‘3’ is a magic number

Show’s trio all have art therapy links.The exhibit is in Yellow Springs.

The environmentally focused art exhibit “3” celebrates the Earth and collects the work of three area artists, Leanne Foley from Waynesville, Debbi Kampel from Cincinnati and Sandi Sharp from Yellow Springs.

The exhibit is on view in Yellow Springs at the Yellow Springs Arts Council Community Gallery.

The title “3” comes from the similarities and differences the artists bring to the exhibit. Nancy Mellon, coordinator of the Yellow Springs Arts Council Community Gallery, said, “The three artists are educators and involved in art therapy; three friends who were brought together to showcase the expressive, observational and joyful nature of art and art making; and three different explorations are presented, showing individual processes and direction.”

Visitors will encounter a variety of media in this exhibit, ranging from pastels, watercolors, fibers, mosaics, veneer and wood panels.

Foley uses media of pastels, charcoal, acrylic and watercolor paints in a fluid, impressionistic style, said Mellon. Kampel’s works create “a colorful dreamlike world inspired by the spontaneous and expressive nature of the children’s artwork that she is so often surrounded by,” she said.

Sharp’s contribution to the exhibit, Mellon said, incorporates the question, “How Does Your Garden Grow?” as a metaphor to present her point of view using mediums such as silverpoint, wood panels and veneer in a contemporary way.

All the pieces in the gallery are available for sale.

In addition to the regular gallery hours, which offers free admission to the public, there is a closing event planned from 6 to 9 p.m. May 11. This event features a gallery talk by the artists and live music by the band The Little Big Four. There is a $5 suggested donation to attend the closing event.

The Little Big Four are a classic jazz quartet featuring Chris Moore on cornet, Nathan Moore on guitar, Erik Greifenhagen on reeds and John MacQueen on string bass.

The Yellow Springs Arts Council Community Gallery provides opportunities for member artists to showcase local works. Artists interested in exhibiting work there should go online to www.ysartscouncil.org and download a gallery application.

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