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!

 

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. 

Jesse up on stage being recognized for his achievements!

Jesse up on stage being recognized for his achievements!

Debbie receiving her certificate for her "Fresh Snow" painting.

Debbie receiving her certificate for her "Fresh Snow" painting.

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's mixed media piece was selected to be in the "Professional Artists" category. A great honor for a talented artist!

Tammy Twaddle's mixed media piece was selected to be in the "Professional Artists" category. A great honor for a talented artist!

Artist Hallie Cox posing by her acrylic painting on display.

Artist Hallie Cox posing by her acrylic painting on display.

Artist Debbie Deitrich next to her masterpiece. Debbie works quietly and thoughtfully, putting much time and detail into her work!

Artist Debbie Deitrich next to her masterpiece. Debbie works quietly and thoughtfully, putting much time and detail into her work!

A great memory made as Debbie was able to meet a woman who purchased her painting at the show. 

A great memory made as Debbie was able to meet a woman who purchased her painting at the show. 

Artist Jesse Fields giving a brilliant smile next to his acrylic painting. Proud moment for friends and family at the art show!

Artist Jesse Fields giving a brilliant smile next to his acrylic painting. Proud moment for friends and family at the art show!

Hallie receiving her certificate on stage!

Hallie receiving her certificate on stage!

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.