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.
Here is a young lady who has a great fortitude to succeed in all things. Christina challenges herself to form beautifully functional and sculptural ceramic art with a flare all her own. The work shown is just a sampling of Christina’s art. Take a look at her page in our Artist Gallery to see more and buy one of her unique pieces.
Jeremy makes his creative mark in both AOS Ceramic Studio and Painting Studio. His work is very expressive of his good humor and determination. Jeremy’s paint choices are as bright and cheerful as his personality. Be sure to check out his gallery page and our Instagram posts to keep in touch with Jeremy’s art making.
As a true gentleman, Don will welcome you to AOS ceramic studio and show you around. He has life stories to share that often are the inspiration for his diverse ceramic art designs. Don makes sturdy jugs, delicate bowls on pedestals and deeply textured plates with puddles of melted glass. Don treasures the honor of a 2nd place award in the 2012 VSA Accessible Expressions Exhibit.
If you haven’t visited Tony’s page in our Artist Gallery, you have missed some beautiful oil paintings that he has made from photos taken on his travels. As we feature this talented artist we share his passion for another subject – Cedar Point. Tony can relate trivia past and present of this popular theme park. He visits Cedar Point weekly through the summer season and loves to paint images that represent the thrill of the famous roller coasters he rides. Tony balances a busy schedule between work, gardening, sports, travel and riding coasters but finds time to paint with his friends at Artists’ Open Studio.
Florals and landscapes are Ashley’s favorite subjects for the acrylic paintings that she makes in Artists’ Open Studio. However, she occasionally enjoys doing some experimentation with different media and styles. Check Ashley’s Gallery page to see more of her work. Ashley is a great asset to AOS for her ability to articulate her passion for making art in our studios. She represents her fellow artists on our Board of Directors and works as a Services Advocate at Christie Lane.
Here is the exquisite mosaic art that James’ exhibited in our Visions Revealed show this summer. Just two are still available. You can see two more on his gallery page on this website. Because of customer demand for his beautiful stoneware and recycled glass art, James has been creating some extra bird mosaics for collectors. Those new pieces will be added to his gallery this fall. We’ll make a blog announcement when they are ready. Meanwhile, contact us to schedule a time to see James’ work in person.