The Holmes County Open Air Art Museum
Introducing the Holmes County Open Air Art Museum (OAAM)
Newest Artist Installation: Lauren Skunta
Cleveland-based artist, Lauren Skunta of Elbowgrease Design, recently installed our latest OAAM piece. Scroll to read about Lauren, click here to read about the installation, and click here to read our pre-installation interview with the artist.
The Holmes County Open Air Art Museum is a fusion of nature and art set within a majestic landscape of lush forest and rolling hillsides. Spread throughout the grounds of The Inn at Honey Run, the OAAM showcases original works from local and regional artists of various backgrounds, mediums and disciplines.
Watch the video below to find out how it all began. You can walk the paths of the OAAM during your next visit or attend one of our “Meet the Artist” or “OAAM Tour” events as part of our Daily Guest Activities.
Lauren Skunta installed her piece in November and December 2016. Lauren is a Cleveland-based artist of ElbowGrease Design specializing in custom window displays and wedding decor. Lauren recently installed a 40-ft long net hanging above a portion of the OAAM trail, holding 12,000 hand-dyed paint sticks, creating a honeycomb-type structure with fascinating depth and fluidity.
View the OAAM Photo Gallery at the bottom of this page to see the piece. You can also read about the installation here and the pre-installation interview with the artist here. Experience the natural movement of Lauren’s piece along with a timelapse of Lauren’s installation process below.
Walter Herrmann, “Woven”
Walter Herrmann joined the OAAM as its first ever resident artist in November 2015. Herrmann constructed a massive, native “Earthwork” installation, made of materials found solely within the grounds of the Open Air Art Museum at The Inn at Honey Run.
View the OAAM Photo Gallery at the bottom of this page to see progress. You can also read the initial announcement about Walter’s installation here.
Katharine Marie, “Being Time”
Katharine Marie is a Columbus-based artist focused on fine art and tattooing. She began her work with the OAAM in May 2016. As one of our resident artists, she spent at least five days each month, for approximately six months, building a life-sized cuckoo clock made of mostly organic materials found on and around the property. The opening for her piece, “Being Time” took place on October 6, 2015.
Read about the opening on our blog to learn more about Katharine Marie’s installation and opening, or visit her website to view other work. View the OAAM Gallery at the bottom of this page to see photos of the installation.
Jan & Vince Bowden, “The Face of the Nations”
Local Holmes County metalworking artists, Jan and Vince Bowden, were commissioned for their piece, The Face of the Nations, a 10 foot tall Native American inspired totem pole, in the summer of 2015, after The Inn’s Proprietor, Jason Nies, discovered the artists through their local store, Bowden Bells & Garden Art. The installation is made of recycled steel, aluminum and other metals and was introduced at its grand opening ceremony in November of 2015.
Read about the breathtaking, fire-filled ceremony here, or watch videos about Jan & Vince’s piece below.
Julie Warther, Haiku Walk
Julie Warther is the Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America. When she approached The Inn at Honey Run about hosting a Haiku Walk, collaborations began for the first ever Holmes County Open Air Art Museum installation and the main feature for the Grand Opening Ceremony of the Open Air Art Museum. At the ceremony on September 17, 2015, Julie led a 2 hour tour along the haiku path, a brand new trail through the hills, meadows, and forests of our beautiful property. Along the path were 30 large stones placed into the ground upon which hung the individual haiku poems engraved on steel plates in the shape of a ginkgo leaf by local metal sculptors. Poems were presented in both English and traditional Japanese characters.
Read more about the Grand Opening Ceremony here or watch the video below.