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

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

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!

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.

It's show time! The Ernsthausen Gallery is resplendent with colorful paintings and pottery. We are anxious to welcome guests - no charge - just fun. Of course there will be art and products that you just won't be able to go home without, so you may want to bring your wallet.

We are dedicating this year's show to the memory of the late Richard Coombs, an artist from Artists' Open Studio whose smile greets us each time we open our website. He is greatly missed. 

See you at the show!

Friday, June 19 from 1:00 - 7:00 pm.

Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center

350 Shady Lane Drive, Norwalk, Ohio

Charter Artists

It is somewhat hard to believe that the Artists’ Open Studio is staging its 10th annual Visions Revealed Art Exhibit. What a wonderful experience this has been, merging the talents of artists in the community with artists with developmental disabilities.

Over the past few years, there has been a movement for “inclusion” for individuals with developmental disabilities. Simply, it is an effort to have people with disabilities be more a part of the community in which they live. This means having individuals work, live, socialize and make friends in their communities.

At Artists’ Open Studio, we like to say we have been practicing “reverse inclusion” for years. When we started the studio, it was exclusively individuals with developmental disabilities. However, in very short order we began inviting artists from the community to join us.

It has been a great success.

Art, regardless of the artist, is an expression of a person’s creativity, and creativity does not discern between individuals with or without developmental disabilities.

In 2003, I was the art teacher at Christie Lane School. A gentleman named Jim Moses, who was working at Christie Lane Industries, had a burning desire to be an artist, but no outlet for his talents. He began peppering me with questions - “Where can we find some art supplies?” - and sending me his drawings for critique and assistance.

Jim, and others, wanted to know what could be done to assist individuals with developmental disabilities who had an interest in art. It became very evident, very soon, that there were many people interested in such an outlet.

It was from Jim’s requests that Artists’ Open Studio was formed. Simply, we saw a need for services that were not being provided.

Artists Open Studio began in January 2004 as a painting studio. By fall, there were ten fledgling artists meeting weekly. Grant funds helped to provide essential supplies and in December 2005, with the support of the Huron County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Artists’ Open Studio received the status of a 501c3 corporation, and a vision was realized.

This took place at Christie Lane, where adults with developmental disabilities from Huron County receive services and support with employment and pursuit of their life goals. At that time, new initiatives around the state were bringing awareness that individuals with developmental disabilities deserve the same lifestyle opportunities that anyone else, including the fine arts.

But we weren’t done growing.

It wasn’t long after we were up and running that Jim Moses asked, “Do you have any clay? I would really like to make things with clay.”

Fortuitously, a Christie Lane staff member, Bill Young, also happened to be a gifted ceramic artist. With Bill’s help, Artists’ Open Studio opened a ceramic studio in January 2006.

From the quality of the work on display at the 2014 Visions Revealed Art Exhibit at Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center Gallery, the talent and creativity continue to bloom. This year’s exhibit is full of wonderful pieces of art created in the inclusive environment of Artists’ Open Studio.  Most of the art is for sale.

To celebrate the achievements, the artists displayed their first drawings and paintings in June 2005 in the inaugural Visions Revealed Art Exhibit. The annual exhibit has grown to include paintings and ceramic art by more than 40 Artists’ Open Studio artists, as well as fellow artists from our community.

On June 20 at Visions Revealed 2014, Artists Open Studio will honor eight of its charter artists who continue to create their unique art and inspire others with their abilities. Congratulations to Deanna Bowling, Mark Cook, Andy Kirkpatrick, Angi Lesch, Jim Moses, Tim Smith, Tammy Twaddle and Fred Wagner on your tenth annual Visions Revealed exhibit.

And, a special thank you to Jim Moses for lighting the fire for Artists’ Open Studio!

All are invited to celebrate this special anniversary exhibit from 1-7 p.m. on Friday, June 20 at the Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center Gallery, Norwalk High School, 350 Shady Lane Drive.

Lynda Stoneham, managing director and staff artist for painting at Artists’ Open Studio