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Open Door Art Studio Gears Up for a Great New Year

Open Door Art Studio & Gallery

This article is included in our Winter 2022 newsletter. Click here to view the entire newsletter!

New Exhibition Lineup Has Everyone Excited

Certainly, 2021 came with some challenges for all of us! However, Open Door Art Studio and our artists have persevered—and we have plenty to be proud of.

First and foremost, we were proud to continue providing our artists with safe, quality programming and community opportunities. Going beyond that, the past year also brought us some amazing moments that we’ll never forget, including our July opening reception of “This Inspired That.”

It was our studio’s first in-person reception since being shut down, and everyone was so excited to be able to see the creative works in the studio again! We secured an exclusive partnership with Blockfort Gallery and Studios for this exhibition; it was so great to have their artists create response pieces to selected works created by our artists. All the Blockfort folks were also able to attend the reception, meet our artists, and help us welcome the community back!

“You sometimes don’t realize how much social interaction is needed until it is taken away,” said Sean Moore, Program Director of Open Door Art Studio & Gallery.

Our art studio is not resting on its laurels—there are some big ideas ahead for 2022! We always strive to connect with the art community at large and this year we would love to start a program for local artists to submit proposals for solo or group exhibitions in our space. We would love for our artists to have the opportunity to see the proposal process firsthand, and even serve as jurors during selection. We are also in the process of constructing a little library that we hope to fill with art-related books. We love the idea of having our neighbors utilize this resource as a creative exchange!

And…our 2022 exhibition calendar is set!

“This year, we really wanted to give our artists opportunities to explore new subject matters and forms of art making,” said Sean. One exhibition that everyone is excited for is “InterWoven.” It will be our first ever solely textile exhibition. We had a community artist who specializes in textiles and fabrics lead a creative workshop for our artists. The response was great, and the resulting works were unlike anything we’ve seen in the studio before!

Another exhibition that we are always excited for is “This Inspired That.” It will be our *eleventh* year hosting this exhibition and we are so excited to announce this year’s partnering organization…so stay tuned for that!

See our full 2022 exhibition schedule below and be sure to mark your calendars!

InterWoven

February 12, 2022 – March 4, 2022

Wrap yourself up in an exhibition of tactile textiles! Open Door artists have stitched out of their comfort zones for our first-ever solely textile-based show. With embroidery, felting, weaving, and more, these handmade pieces are not to be missed!

InterWoven

This Inspired That

April 9, 2022 – May 6, 2022

Join us for our annual “This Inspired That” exhibition, where inspiration leads to innovation! With community-based artists drawing from the works of Open Door artists to produce brand new pieces, this exhibition is truly the pinnacle of creative collaboration.

This Inspired That

Love is a Rainbow

June 11, 2022 – July 1, 2022

Open Door artists are proud to present an exhibition celebrating love! Coinciding with Pride Month, shantay and stay for collection of works that inclusively are loud and proud!

Love is a Rainbow

Role Reversal

August 13, 2022 – September 2, 2022

Join us for “Role Reversal,” an exhibition curated by Open Door artists and featuring artworks created by Open Door staff. Can the staff of Open Door put their money where their mouth is and create an exhibition worth of artwork? One thing’s for sure – the Open Door artists won’t let us not!

Role Reversal

FANART

October 8, 2022 – November 4, 2022

Brian Kesinger, of Walt Disney Animation Studios said, “Push the boundaries! Fan art isn’t about rules. It’s about expressing yourself.” Open Door artists are doing just that, while fanning-out and paying homage to their favorite pop culture characters!

FANART

Earth, Air, Fire, Water

December 10, 2022 – December 30, 2022

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!

Earth, Air, Fire, Water

Do you have an interest in the arts and helping others? Open Door Art Studio is always looking for dedicated volunteers! Click here to learn more and sign up!

Open Door

Open Door is a Columbus-based nonprofit provider for individuals with developmental disabilities. Our mission and vision are to inspire life journeys and cultivate valued roles for all people. What door can we open for you?

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