A new exhibit at Open Door Art Studio features three of the studio's most established artists.

A new exhibit at Open Door Art Studio features three of the studio's most established artists.

"Figurative Language" spotlights the work of Charles Porter, John Emanuele and Wallace Peck, all Columbus residents.

"Each of the paintings has a figure in it -- a person or an animal," said Open Door art facilitator Allison Buenger, who curated the exhibit.

"I was interested in seeking how the different artists have developed their art vocabulary and vision," she said. "They each have their own unique style that complements each other when they are exhibited together."

The exhibit runs through Aug. 4 at the studio, 1050 Goodale Blvd.

Open Door Art Studio provides art education and services for people with disabilities.

"We are not art therapy," Buenger said. "We're providing opportunities for people who have an interest in art to explore and develop their talent."

The studio serves as both a creative space and a gallery.

Porter's paintings are the most abstract of those featured in the exhibit.

"It's fun to paint the ideas I come up with," he said.

Porter said he enjoys finding abstract ways to express the ideas and themes of his paintings.

Emanuele's acrylic paintings feature unusual-looking creatures that actually are combinations of two different animals.

"They're mixed animals I think up in my imagination," he said. "My paintings are whimsical."

Painting is a soothing activity for him, Emanuele said.

"I just get into the art and it relaxes me," he said.

While he enjoys coming to Open Door to paint, "my dream would be to have my own studio in my apartment," Emanuele said. "I just don't have the room."

The opening of the Figurative Language exhibit was the culmination of a busy couple of weeks for Peck. Earlier this month, he displayed his work at the Columbus Arts Festival.

"That was a whole lot of fun," he said. "I got to sell a ton of paintings and I met a ton of people. I didn't want to leave."

Peck's paintings are of faces with distinctive wide and wild-looking eyes.

"I almost always start out focusing on the eyes," he said.

His goal is to make those who view his paintings feel good, Peck said.

"If they feel happy, that makes me feel happy," he said.

Open Door's gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

For more information about the studio, visit the website opendoorartstudio.org.