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.

 

 AOS artist Mark Straka, demonstrating tile production with Ceramics Director Bill Young.

AOS artist Mark Straka, demonstrating tile production with Ceramics Director Bill Young.

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.

 

 AOS artist Debbie Deitrich demonstrated as local visiting artist and volunteer Barb Schnellinger stitched handmade books. Great conversations with friends and AOS artists Shea Collins and Albert Greenlief.

AOS artist Debbie Deitrich demonstrated as local visiting artist and volunteer Barb Schnellinger stitched handmade books. Great conversations with friends and AOS artists Shea Collins and Albert Greenlief.

 A view of our painting studio housed at HCBDD.

A view of our painting studio housed at HCBDD.

 AOS artist James O'Dor demonstrated his unique mosaics during the event.

AOS artist James O'Dor demonstrated his unique mosaics during the event.

 James O'dor in his element.

James O'dor in his element.

 Community members and AOS artists had the opportunity to mingle and chat.

Community members and AOS artists had the opportunity to mingle and chat.

 A view of the ceramics studio and a selection of tile products on display.

A view of the ceramics studio and a selection of tile products on display.

 Exploring and chatting in the clay studio.

Exploring and chatting in the clay studio.

 Beautiful table decorations by Danielion Ideals that Bloom.

Beautiful table decorations by Danielion Ideals that Bloom.

 Great conversations, Sheri's Coffee, and Becky's Bundts. 

Great conversations, Sheri's Coffee, and Becky's Bundts. 

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. 

 Left to right; Jan Tkach (Vice President), Jennie Hipp (President), Dennis Stoneham, Lynda Stoneham.

Left to right; Jan Tkach (Vice President), Jennie Hipp (President), Dennis Stoneham, Lynda Stoneham.

Thank you to the local businesses and donors/contributors who made this event possible. AOS looks forward to events like this in the future!