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Posted Jan 19th, 2012 by Eric Hillenbrand  Category: Arts & Entertainment


Peggy Grant’s 35th Annual Exhibit
Downtown gallery pays tribute to iconic arts visionary, with exhibition of local, regional and national artists in the longest-running Black History Month art event in Toledo

Toledo, OH—January 18, 2012. On Friday, January 27th, 20 North Gallery will open “Black History Month 2012: Legacy – Peggy Grant’s 35th Annual Exhibit.” The show will continue through Saturday, March 10, 2012. The exhibition was founded by Peggy Grant (current Art Director of 20 North Gallery) in 1977, shortly after Congress enacted legislation recognizing the month of February as Black History Month in the United States. Since then, the show has been exhibited throughout various locations in the Toledo community and now, for seventeen years, is proudly presented by 20 North Gallery. This event has become an integral part of Toledo’s Black History Month celebrations—and in recognizing the contributions and accomplishments of prominent African-American artists and leaders in our community.

Each year’s exhibit showcases art work of the best Black artists of our region, as well as many nationally recognized artists. In addition, 20 North Gallery facilitates school visits and participatory workshops given by visiting artists in local elementary and secondary schools. Other related events during the run of this exhibit have included live poetry readings at 20 North Gallery featuring African-American poets, storytelling, and live musical performances. The exhibit and outreach are made possible by the lifetime of support paid to this groundbreaking exhibition by its founder, Peggy Grant.

Peggy Grant states, “Growing up in America’s South, the way of life I witnessed was greatly divided by the social and racial barriers that were in place at the time. When I came to the Toledo-area pursuing my art career, I was astounded by the opportunities to make friends with people of all races and cultures. My mission since arriving in the Midwest has been to support Black artists in the Toledo Area who had not been previously recognized by the mainstream art culture.” Since that time in the mid-1950s, Mrs. Grant has actively promoted the work and professional careers of such noted artists as LeMaxie Glover, Marvin Vines and Wil Clay, among others. Her corporate curatorial work at Owen-Illinois provided a platform for many regional artists to exhibit their work in an international venue, giving greater recognition to African-American artists of our community.

Displayed in “Black History Month 2012: Legacy – Peggy Grant’s 35th Annual Exhibit” will be the work of many celebrated Toledo-area artists, including: Aaron S. Bivins; Charles T. Gabriel, Jr.; Alice Grace; Ronald Jamison; Elizabeth V. Jordan; Marcus Nunn; Brenda Price; Robert E. Shorter; Ramon R. Tiggs; Mack Walton; Warren and Yolanda Woodberry; as well as works by Wade Harrison of Atlanta, Georgia; John Wade III from Ft. Wayne, Indiana and paintings and original book illustrations by the late Wil Clay of Toledo.

20 North Gallery, exhibiting artists and Peggy Grant, will be welcoming friends and collectors at the free Opening Reception on Friday, January 27th, from 6 – 9p.m. Reception attendees can begin Black History Month by enjoying light refreshments and conversations with these regional artists and reminiscences with exhibition founder, Peggy Grant. Special tribute will be paid to Mrs. Grant at 6:30p.m., honoring her contributions to Toledo’s diverse arts culture.

To view a virtual tour by GreaterToledoVirtualTours. com of the “Black History Month 2012: Legacy – Peggy Grant’s 35th Annual Exhibit,” visit www.20northgallery.net

What: “Black History Month 2012: Legacy – Peggy Grant’s 35th Annual Exhibit”
Where: 20 North Gallery, 18 N. St. Clair Street, (Downtown) Toledo, Ohio 43604, 419-241-2400
When: January 27 – March 10, 2012
Exhibit Hours
Wednesday – Saturday:
Noon – 4 p.m.
and By Appointment

Free Opening Reception — Friday, January 27, 2011, 6 – 9 p.m., with special tribute to Peggy Grant by friends and dignitaries at 6:30p.m.
For More Information Contact: Eric Hillenbrand (Gallery Owner) or visit www.20northgallery.net
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