It's that time of year again in North Central Ohio. Labor Day Weekend is on the horizon, and locals look forward to the wonderful festival that is quickly approaching. That's right, the Milan Melon Festival! It'll be here before you know it, and AOS is participating in the fun this year. Our tile production team has been busy collaborating with a new business "On the Square" in Milan. CrossTown Goods opened on May 15, 2017 and is located on 12 N. Main street in Milan. Their shop features handcrafted, high quality artisan items for your home. This business has passionately supported our mission by displaying AOS artwork in their store. Recently, a new tile design, inspired by the Milan Melon Festival was created! 

 

A beautiful soft orange glaze and brown glass melted into the melon design.

A beautiful soft orange glaze and brown glass melted into the melon design.

For those who are not familiar with our products, the process of making tiles is a collaborative effort between staff and our tile makers. AOS designed tools and techniques are used so that individuals with developmental disabilities can make these unique art tiles. Our tile maker for this project was Albert Greenlief. Albert is an artist who participates in our ceramics and drawing/painting studios. He is also a hard worker and was up for the task! From start to finish, these tile coasters were created to celebrate the Milan Melon Festival! We are proud to reveal this design, and encourage you to go see them at CrossTown Goods in Milan during the festival. You won't be able to find this unique handmade tile anywhere else!

Enjoy them as coasters and trivets or for distinctive table top and wall installations

Enjoy them as coasters and trivets or for distinctive table top and wall installations

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

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.

DEB SCHAFFER can hardly wait to get to Artists’ Open Studio to get the clay in her hands. Ceramic studio is both a therapeutic and a productive time for her. Deb balances her creative interests between functional pottery and fascinating forms for the wall or table like “Posy Plaque” or “Feather Teapot”. Be sure to visit her gallery on this website to see more and purchase Deb's work.

Feather Teapot - SOLD

Feather Teapot - SOLD

Pineapple Pot with Lid - SOLD

Pineapple Pot with Lid - SOLD

Red Oval Box

Red Oval Box

Agate Lidded Box

Agate Lidded Box

Tree Vase

Tree Vase

Posy Plaque

Posy Plaque

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

You have spent your Black Friday weekend shopping for the big bargains in elbow to elbow crowds. Now it's time to slow down and find the really unique gifts that will be lasting mementos purchased from the local shops right here at home. The coasters featured here are symbolic of the towns of Norwalk and Milan, Ohio and are available locally as indicated or may be purchased from our online shop. For questions, use our contact page or links.

The Imagine Norwalk Coaster - Gabby Road Studio 28 East Main St. Norwalk, Ohio

The Imagine Norwalk Coaster - Gabby Road Studio 28 East Main St. Norwalk, Ohio

The Edison Lamp Coaster - Patina 46at 46 East Main St. Norwalk, Ohio

The Edison Lamp Coaster - Patina 46at 46 East Main St. Norwalk, Ohio

The Norwalk, Ohio Maple Leaf Coaster - Gabby Road Studio 28 East Main St. Norwalk, Ohio

The Norwalk, Ohio Maple Leaf Coaster - Gabby Road Studio 28 East Main St. Norwalk, Ohio

The Edison Lamp Coaster - The Edison Birthplace Museum & The Sights & Sounds of Edison in Milan, Ohio

The Edison Lamp Coaster - The Edison Birthplace Museum & The Sights & Sounds of Edison in Milan, Ohio