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

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

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

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.

MARK MACKIN

For several years Mark has been attending AOS Painting studio to create his fascinating drawings that one day will resemble faces and the next time will look like jack-o-lanterns or houses with windows and doors. He always prefers to use markers for his work. Now, Mark has discovered the potential of clay in our Ceramic studio. He has surprised us with his skill in building large sculptural pieces. His work is not available yet for this blog, but will debut at our Visions Revealed Exhibit in June. 

Row on Row

Row on Row

Faces

Faces

Stadium

Stadium

Perhaps you haven't had a chance to visit our online shop for a while. Here are a few samples to remind you of our beautiful stoneware with recycled glass coasters. We have designs from historical to whimsical that may be just right for someone who would appreciate such a novel gift? Act quickly to get a set shipped before Christmas.

Titanic Reflections Coaster - a special gift for ancestors of survivors

Titanic Reflections Coaster - a special gift for ancestors of survivors

Sunflower Coaster - more colors available

Sunflower Coaster - more colors available

Marblehead Lighthouse Coaster - a popular choice for Lake Erie lovers

Marblehead Lighthouse Coaster - a popular choice for Lake Erie lovers

Frog Coasters - more colors available

Frog Coasters - more colors available

Tommy Heberling quietly shapes soft clay into intriguing sculptural objects at Artists' Open Studio. He seems not to be so interested in the functionality of his pieces as he is in creating unusual forms with lots of character. Tommy layers several glaze colors to enhance the texture of his pottery.

Tommy Heberling - August Artists of the Month

ALBERT GREENLIEF may end his busy workday playing on a sports team with his friends, or creating art work in our AOS studios. Although his busy schedule has limited his drawing time, some of his botanical art is still available. Clay is his art medium of choice and he enjoys making sturdy vessels and imaginative sculptural pieces. Be sure to check his gallery page to see more of his work.

Wood Violets

Wood Violets

Roadside Lilies

Roadside Lilies

Horse in Bronze

Horse in Bronze

Golden Stump

Golden Stump

Mark Cook copy

MARK COOK has been a special part of Artists’ Open Studio for more than a decade. In previous years his painting style has been big, bold and abstract. His work may be a little smaller now, but is still very impressive. Mark seldom makes his art without at least one shade of green. He then surprises us with an exciting contrasting color to finish to the painting with pizzazz. Keep on painting Mark!

"Vexed"

"Vexed"

"Fire"

"Fire"

Cook -Wild Phlox copy
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