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Greeting Open Door Art Studio Fans!

Summer is here! The construction at the new location (1050 Goodale Blvd.) is well underway and we are now predicting the big move will occur in July. Look for a more exact date in the July newsletter.  Other than gearing up for the move, Open Door is looking forward to several summer arts festivals and lots of new opportunities at the new location. We will be bidding a bittersweet goodbye to Sarah, a fantastic intern from Columbus School for Girls who is gearing up for graduation!  We are also super excited for Courtney, the studio director. She will be participating in the Columbus Arts Festival this month and her wedding in 2012.  Congratulations Courtney x 2!!!
Brenda's Painting
"Bunny All Over"
Brenda Blankenship

Brenda Blankenship enters the studio with a smile, a colorful outfit and her delightful, soprano voice warmly greeting everyone.  Originally from West Virginia, Brenda has spent much of her life in central Ohio where she now resides.  She is a talented artist and works mainly as an illustrator and painter, although she has been known to dabble in collage and sculpture.  She describes her own work as "cartoon-y" and is fearless in her selection of colors, much like her wardrobe.  She loves creating portraits of people, adding in small details that others might overlook.  It is this attention to detail that makes her caricatures so fun. 

Brenda at Open Door
Brenda at the studio


Brenda is the proud mother of two sons and they motivate her to keep making art.  About creating art Brenda says, "I am not so uptight when I paint.  I put all my feelings in my art."  Brenda has been creating art for over twenty years and continues to be inspired by her favorite artist, Vincent Van Gogh, and favorite author, Edgar Allen Poe.  In her spare time Brenda can often be found reading poetry or watching one of her favorite classic horror movies, especially Dracula.  She also loves to shop and is always on the hunt for new accessories for her colorful outfits.  Brenda dreams of one day having her incredible artwork on display in a museum.  We certainly wish her luck!


Sarah at the studio
Sarah Accountius

Sarah Accountius is currently a senior at Columbus School for Girls. Sarah has been interning with us during the month of May.  She chose Open Door as her location for her senior project because she had heard about the awesome people and the fun nature of the studio. Sarah has studied photography, ceramics, sculpture and painting and has a strong passion for the arts. So far, her favorite thing about Open Door is working with the studio artists. She enjoys it because they show her a new perspective on their artwork that, as an observer, she hadn't seen before.

In the fall, Sarah will attend Ohio Wesleyan and plans to study engineering. The creative and design processes are both strengths for Sarah.  She spends her spare time studying religion and enjoying her last few months before leaving for college. Open Door has taught her a lot.  She says "Open Door gave me the chance to really appreciate all types of art because I had the chance to see how it is created."  Thank you so much Sarah for your hard work and enthusiasm!  Best of luck at college!


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What:  The Columbus Arts Festival

When:  June 3, 4, & 5

Where: Columbus' Discovery District

Cost:  FREE!


The Columbus Arts Festival will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2011. Columbus' Discovery District will transform into a stunning, outdoor art gallery as the nation's top artists display their work and attract art enthusiasts from all over the country.  This fantastic event, organized by the Greater Columbus Arts Council, began an exciting new Emerging Artists program this year.  This program aids emerging, local artists to enter the highly competitive festival.  Open Door's own studio director, Courtney Yoakum, is proud to be among the emerging artists selected for this year's festival!  If you are free that weekend please stop by to support Courtney and the many other amazing artists that are participating in the festival.  It is sure to be a fun weekend!


Open Door is Collecting Plastic Bottle Caps and Lids 

The hard plastic caps on most bottles are not recyclable.  They are a great material for art, however, and Open Door will be accepting donations of these kinds of lids indefinitely.  Any size, shape and color will do and the more the better!  Water bottles, liters of soda, laundry detergent, and milk jugs are just a few of the many sources that are already in your home.  So please start stashing away those little plastic gems and on your next visit to Open Door to see some great art unload those caps.  Reduce the amount going into landfills and support a local non-profit with supplies.  What more could you want really?


Thanks in advance for saving those lids!


Thank you so much for your continued support of the studio and the amazing people who create here.


Open Door Art Studio Team

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