Welcome to the Hairy Art Palace where women with hairy arm pits create art with yarn, floss, felt, paint and laughter. Meet Hairy Mary, play I Spy with the art (win a prize) or try the other goofy art games and puzzles, enjoy wine and the black and white food table (that’s black and white food not the table. Well actually the table’s black too.) and of course view Awesome Art. The Jafagirls have created a funhouse of interactive art. If you’re willing to crawl along the floor you can even see the “The Dog Gallery.” Then listen to a radio interview with Bitty the dog.
OK that’s my opening, Corrine and I have been working like dogs (not Bitty, he’s lazy) getting this show together. We are psyched and getting into the sweaty armpit part of the process. Will we have the gazillion details done before the Friday the 14th opening? Yes! And “Yes” we will take baths before the reception.
Speaking of hairy armpits, we will have Portable Hairy Armpits for you to try on. A Photo op if you dare.
The Jafagirls, Corrine Bayraktaroglu and moi, Nancy Mellon do street art in Yellow Springs. Since I have to go back to work, details, details, what follows is “the details about who, where, why, when” from the delightful Deb Housh, the extroardinare Gallery Coordinator for the Yellow Springs Arts Council:
The Yellow Springs Arts Council presents “Hairy Art Palace”, an exhibit of mixed media works by local “infamous” artists, Nancy Mellon and Corrine Bayraktaroglu, aka the JafaGirls. A Third Friday Fling Opening Reception will be held on Friday, October 14, 6-9 p.m. at the YSAC Gallery, 309 Xenia Avenue.
The show will present a mixture of works in media ranging from traditional to contemporary, as well as photography that showcases recent street art projects. The JafaGirls are best known for their Knit Knot Tree of 2008, which picked up international press and was written about in the Washington Post, NY Times, Boston Globe, International Herald Tribune, among other news sources. That project sparked a flurry of other knit bombing, felt flowering and guerilla art acts and displays by the JafaGirls in Yellow Springs.
They use processes and forms of art often considered too ladylike, too old fashioned or irrelevant for “high” art, and they blow those preconceived notions out of the water. Nancy and Corrine craft for a purpose—to bring community together, to encourage questioning of one’s surroundings, to make people smile, and sometimes to convey strong messages about politics and culture.
Works by the JafaGirls are highlighted in a newly released book entitled Craft Activism: People, Ideas, and Projects from the New Community of Handmade and How You Can Join In, which will be available at their show.
For more information about the JafaGirls or a private viewing go to http://jafagirls.wordpress.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info about Yellow Springs Arts Council, visit www.ysartscouncil.org
The Hairy Art Palace will be open during the Friday 14, Art Stroll 6-9 p.m. and Artist Studio Tour Saturday, October 15, noon-6pm and Sunday October 16, noon-4pm. Additional extended hours will be Saturdays from 10am-1pm October 22 and 29th. A YSAC special event, “Experience Saturday”, will close out the show on November 5 from 7:30-10pm.
Bring quarters for the Art Ball Vending Machine! P.S. I’m back. Friday the 14th starts off a grand art weekend in Yellow Springs, Art Stroll Friday night and Saturday and Sunday are the Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tours. The Scarecrow Festival will also be going on in town. I saw a spooky, Steam Punk, headless lady being created by an artist for Wavelength Salon. They are going to be all over downtown Yellow Springs. See you in the Springs!
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