Expect the wild, wacky, strange, fine, fun, and awful, executed at every level of skill, training, and taste, at the 11th annual Salon des Refuses Show Friday night. Even if you can't make the serious show on Monroe Street, check out this little parade. It's essential Toledo.
The Toledo Museum of Art might be The Big Time for local artists, but if past experience is any measure, The Good Times will roll downtown, at 20 North Gallery on North St. Clair Street, a spot known for its opening-night parties.
This year's show of pictures, sculptures, and indescribable light-up doodads not chosen for the Toledo Area Artists show uptown is coordinated by Spectrum: Friends of Fine Art. It's patterned after the exhibition put on by Impressionist painters in Paris, back when their masterworks were rejected from the ultra-respectable Academy Salon Show.
Reviewing this show was a physical impossibility last week, as most of the 113 works were displayed but not identified. Kate Killoway, gallery coordinator at Spectrum, said all will be put in order by Friday night's big bash. The opening begins at 9:30 p.m., after the museum show closes; it continues until 1 a.m. Saturday. The show will run through Aug. 25.
Behold the spectrum:
Ghastly, yes. But wonderfully so. Don't miss it.