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Published: Tuesday, 4/2/2002

Baseball, Libbey exhibits to open

The Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., has two exhibitions opening Friday.

The first, Inspiration and Vision: the Libbey Legacy, focuses on glassmaker Edward Drummond Libbey and his wife, Florence Scott Libbey, the driving forces behind the founding of the museum. The exhibit, which runs through June 16 in Gallery 18, draws on archival material to honor the couple's cultural impact on Toledo.

The second exhibit, Play Ball! Baseball Cards from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, runs through July 7 in the Little Theater gallery. Drawn from the Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, the display includes 145 baseball cards from the earliest years of their existence in the late 19th century. Programs related to the baseball card exhibit include a lecture, A Short History of Professional Baseball in Toledo, by John Husman at 8 p.m. Friday in the Little Theater; Casey at the Bat, a musical drama by Ben Cohen, at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Great Gallery; and Baseball Card Show Family Day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, which includes free TARTA rides to and from the open house at the new Fifth Third Field.

Information: 419-255-8000.

The Wolcott House Museum Complex, 1031 River Rd., will open an exhibition, William Wells and The Battle of Fallen Timbers, tomorrow. Guided tours are scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays at a cost of $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $2.50 for students. Sponsored by the Lucas County/Maumee Valley Historical Society, the exhibit is to remain through December. Information: 419-893-9602.

The Clement Gallery at the University of Toledo's Center for the Visual Arts, 620 Grove Place, presents Visual Narratives, a juried student photo-based exhibition, through May 3. A juror's lecture and reception is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the center's Haigh Auditorium. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Some 280 artists have been accepted to exhibit their artwork at the 37th annual Crosby Festival of the Arts on June 29 and 30 in Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr. This is the largest number of artists to be included in the arts festival, and 72 of them hail from Ohio. Information: 419-936-2986.

REGIONAL

Canton Museum of Art, 1001 Market Ave, North, Canton, Ohio, presents Bart Walter: The Soul of Africa through July 21. The display features more than 25 of Walter's bronze sculptures inspired by his decade of travel in Africa. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: 330-453-7666.

Allen Memorial Art Museum on the campus of Oberlin College, 87 North Main St., Oberlin, Ohio, presents Woven Treasures: Tribal Textiles from Western and Central Asia. The exhibit is to run through June 2 in the Ellen Johnson Gallery. Information: 440-775-8665.

MICHIGAN

Wearley Studio Gallery, 1719 West Fourteen Mile Rd., Royal Oak, has on view the solo exhibition Emergent through April 27. It features mixed-metal vases by Thomas S. Madden, head of metalsmithing for the College of Creative Studies in Detroit. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Information: 248-549-3016.

Jackson Community College, 2111 Emmons Rd., Jackson, presents the 18th annual Bluebird Festival and Wildlife Art Show Saturday and Sunday. Wildlife artists from nine states will display and sell their paintings, photography, carvings, and other works in the juried show. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $4 for children ages 12 and under and $6 for general admission. Information: 517-782-3453.



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