Ohio lawmakers are looking to balance the budget. During these tough times they are once again looking to cut funding for the arts throughout the state. It is imperative that we inform these decision makers of our opinions. You can Take Action by clicking this link and sending emails to have your voice heard.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Highly recommend checking out this short video of The Coosters. You'll be whistling the melody for hours after, I know I did. Wonderful song, enjoy - Intimate Vacuum featuring the Coosters Great bunch of local talent and I'm looking forward to their new album. Look for them around town, you'll be glad you did.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
We had such a fantastic turnout for the Group of 9 opening artists reception. Thanks to all of you who attended. It always makes me feel so good for the artists when we have such an exciting response. We all know how hard these artists work to put together those last few pieces making a show really sing. Here's a sampling of images from the evening. Had it not been so hectic we would have photographed all the artists! -- Next time for sure.
photo by Penny Gentieu
photo by Penny Gentieu
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The submission deadline nears, 11.30.2009, but you're creative, bang out something fantastic. You know we all thrive on pressure, creatives are only encouraged by deadlines.
THE BRIEF IS SIMPLE:
Using the tree as a metaphor, develop a graphically compelling banner centered about the topic of sustainability. Banner artwork will be submitted online, juried by three national award-winning designers, and put on display throughout Downtown Toledo on light pole banners. Once the banners come down from the streets, the artwork will be converted into one-of-a-kind tote bags for purchase. Proceeds of tote sales will go to the Young Artists At Work Program.
You got the idea go to Urban Forest Project for details.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Every year Barbara and I make the short trip west to Harbert, MI for the Outsiders Outside folk art fair. If you've not made this trip I would certainly recommend it. However, be glad you missed this years festival. Perhaps it's a reflection of our nations current economic strains but this years fair was just that, fair, not great. When you attend an event year after year you begin to expect something wonderful. Why else would you continue to make the trip? Somehow this years fair felt like it was on auto pilot. There was a very obvious lack of energy and enthusiasm this year both from the vendors/artists and the people in attendance. -One feeding off the other I suppose. Disingenuous folk art is a real issue in this genre and it's ever present but in this years festival it felt pervasive. Somehow you know the real from the manufactured and the later leaves a bad taste in your mouth. My hope is that this is a blip and not a suggestion of things to come.
Fortunately there was two bits of good news however. First, we've found a new and wonderful artist which we'll be bringing to the gallery sometime next year. More on that after the details are worked out but trust me you're gonna' love it. And of almost equal importance, Barbara enjoyed her once a year Chicago dog from The Stray Dog Bar and Grill in New Buffalo, MI.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Ohio Citizens for the Arts has posted an Action Alert relating to arts funding in the state.
For more information and what you can do to help see the following link: http://capwiz.com/artsusa/oh/issues/alert/?alertid=13602136&queueid=%5Bcapwiz%3Aqueue_id%5D
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
We're excited to announce our loan of a Dominick Labino glass panel to The National Glass Centre in Sunderland, England as part of an upcoming exhibit titled Space - Time. This wonderful exhibit will draw together works that reflect upon applications of astronomical observations and the role of time in our everyday lives, memory and future.
Included in the exhibit are: