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Meet & Greet Gallery Loops Art Galleries and Artists Studios

Posted Mar 31st, 2010 by Michelle Carlson  Category: Arts & Entertainment

 

Arts Commission of Greater Toledo Announces Meet & Greet Gallery Loops Art Galleries and Artists Studios in Downtown Toledo Open from 6-10pm
Free Gallery Bus Loop between Venues
Friday, April 16th, 2010

Want a buffet of art and creativity? Get on the bus.
Meet & Greet Gallery Loops return this year with a new twist!

The Gallery Loops will feature not one, but two Loops circling two separate parts of Downtown Toledo simultaneously, each Loop boasting two buses a piece, and joined together at one Transfer Location. Why? It’s simple: If you get to more venues faster, you get to absorb more art.

How it Works

The Red Loop will explore the Arts Zone, Warehouse District, and lower Uptown, while the Blue Loop ventures into Uptown proper and the Old West End. Want to change Loops? It’s easy, you can transfer lines and buses at the 333 Gallerie at Toledo School for the Arts.

The Gallery Loops are a biannual event, offered in the spring and fall each year as part of the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo’s Live Work Create Toledo program, which explores concepts of economic revitalization through the arts. The Gallery Loops are a free, fun way to help acclimate the citizens of Greater Toledo to the exciting creativity happening in the city’s core, and to become familiar with the arts venues concentrated in Downtown Toledo and its arts and entertainment districts and creative neighborhoods.

We invite you to come out and experience the wealth of artistic activity in our community. The event is free and open to the public. Visit www.acgt.org for a most update list of participating venues and their artwork details. There is not a designated starting point for the event; it is up to you to choose which venue you will begin. Also, don’t forget to download a map from www.acgt.org or pick up a copy at the event to assist you in your exploration.

Loops and Venues

TRANSFER LOCATION
Gallerie 333 at Toledo School for the Arts
(both Red and Blue Loop buses stop here)

Blue Loop
Collingwood Arts Center
Truth Art Gallery
Studio Eleven Eleven
Gallerie 333 at Toledo School for the Arts
UT’s Center for the Visual Arts Gallery
Toledo Museum of Art – It’s Friday!
Grey Gallery at UT’s Center for Sculptural Studies
Parkwood Gallery

Red Loop
Jamil Lewis Multicultural Center Gallery at the Erie Street Market Bozart’s Fine Art & Music Gallery
Sur St. Clair
20 North Gallery
Secor Building
Studio M Printmakers
Space 237
Gallerie 333 at Toledo School for the Arts

Convenient free parking for Gallery Loops is available at the Erie Street Market, located south of Fifth Third Field between Erie Street and St. Clair Street, at theCollingwood Arts Center north of downtown in the Old West End, and at the Transfer Location at Toledo School for the Arts and adjacent Shriners/Imagine School parking lot. Additional parking is available through our Loop sponsors, Manos Greek Restaurant and the Attic on Adams, with parking available at the corner of 17th and Adams Streets, behind Manos, and the Toledo City Paper, with parking available at the corner of Adams and 12th Streets, in the City Paper lot. Visit www.acgt.org for posted event and street maps. Also note that the last bus loop back to these parking areas will pick up at all venue stops between 10 and 10:30pm.

Have fun, be safe, and Loop strong!

Details related to each participating art venue are as follows:

LOOP TRANSFER (both RED & BLUE LOOPS stop here)
Gallerie 333, Toledo School for the Arts
Red and Blue Loops Stops
Free parking available in TSA lot and Shriners/Imagine School Lot next door
333 14th Street
419.246.8732
www.ts4arts.org

Toledo School for the Arts (TSA) students display current projects in the gallery for the Mid-Year Visual Art Exhibition. The exhibit is host to a variety of media from students at all levels in the school. The adjacent sculpture garden will also be open for visitation.

BLUE LOOP
Collingwood Arts Center
Blue Loop stop only
Free parking in CAC lot
2413 Collingwood
419.244.2787
www.collingwoodartscenter.org

Come wander the galleries and studios of this 100+ year old Franco-Romanesque architectural treasure during the ACGT Meet and Greet.
Our galleries will be hung with current work created by the CAC Resident
Visual Artists. Also, throughout the evening, enjoy demonstrations of the New State Theater 8 rank theatre pipe organ in the Lois M. Nelson theatre as well
as live performances and presentations by the CAC Resident Performing & Literary Artists and a special presentation of scenes from Children’s Theatre
Workshop’s stage presentation of Rapunzel. Join us at the Collingwood Arts Center for an evening of fun and fine art! Cash bar and finger foods will be present for your enjoyment.

Truth Art Gallery
Blue Loop stop only
Free nearby parking available on 17th St. behind Manos,
courtesy of Manos Greek Restaurant
1811 Adams
419.243.0007

The Truth Gallery has featured the art of dozens of Toledo artists. Currently the Gallery is displaying the work of Klaire, Mack Walton, Wil Clay, Adam Russell, Sally Thompson, C.C, Lorenza Arnold and Brian Dunn.

Studio Eleven Eleven
Blue Loop Stop only
Free parking available across the street at 12th and Adams in Toledo City Paper lot, Courtesy of Adams St. Publishing / Toledo City Paper
1111 Adams St.
419-460-3239
Studio Eleven Eleven is pleased to present the paintings / mixed media works of Julie VanHeyst, and the glass works of Leonard Marty.

VanHeyst – a newcomer to the Toledo art scene – works with acrylics and tissue on canvas trusting her intuitive vision to explore the possibilities of color and texture. “There is power in imagination … it’s about using the raw material inside you and being open to the opportunities”.

Leonard Marty a long time glassmaker from the area and the Toledo Museum of Art’s very own Master Instructor will present new works of blown and hot sculpted glass. “Form first … then color to accentuate”

Gallerie 333, Toledo School for the Arts
Red and Blue Loops Stops
Free parking available in TSA lot and Shriners/Imagine School Lot next door
333 14th Street
419.246.8732
www.ts4arts.org
See show info above under Loop Transfer

UT’s Center for the Visual Arts Gallery
Blue Loop stop only
This is also the stop for Toledo Museum of Art – It’s Friday!
Paid parking available in Museum lots
620 Grove Place
419.530.8300
www.utoledo.edu/as/arts
The annual Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition at University of Toledo Center for Visual Arts (located in the Frank Gehry building attached to TMA) goes up once again this spring to showcase the work of graduating seniors.

Toledo Museum of Art – It’s Friday!
Blue Loop Bus stops at CVA
Paid parking available in lots
2445 Monroe St.
www.toledomuseum.org
In addition to the permanent TMA collection, special exhibitions include “Bare Witness: Photographs by Gordon Parks,” “Whistler: Influences, Friends and the Not-So-Friendly,” and “Mexico’s Toledo” at theMain Museum. In the Glass Pavilion, enjoy free glassblowing demos 7–10 p.m. and drop-in wine tastings ($15 members/$20 nonmembers). The Museum Store Featuring Collector’s Corner will be open until 10 p.m.

Grey Gallery at UT’s Center for Sculptural Studies
Blue Loop stop
Paid parking available in Museum lots
535 Oakwood
419.530.8344
www.utoledo.edu/as
Select Student Works from the Spring Semester – 2010
This annual spring exhibition features highlighted works from the current foundations and sculpture classes of Professors Thomas Lingeman, Barbara Miner and Karen Roderick-Lingeman. The GreyGallery and Sculpture Garden is a small works gallery and sculpture garden located on the grounds of the Center for Sculptural Studies Building at the University of Toledo Center for the Visual Arts Campus, next to the Toledo Museum of Art. This exhibition runs through May 7, 2010, with the opening reception being held this night for the Gallery Loops.

Parkwood Gallery
Blue Loop Stop only
1838 Parkwood
419.254.2787
www.acgt.org
Barton Makar Weiss Exhibition
Laura Makar’s large drawings of young men, almost hip-hop themed, are frozen in their movement as they illusionistically climb the walls, bounce off of pedestals, almost break-dancing in mid-air. The interactions of these figures flip the gallery space inside out, suggesting the urban sidewalk or cityscape outside the gallery.

The urban feel also relates to Sam Barton’s portraits, which capture the faces of young black America in intriguing, thought provoking ways. In many cases, Barton’s portraits and characters are inspired by slang, catch phrases and pop culture references, embodiments of stereotypes that force the viewer to contemplate, and look deeper into those associations. These characters look into the suspended chaos of the gallery with a variety of emotions.

Last, but certainly not least, the work of Mary Weiss rounds out the conversation with poignant, yet abstract hints of social and political, as well as personal, commentary. Weiss’s ceramic vessels, tiles, and sculpture have surfaces impressed with poly-patterned but gritty, random textures and glazed with smokey, asphalt-like tones.

RED LOOP

Jamil Lewis Multicultural Center Gallery
Red Loop stop only
Plenty of free parking available in the Erie St. Market lot
Erie Street Market
237 S. Erie (enter on Farmer’s Market parking lot side of building)
419.936.3743

View the works of Toledo artisans at the Jamil Lewis Multicultural Center Gallery in the corridor of the Erie Street Market. The Erie Street Antique Mall located across the hall will also be open offering antiques, uniques and collectibles.

Bozarts Fine Art and Music Gallery
Red Loop stop only
151 S St. Clair
(corner of Superior and St. Clair, across from Farmers Market)

Bozarts would like to invite you to join “A Series of Random Events” a solo exhibition featuring the works of resident artist Anthony McCarty. Anthony moved back to Toledo last year after spending the previous eight years living, working and attending fine arts school for sculpture and painting in New York.

