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Published: Thursday, 7/24/2008

Show pays tribute to Cousino

Joe Ann Cousino s sculpture Woman with the Birds. Joe Ann Cousino s sculpture Woman with the Birds.
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A Tribute to Joe Ann Cousino runs Aug. 1 through Sept. 7 at 20 North Gallery, 18 North St. Clair St. The public is invited to an opening reception, 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 3, at which Richard Cousino, the artist's assistant and casting technician and son, will give remarks, along with gallery director Peggy Grant. The show is a retrospective of work by Cousino, who died in December at the age of 82. She's best known locally as an instructor and creator of the Woman with the Birds sculpture presiding in the herb garden at Toledo Botanical Garden. Information: 419-241-2400.

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Artist trading cards are being solicited for an exchange at Space 237, 237 North Michigan St. Cards must be received by Aug. 8 for a show beginning Aug. 15 and continuing through Sept. 12. The actual exchange will occur from 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 12. Artist trading cards are miniature works of art usually created on card stock. They are originals and small editions that are self-produced. The gallery will also host an opening from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 15 for its upcoming Design show that will run through Sept. 19. Information: 419-255-5117, space237.com, and info@space237.com.

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Sandra Knudsen, associate curator of ancient art, discusses what makes a great Greek vase at 7 p.m. Aug. 1 in the Toledo Museum of Art's Libbey Court.

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Three to five public art pieces, ranging in price from $25,000 to $300,000, are being solicited for the under-construction arena in downtown Toledo. Artists must submit their qualifications by Aug. 11. Semifinalists will be invited to submit detailed proposals. Contact Adam Russell of the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, 419-254-2787 and arussell@acgt.org.

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In the year since the Akron Art Museum's new John S. and James L. Knight Building debuted, the museum's membership rolls have more than doubled and nearly 100,000 people have visited, the museum reports. Membership was fueled by the museum instituting an admission fee. The innovative $35 million building tripled the museum's size, winning an American Architecture award, the Royal Institute of British Architects award, and an International Illumination Design Award. The museum also ended its fiscal year in the black.



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