Last Saturday we officially kicked off Community Studio Saturdays at the Empower Youth Ranch (2800 State Rt. 125, Bethel, OH 45106).

Although it was a dreary day, we stayed in the comfort of the Barn Studio and talked about field drawings and The Drawing Center’s recent exhibition: Exploratory Works: Drawings from the Department of Tropical Research Field Expeditions. To learn more about this lesson and to view examples of the kinds of projects we make in Community Studios, check out our most recent blog post: Community Studio: Week 4 Highlights.


About Community Studio

Community Studio is a free art program for all ages held in the Barn Studio at the Empower Youth Ranch (2800 State Rt. 125, Bethel, OH 45106).

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



COMMUNITY STUDIO SATURDAYS – Led by Francesca Fiore and Hillary Wagner

10:00am – 1:00pm –

A guided art workshop with Hillary Wagner and Francesca Fiore. We will work with diverse media and make something new every week. ALL AGES WELCOME!

1:00pm – 6:00pm – OPEN STUDIOS (by appointment) 

Come join us at the Barn Studio at the Empower Youth Ranch for free work time. Francesca and Hillary will be available to help bring your projects to life. All are welcome! Please let us know ahead of time if you plan to come and what you’d like to work on. 


To become part of our mailing list and receive updates on upcoming workshops and events, please contact us.

We hope to see you there!

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.

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