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InsideOut Studio artists place among Top 5 at statewide exhibit celebrating developmental and intellectual diversity

Three artists from Hamilton’s InsideOut Studio placed in the Top Five in the 2020 Art & Soul exhibition. Awards were announced during an online ceremony on Saturday, April 18.

The annual Art & Soul exhibition celebrates developmentally and intellectually diverse artists from across Ohio. Professional artists choose the works featured in the juried exhibit.

Icy Drape, fused glass by Melissa Talley

Melissa Talley of Hamilton took second place in the competition for “Icy Drape,” a fused glass piece with a mosaic pattern. Melissa enjoys working in other media including clay, mosaic tile, acrylics, and watercolors.

Full of Hearts, acrylic on canvas by Brett Garrett

Brett Garrett of Hamilton placed third with “Full of Hearts,” an acrylic on canvas. Brett is known for his sense of color and how he uses it to reflect his playful personality.

Party People Planter, a ceramic work by Steve Gall

Steve Gall of Middletown placed fifth in the exhibition with “Party People Planter,” an original ceramic piece. Judges liked the functionality and how the decoration evoked thoughts of childhood memories. Steve loves to draw whimsical characters based on his observations of the world around him. He often has pencils and paper ready to create when inspiration strikes.

Art & Soul moved its exhibition and awards ceremony online this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is one of the few exhibits dedicated to artists living with developmental disabilities in all of Ohio. The annual exhibition is organized by Toward Independence and Partners for Community Living.

A total of nine artists from InsideOut Studio were selected for the 2020 exhibition, making up 11 of the 45 featured works. Other featured artists include Jason Braun, Allison Davis, Daniel Heath, Kathleen Honeycutt, Jody Mann, and Josephine Shell.


InsideOut Studio employs about 50 local artists who work out of the studio located at 140 High Street in Hamilton. Artists earn 50% commission on art sold at the adjoining boutique gallery, which is currently closed to the public due to the coronavirus. A special online store was launched so artists could continue earning income while the gallery is closed.

InsideOut Studio is a social enterprise of Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati, providing opportunities for adults with disabilities to have a professional outlet to create, market, and earn income from art. It was conceived by a team of staff from the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities in 2006, which remains a major partner in the success of the program.

For more information about InsideOut Studio, visit InsideOutStudioArt.com or contact Kim Neal, retail and marketing manager, at 513-857-5658 or kneal@eastersealsgc.org.

Watch the Art & Soul Award Ceremony

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