Beavercreek artists invite public to Open Studios tour
Art is in the air in Beavercreek as 14 artists working in eight studios once again will open their doors to visitors who want to see artwork at its source. The Open Studios of Beavercreek's annual fall art show, sale and scenic drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13, 14 and 15.
Visit openstudiosof Beavercreek.com to download a map and see examples of each artist's work.
Artists participating this year include: Laura Bailey, Morgen Barrett, Becky Buchanan, Krista Cary, Casey Caruso, Ben Dye, Bunny Lewis, Darla Lynn, Jerry Myra, Janel Pahl, Blenda Tyvoll, Jude Welter, Marilyn Woods and Diane Wright.
Darla Lynn, mosaics
Lynn has participated in the Open Studios of Beavercreek since 2013 and loves it for its relaxed atmosphere and gorgeous countryside.
"I really get the chance to connect with the folks touring the studios. It's a much more intimate setting than a regular art show," she said.
"I enjoy pulling back the curtain, so to speak, and showing people some of the nuts and bolts of how I create the art. Also, there are some really talented artists that participate, and I am honored to be among them."
Lynn will work out of Morgen Barrett's studio at 17612 Holly Lane in Oregon City, and will demonstrate pique assiette mosaics, which entail using cut-up plates, cups and bowls glued to a base piece and grouted.
Her pieces display an abundant use of texture and color, and all make use of recycled materials.
"My plan is to be creating Christmas trees using green pottery, beads, glass gems and recycled stained glass. Folks who stop by can help me break a plate or a cup," Lynn said.
During the open studios event, she will have glass-on-glass mosaics for sale, along with bottle windows, Christmas ornaments and Christmas-themed art pieces.
"Right now, I'm finishing up a new 'Potions and Spells' piece that is going to be spectacular. The frame is a recycled window that I painted purple," Lynn said.
"It will have small bottles and vases with stoppers that are cut in half, and I put colored glass behind so it looks like colored liquid inside the containers. The glass in the background is varying shades of purples and it will be grouted."
People should attend the event to see "amazingly talented artists with beautiful, alluring studios and delightful artwork," Lynn said.
"A spectacular drive through the autumn foliage and sparkling repartee with talented, experienced artists. And refreshments! What's not to love?"
Visit treasuremosaics.com for more information about Darla Lynn.
Janel Pahl, encaustic, paper collage and photography
In the past 30 years, Pahl, a master photographer and photography teacher, has traveled the world photographing the beauty of the Earth. Recently, she extended her creative passion to several new artforms, including collage and encaustic. These reflect her love of nature in a pure, simple, artistic form.
"Being in nature stirs my soul. In most of my artwork, the theme is related to nature, whether it's a bird, flower or an aspen wood. I bring the outdoors inside," she said.
This is Pahl's first time as a participating artist with the open studios event, and she is most looking forward to meeting people and welcoming them into her studio at 22220 S. Leslie Ave., in Beavercreek.
Pahl will be working in her studio on encaustic, which is a medium that uses beeswax and damar resin (from trees). It is a process of layering melted wax, with each layer being fused with a blow torch.
She will be selling encaustic originals from 5-by-7-inch pieces to larger ones. Paper collage originals, photographs, giclee prints and notecards also will be available.
"I think the hands-on work that I'll be doing is always so very interesting. It is a medium that most people have never even heard of. My home will be warm and cozy, filled with beautiful art. I will also have homemade cookies available," Pahl said.
Her daughter, Casey Caruso, also will be set up in the studio "with her exquisite bird paintings presented in a very original and creative way," Pahl said.
"Having this be a mother-daughter event is very special indeed. I think our art brings a freshness to the art world. We'll have something for everyone, including small notecards to large originals."
Visit janelpahlart.com and caseyruthcaruso.com to learn more about this mother-daughter team.
What: The Open Studios of Beavercreek, featuring 14 artists in eight studios
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Oct. 13, 14 and 15
Where: Visit openstudiosofbeavercreek.weebly.com to download a free map to all studios