JULEE GROSS began coming to AOS Painting Studio meetings last year bringing her pleasant personality and curiosity for making art. Since then she has been experimenting with different media to develop her drawing and painting style. We have learned that Julee paints narratively; each creation telling a personal story. Julee works as a receptionist at Christie Lane School and enjoys attending sports events.

Mom's Butterfly - available

Mom's Butterfly - available

Sunflower - sold

Sunflower - sold

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Mom's Rose - sold

Mom's Rose - sold

Our artist of the month for the month of June is Ben Vanderpool. Ben came to AOS in 2017 with a unique interest in textiles and fabric. Ben quickly fit into the AOS family with his quirky sense of humor and innovative style. Ben is drawn to fabrics for their textures and patterns and is gifted at pulling the right color schemes together. In studio last year, Ben crafted a hand sewn bag based on a scene in Harry Potter. During his 2018 year, Ben ditched the sewing machine and began making unique artwork integrating drawing on fibers, as well as mixed media designs on painted canvas. We know Ben will continue to inspire us with his unique tastes and aspirations to create mixed media art with textiles!

Ben working with his fabrics in studio

Ben working with his fabrics in studio

  "Mixed Media Red Flower" available

  "Mixed Media Red Flower" available

"Noble Renaissance Lady" available

"Noble Renaissance Lady" available

BARB SEEVERS draws exclusively and masterfully with colored pencil. Her colors are clean and bold to enhance her small abstracted motifs. Barb is always ready to turn on a smile as she works quietly in AOS Painting Studio, filling her portfolio with beautiful drawings of natural forms each day.

"A Lovely Flower" - available

"A Lovely Flower" - available

"Toucan" - available

"Toucan" - available

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"Bumble Bug" - available

"Bumble Bug" - available

"Twins" - available

"Twins" - available

Our studios are back up and running for the 2018 year. Yes, we are blissfully busy creating again! But, we don't want our fans to miss out on the most recent artwork produced from our talented artists. Our Artist Gallery has recently been refreshed and updated to reflect our newest pieces that are for sale! Below are a few teasers, but take a moment to browse our galleries and discover what's new in our world! Your next chance to see the newest artwork is during our annual Visions Revealed art exhibit at the Norwalk High School in June. If you would like to keep up with our studio happenings make sure to follow us on instagram and check our facebook page!

Blue Lining  by  Christina Rogers

Blue Lining by Christina Rogers

Ink Flowers  by  Albert Greenlief

Ink Flowers by Albert Greenlief

Strawberry Festival  by  Mark Mackin

Strawberry Festival by Mark Mackin

By tradition our studios are on R&R during the December holidays and for much of January. It is a time to Refresh and Redirect our strategies for the new year. While the artists are enjoying their snow days, the AOS Staff is busy sorting and framing art and getting ready for shows that are coming up this spring.

The first show on our calendar is the VSA /Accessible Expressions 2018 Exhibit which opens on March 24th in Westerville. Art accepted for this show was make by: Jesse Fields, Nate Lucal, James O’Dor and Tony Ringholz. It’s a “big deal” to have work chosen for this state-wide competitive exhibit. Congratulations guys!

We know that all of the artists are anxious to get back to their clay and easels. The winter studio groups will begin on January 23rd and 25th. There is more great art to be created!

James transferring his mosaic design

James transferring his mosaic design

Nate painting his VSA entry

Nate painting his VSA entry

Jesse gives us a smile

Jesse gives us a smile

Tony at the easel

Tony at the easel

In January of 2014, AOS launched this beautiful website with the professional skills of Jamie at JaC Design. We hope you are enjoying it with each visit.

There is so much to see and learn about Artists’ Open Studio on our Main page. Be sure to scroll to the bottom right to catch a glimpse of AOS in Action which features frequent posts from Instagram. On Our Story page you can read about how AOS came to be, about our collaborations and how we support the creative spirits of artists of all abilities.

Take time to browse through the Artist Gallery to view original works. Then, check out our line of handcrafted art tile and coasters in our Shop. You will find that it is easy to purchase art and products through our secure website.

A great way to keep in touch with AOS is to follow us on Facebook. A quick click on our web link in a FB post will bring you right here to our Blog page where you can review announcements about our products, events and the Artist of the Month. Be sure to add a comment and share our FB posts.

Then, if you’ve been inspired by our passion to make the fine arts accessible to individuals with developmental disabilities, please click on DONATE in the menu above. It is safe and easy to make a contribution to “Help AOS to Grow”.  Thank you!

The Good Life by Linda Anderson

The Good Life by Linda Anderson

Layers of Life by Mark Cook

Layers of Life by Mark Cook

TERRY WALKDEN has found art making to be a great pleasure and participates in both AOS Painting and Ceramic studios. He pays close attention to detail in all that he creates. Terry’s curiosity has led him to some unique experiments this year. In painting studio he made a composition of fabric applique by drawing with colored pencils, then hand-stitching to complete his design. In ceramic studio he carved a bas-relief plaque with a bird. Unfortunately, the large tile cracked in the firing, but with a supportive wooden mount the finished art is even more exceptional. Terry is a hard worker and often assists in AOS tile production.

