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Published: Thursday, 2/7/2008

Photographs of Mexico in '30s, '40s to go on display

Mexico in photographs during the 1930s and 1940s will be displayed at the Toledo Museum of Art tomorrow through June 2 in the exhibition Lola Alvarez Bravo & Her Circle. Considered Mexico's first professional female photographer, Alvarez Bravo took up the camera in the 1920s when Mexico's post-revolutionary government was promoting intellectual freedom and a greater role for the arts. These 100 images reflect diverse perspectives and innovations by her and others, including Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Tina Madotti, Paul Strand, Hugo Brehme, Mariana Yampolsky, and Edward Weston. The show is based on a 2007 exhibit by Throckmorton Fine Art, a New York gallery specializing in Latin American photographers and is augmented by images owned by the Toledo museum.

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New at Toledo Botanical Garden is the Art Abilities Studio, a recently renovated 700-square-foot facility in the 11-building Artists Village. It will offer classes and programs to people of all skill levels and is accessible to those who use wheelchairs. Eight-week classes will be taught, including botanical drawing beginning tomorrow, fundamentals of watercolor painting beginning March 13, and creating with clay, also starting March 13. Information: 419-936-2986 and www.toledogarden.org.

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Michelle Ellis is artist of the month at Downtown Latte coffee shop, 44 South St. Clair St. Ellis creates in a variety of media. A reception will be noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 16.

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People are invited to design T-shirts that will be sold at the Old West End Festival to benefit artists at the Collingwood Arts Center. Information: http://tell.toledo.com/2008/01/21/call-for-artists/ or e-mail oweshirts@gmail.com.

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The annual juried abstract show at Spectrum Gallery is accepting entries from the general public as well as members from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 13 to 16. The show will open Feb. 20. Information: 419-531-7769.e

The undergraduate art and design exhibition at Bowling Green State University will be Feb. 12 to 27 in the Bryan and Wankelman galleries. Reception will be 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 .

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Six artists with studios in the Jones Building in downtown Findlay will teach Monday evening classes beginning Feb. 18 in Coffee Amici, 328 S. Main St. Subjects are watercolor basics, collage, charcoal drawing, hand-tinting of black and white photography, polymer clay sculpture, and ink drawing. Information: 419-722-7810 and trooney@jonesbuildingartists.org.

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Kym Fisher's black-and-white photographs are displayed through March 14 in the 1124 Gallery at the University of Findlay, 1124 North Cory St. Fisher used a 35 mm SLR Canon AE-1 from the early 1970s to create these images, a majority of which are old buildings, empty factories, or abandoned farmhouses. Fisher owns Oblique Creations, a Columbus graphic design business. Information: louden-hanes@findlay.edu and 419-434-4504.



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