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Published: Thursday, 6/21/2007

Nature exhibit changes venues

The beauty of nature as interpreted by 26 local artists is displayed in Artists in the Garden through July 13 in the Parkwood Gallery.

The annual show previously was mounted at the Manor House in Wildwood Preserve Metropark, however the Metroparks of the Toledo Area changed the venue this year in part because of construction to the garden. A reception will be 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow, with music by the CEO Band. The gallery is at 1828 Parkwood Ave., across Monroe Street from the Toledo Museum of Art. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Information: 419-254-2787.

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A reception for students participating in the summer Art Integrated Math program will start at 11 a.m. June 29 in the Community Gallery at the Toledo Museum of Art where their art-glass will be displayed. During weekly visits to the museum's Glass Pavilion, students have worked with professional artists to create glass by blowing, flameworking, and etching. The program is partnered with the Lucas County Juvenile Court. The museum is at 2445 Monroe St.

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A party with an Italian carnival flair will begin at 10 p.m. June 30 in Diva restaurant, 329 Huron St. The installation, by artists Jen Dayton and Miss Mira, includes black and white serigraphs, prints, items hung from the ceiling, and self-portrait cutouts. There will also be visual projections and painted clothing. The artists split their time between Florence, Italy, and the United States.

DJs Orthodox and Alastair will play classic jazz and hip hop. Admission is $3. Information: 419-514-3991.

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Firenation studio and gallery celebrates its fifth anniversary with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. June 29. Glass blowing will be demonstrated and refreshments will be available. Firenation is at 7166 Front St. in Holland. Information: 419-866-6288 and www.firenation.com.

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Flatlanders Art Galleries has announced its summer exhibitions, continuing through Aug. 24. Included are oil paintings by Kim Taylor, prints by Dustyn Bork, tattoo-culture works, and comic-book art. A reception with the artists will be 1 to 4 p.m. July 22 in the gallery at 11993 East U.S. 223, Blissfield, Mich. The galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 517-486-4591.

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Call for entries: College students and this year's graduates are invited to enter their work in a first-time event at Spectrum, Friends of Fine Art. Entries will be accepted from noon to 4 p.m. July 4-7. Participants must show their college identification. The show will open July 11 and continue through Aug. 12 in Spectrum gallery at Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr. Information: 419-531-7769 or e-mail mandi_spectrum@hotmail.com.

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Call for proposals: The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo is seeking innovative ideas for Artomatic 419 Lite, to be held Sept. 13-16 in downtown Toledo's Fort Industry Square. Proposals can fill an entire room and can be installations, performances, a series of pieces with a theme, or a group show. Selected works will be judged on creativity, integrity, and suitability to the available space. Proposals, which must be postmarked by June 29, are at www.artomatic419.org and at the commission, 1838 Parkwood Ave., Suite 120. Information: 419-259-2787.



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