20 North Gallery Closes with Final Exhibit: All Good Things…

Posted May 17th, 2013 by Eric Hillenbrand  Category: Arts & Entertainment,


Downtown Landmark to Close on 20th Birthday Upon Fulfillment of Artistic Mission

Toledo, OH—May 17, 2013. In 1993, St. Clair Street was virtually abandoned—now it is a thriving arts/entertainment zone and “Arts Hotspot” in the downtown landscape. 20 North Gallery was the pioneer in this location—and was so successful at attracting people who had never been downtown before—that this section of downtown became the home of the new stadium, the new arena, restaurants, shops and other destination points in the Toledo community.
As the oldest independent gallery in Toledo, 20 North Gallery opened in 1993 with the mission of providing emerging and established fine artists with a commercial venue to display and sell their work, bringing art, arts experiences and the benefits of collecting art to the greater-Toledo community. Over the past twenty years, 20 North Gallery has fulfilled that mission through representation of over 200 local, regional and international artists in over 130 full-scale gallery exhibitions. At this date, more than thirty arts venues now participate in the Arts Commission’s seasonal Art Walk gallery events and thousands of arts patrons come downtown to view, appreciate and purchase fine art by local, regional and international artists. After such success in energizing the arts in downtown, the time has now come for the owner and staff of 20 North Gallery to move on to other endeavors and for 20 North Gallery to become a part of Toledo’s rich cultural history.
Highlights of these past two decades at 20 North include the annual Black History Month and Derby Days exhibits, the biannual ARToledo emerging artists exhibits, the former biannual international glass exhibits, the first all-polymer clay exhibit in Ohio—and in an unprecedented triumph for regional galleries—the accomplishment of having three gallery exhibits originated by 20 North Gallery going on to become travelling exhibitions at established museums. In addition, of the three University of Toledo interns trained at 20 North Gallery, two were accepted into Sotheby’s Institute in New York City, one is now employed by Christie’s Auction House in New York City and one was just accepted into the prestigious and impactful City Year/AmeriCorps program in Detroit, Michigan.

Eric Hillenbrand, 20 North Gallery owner, states, “I was not aware of another commercial gallery in downtown Toledo when we started in 1993; now galleries and artists dot the landscape of downtown—this is, unquestionably, 20 North Gallery’s most important legacy.” He adds, “I am grateful to the over 200 artists whom we have represented over the years for sharing their talent with us and the Toledo community, as well as the many talented staff members who have contributed to our success, most notably Peggy Grant, Art Director Emerita, and Condessa Croninger, Art Director. Their commitment to the gallery and its mission has made it the jewel of Toledo’s gallery scene.”

The final exhibit at 20 North Gallery will be “All Good Things…” a retrospective, showcasing two decades of the gallery’s triumphs in the arts and arts-based urban development. This exhibit is the capstone of a stellar 20th season, which began in April 2012 with “20 North / 20 Years,” in which twenty artists (representing the gallery’s most impactful exhibits) shared new and historic work. Of these twenty artists, nineteen were local artists; twelve have works in permanent public collections.

That exhibit was followed by “Tom & Friends: A Tribute to McGlauchlin’s Legacy in Glass” which commemorated the influence of the late Toledo-based Studio Glass Pioneer, Tom McGlauchlin, through the exhibition of his work and eighteen of his friends, colleagues, students and mentors. This exhibition of international, museum-collected artists received world-wide attention as one of the Concurrent Glass Exhibits held in conjunction with the 42nd Annual Glass Art Society conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Studio Glass movement in Toledo, Ohio.

20 North Gallery’s 20th season continued with “Chapman Centennial: Celebrating a Career in Art” in honor of Ohio watercolorist Walter Chapman’s 100th birthday. In October 2012, the gallery hosted “Nature’s Peace: One Man’s View of the Landscape,” a solo-exhibit of New York rock promoter and international photographer Harry Sandler, as a benefit for the non-profit organization 1Matters. Sandler, an innovator in the field of iPhone photography also gave a master class that, with the exhibit, served to raise funds to benefit the 1Matters community collaboration to serve the unhoused. That exhibition was followed by the gallery’s annual holiday exhibit “Art for All Souls,” which displayed the work of twelve emerging and established local and regional artists and “Black History Month 2013: The American Experience,” Toledo’s oldest Black History Month event now in its 36th year. The Black History Month exhibit was founded by 20 North Gallery Art Director Emerita Peggy Grant and has been displayed at 20 North for eighteen years. This exhibition is now juried and supported by an independent steering committee of community artists.

The 2012 – 2013 season concluded with “Intersections: Paintings by Abner Hershberger,” a solo exhibit of new work by distinguished Midwestern artist Abner Hershberger who is still painting in his in 80th year and the 13th annual “Derby Days” exhibit of equine art (also founded by Peggy Grant) that is being held for the third year at Manhattan’s Restaurant. In addition, the gallery has continued to represent work by Tom McGlauchlin, Adam Grant, Edith Franklin and David J. Eichenberg, among others.

20 North Gallery will be welcoming long-time friends and arts patrons at the Free Birthday Celebration on Friday, May 24th from 6 – 9p.m. The gallery will close its doors the following day. Reservations to attend the closing reception are appreciated, but not required.

What: 20 North Gallery’s 20th Birthday Celebration / closing exhibit, “All Good Things…”
Where: 20 North Gallery, 18 N. St Clair Street, (Downtown) Toledo, Ohio 43604, 419-241-2400
When: Friday, May 24, 2013, 6 – 9 p.m.
(Gallery closed as of Saturday, May 25, 2013.)
For More Information, contact: Eric Hillenbrand (20 North Gallery Owner) or Condessa Croninger (Art Director) at 419-241-2400.
An archive of 20 North Gallery exhibits from 2010 – 2013, as well as more information about the gallery and the artists represented there may be found at:
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