The Toledo Museum of Art has defeated 62 other contenders, making it to the final round of America's Favorite Art Museum tournament. It's facing off with the Clark Art Institute in Massachusetts, in a bragging-rights contest that's accepting votes through 5 p.m. Sunday.
That in itself is a juicy morsel for local cats to place at the feet of the new guy in town, Brian P. Kennedy, who begins work Tuesday as director at the Toledo museum.
Starting with 64 museums (it's patterned after the March Madness/NCAA basketball tournament brackets) selected by art writer Tyler Green with input from two other writers, people can vote for their favorite art palace at blogs.artinfo.com/modernartnotes.
So far, Toledoans have been going for the gusto. Consider: Toledo's museum beat the Cleveland Museum of Art 76 percent to 24 percent in the final-four round that was announced Monday.
Also in that round, the Clark museum, set in the northern Berkshires, creamed the Philadelphia Museum of Art 77 percent to 23 percent.
• Tonight from 6 to 9, 20 galleries, studios, and shops will be open for perusing pleasure at the downtown Art Walk. Several venues are on and around South St. Clair St. near Fifth Third Field, and each location has maps of participating sites. The final Art Walk of the year will be Sept. 23. Information and map at acgt.org.
• The Athena Art Society will open a juried show in the Toledo museum's Community Gallery with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 3. It will continue through Oct. 3. In addition, Athena artists will display their variations on Picasso's Woman with a Crow.
In the same gallery is Expressions of a Cancer Journey, 27 pieces by 15 local artists, continuing through Sept. 27. Images tell the stories of patients, caregivers, family, and friends, and will be documented in a book. The exhibit is presented by Cancer Connection of Northwest Ohio, Inc.
• Call for artists: Film makers are invited to submit short, winter-themed videos to a new contest presented by the Toledo Museum of Art. Up to 15 videos, no longer than four minutes in length, will be chosen for the new festival, held in conjunction with the museum's Winter Ball in December. Entries will be accepted online between Oct. 11 and Nov. 12. Information: toledomuseum.org/events/filmfest.
• The Ohio Designer Craftsmen's 27th annual members' contest features the best of 2010: functional, sculptural, and decorative contemporary approaches in clay, fiber, wood, glass, enamel, leather, metal, jewelry. They'll be displayed through Sept. 18 in the Terhune Gallery at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at Owens Community College. Tom Muir will give a related lecture at 7 p.m. Sept. 16.
• Works by the late Earl W. North will be at Inside Angles Custom Framing Gallery, 909 South McCord Rd., beginning with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 3. The show continues through Sept. 24. North was a prolific plein air painter from Haskins until his death in 1989. Information: 419-867-3533.
• Smithsonian magazine's sixth Museum Day will be Sept. 25. Participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide will open their doors free of charge that day to visitors who have Museum Day tickets printed from smithsonian.com/museumday. Two tickets per household are permitted. The site has a state-by-state list of participating venues.
• At Bowling Green State University: Aaron Macy scholarship exhibition in the Bryan Gallery through Sept. 17, and Reimagining the Distaff Toolkit in the Wankelman Gallery through Sept. 26.
• Boyd Hambleton exhibits his fetish and nude photography beginning with a 7 to 10 p.m. reception Sept. 3 in the Collingwood Arts Center, 2413 Collingwood Blvd. Guests must be at least 18 years old. At 6 that night, Hambleton will deliver a talk entitled, The Fire Sermon: Erotic Photography in Toledo. The display continues through Sept. 24. Information: 419-244-2787.
• Beth Hill's photography is exhibited at the Ahava Spa and Wellness Center, 34 South St. Clair St. Hours are Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information:419-241-5877.
Contrasts, a collection of colorful abstract paintings by Robert Mazur, a Bowling Green State University art instructor for 33 years, is at Schedel Arboretum & Gardens in Elmore through the end of October. There is an admission fee. The gardens are at 19255 West Portage River South Rd. Information: 419-862-3182.