Fall 2022

Open Door Newsletter

Stories that inspire life journeys!

Fall 2022

Open Door Newsletter

Stories that inspire life journeys!

A Conversation with Becky | Planning for Success

Becky talks about about the DSP U program, our two newest board members, and how individuals are shaping our strategic goals.

Open Door Stage & Screen Presents: Metamorphosis

Our nature-inspired fashion show featured fabulous runway walks and so much fun!

Difference Makers | Mike Simmons

Open Door DSP Mike Simmons leads a fishing trip and talks about what makes a great DSP.

Fall Exhibitions Ramp Up at Open Door Art Studio

It’s been a busy Fall for the artists and staff at Open Door Art Studio & Gallery, with several awesome exhibitions!

Elijah Thrives at CAC

Elijah is achieving his goal of becoming more confident and independent. He’s now thriving in our CAC program!

Experiences are Everything | Fall 2022

Images of individuals out in the community!

The Best Donut Shop in Town?

A group from CAC tried donuts from six area donut shops and gave their reviews on price, friendliness, and taste!

The Best Donut Shop in Town?

A group from CAC tried donuts from six area donut shops and gave their reviews on price, friendliness, and taste!

Elijah Thrives at CAC

Elijah is achieving his goal of becoming more confident and independent. He’s now thriving in our CAC program!

A Conversation with Becky | Planning for Success

Becky talks about about the DSP U program, our two newest board members, and how individuals are shaping our strategic goals.

Fall Exhibitions Ramp Up at Open Door Art Studio

It’s been a busy Fall for the artists and staff at Open Door Art Studio & Gallery, with several awesome exhibitions!

Experiences are Everything | Fall 2022

Images of individuals out in the community!

Difference Makers | Mike Simmons

Open Door DSP Mike Simmons leads a fishing trip and talks about what makes a great DSP.

Open Door Stage & Screen Presents: Metamorphosis

Our nature-inspired fashion show featured fabulous runway walks and so much fun!

Fall Exhibitions Ramp Up at Open Door Art Studio

Artists have been busy with several Fall exhibitions

A man in a wheelchair with artwork

It’s been a busy Fall for the artists and staff at Open Door Art Studio & Gallery! Below are a few exhibitions we’ve been involved in:

Accessible Expressions Ohio

In September, the studio hosted Accessible Expressions Ohio, a prestigious statewide exhibition and tour of 2D and 3D art by Ohio artists with disabilities. It’s designed to change perceptions and raise awareness by presenting a show in inclusive settings, like our art studio!

Every year we submit our artists’ work for the Accessible Expressions Ohio exhibition. Hosting this year was a perfect opportunity for the artists we support to not only have their works on display for a large audience but also to meet other artists from around the state that were accepted into the exhibition.

a wall with art on it
a wall with art on it

Accessible Expressions Ohio

In September, the studio hosted Accessible Expressions Ohio, a prestigious statewide exhibition and tour of 2D and 3D art by Ohio artists with disabilities. It’s designed to change perceptions and raise awareness by presenting a show in inclusive settings, like our art studio!

Every year we submit our artists’ work for the Accessible Expressions Ohio exhibition. Hosting this year was a perfect opportunity for the artists we support to not only have their works on display for a large audience but also to meet other artists from around the state that were accepted into the exhibition.

A man in a wheelchair with a piece of art

FANART

The studio’s attention now shifts to their next creative in-house exhibition—FANART!

“Everyone is in full production mode. We are creating, organizing, and cataloguing a ton of artwork,” said Claire Smith, Program Coordinator at Open Door Art Studio & Gallery.

She added, “This exhibition will be huge!”

FANART features works inspired by pop culture icons—everyone from Queen Elizabeth II to New Kids on the Block.

The concept for FANART came from one of our artists, Sara Barton, who recognized that there are a lot of artists at our art studio who like to draw anime and use references from popular movies and TV shows.

Sara is an ultimate anime fan who has been honing her own personal style since she started at the studio and continues to make characters that are uniquely hers.

FANART will feature works from Sara and a wide variety of artists we support, including:

  • Kieran Donovan, who likes to make mashups of characters celebrating holidays
  • Lucas Miller, who creates scenes that incorporate characters from different universes into his own world—including the likes of Harry Potter, Obi wan Kenobi and My Little Pony
  • Mark Henderson, who has put his own personal spin on The Loony Toons crew
  • Drew Dittman, who uses strong linework and bold colors to leave his mark on his favorite animated series, like Angry Birds, Secret Life of Pets, and Indiana Jones

The opening reception for FANART is Saturday, October 8th from 5-7pm! Get free tickets here and check our slideshow with some of the many great works featured in FANART!

