Regardless of the weather, visitors who view Open Door Art Studio's latest exhibition will be guaranteed to find a rainbow.

"Prism," on view through Aug. 10 at the studio, 1050 Goodale Blvd., in Grandview Heights, features polychromatic pieces that feature all the colors of the rainbow -- and in a number of cases rainbows themselves.

"It was interesting to see the subjects that our artists selected to highlight their favorite colors," said Claire Smith, Open Door's studio registrar who curated the "Prism" exhibition. "A lot of them chose to paint rainbows or a pot of gold, and we have some unicorns."

Positivity was one of the goals of the exhibition, Smith said.

"We're looking to extend the happy feeling of summer. The theme lends itself to including a lot of upbeat paintings from our artists."

Open Door provides art education and services to adults with developmental disabilities.

The studio is open every day for member artists, many of whom work on their projects multiple times a week, Smith said.

Exploring their artistic side gives Open Door's artists a way to express themselves, she said.

Each painting on display in the exhibition is available for purchase, which also allows the artists to help support themselves from the commissions.

"We typically do about six or seven exhibitions a year, beginning in March," Smith said. "We have more than 100 artists who work at the studio, and we try to get all of them involved in at least one exhibition each year."

About 80 Open Door artists submitted a piece for "Prism," she said.

The studio also opened the exhibition to work submitted by local artists through an online application form, Smith said.

Open Door artist Samantha Perry contributed a painting depicting an ocean scene with dolphin to the exhibition.

"I like the ocean," she said. "I've been on a cruise to the Bahamas, and it was great to spend time so close to the water. They even let us swim in the ocean and I got to see a lot of sea life, including a tiger shark."

But her favorite sea animal is a dolphin.

"They are just so friendly and have so much personality," Perry said.

She said she would describe Open Door as a friendly as well.

"You get to come and work on what you love to do," Perry said. "Everyone is so supportive of each other. It's a good atmosphere to work in."

Molly George created a collage, "Passionate Flower," using elements that included painted flowers, ribbons, glitter and plastic googly eyes.

"I wanted to show the beauty of flowers," she said. "I love flowers, and I like to play with glitter and use it in my art."

The Mount Vernon resident said she works at Open Door twice a week.

"Creating art takes the stress out of my life," she said. "I'm never bored when I'm working on art."

Daynell Turner's painting "How's It Hanging," features a depiction of five monkeys hanging upside down from a tree limb.

"The idea just came to me. I don't know why, but it just popped in my head," the Columbus resident said. "I thought it would be a fun way to use so many colors."

Turner painted each monkey in a different hue, and also used a rainbow of colors for the leaves.

"I'm from the south originally -- Tampa, Florida -- so I'm really used to nature," Turner said. "I like featuring nature in my paintings."

Worthington resident Casey White chose a more fanciful subject for her painting.

"Colorful Fairies" depicts just what the title suggests -- five magical fairies.

"I got the idea after I saw some fairies on a birthday cake that was being sold at a home decor store in Columbus," White said. "I like fairies and anime, too.

"I used the fairies in the card as an inspiration, but I came up with my own ideas for how they look in my painting," she said. "It's fun to see what you can create when you use your imagination."

Open Door Art Studio is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and on selected Saturdays for exhibitions and special sales.

More information about the gallery is available at opendoorartstudio.org.

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