DENISE SEDOR, and her painting FANNY KEMBLE, ABOLITIONIST, is our 2022 poster artist for the 2022 49th Yellow Springs Art Show. Denise competed with fellow artists at the Poster Competition and Exhibition in December 2021. Her work will be used to highlight the 2022 show in all facets of marketing and promotion including the 2022 catalogue. In addition, prints of the poster and notecards will be available for purchase at the show.
Denise’s poster is a portrait of the English actress Fanny Kemble (1809-1893) who was a feminist before that became a popular description of strong women who could have influence in the world. And she surely did, as she spoke out against slavery and published “A Residence on a Georgian Plantation” which is believed to have been influential in turning the tide of the Civil War.
Fanny Kemble is pertinent to Historic Yellow Springs as she visited the Yellow Springs Spa with her two children in summer 1843 escaping the steaming heat of Philadelphia. In a letter she wrote, “The country is pretty, the air pure, the baths delightful; and my chicks (children), thank God, already beginning to improve in health and spirits.” She stood out as she rode horseback alone in petticoats and fished in pantaloons. She was per own person and some thought this was in bad taste. However, they stated she was charming, had a kind heart, a radiant personality and was a genius.
Denise told us that she has been doing portraits for the past few years and wanted to do a portrait for the art show poster competition. She described her portraits as being done in her own way and not necessarily realistic. She researched our archives and two women stood out but one caught her eye. Or as she exclaimed, “Did she pick me?”
Denise has been going to Canyon Ranch Spa in Lenox, MA, for over 20 years. It is on Kemble Street. This is what jumped out to her in her research when she learned that Fanny Kemble summered in Lenox and spent time with, among others, Louisa May Alcott, Emerson, Henry James, Henry Cabot Lodge as well as Edward Everett Hale. She helped found the library there.
Canyon Ranch, in Lenox where Fanny summered, is a place of healing for Denise and she knows that Yellow Springs is also a place of healing. With that in mind, she embarked on her poster embodying Fanny as her hero who had been at both places. Her portrait is a mixed media creation using charcoal and crayon with a bit of color. She wanted it to have an “old” feeling when viewed.
Denise has always been interested in art and considers herself quite creative. In her early years she was self-taught always drawing something. As a teen, she purchased her first camera and enjoyed taking photos. She began working in an office and the company agreed to pay her tuition for college where she majored in business. However, all her electives were in art and her photography skills resulted in a gallery exhibition and doing photography professionally. She pursued her interest in painting taking classes at the Chester Springs Studio, the Chester County Art Association and the Wayne Art Center, learning, she said, from great teachers.
She grew up in the Bronx, NY, and currently lives in Devon. She considers herself an abstract expressionist who loves to experiment in new things. The Yellow Springs Art Show is very dear to her, and she first visited the show with her mother on one of the Mothers’ Day events. She told her mother that day, “I’m going to be in this show!” And while she was moved to get juried into the show in 2014, she never expected to become one of the poster artists. It has brought her much joy.
The original artwork will be sold by silent auction at the 2022 Art Show in the Lincoln Building galleries.
We encourage you to view this original poster work as well as all of Denise Sedor’s paintings at the show. Remember prints of the poster and notecards showing the poster image will be available for purchase.
Check out some of our previous winners