This exhibition has been generously sponsored by Leah Ackerman | Cutler Real Estate.

Role Reversal

FANART comes after the recent success of Role Reversal, an exhibition that was curated entirely by Open Door artists and featured artwork created by Open Door staff.

“We loved the concept of this exhibition because it offered an opportunity for our artists to immerse themselves in the behind-the-scenes world of the arts,” said Sean Moore, the studio’s Program Director.

The staff and artists had a conversation about things to look for when curating and what might look good together, including how to group pieces that had similar colors and how to create flow.

Role Reversal

FANART comes after the recent success of Role Reversal, an exhibition that was curated entirely by Open Door artists and featured artwork created by Open Door staff.

“We loved the concept of this exhibition because it offered an opportunity for our artists to immerse themselves in the behind-the-scenes world of the arts,” said Sean Moore, the studio’s Program Director.

The staff and artists had a conversation about things to look for when curating and what might look good together, including how to group pieces that had similar colors and how to create flow.

When the show had been placed, staff and artists went around the studio to measure, mark, and hang the pieces. “Some of the time I thought to myself, ‘I wouldn’t have done it that way, but I liked it better than what I was thinking!’” Claire said.

The artists’ opinions made the show extra special, and their insight and curiosity about the staff’s work made the experience a lot of fun for all the staff.

We’re inspired by the passion and creativity of the artists we support and can’t wait to continue sharing their wonderful pieces with the community!

Meet Our Artists

Check out our artist profiles to see all the amazing work done at Open Door Art Studio & Gallery!

Difference Makers | Mike Simmons

Fishing at Richwood Lake

People fishing

It’s cold, but not too cold. Sweater weather, for sure.

The On the Go (OTG) group from Open Door in Union County is fishing at Richwood Lake on a crisp September morning in west-central Ohio.

The water is calm and serene, with an occasional cool breeze revealing the undeniable fact that the dog days of summer have ended.

Steve, Kenyon, Pam, and Diego are out enjoying the beautiful landscape. Each group member has found their own way of enjoying this experience.

a pond with a few people walking on it
a person sitting on a bench
a man jumping in the air

Steve, a newer member of the group, casts his pole off the dock. He’s probably the most experienced fisherman of the group—he often goes with his brother. Kenyon, an OTG regular, is fishing too. The two are trying a variety of locations around the lake to see where the action is.

Pam isn’t much for fishing, but she’s making the most of the brisk Fall morning by listening to some music from her bench near the water. She likes antiquing and the group makes plans to do some window shopping in Delaware later in the day—an idea that brings a smile to her face.

Diego, like Pam, isn’t interested in fishing, but he’s found his fun with the rocks scattered near the lake. One by one, he’ll take a rock give it a good sidearm fling towards the lake. Plop! The ripples in the lake don’t seem to bother the nearby geese—out in full force this morning—whose audible greetings make sure everyone in earshot is aware of their presence.

a man and a woman standing on a boat with a fishing pole

Mike Simmons, a Direct Support Professional (DSP) with Open Door in Union County, leads the group. Mike came to Open Door in November of 2019, where he helped with transportation at Open Door Art Studio and Career, Activity, & Community (CAC) before starting his current role in Union County.

“Mike is an amazing DSP and is very laid back,” says Victoria Davis, the Program Director for Open Door in Union County. “We enjoy having him!”

Mike typically spends his days coaching individuals we support who work at UCO Industries. He’s proud to have honed his skills over his 37-year career in the field, which began at Goodwill’s residential dormitory.

As Diego’s rocks continue flying toward the lake, Mike reminisces about his roots in Centerburg, Ohio, and what made him want to get into the field. He first became interested in psychology during his youth when he joined a behavioral sciences book club and started reading the work of people like Carl Jung.

While in college at Columbus State, he soon realized that people with advanced degrees typically are in offices pushing paper.

“And they’re not out doing this,” he says with a smile, pointing to the group members enjoying their outdoor experience.

