Synthia Saint James

Kwanzaa Celebration Speaker: Synthia Saint James
Sunday, November 4, 2007, 6-8pm

Baker Center Ballroom
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

The featured Kwanzaa Karamu speaker is Synthia Saint James, international award-winning artist and designer of the first United States Postal Stamp for the Kwanzaa holiday.

A self-taught artist and author, Saint James has written or illustrated children’s picture books, poetry, and prose books. Her work appears on more than 60 book covers including those by Alice Walker, Terry McMillan, Iyanla Vanzant, and Julia Boyd.

Kwanzaa, an African American holiday based on the first fruit celebrations of Africa, was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga to introduce and reinforce seven basic values of African culture: Unity, Self-determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith. The holiday is officially celebrated December 26 to January 1. Due to the OU calendar, it is celebrated early while students are still on campus. Kwanzaa is a collaborative cultural presentation of the Office of Multicultural Programs (MCP), the Multicultural Center (MCC) and the Black Student Cultural Programming Board (BSCPB). — 



Saturday, October 20, 5-9 pm & Sunday, October 21, 2007, 2-7 pm

132 W State St, Athens, Ohio

A community celebration of the visual, performing, and culinary arts!

Both days: Visual Art from more than 20 local artists.

Saturday: On stage (Those that I know are female are in CAPS.)

  • 5:00 LEAH MILLER – belly dancer
  • 5:15 Rusty Rittenhouse – magician
  • 5:45 DOMINIKA ADAMOVA and Frank McDermott – poetry and music
  • 6:05 Ehryan Everson – dancer
  • 6:10 QUINN SCHMALLENBERG and Zion Everson – dancers
  • 6:15 Pete Wuscher and Matthew Bryant – music
  • 6:45 Ethan Greene – music
  • 7:15 Steve Zarate – music
  • 7:45 Designated Spaces – spoken word
  • 8:15 Bad Chemicals – music
  • 8:45 LEAH MILLER and JANE PALMER – fire dancer and drums

Saturday: Downstairs

  • Kids in Action
  • Haunted House Knit/Weave Workshop
  • OU T-Com children’s presentation
  • Chris Tomazik

Sunday: On stage

  • 2:00 LEAH MILLER – belly dancer
  • 2:15 NGOMA – drum circle
  • 2:45 Rusty Rittenhouse – magician
  • 3:15 Ehryah Everson – dancer
  • 3:20 QUINN SCHMALLENBERG and Zion Everson – dancers
  • 3:30 Ethan Greene – music
  • 4:00 LIZ PAHL – music
  • 4:30 Heartlanders – music
  • 5:00 Reyshan Parker – play “Best Intentions”

Sunday: Downstairs

  • Kids in Action
  • Haunted House Knit/Weave Workshop
  • OU T-Com’s children’s presentation
  • Xen Glick – 5-7

Janet Berry Hess on Ghana’s Art & History

Janet Berry Hess “Spectacular Nation: Beauty, Battle, and Ghanaian Decolonization”
Part of the conference Perspectives on African Decolonization
Monday, October 15, 2007, 11 am-12:45 pm

Baker Center, Rm 240
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Free and open to the public

Perspectives on African Decolonization: 50 Years of Independence is sponsored by the African Studies Program and College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio University. Conference begins Monday, 6pm and ends Tueday 5pm and commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of decolonization in Africa, starting with Ghana, and working up to 1960. It initiates an extended conversation around the theme “Perspectives on African Decolonization” by staging a series of academic conferences at OU to commemorate these significant moments in African history and to reflect upon the legacies of fifty years of “independence” in Africa.

Janet Berry Hess, J.D., Ph.D., received a doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law, a Masters in art history from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in art history from Harvard University. She has taught at the University of Cape Town, South Africa; the University of California Santa Cruz; and Northwestern University. She is presently assistant professor at Sonoma State University, and has published widely on Ghanaian art, architecture, and visual culture in the decolonization era (notably in Art and Architecture in Postcolonial Africa), as well representations of the body in post-apartheid South Africa, and the architecture of the postcolonial era in Tanzania.

Contact: Dr. Nick Creary at creary -at- or 740-593-4355

Art: Women of Influence–Women Honoring Women

Art Opening: Women of Influence–Women Honoring Women
Saturday, October 6, 2007, 7-9 pm

Thru November 6, 10 am-4 pm (hours vary–call before coming)
The Piano Works (map)
48 W Main St, Logan, Ohio

Women of Influence–Women Honoring Women is a mixed media exhibit by five area women artists. It includes art quilts, paintings, assemblages, paper dolls, altered books, and art.

