In honor of National Pollinator Week, Village Artisans Gallery presents “Birds & Bees: Pollinator Awareness – A Community Art Show.” The gallery invited artists from Yellow Springs to Dayton and surrounding vicinities to enter artwork in any media that references the theme of the exhibit. The show runs May 16 - June 21, 2019, with a Closing Reception on Friday, June 21, 6-9 p.m. In 2007, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved the designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week,” marking a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Since then, Ohio has proclaimed the third week of June for this purpose state-wide, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of the Interior, teaming up with the Pollinator Partnership, have proclaimed National Pollinator Week this third week as well. The mission of Pollinator Partnership, https://pollinator.org, is “to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research.” National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about their value to our ecology and what we can do to protect them. This week has now evolved into an international celebration of the critical services provided by birds, bees, butterflies, bats, beetles and other such critters. Village Artisans has been a multi-media, cooperative art gallery since 1983. For more information, stop into the gallery, call 937-767-1209, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.villageartisans.blogspot.com or facebook. Gallery hours are Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Noon – 5 p.m. (later for events).