McCarty is a multidisciplinary artist whose work has mainly focused on the idea of life; what it means to be alive and the many ways one may interpret that meaning. Through the use of word and image he explores ideas such as living in the moment, what it means to truly be yourself, and acceptance of ones mistakes and accomplishment. His work utilizes graphic design, sculpture and painting to deliver an explosion of color and statement across the canvas. He has shown in New York and Pennsylvania.

Sur St. Clair
Red Loop stop only
1 S St. Clair
419.241.7100

Sur St. Clair will feature the works of Widler Germain, Doug Fiely, Ralph Behrendt, Martin Chappuies, and Ann Kneip.

Hailing from the hinterlands of Haiti, Widler Germain, is a self-taught painter, crafting original paintings that depict the beauty and culture of his homeland. Of the artistic life, Doug Fiely says, “The life of an artist is a careful balance between freedom and control, between chance and planning, between memory and careful observation.” Visit Doug’s website at www.fielyarts.com. Ralph Behrendt is a renowned local glass artist who creates beautiful and truly one of a kind hand blown glass. Ralph’s esquite pieces are limited in availability since he is no longer blowing glass. Martin Chappuies will display his “Toledo Treasures” rendering the facades of Toledo landmarks. And Ann Kniep will have her fiber art in the form of needle felting, using all of the beauty that nature gives us.

20 North Gallery
Red Loop stop only
18 N St. Clair
419.241.2400

Adorning Glory, 20 North Gallery’s First All-Jewelry Exhibit
As part of the Gallery Loop, 20 North Gallery will offer Artist Demonstrations by local jewelry artist Kimberly Arden, showcasing the intricate polymer mosaic work of her solo exhibit Adorning Glory. The exhibit opened on March 12th and continues through Saturday, April 24, 2010.

20 North Gallery and Kimberly Arden will be welcoming friends and collectors at the free Meet & Greet Gallery Loop reception on Friday, April 16th, from 6 – 10 p.m. Reception attendees can enjoy light refreshments and conversation with the artist, while learning more about the mosaic techniques that have made her a pioneer in the polymer clay movement.

The exhibit displays for sale a mix of traditional and sculptural jewelry pieces in a color palette new to the artist- subdued organic tones and neutrals punctuated with vibrant jewel tones. The artist is also showing new mixed-media sculptural installations that incorporate wearable adornments.

Kimberly Arden is a full-time, self-taught professional artist, working with polymer clay for over twenty years as one of the pioneers of this medium. As an artist, she is best known for her popular line of jewelry and three-dimensional artwork. Her contemporary media belies her meticulous use of the same traditional cane-working techniques used for centuries by Venetian glass artists.

Secor Building
Red Loop stop only
425 Jefferson
419.514.7496
The Secor Artists will host Open Studio Night at the Secor Building. They encourage you to roam through the studios of over 15 artists located on the 5th, 6th, and 7th floors. Bring along some folding money. The Secor Artists will have art works of various styles, media, and genre available for purchase.

Studio M Printmakers
Red Loop stop only
320 N Michigan
Studio M Printamkers will be showing prints made at the studio by Carrie Carter, Mania Dajnak, Brian Heller, and Mark Smith. Works will include woodcuts, collagraphs, etchings and monoprints.

Space 237
Red Loop stop only
237 N Michigan
419.255.5117
www.space237.com
Space 237 will celebrate the opening reception of its spring exhibition this night, from 7 – 10 p.m., the exhibit, titled Yesterday and Today! will be featured in the first and fourth floor galleries. Snacks and refreshments will be available on both floors. As always, admission and parking are free.

The 1st floor gallery will feature a show titled, Yesterday, where visitors will explore the humor and depth of nostalgia as it relates to the various emotions
one may feel, as they delve into their past. Some of the memories we hold are still as vibrant and distinct as the day they happen. Others become embellished and more animated as the years go by, while most seem to fade away into the mists of time. The 2nd floor gallery will feature a show titled, Today, where visitors will explore contemporary art and how it’s been influenced by everyday
life, media, and the aesthetic of design.

Gallerie 333, Toledo School for the Arts
Red and Blue Loops Stops
Free parking available in TSA lot and Shriners/Imagine School Lot next door
333 14th Street
419.246.8732
www.ts4arts.org
See show info above under Loop Transfer
Check our website often at www.acgt.org for further details on newly added participating galleries, creative activity and other event offerings.

Meet and Greet Gallery Loops are presented by the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo as an extension of its Live Work Create Toledo (LWCT) program and made possible through the generous support of the F.S. Upton Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Recovery Act, the University of Toledo SFC Graphics, Sans Nom, The Andersons and the Toledo Blade.

For more information, contact the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, 419.254.ARTS.

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