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

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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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

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

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!

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

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.

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.

 

JENNIFER MAY

Jennifer (Jen) is a quiet lady with sparkling eyes and a good sense of humor. We delight in having her in our studios. Her secret technique in pottery making is to layer individual, textured pieces that sometimes look like cookies, overlapping them in rows to build her vessels from the bottom up. Jen also applies her glazes in layers of rich glossy color. In AOS painting studio Jen has fallen in love with watercolor pencils. “Sparky’s Barn” is her tribute to a horse named Sparky that she used to ride.

Red & Green Vase

Red & Green Vase

Red May Basket

Red May Basket

Sparky's Barn

Sparky's Barn

JESSE FIELDS

As we begin our third year of blogging, we would like to introduce one of our newest artists, Jesse Fields as Artist of the Month. Here is a photo of him with his work at his first Visions Revealed show last June. Since then Jesse has been prolific. We are giving you a sneak peek at just one of his acrylic paintings that will be displayed at our Visions Revealed 2016 Exhibit. It opens on June 17th. Come see what Jesse and his friends have to share.

ANGI LESCH

Angi Lesch makes bold creative art statements. She likes to explore with various art media and innovative techniques until her ideas evolve into a pleasing design. Her use of geometric shapes is common in most of her work. Angi has served since 2006 as a director on the Artists’ Open Studio Board.

Camo Pet

Camo Pet

Turtle Tracks

Turtle Tracks

Masked Animal

Masked Animal

Lavender Bloom

Lavender Bloom

We at Artists' Open Studio wish you a very enjoyable Thanksgiving Day with family and friends.

"Turkey from 1632" by Rick Fletcher

"Turkey from 1632" by Rick Fletcher

"Tom" by Terry Walkden

"Tom" by Terry Walkden

Andy’s paintings make a dramatic splash on the wall of any gallery and they quickly find their way to the walls of patrons across the US. Because he has little to say with words, Andy’s artistic statements mean much more. At AOS we feel privileged to watch him speak with paint.