Portrait of ‘Abolitionist Fanny Kemble’ selected as winner of Yellow Springs Historic Art Exhibit Poster Contest

Denise Sedor’s portrait titled “Fanny Kemble, Abolitionist” has been selected as the winner of the 2022 Yellow Springs Historic Art Fair Poster Contest.

Representing the historic heritage of the village, the painting will be used to promote the 49th Annual Yellow Springs Art Exhibition to be held April 23-May 15 in the Lincoln Building, 1685 Art School Road, Chester Springs.

“It was just a wonderful surprise,” Sedor said in the statement. “I have a great connection to Historic Yellow Springs, and it’s very special that my work fits into the 300th anniversary celebration (of Yellow Springs Village).”

Sedor is an award-winning abstract expressionist painter who resides in Devon.

“I am an emotional expressionist painter focused on abstraction. My use of layers of paint, color, texture, lines and marks leave the viewer with a history of what lies beneath the paint’s surface,” she said in her artist statement on her website, www.denisesedor.com. “I enjoy interpreting all subjects and will work in many genres at once. My images are both evocative and understated and lean towards an abstract composition of color and form. I am an oil painter but I experiments with all mediums.I use layers of paint to build up my final work with brush strokes and marks.

After stepping away from her abstract work and making the leap to portraits during the pandemic, Sedor said in the release that she was especially excited to showcase her new portrait work.

“Fanny Kemble, Abolitionist” is the portrait of one of the first feminist and English actresses who spoke out against the societal status quo and passionately opposed slavery. Fanny spent summers with her children at the Yellow Springs Spa and wrote that “the country is pretty, the air clean, the baths delightful,” according to the statement.

After searching the archives for portrait subjects, the artist realized that, like herself, Fanny Kemble was connected to both Historic Yellow Springs and Lenox, Mass. Combining charcoal, pastel pencil and Conte crayon, the painting conveys Fanny’s intelligence and strength of character in her direct gaze, according to the statement.

“The portrait is a perfect representation of the historic legacy of the village as we celebrate our 300th anniversary (of the Village of Yellow Springs),” said art exhibit chair Maureen Fendrick.

The 49th Annual Yellow Springs Art Show features 215 juror artists and nearly 4,000 original works of art, with 2D and 3D works from a wide range of mediums and price points. Opening at 10 a.m. on April 23 free and open to the public, the show will continue until May 15. (Photo submitted)

This is the 18th year that the poster contest has determined the poster for the Yellow Springs Historic Art Exhibit. The subject must include a reference to Historic Yellow Springs, and it can include any part of the village, grounds, people, or history. The competition was open to all artists participating in the Historic Yellow Springs Art Show 2022.

“The Poster Contest is a wonderful opportunity for our artists to create representative artwork of our historic village, which will be used to promote the upcoming Yellow Springs Art Show,” said Fendrick. “Thank you to all the artists who competed and congratulations to Denise!”

This year, more than 20 artists submitted artwork to the committee.

“We were overwhelmed with the quality of the submissions and after careful consideration, Denise was chosen as the winner of the poster contest,” Fendrick said. “A local artist, Denise has been a huge supporter of our show.”

The winning dry-mixed media painting is featured on all promotional materials for the 49th Annual Yellow Springs Art Fair, including invitations, note cards, display boards and flyers. The original painting will be sold at a silent auction.

Opening at 10 a.m. on April 23, the 2022 exhibition features 215 juror artists and nearly 4,000 original works of art, with 2D and 3D works from a wide range of mediums and price points. Free and open to the public, the show runs until May 15. For more details and to view the show’s catalog online, visit www.yellowsprings.org/event/art_show.

As part of the Yellow Springs Art Show, the 2nd annual Art Around the Village will take place May 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy the beauty of spring in the village and explore the beautiful grounds. Historic Yellow Springs will host 17 of its Yellow Springs Art Show artists painting outdoors around the village, see a live pottery demonstration, take a historic walk to learn about 300 years of Yellow Springs Village, visit Springs Studio Barn for the Kids &Teen student art exhibit and enjoy live music by Chris Lebresco.

The 49th Annual Yellow Springs Art Show, to be held in the Lincoln Building, will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free to the public and no reservations are required. Artwork from a variety of mediums will be on display throughout the first and second floor galleries, and our well-known “minis” will once again be found in their gallery of minis on the 2nd floor. Artists’ portfolio pieces of originals and unframed prints will also be on both floors.

The Art Show is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Historic Yellow Springs, and a large portion of the proceeds benefit the arts, education, historic preservation and environmental protection of the Historic Village of Yellow Springs. The major sponsors of the show are ANRO Printing and Malvern Bank, NA

Historic Yellow Springs is located at 1685 Art School Road, Chester Springs. The organization’s mission is to share, preserve and celebrate the unique living village of Yellow Springs. For more information, visit www.yellowsprings.org or call 610-827-7414.

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