Mania Dajnak's drawing, 'Unraveling Her Yellow Square,' is part of a show opening Saturday at Hudson Gallery, Sylvania.
The Athena Art Society's annual juried exhibition will open with a 3 to 5 p.m. reception Sunday in Library House Antiques and Art, 24122 Front St., Grand Rapids. It will continue through Nov. 4. Begun in 1903, Athena's mission is to promote the visual arts: it provides scholarships and awards, hosts exhibitions for members, and supports other arts organizations.
Earth, Wheel, and Fire: the Toledo Potters' Guild 60th Anniversary Exhibition, will be in the Parkwood Gallery Wednesday through Nov. 18. A reception will be 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 6. The potters' guild, with nearly 70 members, was founded in 1951 by Edith Franklin, honorary chair of the show, and the late Joe Ann Cousino. The gallery is at 1838 Parkwood Ave. in the offices of the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, across the street from the Toledo Museum of Art's Glass Pavilion.
Toledo Al Fresco & Other Outdoor Scenes painted in oils and acrylics by members of the Exodus Artists' Initiative will open Monday and continue through Oct. 28 in Downtown Latte, 44 South St. Clair St. A reception will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 8. The group is comprised of Alice Grace, Ahavalyn Joyce, Cletissia "Tessa" Shaw, and Gale Marie Stephens. Information: 419-243-6032.
A 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday reception opens Group of 9 at the Hudson Gallery, 5645 North Main St. in Sylvania. Shown through Oct. 29 will be paintings, prints, photos, ceramics, sculpture, and glass by Penny Gentieu, Cheryl Takata, Kristin Kowalski, Candra Boggs, Michelle Carlson, Kelly Sheehan, Mary Pencheff, Mille Guldbeck, and Mania Dajnak. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kristin Kowalski's ceramic piece, 'Bloom 1,' is part of a show opening at Hudson Gallery.
Dogs rule, no matter what cats say. Proof: They're stars of an exhibit opening Oct. 8 and continuing through Dec. 31 in the Main Library Gallery (second floor), 325 North Michigan St. The exhibition, Speak, is a display of nearly three dozen illustrations by book artists. It's a traveling show, sponsored by Target. Opening festivities will start at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 8 with a talk and book signing by Ohio illustrator Tim Bowers, along with a visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog, crafts and activities, and information about pet care. A dog-adoption event from noon to 3 p.m. will be outside on the library's North Lawn. Information: 259-5231.
Approximately 140 miniature prints from the Renaissance through modern era, some smaller than postage stamps and requiring a magnifying glass (provided), will be displayed in a new exhibition, Storytelling in Miniature, beginning Oct. 7 and continuing through March 4 in the Works on Paper Galleries on the lower level of the Toledo Museum of Art. It will be complemented by a free, online digital catalog. Included are significant prints by Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Charles Meryon, and John Taylor Arms. Also featured are prints by a group of artists called the Kleinmeister (Little Masters), who worked in Nuremberg in the mid 16th-century. In 1525, its core members, Georg Pencz, Hans Sebald Beham, and Barthel Beham, were brought before a board of inquiry because of the secular and sometimes erotic nature of their art. They upheld their agnosticism, humanism, and lack of respect for city politicians and as a result, were banned from Nuremburg. The works are from the museum's collection.
Also at the museum, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7, Jackie Jay of the University of Chicago discusses Egypt's First Intermediate Period, about 4,000 years ago, focusing on the museum's colored stelae, in the Little Theater.
And at 10 p.m. Oct. 7, 14, 21, and 28, flashlight tours will explore a darkened museum. There is a fee and tickets can be purchased at 419-255-8000 extension 7448.
Free art lectures at Bowling Green State University will be: Boston photographer David Hilliard, 7:30 p.m. Monday in Room 204 Fine Arts Center; performance/installation sculptor Johnny Coleman, of Oberlin, at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 in Room 1101 Fine Arts Center; digital artist Roman Verostko, of Minneapolis, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in Room 308 of the Bowen Thompson Student Union; Ann Arbor graphic designer Mark Solsburg at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in Room 206 Bowen Thompson Student Union; architect and theorist Graham W. Owen, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26, in Room 206 Bowen Thompson Student Union. Information: 419-372-8525.
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