We are very excited to announce our Community Studio program! Community Studio is a free art program for all ages held in our Barn Studio at the Empower Youth Ranch (2800 State Rt. 125, Bethel, OH 45106). We kick things off this coming Monday, July, 17th at 10 am. See our summer schedule below!

As part of SOIL SERIES: A Social Drawing, we are working to build a safe space for exploring new ideas in the heart of Bethel. Our Community Studios offer a dedicated time and place for creativity, as well as guided activities and prompts. Led by SOIL SERIES artists, Community Studio will invite participants to broaden their definition of art and follow new pathways of thinking and making.

If you or your child would like to participate, or you have any questions, please contact us at soilseriesbethel@gmail.com.


COMMUNITY STUDIO: DRAWING – Led by Francesca Fiore and Hillary Wagner

Mondays starting July 17th from 10 am – 12 pm

  • What is a drawing? In COMMUNITY STUDIO: DRAWING we will consider this question as we discover new materials and methods for making drawings. All ages are welcome! No experience required!


COMMUNITY STUDIO: “A Million Ways to Make a Poem” – Led by Matthew Kosinski

Tuesdays starting July 18th from 6 pm – 7:30 pm (no workshop July 25th)

  • Explore the many possibilities for poetry with poet Matthew Kosinski! Each session will focus on a new way of thinking about poetry. *Ages 13 and up* No experience required!



Wednesdays starting July 19th from 10 am – 12 pm

  • Do you love to make things with your hands? Experience the physical side of artmaking with sculptor Hillary Wagner. All ages are welcome! No experience required! 


COMMUNITY STUDIO: OPEN STUDIOS – Thursdays starting July 20th from 10 am – 6 pm

  • Bring your ideas and your imagination with you to the EY Ranch on Thursdays. Francesca and Hillary will be there every Thursday to oversee a time of free, self-directing art making. We will be available to talk about art and help bring your ideas to life!  All are welcome! 

We can’t wait to get started!

Posted by:SOIL SERIES: A Social Drawing

SOIL SERIES: A Social Drawing was a process of serial socially engaged research facilitated by artists Francesca Fiore and Hillary Wagner in collaboration with the rural community of Bethel in Appalachian Ohio. From 2017 to 2019 SOIL SERIES took many forms including conversations, public programs, projects, and collective imagining. A drawing in the most expansive sense, SOIL SERIES was an exercise in relational mark-making. By creating the conditions for new conversations and possibilities around artmaking, the public, and social imagination, SOIL SERIES proposed social drawing as the generative engine for community-initiated action.

One thought on “Community Studio Program

  1. Do you have a potter involved with your workshop. I grew up in Bethel , but now live in Batavia and am willing to get involved. If you could give me some information that would be great. Thanks, Mollie


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