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 region’s only Open Air Art Museum showcases original works from local and regional artists of various backgrounds, mediums and disciplines.
Walk the path of the OAAM during each of the four seasons for an ever-evolving experience of earthly and man-made works of art.
The “Totem of Five Pliers” was carved out of a 55 foot tree and towers over all of the other art installations here at the Holmes County Open Air Art Museum. This piece of art was created with a 10-cut method that Dan Warther’s grandfather, Ernest “Mooney” Warther (also known as the “World’s Master Carver”) used.
Benjamin Caras created “Scaleshift” as a visual and conceptual exploration about the size of things. Caras is driven to create and wonder about structures as visual, spatial representations of the exterior and interior of life, combining both vulnerability and frailty, and protective, abrasive strength, into something that is both rough and beautiful.
“Primitive Gateways is a sculpture composed of five gateways made with cedar logs connected by a circular stone path. The sculpture now resides in the woods of the Open Air Art Museum in Holmes County, Ohio. The gateways were built using the simplest construction technique- post and lintel- and jointed together using mortise and tenon as well as wooden pegs.
Consisting of recycled glass from The Inn and welded steel, sitting atop the highest point of our Open Air Art Museum, “Around the Bend” was designed to reflect the colors and accentuate the curvatures of the surrounding landscape and is truly admiring of Northeast Ohio’s rolling hillsides.
“Chance Medley” is a 90×22 ft. mural by Columbus artist, Mandi Caskey featuring beautiful hues of blue and green, contrasting with bright reds and oranges, designed to create a juxtaposition of nature and self-awareness — “a journey of serenity encountering its counterpart, chaos.”
Archer’s Roost is made up of over 12,000 hand-dyed paint sticks secured to a net that inexplicably floats overtop the trail of the OAAM. The natural yet vibrantly-colored structure blows fluidly in the wind, creating a honeycomb-like tunnel that lives and breathes with the surrounding air.
Over a five-month span, Columbus artist Katharine Marie created a life-sized cuckoo clock composed of mostly found organic materials. This German-style clock celebrates the Amish culture and German-named towns of Holmes County.
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.
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, after The Inn’s proprietor, Jason Nies, discovered the artists through their local store, Bowden Bells & Garden Art.
When Julie Warther, Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America, 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.
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