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Published: Thursday, 5/3/2012

May Art Walk features 2 downtown neighborhoods

BY TAHREE LANE
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Art Weber's photo, 'Serpent Mound,' is from the exhibit 'The Ancient Ohio Landscape,' one of two shows opening Sunday at the National Center for Nature Photography at Secor Metropark. Art Weber's photo, 'Serpent Mound,' is from the exhibit 'The Ancient Ohio Landscape,' one of two shows opening Sunday at the National Center for Nature Photography at Secor Metropark.
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The May Art Walk will be 6 to 9 p.m. May 10, when 20-some studios, galleries, and eateries will be open for visitors. Two downtown neighborhoods will be featured: the Warehouse District near South St. Clair Street and the Uptown District near Adams and 15th streets. Information at 419-254-2787 and maps at theartscommission.org.

Public input on a $100,000 work of art is being sought for a project to be installed on Collingwood Boulevard between Central Avenue and Winthrop Street. Three artists have submitted designs, and they'll present their ideas at a 5:30 p.m. meeting May 14 in Collingwood Presbyterian Church, 2108 Collingwood Blvd. People are invited to attend the meeting, ask questions, and give their opinions. Listening to comments will be members of the Design Review Board, who will select the winning design. The artists are Sheila Klein from Bow, Wash., Scott Murase from Portland, Ore., and Mark Lere of Glendale, Calif. The selected piece will be built by the artist and installed on any of the existing or new islands on the boulevard, in conjunction with the Collingwood infrastructure and repavement project. The art will be paid for by the city's One Percent for Art program. Information: dhernandez@acgt.org and 419-254-2787.

Calls for artists:

● Whitehouse will host a juried art show and sale from noon to 8 p.m. July 21 in its Village Park, and artists are invited to submit images of their work for possible inclusion. Deadline is June 4. Booth fees will be $25 and $50. Applicants should send three or four images representing the work they plan to sell to whitehouse.oh.art@gmail.com. Additional information: 419-877-5976.

● The 39th Annual Juried Art Show will be May 19 in the Ellis Library, 3554 S. Custer Rd., Monroe. Applications are at the library, and entries can be dropped off May 17 and 18.

● Applications for the Downtown Monroe Fine Art Fair, Aug. 11 and 12, are at monroeartfair.com.

A 1:30 p.m. tour for people who have mild memory loss and their caregivers will be Saturday at the Toledo Museum of Art. The topic for this monthly tour, called Meet Me at TMA, will be landscapes painted in the Impressionistic style. Information: 419-537-1999.

Opening tomorrow in the museum's Community Gallery is an exhibit featuring work by artists of the Findlay Area Arts Council. Using a variety of media, they keyed many of their pieces off the colorful paintings of Jules Olitski. The show runs through July 19.

Art meets the Kentucky Derby from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the annual Derby Days reception in Manhattan's Restaurant, 1516 Adams St. Equine paintings and sculptures, organized by 20 North Gallery, will be on view Friday through May 20. The derby, with a post time of 6:24 p.m., will be televised in the restaurant. Admission is $5. Information and reservations: 419-243-6675.

Mari Dorn draws upon nature when painting watercolors; her work is on view through May at Georgette's Fair Trade Grounds & Gifts, 311 Conant St., Maumee.

Peter Campus: Kiva, a video installation, opens Saturday in the University of Michigan Museum of Art and continues through Aug. 12. An early experimenter with video, Campus created Kiva in 1971.

Continuing through May 20 is Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life, honored as the best show in a university gallery by the International Association of Art Critics/USA after it was assembled by staff at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. Beginning in the early 1960s and noted for blurring the boundaries between art and life, Fluxus artists include George Maciunas, Nam June Paik, George Brecht, and Yoko Ono. They challenged the notion of high art by creating unassuming, often humorous objects and performances. They disregarded traditional artistic media, and their work demonstrated the idea that "anything can be art and anyone can do it." The museum is at 525 S. State St., Ann Arbor. Information: 734-764-0395 and umma.umich.edu.

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