When Mike first started in the field in 1985, things were different. Larger groups of individuals would, in his words, “stick out” and be treated with less dignity and respect. Now, there is an increased level of awareness of individuals with disabilities and people in the community tend to be more accepting. Groups like his now blend in with everyone else.

OTG groups in Union County help individuals to engage with the community in a variety of ways, from attending and participating in community events, enjoying local experiences like the Columbus Zoo, or even simple pleasures like morning fishing trips like this.

Support Group Experiences

You can help the individuals we support enjoy a variety of fun experiences and community events!

a man holding a fishing rod

When they first met, Diego wouldn’t talk to Mike. But they soon discovered a shared connection: both have Native American heritage. Mike learned that Diego loves dancing at pow wows and enjoys watching video clips of others performing these dances that honor their culture.

This soon built trust between the two—and now they talk all the time! Mike hopes to take a group to a weekend pow wow and let Diego introduce his peers to his culture.

Advocating for individuals to be themselves and make their own decisions is why Mike does his job. He says a key idea for newer DSPs to grasp is that you can help folks grow without trying to arrange all the outcomes.

“Don’t think of yourself as a parent who has to provide all solutions,” he says.

No matter what an individual’s situation is, they have a set of values that they live their lives by. The best thing we can do is talk about their options and then let the individual choose what to do next.

Few things get Mike more excited than talking about data. He’s always working to articulate and implement trackable, measurable goals that represent what individuals want and help them reach success, whatever that may look like for them.

He uses words that are concrete and easily understandable rather than vague terms that can be interpreted in a bunch of different ways. The clarity in these goals help staff understand their responsibilities and is an easy way for everyone to track progress.

When they first met, Diego wouldn’t talk to Mike. But they soon discovered a shared connection: both have Native American heritage. Mike learned that Diego loves dancing at pow wows and enjoys watching video clips of others performing these dances that honor their culture.

This soon built trust between the two—and now they talk all the time! Mike hopes to take a group to a weekend pow wow and let Diego introduce his peers to his culture.

Advocating for individuals to be themselves and make their own decisions is why Mike does his job. He says a key idea for newer DSPs to grasp is that you can help folks grow without trying to arrange all the outcomes.

“Don’t think of yourself as a parent who has to provide all solutions,” he says.

No matter what an individual’s situation is, they have a set of values that they live their lives by. The best thing we can do is talk about their options and then let the individual choose what to do next.

Few things get Mike more excited than talking about data. He’s always working to articulate and implement trackable, measurable goals that represent what individuals want and help them reach success, whatever that may look like for them.

He uses words that are concrete and easily understandable rather than vague terms that can be interpreted in a bunch of different ways. The clarity in these goals help staff understand their responsibilities and is an easy way for everyone to track progress.

a man holding a fishing rod

Out of the corner of his eye, Mike spots a great blue heron near the middle of the lake and notifies the group.

“I see it too!” says Pam. “It’s beautiful!”

Kenyon approaches Mike; he’s having a problem with his fishing pole. Mike, who comically refers to himself as ‘not a mechanical expert,’ analyzes the situation. “It’s not the line, it’s the reel,” he concludes.

Unfortunately, the fish don’t seem to be biting this morning. The combination of the cold temperatures and Diego’s rock bombardments probably aren’t helping their efforts. But the lack of fishing success doesn’t matter—the group is having fun and that’s what today is all about.

Steve offers to share his reel with Kenyon for a while before the group decides it’s time for lunch. Mike leads the group back to the van, and the group chats about where they’ll go this afternoon.

A successful morning.

Want to Inspire Life Journeys Like Mike?

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Elijah Thrives at CAC

Community experiences instill confidence and growth

a group of people posing for the camera

Elijah Brown began attending our Career, Activity, & Community (CAC) program in January 2020.

At first, he was very shy, overwhelmed by large crowds, would hide behind the CAC stage, and often refused to eat lunch. He would say very few words and for the most part only communicated with staff.

Elijah’s goal was to become more confident and comfortable around peers, staff, and a new environment. To help him achieve this goal, we offered him a variety of community experiences and smaller staff-to-individual group ratios that didn’t overwhelm him.

people at a fall festival

Because of these changes, Elijah is thriving at CAC!

Now he’s very vocal, communicating to both peers and staff the moment he walks through the door. He’ll walk room-to-room at CAC and have full conversations with most people while waiting for his On the Go (OTG) group experience. He gives everyone hugs, asks how they are doing, and will remember their name.

