One of the newest downtown businesses in Wauseon, The Studio, is just the latest creative outlet of Triangular Processing in creating an inclusive environment to engage the community.
The company, known for giving job opportunities and providing valuable skills to persons with disabilities, now hopes to use the world of art as their latest canvas to serve.
“We’re continually looking for ways for people with disabilities to contribute to the community, and art is a universal language. The Studio, 201 N. Fulton St., provides a place for all people to learn and share about art,” said Kathy Shaw, Triangular’s Executive Director.
The location provides a showroom for local artists to show and sell their work, instructional classes for the community, and an actual studio to host gatherings from a wine and painting affair to children’s birthday parties.
Although most of the work currently on display comes from local artists, the business hopes to display work created internally by patrons and those with disabilities soon.
Operational expenses are covered through their 19 percent contingency fee on the art, which is very generous compared to the 25-30 percent industry standard, according to Shaw.
Through purchasing unique gifts or providing masterpieces, Shaw hopes the community can help The Studio to stand alone in assisting persons with disabilities, with little need for financial support directly from Triangular.
“The community support has been phenomenal so far, better than I could have ever hoped for. I’m very grateful the community for being open to what we offer and participating in it,” Shaw said.
As a place for physical pieces of art, The Studio is just the first of many ideas on the drawing board to go into action. Further programs Shaw hopes to offer soon include a community choir and integrated dance classes, but it’s only limited to the community’s interest.
“We’re just a group of people trying to make it a better place. If there’s somebody out there who has an idea that they think would make Fulton County a better place, give me a call,” Shaw said.
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