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!

 

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

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

Whether you are a birding enthusiast or not, you will want to take a moment to visit James O'Dor's gallery page to see the fantastic work he has been doing since last fall. His bird mosaic art is in great demand. So if you want a very special gift for someone or even for yourself, click on his name below to see his newest works. To view them in person, come to the Refuge Ranger Station at Ottawa NWR, Oak Harbor, Ohio between 12:00-5:00 each day, May 6-14.

Artist: James O'Dor

Here is James cutting and carving the pieces which became his "Shoreline" mosaic.

Here is James cutting and carving the pieces which became his "Shoreline" mosaic.

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

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.

JAMES O’DOR

Here is the exquisite mosaic art that James’ exhibited in our Visions Revealed show this summer. Just two are still available. You can see two more on his gallery page on this website. Because of customer demand for his beautiful stoneware and recycled glass art, James has been creating some extra bird mosaics for collectors. Those new pieces will be added to his gallery this fall. We’ll make a blog announcement when they are ready. Meanwhile, contact us to schedule a time to see James’ work in person.

"Mama Duck"  SOLD

"Mama Duck"  SOLD

"Crane Creek Egret" 

"Crane Creek Egret" 

"Old Woman Creek Heron"  SOLD

"Old Woman Creek Heron"  SOLD

"Pileated Woodpecker"

"Pileated Woodpecker"

"In Flight"    SOLD

"In Flight"    SOLD

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