Some recent successes for Elijah:

  • He now wears his helmet all day when attending his day program, a goal of his that had been difficult in the past.
  • Both staff and his mom have remarked that Elijah has been communicating more effectively this past year.
  • He continues to socialize more every day with his peers and staff.

Elijah enjoys experiences like swimming, basketball, visiting pet stores, checking out different parks around town, going to the movies, and eating at restaurants. Elijah will now tell staff where he wants to eat, will order his food, and even talks with all the restaurant staff! (They love when he visits)

When Elijah is ready to have fun, he’ll say his newest go-to phrase: “I’m gonna turn up!” 😊

Check out the slideshow below of Elijah’s recent experiences that highlight his growth at Open Door!

Career, Activity, and Community

Offering one-on-one and small group adult day support, our program gives individuals with disabilities the opportunity to live their own powerful life story.

Experiences Are Everything | Fall 2022

From the art studio to the garden to events all around Ohio, see what we’ve been up to lately!

a person wearing sunglasses

View our Experiences are Everything photo slideshow below!

Interested in Volunteering?

We’re looking for great people who want to share their time and their talents with the individuals we support!

Open Door Stage & Screen Presents: Metamorphosis

Nature-inspired show is another step forward for theater program

A woman walks down a runway

With one week to showtime, the smiling performers of Open Door Stage & Screen were donning their beautiful nature-inspired hats and practicing different walks, poses, and runway struts.

Kristin Skamfer
Kieran Donovan
Candace Busch
Peter Crawford

During the lead up to show night, Cary Johnston, the program’s director, had been keeping a secret.

“We’re saving all of the outfits for the performance,” Cary said. She kept the garments from the public eye because, in her view, the audience needed to be wowed on show night.

Keeping things under wraps proved to be worth the wait. The Metamorphosis fashion show on September 23rd featured runway walks, a stage lined with flowers, and a rising moon with two large moth and butterfly fabric creations draped on either side.

One by one, individuals came down the runway in fabric they selected, an outfit they helped design, and to music they chose.

Tommi Lee closed the show in her white moth with embroidered sleeves, walking to Beyonce’s “Halo.” It was a powerful, theatrical performance that moved the audience.

The show was, in a word, fabulous! Not only was the stage set-up phenomenal, but the group finally got to use new lighting thanks in large part to the efforts of a new staff member, Tony Florentino, and a volunteer, Keith Porter, who happens to be an engineer by trade.

Check out our slideshow recap featuring backstage photos and highlights from the performance!

A woman posing and smiling

Individuals participating in our Open Door Stage & Screen program are always learning new things. For this performance, they focused on helping to sew and embroider their own outfits—a collection of beautiful moth, butterfly, and bird-inspired wings and capes—which were on full display for the audience.

“My favorite part was prior to the show, hearing the individuals explain why they were inspired to make what they were wearing,” said Becky Sharp, Open Door’s Chief Executive Director. “One individual came up to me and said, ‘This is the best day ever!’ And they felt that way because they enjoyed participating in the entire production.”

On the night of the performance, the lobby was devoted to volunteer Winnie Xing, whose original dress idea served as inspiration for the show.

Individuals participating in our Open Door Stage & Screen program are always learning new things. For this performance, they focused on helping to sew and embroider their own outfits—a collection of beautiful moth, butterfly, and bird-inspired wings and capes—which were on full display for the audience.

“My favorite part was prior to the show, hearing the individuals explain why they were inspired to make what they were wearing,” said Becky Sharp, Open Door’s Chief Executive Director. “One individual came up to me and said, ‘This is the best day ever!’ And they felt that way because they enjoyed participating in the entire production.”

On the night of the performance, the lobby was devoted to volunteer Winnie Xing, whose original dress idea served as inspiration for the show.

A woman posing and smiling

Artwork was also a big part of the show. Performers picked their own inspiration and went for it—the only parameter was to do something inspired by butterflies, moths, or birds. The result was a hallway lined with many one-of-a-kind pieces that added light to the building and also helped bring in donations to support the program.

The impact of these kinds of donations can make a world of difference: new sewing machines, scissors, thread, and tables will go a long way in providing a rewarding experience for the individuals we support.

The group is already excited to start working on their next performance, Mystery at the Snowball Inn, a mystery/comedy show premiering December 9th, which is sure to entertain! We can’t wait to see it!

