MARK HOFFMAN started coming to AOS Painting Studio early this year with great enthusiasm. Even when he has had a rough morning at work, Mark is anxious to spend some quiet time drawing with his friends in the afternoon. Architectural subjects have been his major interest thus far. Some of his structures are representational with much detail while others are freely interpreted designs. Whatever Mark has drawn, he is proud to share with his fellow artists and staff at work. We look forward to Mark’s next exciting works.
In January of 2014, AOS launched this beautiful website with the professional skills of Jamie at JaC Design. We hope you are enjoying it with each visit.
There is so much to see and learn about Artists’ Open Studio on our Main page. Be sure to scroll to the bottom right to catch a glimpse of AOS in Action which features frequent posts from Instagram. On Our Story page you can read about how AOS came to be, about our collaborations and how we support the creative spirits of artists of all abilities.
Take time to browse through the Artist Gallery to view original works. Then, check out our line of handcrafted art tile and coasters in our Shop. You will find that it is easy to purchase art and products through our secure website.
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It's that time of year again in North Central Ohio. Labor Day Weekend is on the horizon, and locals look forward to the wonderful festival that is quickly approaching. That's right, the Milan Melon Festival! It'll be here before you know it, and AOS is participating in the fun this year. Our tile production team has been busy collaborating with a new business "On the Square" in Milan. CrossTown Goods opened on May 15, 2017 and is located on 12 N. Main street in Milan. Their shop features handcrafted, high quality artisan items for your home. This business has passionately supported our mission by displaying AOS artwork in their store. Recently, a new tile design, inspired by the Milan Melon Festival was created!
For those who are not familiar with our products, the process of making tiles is a collaborative effort between staff and our tile makers. AOS designed tools and techniques are used so that individuals with developmental disabilities can make these unique art tiles. Our tile maker for this project was Albert Greenlief. Albert is an artist who participates in our ceramics and drawing/painting studios. He is also a hard worker and was up for the task! From start to finish, these tile coasters were created to celebrate the Milan Melon Festival! We are proud to reveal this design, and encourage you to go see them at CrossTown Goods in Milan during the festival. You won't be able to find this unique handmade tile anywhere else!
TERRY WALKDEN has found art making to be a great pleasure and participates in both AOS Painting and Ceramic studios. He pays close attention to detail in all that he creates. Terry’s curiosity has led him to some unique experiments this year. In painting studio he made a composition of fabric applique by drawing with colored pencils, then hand-stitching to complete his design. In ceramic studio he carved a bas-relief plaque with a bird. Unfortunately, the large tile cracked in the firing, but with a supportive wooden mount the finished art is even more exceptional. Terry is a hard worker and often assists in AOS tile production.
THIS IS THE FINAL WEEK for you to view the fantastic art in the Visions Revealed Exhibit which features artists from Cleveland Clinic Cancer Centers, Gaymont Nursing Center, Artists Open Studio along with other local artists.
Come to the Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center Gallery, Norwalk High School, 350 Shady Lane Drive, Norwalk, Ohio. Gallery hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 - 12:00.
Our closing reception is on Friday, July 21 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. which will include art from Fisher-Titus Autism Spectrum Kids.
One of the unique aspects of this show is the diversity of art and artists who participate. Because of our collaboration of studios, you will see drawings, paintings, fiber arts, assemblages, ceramics and sculpture by artists from all abilities and all walks of life. They are beginning, discovering, emerging and professional artists with great passion for expressing their deepest thoughts.
A recent artist visitor said, "This is the best show I have seen all year. I have been to several exhibits of beautiful art, but this show is different. These artists speak plainly from their hearts."
Note everyone of the artists who make their masterpieces at Artists' Open Studio were at the June 16th opening reception of Visions Revealed 2017 exhibit. But, here is a photo that you might enjoy. If you missed the occasion, there are more opportunities to see the display at the Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center Gallery. It is at Norwalk High School, 350 Shady Lane Drive, Norwalk, Ohio. Gallery hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 - 12:00. To end it all with a bang, come to our closing reception on Friday, July 21 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm.
Visions Revealed is the grand culmination of a year of creativity for the 44 artists who make their art at Artists' Open Studio. The excitement is building as they wait for Opening Night at the Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center Gallery, 350 Shady Lane Drive, Norwalk. The festivities start on Friday, June 16th at 4:00 pm. Mosaic artist James O'Dor will show you how he makes his masterpieces beginning at 5:00. Please join us for this evening of celebration.
Just letting you know that the Ernsthausen Gallery is looking good with color, color everywhere and more art yet to be installed. Here is a sneak peek at some AOS ceramic art that will be on display. You won't want to miss our opening reception Friday, June 16 from 4:00-7:00. AOS ceramic artist, James O'Dor will be there demonstrating his mosaic art techniques and showing off his fantastic bird mosaics.
Installation begins this week as we prepare the beautiful Ernsthausen gallery for the best work of 2017. Here are four more painting segments to kindle your curiosity for Visions Revealed on June 16th.
ROBERT WHITAKER has been one of our best tile makers. You will see his stamp on the back of many AOS coasters. Food has inspired much of Robert's ceramic art. His "Sunday Bowl" is inviting you to fill it with ice cream; enough for two! If you are wanting to make an outstanding culinary statement, consider Robert's colorful sculpture "With a Cherry on Top" for your kitchen or bar top. Robert's other featured piece is "Up-Standing", a spectacularly tall vase for your spectacular blooms,
To visit his gallery just click his name - Robert Whitaker
Can you believe it?! It is time for our annual art show and we can hardly wait to show you the great art that we have been making this year. Get Visions Revealed 2017 on your calendar for Friday, June 16th, 4:00-7:00 pm. and enjoy this Sneak Peak!
