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Published: Thursday, 11/8/2012

Assortment of arts, crafts fairs entices holiday shoppers

BY TAHREE LANE
BLADE STAFF WRITER
The late Edith Franklin (ceramicist, longtime supporter of Peggy and 20 North Gallery) and Doug Adams Arman. The late Edith Franklin (ceramicist, longtime supporter of Peggy and 20 North Gallery) and Doug Adams Arman.
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The season of artsy fairs has arrived:

● Toledo Craftsman's Guild will host its Homespun Holiday Art & Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Stranahan Great Hall, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. Its Crafts for Christmas sale will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 23 and 24 at the Lucas County Recreation Center, 2901 Key St., Maumee. And its Winter Festival of Crafts will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Franciscan Center at Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania.

● Artists who live in the Old West End will sell their goods from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Mansion View Inn, 2035 Collingwood Blvd.

● A first-time craft fair with a youthful, alternative vibe will fill a near-downtown building from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 17. It's the Maker's Mart Indie Craft Fair, with tables full of jewelry, ceramics, knits, clothing, woodwork, candles, soaps, hair accessories, and prints by three dozen people, along with food vendors and live music. Indie craft fairs have become popular around the country. It will be at 1717 Adams St. Parking is on the street. A list of participants is at makersmarttoledo.com. Admission $1. Information: 419-290-8629.

Selected works by and personal mementos of the late Edith Franklin, a ceramicist, along with the work of other artists, will be sold at a celebration of Franklin's life, 1 to 4 p.m. (remarks at 3 p.m.) Sunday in the Secor Gallery, 425 Jefferson Ave. Proceeds will support the Edith Franklin Youth Arts Fund at the Toledo Community Foundation, which supports programs at the Arts Commission. RSVP requested: 419-254-2787.

At the Toledo Museum of Art:

● Two discussions about how the King James Bible was created 400 years ago will be at 1 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Print Study Room. Speaking and displaying a first edition will be Ed Hill, works on paper assistant. Reservations required: 419-255-8000 ext. 7432.

● A tour for babies will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

● Works in all media by 50 artists who were asked to create in the styles or methods of Edouard Manet are in the first-floor Community Gallery through Jan. 10.

● The Pompeii Sleazy Bars Project will be discussed by Clayton Fants at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Little Theater. The project began in 2004 to study the surviving "bars" of Pompeii. Fants is a professor of classical archaeology at the University of Akron. The talk is organized by the Archaeological Institute of America-Toledo Society and the museum.

● Lot #1, the main visitors' parking lot, is open after a months-long renovation. Access is at the northwest end of the campus near the community garden on Glenwood Avenue. The lot's ticket machine will require payment via a museum membership card, credit/debit card, or a single-use ticket sold at the information desk for $5. New features of the lot include handicap-accessible pedestrian ramps and a covered walkway. A canopy with nearly 1,300 solar panels will generate 300 kilowatts of electricity, more than doubling the museum's energy-producing capacity at peak performance.

Writers and poets will present extended readings followed by a Q & A at Launch Pad Cooperative, 911 Jefferson Ave. Inaugurating the Featured Lines series will be Brenna Dugan at 8 p.m. Tuesday; doors open at 7:30 p.m. Dugan teaches writing at Owens Community College. Subsequent readers include Tara Misu on Jan. 15 and Leonard Kress on Feb. 19.

Medicine on the Maumee features illustrations by Roy Schneider, manager of medical and biological illustration at the University of Toledo, and Anatomical Art: The Internal Beauty of the Human Body, specimens preserved through the process of plastination by Carlos Baptista, of the department of neurosciences. Continuing through Dec. 28, it's at UT's Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections on the fifth floor of Carlson Library on the main campus.

Athena Art Society's annual juried exhibit opens Monday and continues through Dec. 20 in the Wolfe Gallery at Maumee Valley Country Day School, 1715 S. Reynolds Rd. A reception will be 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 20, with awards at 6:30. A silent auction of original art will be held to benefit the 109-year-old group's scholarship fund.

Daniel Mauk: Colorful Drawings is displayed through Dec. 28 in Art Supply Depo, 29 S. St. Clair St., with a 6 to 8:30 p.m. reception Nov. 16. In addition, the shop will host an Artist Trading Card event for makers and swappers 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; another is planned for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25.

Artists at Blissfield's Annual Yuletide Celebration will be glass maker John Piechocki, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, and decorative silver-spoon artist Ellen Malko Stacy, noon to 4 p.m., and on Sunday, glass maker Jim Yarrito, noon to 5 p.m. Also on Sunday, live alpacas will be on site from noon to 5 p.m. The event will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Victorian Garden, 102 W. Adrian St., Blissfield.

Send items two weeks before the event to tlane@theblade.com.



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