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Published: Thursday, 7/12/2012

Downtown gallery to show works celebrating dance

Works by Toledo native Robert Heindel, reminiscent of Degas' dancers, will be on view in Sur St. Clair Gallery at 1 S. St. Clair St. next week. Works by Toledo native Robert Heindel, reminiscent of Degas' dancers, will be on view in Sur St. Clair Gallery at 1 S. St. Clair St. next week.

The Amazing Art of Robert Heindel, a Toledo native known for his paintings of dancers that are reminiscent of Degas, will open with a 5 to 7 p.m. reception Wednesday for which tickets are $20. The show, in Sur St. Clair Gallery at 1 S. St. Clair St., can be viewed from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, and July 20 for a $5 admission.

Born in 1938 and a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Heindel's passion for capturing dance in oils, pastels, and conte crayon was inspired when he attended a ballet in Detroit starring Rudolph Nureyev and MargotFonteyn. He visited ballet and contemporary dance companies throughout Europe, Japan, and the United States, taking hundreds of photographs at classes and rehearsals.

He was also commissioned to paint impressions from the musicals Cats and Phantom of the Opera by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. In addition to his paintings, his proofs will be sold.

Heindel died in 2005 at the age of 67. Information: 419-241-7100 and surstclair@yahoo.com.

Art Walk in downtown Toledo will be 6 to 9 tonight, when many nearby studios, galleries, and cafes will be open. Maps and venue listings are available at theartscommission.org. Many venues are along S. St. Clair Street near Fifth Third Field.

The Ann Arbor Art Fair will be Wednesday to July 21. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday to July 20 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 21. The event includes four fairs featuring contemporary art, food vendors, and live entertainment, in two locations downtown and two near the main University of Michigan campus. Information and maps: artfairs.visitannarbor.org and 734-662-3382.

Amy Gilman, curator of contemporary art at the Toledo Museum of Art, will discuss the paintings of Jules Olitski and related modern paintings owned by the museum at 7:30 p.m. July 20 in the Little Theater.

The NOW WOW PROJECT, II is open to artists in all media except video. Winners will share $1,000 in prizes and receive a solo show Oct. 13 to Nov. 10 in Hudson Gallery, 5645 N. Main St., Sylvania. Deadline is Aug. 18 and the entry fee is $30. Applications at hudsongallery.net. Information: 419-885-8381 and info@hudsongallery.net.

The biennial Hot Glass auction for the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo raised $59,700, with an additional $7,000 in donations to the Young Artists at Work summer program. Also, $16,000 was raised from the sale of glass work by the late Tom McGlauchlin to be spent on youth arts programs at the Toledo School for the Arts and the arts commission, said Jennifer Jarrett, deputy director of the commission. The numbers are down from the 2010 auction, which raised $84,000 and $23,000 for the Young Artists at Work, Jarrett said.

The Sand to Sea installation at the Wassenberg Art Center in Van Wert has been canceled because of storm damage and power outages. It will be rescheduled for 2013. The exhibit would have featured work by Judith Greavu and Matthew J. Paskiet.

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