A free Gallery Loop including 30 venues in and around downtown will be 6 to 10 p.m. Friday. Galleries, artist studios, eateries, and entertainment spots will be included. Some new and little-known places are Scrap 4 Art, the Truth Art Gallery, Decisive Moment Studio & Gallery, Studio Eleven Eleven, Studio M Printmakers, Zyndorf Glass & Arts, Suite Vibrations, Shared Lives Studios Gallery, Jamil Lewis Multicultural Center Gallery at Erie Street Market, PRIZM Creative Community at Fort Industry Square, Hot Glass in the Edison Building Lobby, and the Valentine Theatre (where the mural will be on view), La Galleria de Los Americas, and Sofia Quintero Arts & Cultural Center.
Three bus loops, each heading for a different group of venues, will meet at a central spot: Toledo School for the Arts, 333 14th St. Free parking is in the school lot and across the street at the Shriners/Imagine School lot.
There's also free parking at the Collingwood Arts Center, Ottawa Tavern, Manos Greek Restaurant, Toledo City Paper, and Erie Street Market.
The last bus loop back to the free parking areas and Toledo School for the Arts will pick up at all venue stops between 10 and 10:30, with bus transportation ending at 11.
Maps, a list of venues and their addresses, and bus information are available from the event organizer, Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, at acgt.org and 419-254-2787.
Six curators will become entertainers Friday when they take the stage of the Little Theater of the Toledo Museum of Art at 7:30 p.m. They'll demonstrate the art-selection process employed by the Apollo Society when its donor-members are deciding which works of art to purchase for the museum. Among the curators' mock offerings at this light-hearted event may be American Gothic, the Mona Lisa, or Michelangelo's David. The audience, acting as Apollo Society members, will make mock selections. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will follow the vote. Reservations are required for this free event: 419-255-8000 ext. 7432.
Two museum events on Oct. 22 will be:
•A 7:30 p.m. talk in the Little Theater on the Archaeology of the Ancient Swahili: Trade, Islam, and the Indian Ocean World. The question of who the ancient Swahili were will be discussed by Jeffrey Fleisher, assistant professor in the anthropology department at Rice University. It will be presented by the museum and the Archaeological Institute of America - Toledo Society.
•La Maravilla: Celebrating Hispanic/Latino Culture, 7 to 10 p.m., will be an evening of music, dance, hands-on activities, and snacks, presented by the museum with Adelante. In addition, a Hispanic/Latino Invitational Exhibition will open in the Community Galleries, continuing through Nov. 28.
The Artist Survival Seminar: The Class They Don't Teach in Art School, is a 1 to 4 p.m. workshop Oct. 30 at Space 237 Galleries, 237 North Michigan St. Presenting will be Rick Manore, founder of the former Detroit gallery CPop and a promoter of commercial and fine art, and lenticular artist Chris Dean. Participants will hear about how to approach galleries, submit artwork, and handle rejection. Cost: $20; $10 for students. Information: 734-231-7941.
Mary Jo Arnoldi, curator of African cultures and arts at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, will speak at 6 p.m. Monday in Room 1101 of the Fine Arts Center at Bowling Green State University. She'll talk about Wild Animals, Heroic Men, and Beautiful Women: Power and Play in a Malian Masquerade.
Artist Thomas Hilty will talk about his work at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 in Room 1101 of the center.
Virginia Bowerman, a visual arts educator, will discuss Advocating for the Arts at 6 p.m. Oct. 25 in Room 204 of the center. Information for all events: 419-372-8525.
Allison's Art Auction will be at 7 p.m. Friday in the Carranor Hunt & Polo Club at 502 East 2nd St. in Perrysburg. It will honor the late Allison Badgely and is organized by Cancer Connection of Northwest Ohio. Admission is $5. Information: 419-902-4742.
Two pieces by local ceramicist Tom Marino - a porcelain bowl and a plate - have been selected for the permanent collection of the Crocker Museum in Sacramento. Marino's pieces are part of an 804-piece ceramic collection by 300 artists, recently donated by Michigan architect Sidney Swidler to the California museum. An exhibition of the entire collection, the Vase and Beyond: the Collection of Sidney Swidler, continues in the museum through Nov. 28.
PRIZM Perspectives, a showcase of literature and visual art will be at the Maumee branch library gallery and hallway, 501 River Rd. in Maumee, Monday through Nov. 29. It includes work by 15 people.
What Was I Thinking? is the name of Jim Fultz's exhibit through Oct. 22 in the Library Gallery at the Findlay-area campus of Owens Community College. Attendees may see their physical reflections in the surfaces of his work, resulting in a unique interaction between each viewer and the painting. Fultz, of Findlay, teaches art at OCC and Bluffton University.
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