Support Theatrical Performances

Consider making a donation to support the awesome creative experiences from Open Door Stage & Screen!

A Conversation with Becky | Planning for Success

New ideas to inspire life journeys!

People excited to be at a festival
a person smiling for the camera

At Open Door, we’re always trying new things to help carry out our mission of inspiring life journeys. Whether that’s creating new programs, welcoming new board members, or implementing new ideas from the people we support, we understand that change is constant—and we’re always looking for ways to improve.

In each edition of our newsletter, we’ll have a conversation with Becky Sharp, Chief Executive Director of Open Door, who will share her thoughts on the progress our organization is making in a variety of areas.

In this edition, she talks with Andrew Stinson, Marketing Coordinator at Open Door, about the success of the DSP U program, our two newest board members, and how the individuals we support are shaping our strategic goals for 2023.

At Open Door, we’re always trying new things to help carry out our mission of inspiring life journeys. Whether that’s creating new programs, welcoming new board members, or implementing new ideas from the people we support, we understand that change is constant—and we’re always looking for ways to improve.

In each edition of our newsletter, we’ll have a conversation with Becky Sharp, Chief Executive Director of Open Door, who will share her thoughts on the progress our organization is making in a variety of areas.

In this edition, she talks with Andrew Stinson, Marketing Coordinator at Open Door, about the success of the DSP U program, our two newest board members, and how the individuals we support are shaping our strategic goals for 2023.

a person smiling for the camera

Andrew: DSP Day this year was a big success, despite the weather changing up our plans! What were your thoughts on the day?

Becky: Yes, one thing I was most impressed by was the resilience of our staff to bring many of the elements inside and keep everything running smoothly despite the rain in the forecast. People enjoyed the Let’s Make A Deal game and all the prizes! We had a lot of positive feedback from community members and families. All the individuals that came from Park West had a great time, and said it was the best event ever! While we wish the weather would have cooperated, I think folks enjoyed the event.

(Check out our DSP Day Slideshow below!)

Andrew: Tell me a little bit about the DSP U program, and how it’s been successful for the individuals we support.

Becky: Sure, we’re working with Franklin Heights High School in the DSP U program, which is run through the Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (OADSP). Students learn through hands-on work and earn badges for things that they do to create positive outcomes for individuals. They get the basic training needed to work in the field, including CPR. Our students are assigned to Park West, where they come on-site every day to help with recreational and therapy activities with the individuals. This is part of the school day for these students—the bus brings them to and from school each day.

a group of women sitting at a table with a red tablecloth

We have four students—Eva Marcum, Aicha Thiam, Jasmine Thornton, and Beyonca Wright. They’ve been great! They create activities for the individuals, get equipment and supplies, and make it fun. They also attended the recent OADSP event at Scene 75. Their teacher, Mr. Huber, said that the students have come back with lots of great stories from their experience here, and they want to work in the field! That’s the whole mission of the program, so it’s going well!

Andrew: We have two new board members: Tina Pollock and Cody Myers! They each bring a unique skillset to the board.

Becky: Yes, Tina works in the field of mental health, so she does a lot of psychiatric services for folks. She also brings with her a new idea of healthcare services that are outside of our realm and brings expertise of working with nonprofits. She’s very enthusiastic and we’re happy to have her!

Cody works as an attorney for Kegler, Brown, Hill + Ritter, specifically in nonprofit governance, which certainly applies to us! He assisted with our bylaw revisions and most recently has worked with us on exploring copyright and licensing options for our theater program, Open Door Stage & Screen.

a woman smiling for the camera
a man smiling for the picture

Andrew: I know we’re currently working on strategic planning for next year and the individuals we support have played an important role in our approach. Can you talk a little bit about that?

Becky: I like talking about this because it’s been the highlight of our strategic planning process this year! As usual, we met with stakeholders, did surveys, and got lots of feedback. We did two separate sessions for individual and family feedback and used a lot of pictures throughout the meetings so that everyone was able to participate even if they couldn’t read the words.

Andrew: What did the individuals prioritize during their meeting?

Becky: It was enlightening because they came with a list of things that were important to them, and everyone in the room provided input. In their words, what we do well includes: assisting with going on trips, having ‘the best staff in the world’ as they put it, helping them plan for and deal with issues, and providing the opportunity to meet with people through our Advocacy Group.

