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

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!

DON RISNER

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.

Green Creek

Green Creek

Moonshine

Moonshine

Blue Skies

Blue Skies

Boat of Blue

Boat of Blue

Star Burst

Star Burst

SANDY DONNAMILLER comes to AOS painting studio to draw, but even more so to make her fascinating and very popular montages. You see, Sandy loves threads! She finds great pleasure in unraveling and pulling them from colorful woven fabrics. Combining her thread collection with found objects Sandy makes unique art pieces that are truly her own. “Midas Touch” is touring the state of Ohio in the 2015 VSA exhibit. Congratulations Sandy!

Dancing With the Stars

Dancing With the Stars

Midas Touch

Midas Touch

Beaded Evening Gown

Beaded Evening Gown

We are proud to announce that six artists from Artists’ Open Studio will be honored at the opening reception for VSA Accessible Expressions Ohio Art Exhibit. The event will be held at Westerville Community Center on Saturday, March 14 at noon.

Started in 1996, Accessible Expressions Ohio is an adjudicated, statewide exhibition and tour of visual art for artists of all ages with disabilities. This professional development opportunity helps raise awareness about art and disability by presenting the art in inclusive settings around the state of Ohio. Go to http//vsaohio.org to read more about their programs.

Representing AOS will be Stacie Bartlett, Jake Bishman, Sandy Donnamiller, Nathan Lucal, James O’Dor and Tony Ringholz. Theirs will be among seventy-five works selected from 150 entries for the year-long tour. GREAT JOB ARTISTS!!!

For more information: lynda@ArtistsOpenStudioInc.org