The last Art Walk of the year is 6 to 9 tonight, when nearly 30 galleries, studios, and eateries, many along South St. Clair Street, will be open. Art Walks are organized by the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo. Information and maps: 419-254-2787 and TheArtsCommission.org.
Golgotha, a participatory installation by Crystal Gale Phelps will open with a reception tonight at Launch Pad Cooperative in the Davis Building at 911 Jefferson Ave. People will be invited to compose letters to the dead, then toss them along with a handful of dirt into one of three tombs built in the center of the gallery. Participants will be invited back for a closing service and talk by Phelps in October. Launch Pad is an artist-run gallery that supports its members. Information: LaunchPadCooperative.com.
Opening reception for two University of Toledo exhibits exploring broad themes of collaboration and reclamation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 21 in the Center for Visual Arts (CVA) adjacent to the Toledo Museum of Art.
Universal Future (Where There's a Willys There's a Way), created by UT students and faculty with the Colorado collective M12, will be in the CVA gallery through Oct. 14. The Jeep was used by the military as well as by farmers. Hoping to impart a call for social action, the project uses a Willys-Overland Civilian Jeep as a focal point and for reassurance about the post-industrial and post agricultural future. It will continue through Oct. 14.
Harvest: Michigan's Urban Agriculture by photographer Daniel Farnum, will document Michigan's urban farms: hipsters, neighborhood teenagers, unemployed factory workers, and restaurant owners. Continuing through Oct. 21 in the center's Clement Gallery, the exhibit demonstrates the eclectic nature of community and the optimistic passion for sustainable living. Information: 419-530-8348 and Benjamin.Pond@utoledo.edu.
Steel, an exhibit of abstract and figurative welding, opens Tuesday in the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery in the lobby of the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at Owens Community College. More than 40 sculptures by students and alumni will be on view in the gallery and the adjacent courtyard. Teaching artistic welding is James Havens. A reception will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 21 in the gallery and the exhibit continues through Oct. 19. The college is on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township. Information: 567-661-2721.
Calls for art:
● The prospectus for the 94th Toledo Area Artists' Exhibition and entry forms are available. Deadline is Oct. 22. People living within a 150-mile radius of the Toledo Museum of Art are eligible to enter original work in any media, created after 2009, and not previously shown in a TAA exhibition. Selections by a two-person jury will be exhibited Feb. 1 through April 14. The prospectus is at toledomuseum.org/exhibitions/taa. Submission of entries is at callforentry.com.
● A playful garden sculpture, three-to-four feet in diameter and 10-to-11-feet tall is desired by Carruth Studio in Waterville for placement in front of the store. It should draw people in and be weatherproof. Budget is about $2,000. Carruth is a manufacturer of hand-cast stone sculptures designed by George Carruth. Information: carruthstudio.com.
● A second round of hip designs for bike racks is being sought by the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo. The first set of 10 was installed in the UpTown district in May. Each rack should accommodate two bikes. Ten new designs will be chosen (artist honorarium is $500), manufactured, and hit the streets in the spring. Deadline is Nov. 1. Information: 419-254-2787 ext. 11 and TheArtsCommission.org.
● An eight-inch-by-eight-inch show will raise money for programming at the new Launch Pad Cooperative near downtown. All works must be eight-by-eight inches. They'll be displayed Dec. 13 through Jan. 4 and sold anonymously. Deadline is Dec. 3. Information: launchpadcooperative.com/8x8.html.
● With a Sept. 21 deadline, Toledo Botanical Garden is soliciting artists to sell their work at the Nightfall Festival. Art must be handmade and not from molds or kits. The $50 booth fee includes a six-foot table. The family-oriented event will be 4 to 10 p.m. Oct. 5 and 6 and will include trick or treating, art for kids, a spooky pumpkin patch, horse-drawn wagon rides, games, and musicians. Information: 419-536-5588 and toledogarden.org/?event=nightfall-festival.
● The UpTown Association will hold its second Park(ing) Day 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 21, when 7-by-14-feet "parks" of all types will be assembled in curbside parking spaces along Adams Street between 10th and Jackson streets. Last year, 29 spaces were morphed into tiny parks, each with a different theme. Originally hatched in San Francisco, the idea has gone international, aiming to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate conversation around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban living. A special "artist price" is offered for $50 per space, with proceeds benefiting the UpTown Association, which promotes the UpTown neighborhood. Information: uptowntoledo.org.
Several artists will sell their creations on South St. Clair St. from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday during Wander the Warehouse, a ticketed event at which tours of nearby lofts and homes will be given. Tickets are $10. Information: toledowarehouse.org.
Dziak Gallery is showing paintings of the southern Gulf Coast, many small and painted outdoors by Richard Dziak, through Dec. 16. The gallery is at 810 West Main St. in Marblehead. Information: 419-798-4994 and dziakgallery.com.
Art-A-Licious will feature 80 entrepreneurial artists in downtown Adrian, 4 to 10 p.m. Sept. 21 and 10 a.m. to10 p.m. Sept. 22. Several bands will perform a wide variety of music, there will be children's activities and a theatrical performance, and food vendors. Information: 517-265-2265 and artalicious.org.
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