Whether you are a birding enthusiast or not, you will want to take a moment to visit James O'Dor's gallery page to see the fantastic work he has been doing since last fall. His bird mosaic art is in great demand. So if you want a very special gift for someone or even for yourself, click on his name below to see his newest works. To view them in person, come to the Refuge Ranger Station at Ottawa NWR, Oak Harbor, Ohio between 12:00-5:00 each day, May 6-14.
Artist: James O'Dor
We are ecstatic to share that we have been selected to be a vendor at a local event to celebrate The Biggest Week in American Birding. We will take part in the Wildlife Stop and Shop on May 5-14 at the Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in Oak Harbor, Ohio. This event will be 10 days long and you can find us at the Refuge Ranger Station (Near the National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center) from 12-5 pm daily. The Biggest Week draws around 60,000 people to the area during that 10 day period.The crowd includes locals and people from all around the world who are visiting to witness the migration of migratory songbirds. The event includes presentations, guided hikes, tram tours, and food vendors. To see more about this event and the important work that The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge does, we encourage you to visit their website at http://www.friendsofottawanwr.org.
Now, you may be asking... why AOS?? If you’re familiar with our studio and artists, you may understand why we are a good fit. If you’re not familiar, we’ll explain.. Many of our artists are inspired by nature. Our artists have been carving, drawing, painting, and expressing this interest since the beginning. One artist in particular with a passion for creating birds is the talented and beloved James O’Dor. We are excited to say that he has several new bird mosaics to present at this wonderful event! Clay fish by Shea Collins will be on display, as well as nature inspired paintings and ceramics from many of our artists! Our products such as recycled glass tiles and notecards will be available as well.This sneak peak won’t do it justice…make sure to follow our Instagram and Facebook pages to stay updated on this event! Happy Birding All!
FRED WAGNER is a very creative guy! He has been making his unique artistic statements in both AOS Painting and Ceramic studios for 13 years. Fred prefers to use markers colored pencils and pens on paper for his colorful geometric designs. However, inspired by a visitor’s purse, he substitutedfabric markers to design cloth for his “Fashion Model Bag”. In Ceramic studio Fred is even more adventurous. He enriches his pottery and clever sculptural forms with incised lines, glazes with vivid colors and gives his art imaginative titles. (Tokyo is a favorite subject.) Fred may be a quiet worker, but he has a fantastic sense of humor.
Our studios are hopping with activity this Spring. We have displayed our work at the Firelands Area Art League Show last weekend. Now we are preparing for a special vendor opportunity in May at the Biggest Week in American Birding event at the Ottawa National Wildlife Reserve near Oak Harbor, Ohio. Watch for details in future posts. Meanwhile, here are some great art pieces that might bring a bit of Spring to your home. These are all available for purchase from our website gallery and shop.
On Saturday, March 25th, Four AOS artists were honored during the 21st Accessible Expressions Ohio exhibition. Jesse Fields, Debbie Deitrich, Tammy Twaddle, and Hallie Cox were a part of a state wide celebration of the arts. This uplifting event is organized by VSA Ohio, the State Organization on Arts and Disability, based in Columbus. The Day of The Arts for All displayed a wide range of talents from painting, drawing, photography, and mixed media. AOS artist’s pieces were submitted, judged, selected, and displayed alongside artists with disabilities of all ages across the state.
The exhibition was on display for the full month of March, and artists were recognized by coming up on stage and receiving a certificate. Jesse, Debbie, and Hallie were able to make the trip to Columbus to receive their well deserved honor. The show provided a great opportunity for our artists to feel connected to a larger creative community and to be celebrated as the talented and inspirational artists that they are. We look forward to seeing what next year brings. Congratulations again to our artists!
TAMMY TWADDLE was one of the Charter Artists of Artists’ Open Studio. She has been drawing and painting with us since 2004. In recent years, Tammy has been combining materials to create some intriguing mixed media art. One of these, “Picket Fences” has won a spot in the Accessible Expressions Ohio exhibit sponsored by VSA and will tour the state throughout 2017. Keep up the good work Tammy!
TIM SMITH loves to draw – really loves to draw! He could spend hours at the drawing board making meticulous renderings of house floor plans, building exteriors with all the ornamentation and details. Then, suddenly, he has switched subjects and is drawing animals or his favorite celebrities. Tim has been making art at AOS since 2004. He works exclusively with ball point pen, markers colored pencils.
Ashley Payne and James O'Dor presented slide shows and commented on their art work for an Elder College class at Firelands College, BGSU last week. Ashley shared her love for painting and explained some of her experimental techniques. James proudly showed slides of his mosaic art to the class and received many accolades. The topic of the class, "Encouraging a Creative Community" was presented by Lynda Stoneham, managing director of Artists' Open Studio.
DEB SCHAFFER can hardly wait to get to Artists’ Open Studio to get the clay in her hands. Ceramic studio is both a therapeutic and a productive time for her. Deb balances her creative interests between functional pottery and fascinating forms for the wall or table like “Posy Plaque” or “Feather Teapot”. Be sure to visit her gallery on this website to see more and purchase Deb's work.