VSA Ohio- The State Organization on Arts and Disability, hosts Accessible Expressions Ohio (AEO): an annual art exhibit open to artists of any age and experience level with a disability in the state.

AEO increases awareness, promotes creative careers, and fosters inclusion by showcasing artists of all ages and abilities in a juried, traveling exhibition. Historically, this annual exhibit has been a larger platform for AOS artists to have their work seen and appreciated by art lovers throughout the whole state of Ohio.

This year, 4 AOS artists were accepted into the 23rd Accessible Expressions Exhibit. These artists include Andy Kirkpatrick (Receding Green- acrylic), James O’Dor (Night Owls- Stoneware and Glass Mosaic), Barb Seevers (Three Wisemen- colored pencil), and Sarah Vanderpool (Balanced- Stoneware).

Andy Kirkpatrick’s Receding Green on display.

Andy Kirkpatrick’s Receding Green on display.

Sarah’s artwork on display at VSA!

Sarah’s artwork on display at VSA!

On Saturday, March 30th, A Day of Arts for All was held at the Westerville Community Center in Columbus to celebrate the achievements of each artist.

Artists Barb Seevers and James O’Dor were present to enjoy the exhibit, meet fellow artists, and receive their certificates of achievement.

The best surprise of the day was James O’Dor receiving 3rd place in the professional artist category for his mosaic Owl piece! James was present to receive a much deserved medal of recognition and applause from the crowd!  Congratulations to James for an amazing achievement and to Barb, Andy, and Sarah!

AOS artist Barb Seevers next to her colored pencil drawing “Three Wisemen”

AOS artist Barb Seevers next to her colored pencil drawing “Three Wisemen”

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Barb and James posing at the end of the reception. James showing off his medal!

Barb and James posing at the end of the reception. James showing off his medal!

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