On Thursday, August 9th, AOS hosted a special Open House event for the public. The evening was a first time event for Artists' Open Studio. Guests were able to explore the painting studio housed in the Huron County Board of DD. Across the parking lot at CLI, guests viewed tile demonstrations and artists at work in the clay studio. The Open House event was intended to educate the community on the mission of AOS, as well as to raise funds to become self sustaining and continue growth in the future.
Guests appreciated music by Last Call Trio. Light refreshments were enjoyed near the painting studio thanks to local contributors at Miller's SuperValu, Schild's IGA, and John Seiling Catering. Becky's Bundts cakes and Sheris Coffee were enjoyed in the clay studio while Bob Cox and Friends entertained.
The highlight of the night involved AOS board members Jan Tkach and Jennie Hipp taking the time to recognize newly retired Managing Director and Founder of AOS, Lynda Stoneham. Jan explained the history of a dream turned reality, as AOS was carefully and strategically formed by Lynda's dedication and passion in 2004. Her husband, Dennis Stoneham, took part in this dream and supported the efforts as he volunteered his time as treasurer/accounts manager since the beginning. Many well deserved kind words were offered to Lynda for her selfless devotion to the building and success of Artists' Open Studio.
Thank you to the local businesses and donors/contributors who made this event possible. AOS looks forward to events like this in the future!