We also asked what things we can do better. One thing is communication can be better, including having our scheduling department connect directly to the individuals we support instead of through our staff. We’d like to set up a new volunteer page on our website that matches a potential volunteer with activities the individuals are interested in doing and learning more about. For example, we have some folks who are interested in computers, and they want a volunteer who is interested in that subject to come help with that.

The individuals also want to host a variety of different in-person and virtual clubs, including audiobook club, a coffee club, and a cooking class once a week where individuals can take turns hosting. Other topics discussed included more weekend opportunities for events both at our facilities and out in the community, and the need for individuals to learn more ways to use technology to connect with others. And that’s just some of the things they came up with!

(Check out our slideshow from a recent Open Door Advocacy Group meeting!)

Andrew: Wow, that’s a lot of great ideas. Which individuals were involved in coming up with these?

Becky: We had 23 individuals that attended the Advocacy Committee. We met with people representing all divisions of Open Door, including Park West, Supported Community Living, Career Activity Community, Open Door in Union County, and Open Door Art Studio and Open Door Stage & Screen.

Andrew: And all these ideas will go into the strategic planning for 2023. When will the plans be finalized?

Becky: Hopefully by November 1st. We’re currently typing up all the detailed feedback and then we’ll digitize it in a document that makes sense to share. And then the idea would be to have the overarching categories posted on our website, so people can see them and hold us accountable. We’re so excited to finalize our plans for 2023 and can’t wait to share our goals with everyone!

The Best Donut Shop in Town?

Six donut shops reviewed by our group of dessert lovers at CAC!

Three people at a donut shop

One of our On The Go (OTG) groups at CAC decided to do a donut comparison! They tried donuts from six different area donut shops and based their reviews on price, cleanliness and friendliness of each establishment, and taste of the donuts and drinks.

Individuals involved were Gilly, Sara, Marcie, Jojo, and staff member Kelli. They used a thumbs-up (👍) rating system, 1 being the worst and 5 being the best. Here were their findings:

Jolly Pirate (Grove City)

Price: 👍👍👍 Not too bad considering everything that we purchased!

Cleanliness and Friendliness: 👍👍👍👍 The place was clean and the staff were friendly. They were very nice and accommodating considering how busy they were.

Taste/Quality: 👍👍👍 They were good, but not quite what they used to be.

 

Dunkin

Price: 👍👍👍👍. Worth the money!

Cleanliness and Friendliness: 👍👍👍 Staff were not overly friendly but were patient. Restaurant was clean.

Taste/Quality: 👍👍 Some folks thought they were better than Jolly Pirate, but Sara said their hot chocolate was awful.

people at a donut shop
people at a donut shop

Tim Hortons

Price: 👍👍👍👍 Good prices!

Cleanliness and Friendliness: 👍👍👍👍 Staff were nice and restaurant was clean.

Taste/Quality: 👍👍👍👍 A solid rating for both food and drink. Only complaint was too much glaze.

Tim Hortons

Price: 👍👍👍👍 Good prices!

Cleanliness and Friendliness: 👍👍👍👍 Staff were nice and restaurant was clean.

Taste/Quality: 👍👍👍👍 A solid rating for both food and drink. Only complaint was too much glaze.

people at a donut shop

Der Dutchman (Plain City)

Price: 👍👍👍👍👍 Definitely the best in the price department!

Cleanliness and Friendliness: 👍👍👍👍👍 This place was busy, but it did not keep the staff from being very nice, even in the gift shop! And so clean!

Taste/Quality: 👍👍👍👍.5 (4.5) The fresh donuts are huge and full of cream or custard or jelly! Gilly thought her donut was too full. She had to eat it with a fork. But she said it was delicious!

Amy’s Donuts (Georgesville Rd.)

Price: 👍👍 They are pretty pricey, and don’t have specialty coffees. Just regular. They have a decent variety of cold drinks.

Cleanliness and Friendliness: 👍👍👍👍👍 The restaurant was clean and we liked how it was decorated! Also, the staff were very nice to us!

Taste/Quality: 👍👍👍👍 The donuts were very good with many different special varieties.

a woman sitting at a donut shop

Last was Krispy Kreme (👎)

Price: 👍👍👍

Cleanliness and Friendliness: 👎👎👎 The staff were not very friendly and the place was dirty. And we had to sit at separate tables because they were having a staff meeting and taking up the only tables where we could have sat together. What a disappointment!

