The Blair Museum of Lithophanes celebrates the 100th anniversary of Laurel Blair's birthday Sept. 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. Cake and refreshments will be served in honor of Blair, the museum's founder. Opening will be a new exhibit, Ceramics Illuminated, of loaned art pieces that are illuminated but are not lithophanes. Dating to the 1820s, lithophanes are three-dimensional porcelain pictures that show their beauty when back-lit. They are worked into lamps, night lights, beer steins, plates, and fireplace screens. The event is $15; free for members. The Blair Museum is at Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Drive. Information: lithophanemuseum.org.
The first exhibits of the academic year are being launched at Bowling Green State University. UpScaled/DownSized features drawings and paintings of big subjects in formats no larger than one square foot. Created by 14 artists, they're in the Wankelman Gallery in the Fine Art Center, tomorrow through Oct. 4.
Focus, a juried show of art by area high school students, opens Sept. 5 in the Bryan Gallery, with 286 pieces, through Oct. 4.
In Loss and Desire, senior art education major Ross Roadruck shows his paintings through Sept. 6 in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Art Gallery. There Will Be Oil, paintings by Seth Bordner, will open in the student union gallery Sept. 9 through 28.
Prizm Creative Community will sponsor a potluck and plein air event 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the 577 Foundation at 577 East Front St. in Perrysburg. After lunch, people can set up easels and paint on the riverfront grounds. Information: 419-872-0019.
Prizm is also offering a five-week watercolor workshop in the Way Public Library in Perrysburg led by John Trumball. A day class, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., will begin Sept. 8; an evening series, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., will begin Sept. 10. Cost: $95; $75 for members. Reservations: 419-874-5210 and myprizm.com.
The University of Toledo has organized Light and Mass, an exhibit with contributions from 12 faculty members and a lecture series exploring the role of light and mass in art. It opens Sunday and continues through Oct. 4 in the gallery of UT's Center for the Visual Arts, adjacent to the Toledo Museum of Art. A public reception will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 4 in the gallery, adjacent to the Toledo Museum of Art. At dusk during the reception, sculptor Tom Lingeman and students will produce a Styrofoam displacement-casting over steel framework, in the CVA's courtyard.
Lectures will be in the CVA's Haigh Auditorium beginning with a 4 p.m. Sept. 2 talk by visiting assistant professor Brent Dedas speaking on Light and Mass in the Creative Process: From the Studio to the Classroom. Lawrence Anderson-Huang will discuss The Weightiness of Light at 4 p.m. Sept. 16. At 4 p.m. Sept. 30, Melissa Kempke will talk about William Kentridge, and Eric Sobel will address David Hammons and Yves Klein. Information: utoledo.edu/as/art.
The opening reception for the resident artists' fall showcase will be 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 4 in the Collingwood Arts Center. In addition, residents will perform during the evening. The exhibit will continue through Sept. 25. The center is at 2413 Collingwood Blvd.
John Emery's Scraps and Fragments will open with a 6 to 8 p.m. reception Sept. 10 in the Diane Kidd Gallery in the Hayes Center for the ARts on the Tiffin University Campus. It continues through Oct. 11. Emery has homes in Ohio and New Zealand. Information: 419/ 448-3313.
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