Dark Dahlia bowl

Dark Dahlia bowl

Bear applique - SOLD

Bear applique - SOLD

Portland Lighthouse acrylic painting

Portland Lighthouse acrylic painting

Feathered Friend bas-relief - SOLD

Feathered Friend bas-relief - SOLD

Little Wheat Bowl

Little Wheat Bowl

Norwalk Public Library drawing

Norwalk Public Library drawing

Note everyone of the artists who make their masterpieces at Artists' Open Studio were at the June 16th opening reception of Visions Revealed 2017 exhibit. But, here is a photo that you might enjoy. If you missed the occasion, there are more opportunities to see the display at the Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center Gallery. It is at Norwalk High School, 350 Shady Lane Drive, Norwalk, Ohio. Gallery hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 - 12:00. To end it all with a bang, come to our closing reception on Friday, July 21 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm.

Front Row: Nate, Tim, Tracey, Ashley    Back Row: Joan, Rick, Deb, Tony, James

Front Row: Nate, Tim, Tracey, Ashley    Back Row: Joan, Rick, Deb, Tony, James

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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.

Shea, Mark, Jesse, Barb

Shea, Mark, Jesse, Barb

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.

Tony Ringholz, Fred Wagner, Nathan Lucal, Tim Smith

Tony Ringholz, Fred Wagner, Nathan Lucal, Tim Smith

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!

Stacey Bartlett, Tracey Bartlett, Jesse Fields, Linda Damron

Stacey Bartlett, Tracey Bartlett, Jesse Fields, Linda Damron

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.

Celestial Remnant

Celestial Remnant

Tokyo Headquarters - SOLD

Tokyo Headquarters - SOLD

Red Crater

Red Crater

Fashion Model Bag - SOLD

Fashion Model Bag - SOLD

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Spirit of the Forest

Spirit of the Forest

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.

Deanna Bowling - "Rabbit" 

Deanna Bowling - "Rabbit" 

James O'Dor -" Butterfly Mosaic"

James O'Dor -" Butterfly Mosaic"

Terry Walkden - "Egg Hunt"

Terry Walkden - "Egg Hunt"

Mark Cook - "Renewing"

Mark Cook - "Renewing"

Frog Coasters

Frog Coasters

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!

Picket Fences - VSA 2017

Picket Fences - VSA 2017

Bangles & Beads

Bangles & Beads

Butterfly

Butterfly

Florescence

Florescence

JEREMY RISNER

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.

Forest Floor

Forest Floor

Grandiflora

Grandiflora

Butterfly Wings - sold

Butterfly Wings - sold

Cotton Candy Explosion

Cotton Candy Explosion

My Finest - reserved

My Finest - reserved

TONY RINGHOLZ

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.

Scream Machine

Scream Machine

Bird's Eye View

Bird's Eye View

Flow River Flow

Flow River Flow

Tony (left) painting with his friend Nate at Visions Revealed 2016

Tony (left) painting with his friend Nate at Visions Revealed 2016

Gone Forever

Gone Forever

Pumpkin Fest

Pumpkin Fest

Thirsty Elk

Thirsty Elk

ASHLEY PAYNE

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.

Passion Pink

Passion Pink

Rocky Waterfall

Rocky Waterfall

Sunset

Sunset

Friday, July 15 from 5:00 pm. - 8:00 pm.

The Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center

350 Shady Lane Drive, Norwalk, Ohio

The Visions Revealed Art Exhibit is an inclusive, collaborative  show featuring artists represented by several area art groups.

The Visions Revealed Art Exhibit is an inclusive, collaborativeshow featuring artists represented by several area art groups.

Those who made the work on display come together in their respective studios to develop their skills and tap into the spirit that compels them to create.

Those who made the work on display come together in their respective studios to develop their skills and tap into the spirit that compels them to create.

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    Although the month-long exhibit has focused on art by adults, the closing includes works by youth artists.

Although the month-long exhibit has focused on art by adults, the closing includes works by youth artists.

The artists are greatly diverse in experience. Their work is greatly diverse in technique.

The artists are greatly diverse in experience. Their work is greatly diverse in technique.

Expect to see a gamut of styles: realism, abstraction, expressionism, caricature, non-objective, illustrative, experimental, sculptural and functional art.

Expect to see a gamut of styles: realism, abstraction, expressionism, caricature, non-objective, illustrative, experimental, sculptural and functional art.

Acknowledgments:  Mollie Wetherill, the Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center at Norwalk High School; Dawn Freeman, the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Centers at Sandusky and Mansfield; Jackie Hug, the Gaymont Nursing Center in Norwalk; Dawn Freeman and Lindsey Esker, the Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk; Jaclene Pisano, for the Erie County DD independent artists; Linda Feltis, Linda Keefer, Jackie Hug, Bill Young and Lynda Stoneham, the Artists’ Open Studio in Norwalk.