Taste/Quality: 👍 The donuts were ok but not big and very sweet.

 

So according to our group, Der Dutchman was the big winner! Great donuts, great value, great service and cleanliness! It was a little out of the way but really worth it for great donuts, pastries, and baked goods! We suggest you try them! Enjoy! 🍩🍪🍰🥧☕️🥛😋

Upcoming Events at Open Door:

Halloween Party

Join us for our annual Halloween Party on October 25th from 4:30pm – 7:30pm!

This family-friendly event will feature:

  • Trunk-or-Treat courtesy of Open Door administrative and program staff
  • Unlimited hayrides on our wheelchair-accessible trailer
  • and a spooky trip through our haunted walkway!

We hope to see you there!

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Halloween Party

Join us for our annual Halloween Party on October 25th from 4:30pm – 7:30pm!

This family-friendly event will feature:

  • Trunk-or-Treat courtesy of Open Door administrative and program staff
  • Unlimited hayrides on our wheelchair-accessible trailer
  • and a spooky trip through our haunted walkway!

We hope to see you there!

Tactile

Who says you can’t touch art? Not our artists, that’s for sure!

Join Open Door Art Studio & Gallery for Tactile, an immersive exhibition that broadens the horizons of how we experience art. Working with Dayton-based artist, illustrator, and teacher, Ginny Baughman, our artists have created a collection of assemblage art installations – all of which are touch-friendly – and then worked together to construct a large-scale collaborative piece. All works on display offer a unique experience, allowing visitors to “see” art through touch.

Opening Reception: November 12, 2022 from 5 –7pm
Exhibition on View: November 5 – December 2, 2022

Want a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this exhibition? Visit our studio and see the creative process in action! Ginny will be hosting workshops for our artists from October 24th through October 28th, 2022. Be sure to contact the studio or check out our social media for exact times!

This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest GIG Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Ohio Arts Council.

a sign on a wall
a sign on a wall

Tactile

Who says you can’t touch art? Not our artists, that’s for sure!

Join Open Door Art Studio & Gallery for Tactile, an immersive exhibition that broadens the horizons of how we experience art. Working with Dayton-based artist, illustrator, and teacher, Ginny Baughman, our artists have created a collection of assemblage art installations – all of which are touch-friendly – and then worked together to construct a large-scale collaborative piece. All works on display offer a unique experience, allowing visitors to “see” art through touch.

Opening Reception: November 12, 2022 from 5 –7pm
Exhibition on View: November 5 – December 2, 2022

Want a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this exhibition? Visit our studio and see the creative process in action! Ginny will be hosting workshops for our artists from October 24th through October 28th, 2022. Be sure to contact the studio or check out our social media for exact times!

This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest GIG Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Ohio Arts Council.

Mystery at the Snowball Inn

It’s Christmas time and all the guests are checked in – but not all of them will check out!

Join us for this exciting, and funny, whodunit set in an English countryside inn!

Shows dates will be:

  • Friday, December 9th from 6-7pm
  • Friday, December 16th from 6-7pm

Click here to get your tickets now!

a collage of a house
Mystery at the Snowball Inn

Mystery at the Snowball Inn

It’s Christmas time and all the guests are checked in – but not all of them will check out!

Join us for this exciting, and funny, whodunit set in an English countryside inn!

Shows dates will be:

  • Friday, December 9th from 6-7pm
  • Friday, December 16th from 6-7pm

Click here to get your tickets now!

Earth, Air, Fire, Water

Open Door is going elemental! Whether you’re grounded like the earth, anyway the wind blows, hot like fire, or flow like water, this exhibition will have you feeling the interconnection of the cosmos!

Opening Reception: December 10th from 5pm to 7pm

Exhibition on Display: December 10th to December 30th

Earth, Air, Fire, Water
Earth, Air, Fire, Water

Earth, Air, Fire, Water

Open Door is going elemental! Whether you’re grounded like the earth, anyway the wind blows, hot like fire, or flow like water, this exhibition will have you feeling the interconnection of the cosmos!

Opening Reception: December 10th from 5pm to 7pm

Exhibition on Display: December 10th to December 30th

An Ode to the Times

Fall weather...
A request from all Ohioans
Refs in fantasy leagues
We all know the feeling!
Inspire Life Journeys!

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