Shared Lives Studio artist is part of “Spotlight” exhibit at the Governor’s Mansion


Exhibit at Governor’s Residence Celebrates Ohio Artists with Disabilities

Ohio First Lady Karen W. Kasich, along with artists and other special guests from across the state, recently celebrated the winter installment of Spotlight: Featured Artists at the Ohio Governor’s Residence. The works of more than a dozen talented artists with developmental disabilities are on exhibit at the Governor’s Residence in Bexley through the month of May.

“Just as art is diverse and multifaceted, so too are those who create it,” said Mrs. Kasich. “The artists we recognize today have been gifted with a great ability through which they share their unique views and perspectives with us,” said Mrs. Kasich. “The pieces on exhibit at the Residence are beautiful, hope-filled, and inspiring.”

Mrs. Kasich was moved to create the “Spotlight” program as a way to help promote the wealth of artistic talent in Ohio. The program, developed in partnership with the Ohio Arts Council and launched in September 2013, highlights the works of one or more selected Ohio artists each quarter at the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden.

The winter 2017 Spotlight exhibit offers an eclectic collection of art from seven studios and organizations that work with Ohio artists who have intellectual or physical disabilities. The artworks range from thought-provoking abstract and traditional paintings to whimsical three-dimensional pieces.

“My husband and I appreciate the many art studios in our state that provide supportive environments for Ohioans with disabilities to creatively express themselves while gaining confidence in their skills and abilities,” said the First Lady.

Schedule a visit to the Governor’s Residence to see this exceptional exhibition and the works of other Ohio artists on display by calling (614) 644-7644 or go online to

Learn more about the Spotlight program and other initiatives of First Lady Karen W. Kasich at Ohio artists interested in the Spotlight program should contact Ken Emerick, with the Ohio Arts Council at

EDITOR’S NOTE: A list of the artists and their art affiliations is listed below.

Studios and artists participating in the Winter 2017 Spotlight: Featured Artists

at the Ohio Governor’s Residence

Goodwill Art Studio & Gallery in Franklin County

Betty Angel, Nick Carver, Tony Hoover, Jeff Meadows, Elaine Russell, Jason Wilson

InsideOut Studio in Butler County:

Brett Garrett, Mark Hodges, Alicia Jones

Open Door Art Studio in Franklin County:

Rex Lynch, Sharese Spencer

Passion Works Studio in Athens County:

Derek Boals, Scott Brooks, Alexis Rinehart, Anna F.

Shared Lives Studio on Lucas County:

Elise Wagner and several anonymous artists

St. Joseph Home in Hamilton County:

Sarah Drechsler

Summit County DD Board in Summit County:

Grant Bowen, Amanda Branham, Carl Loftin