studio. An evening to bring people together for the enjoyment of some aspect of art. Maybe music, a poetry reading, a book signing, a lecture on art history, etc. Recently the opportunity to take an inaugural stab at the concept presented itself so, on Saturday, March 14th Spark is holding a free evening of acoustic music featuring Cincinnati area musician Jerry Gillespie. Jerry is a retired teacher and long-time musical artist. His song book is extensive and includes a large number of Beatles songs.
The evening will begin at 7:30 pm and end around 9:30 pm. It’s BYOB (bring your own bottle) and Spark will have a variety of non-alcoholic beverages on hand as well as some great homemade snacks for sale.
While a free event we would appreciate any free-will offering you’re comfortable with and we’ll also be conducting a 50/50 drawing. The rent must get paid.
Fire regulations dictate the size of our crowd so it’s going to be a first come, first seated affair.
Jerry Gillespie doing the Beatles hit, I Am the Walrus.
The original event was postponed due to weather and rescheduled for Friday, March 6th beginning at 7:00 pm. There are still a few seats available and registration information if in the original posting below.
Spark Creative Artspace is hosting another canvas event on Saturday evening, February 21, happy hour begins at 6:30 pm and painting at 7:30-9:30 pm. The adult women’s event is being co-hosted by the Greenfield Mother’s Club and is BYOB. The painting hasn’t been decided yet but the cost will be $40 a person with a generous portion going into the Mother’s Club Scholarship Fund.
You can register for this event in two ways, by check or by credit card.
For credit cards click on the icon below and follow instructions.
By check you must do two things. First fill out and submit the following Registration Form and second, mail a check made out to the Greenfield Foundation, with Spark’s name in the memo line, to Spark Creative Artspace, PO Box 325, Greenfield, OH 45123.