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.
ROBERT WHITAKER has been one of our best tile makers. You will see his stamp on the back of many AOS coasters. Food has inspired much of Robert's ceramic art. His "Sunday Bowl" is inviting you to fill it with ice cream; enough for two! If you are wanting to make an outstanding culinary statement, consider Robert's colorful sculpture "With a Cherry on Top" for your kitchen or bar top. Robert's other featured piece is "Up-Standing", a spectacularly tall vase for your spectacular blooms,
To visit his gallery just click his name - Robert Whitaker
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.
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.
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!
The oil painting live demonstration presented by Nathan Lucal and Tony Ringholz was well attended yesterday at the opening reception of Visions Revealed 2016. In this photo you can see the artists beginning their work with their art displays in the background. Although there are no awards given for this exhibit, we recognize Tony and Nate for their "Best of Show" demo. Thanks guys!
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.
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.
Tracey Lynch enjoys the creative social atmosphere of Artists’ Open Studio. She makes very delicate drawings with colored pencil and uses watercolor and watercolor pencils during painting studio. But Tracey seems to be even fonder of working with clay. In Ceramic studio last year, she created a lovely birdhouse and several whimsical figures. With her cheerful personality Tracey offer lots of fun for all of us at AOS.
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.
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.
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.
SANDY DONNAMILLER comes to AOS painting studio to draw, but even more so to make her fascinating and very popular montages. You see, Sandy loves threads! She finds great pleasure in unraveling and pulling them from colorful woven fabrics. Combining her thread collection with found objects Sandy makes unique art pieces that are truly her own. “Midas Touch” is touring the state of Ohio in the 2015 VSA exhibit. Congratulations Sandy!
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!
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