InsideOut Studio in downtown Hamilton welcomed artists back to the studio on Monday, June 1 with new protections in place to limit the spread of coronavirus and other germs. This marked the first time the artists have had the opportunity to return to the studio since mid-March when it closed in compliance with Ohio’s Stay-at-Home orders.
“The studio is like a second home for our artists, so they are very excited to see their friends and start creating again,” said Retail and Marketing Manager Kim Neal Davis. “We have put a lot of work into rethinking the studio space so the artists can express themselves creatively while also maintaining a safe, healthy environment.”
New safety protocols in place at InsideOut include limiting daily attendance to seven artists and three staff members. Artists and staff will complete health screenings each day and participate in frequent handwashing breaks. Artist creative stations will be separated by at least six feet with all surfaces and artist tools sanitized at the end of the day.
InsideOut employs about 50 developmentally and intellectually diverse artists as a social enterprise of Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati. It was conceived by staff at the Butler County Board of Disabilities in 2006 as an outlet for artists with disabilities to create, market, and earn income from art. Both agencies worked collaboratively on the studio reopening plan, along with officials from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.
Artists receive 50% commission on all of their art sold in the adjoining boutique and online store. The boutique reopened to customers on May 12 with a new store layout and displays. Customers will not be able to tour the artist studio and are asked to wear face coverings as an additional measure to protect the health of artists and staff.
The artists working at InsideOut create art in a variety of media, including glass, clay, paint-on-canvas, and more. The store has recently expanded partnerships with other Hamilton businesses to produce complementary products such as soap dishes for Lahvdah, candle holders for Petals & Wicks, and even beer steins for Municipal Brew Works.
“We’ve been closed for more than two months, so the artists have a lot of commissioned work that they’ll be able to get started on,” Neal Davis said. “The support we’ve received from local businesses, the Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, and our customers during this closure means so much to us and reinforces what a great community we are part of.”
InsideOut Studio is located at 140 High Street in Hamilton. For more information about InsideOut Studio, including commissioning pieces for your home or business, visit InsideOutStudioArt.com or contact Kim Neal Davis, retail and marketing manager, at 513-857-5658 or email@example.com.