Artists with disabilities can create original works in a variety of mediums at this Grandview gallery.
At the Open Door Art Studio, artists with disabilities create original works in a variety of mediums.
"The only criteria is an interest in art," said program director Ashley Pauley. "Whether they've experienced that before or it's new to them."
In addition to the studio, Open Door has a gallery where artists display and sell their work.
Coming to the creative space is a "priceless" opportunity, said Brandon Boggs of Columbus.
"For me, it's such an emotional and mental outlet," Boggs said. "If something sells, that's a bonus."
How do artists decide what to work on?
It's all completely individual. We don't, say, work on a still life. Everyone has different talent and different challeges.
How do artists get works displayed in Open Door's art shows?
There's always a theme. If the individual is interested in participating in a particular show, we work with them to come up with a piece. The November show is our open house and everyone has something in that.
Tell me about your April show, "This Inspired That," where artists from the Creative Arts of Woman selected artwork made by an Open Door artist that inspired them to make a companion piece.
We did a similar show last year and it was so much fun. It builds a bridge from the artists we serve and the local arts community. It's also nice to be active in the arts scene. The population we serve doesn't have access to that.
What role do volunteers play in the studio?
It depends on the volunteer. Some do housekeeping tasks. Others go around and talk with the artists. There are only five of us that work here. It's difficult for us to do that one-on-one talking and visiting.
What's the best way to learn about what's happening at the studio?
We put out a newsletter every month. It's a way to get a look into what's happening. It tells about our upcoming shows.