Opening is in conjunction with Late Night Logan in which downtown merchants, restaurants, art and entertainment venues stay open for the evening on the first Saturday of each month. Cellist Michael Ingalls will entertain. Michael has appeared on Prairie Home Companion and is frequently seen around central Ohio as “the world’s only singing, strolling cellist.”

The Piano Works Show Room and Gallery is a unique showroom, gallery, and workshop to visit and shop for pianos, guitars, music accessories, and regional art. Local craftsmen restore, rebuild, tune, and repair quality pianos.

Contact: 740-380-6683 or brucebowens -at-

Art: Vivian Ripley: Light and Color

Art: Vivian Ripley: Light and Color
September 29 – November 4, 2007, T, W, F, Sat. 10-5, Th. 10-8:30, Sun. 1-5

Zanesville Art Center
620 Military Rd, Zanesville
adults $4; seniors $3; ages 10-18 $3; Free on Thurs

vivianripley.jpgIn 21 watercolors and pastel drawings, Vivian Ripley explores color in the landscape and how it is affected by light and shade. Ripley works in pastel, watercolor, acrylic, and colored pencil—sometimes in combination. She particularly enjoys painting in a natural setting, stating, “The whole body, and its senses, is involved with nature because of the urgency to depict an increasingly changing scene.”

Ripley’s technique was spotlighted in The Watercolor Landscape Techniques of 23 International Artists in 2003. She resides in Columbus and is active in the Central Ohio Watercolor Society, Ohio Watercolor Society, and the Ohio Plein Air Society, and has won many awards. With this exhibition, the Zanesville Art Center continues its series of solo exhibitions recognizing contemporary Ohio artists.

Contact: 740-452-0797

Lanna Galloway “The Oracle of Creativity”

Lanna Galloway “The Oracle of Creativity”
Inside/Outside: Art Talks at the Kennedy
Thursday, October 4, 2007, 5:30 p.m.

Kennedy Museum of Art
The Ridges, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

The Kennedy Museum of Art continues its 2007-2008 art talk series with fiber artist Lanna Galloway.
The Inside/Outside: Art Talks at the Kennedy program is sponsored by the Friends of the Kennedy Museum and is free and open to the public.

Contact: 740-593-1304

Final Fridays on the Square – September

Final Fridays on the Square
September 28, 2007, 6-10 p.m.

Nelsonville Public Square
Nelsonville, Ohio
Free admission, on-street parking

On the final Friday of every month, galleries and retail shops on Nelsonville’s Historic Square stay open late to feature special art events. Enjoy artists’ demonstrations, art chats, artists at work in their studios, and openings of new art exhibits, plays, and musical shows. For more see schedule.

Below are venues that are have specifically listed women artists/craftswomen as featured for September 28, or are woman-owned/operated.

Nelsonville Pottery & Art Supply
Bluebird Pottery artist Susan Sherman sharing with visitors her tasty treats and many recipes for cooking in her locally made pottery.

Nelsonville Quilt Company
Chenille demo: use the pumpkins to make a great fall wall hanging or sweatshirt. Get ready for winter with a new chenille scarf. Long arm quilting demos all night.

Only from Ohio
Fall wreaths & floral arrangements by Kim Sands, sampling of fall foods, fresh Great Harvest breads, antiques & high end furniture, new glass by Carolyn Fisk, and storewide specials.

Paper Circle
Opening: New Propositions on Handmade Paper by Mary Manusos. Ohio University Art professor will exhibit her gorgeous images made in and of paper.

Spinning Turtle Yarn and Gifts
Hosting a presentation about the Comfort or Prayer Shawls Ministry. Anyone belonging to a shawl group is welcome to come and participate, or send Spinning Turtle their information to share.

Starbrick Clay
Opening: Masks and Totems presenting a contemporary perspective of the Mask and Totem in Clay, celebrating the season of disguises and alter egos! In the Window: Cindy Yeager

Stuart’s Gallery 1879
Opening: The Bra Project – No 2 Are Alike features the work of 30 area artists consisting of 50 some pieces. A spunky, provocative & outspoken art exhibit. Entertainment provided by Milena Miller and Friends & Charlie and Celia Lewis. A year’s membership to WellWorks to be raffled off. Proceeds from this event to benefit Breast Cancer Research.

download flyerStudio 4 Art Gallery
Opening: Landscape and Flowers Photography and Paintings by Ellen Pettey and Terry Fortkamp. New plein aire paintings in the studio. New dichroic glass/sterling jewelry by Amanda Buchanan.