An informative, seven-minute video showing the behind-the-scenes planning for the Toledo Museum of Art's major Manet exhibit can be seen at http://bit.ly/TMXrLY. Manet: Portraying Life continues through Jan. 1.
A gift to the museum, the video was the idea of Steve Hanson, owner of Hanson, Inc. in Maumee, a digital agency with film and video capabilities. A passionate museum member, Hanson attended a French dinner at the museum a few months ago at which four staff who played key roles in pulling the exhibit together explained how they did it.
"I thought, if anything would make people feel very good about seeing this almost once-in-a-lifetime thing, this is it," he said. "This was something that we felt really needed to be told so we worked with the museum staff, who were actively involved in it."
Eight to 10 of Hanson's employees contributed to the film including John Rerucha, director of photography; Mindy Withrow, writer, and Steve Dwyer, who composed original music.
In other museum news:
● At 7 p.m. Friday, Lawrence W. Nichols will lead a tour of the Manet exhibit, for which a ticket is required. Nichols, who organized the Manet show with a colleague at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, is the William Huttonsenior curator of European and American painting and sculpture before 1900. After Jan. 1, the paintings will be crated up and sent to London.
● Andrea Mall will discuss the meaning behind Sirens as depicted in funerary art and explain how these frightful creatures became associated with comfort in the afterlife, at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Little Theater. Mall is the museum's registrar. Her talk is cosponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America-Toledo Society.
● At 8 p.m. Dec. 14, Nana (1955, 117 minutes, in French) will be screened in the Little Theater. Based on Emile Zola's novel and rich with details of the late 1800s, it's the story of a sassy Parisian actress pursued by two brothers.
● A list of upcoming art classes for all ages can be found at toledomuseum.org/learn/classes and by calling 419-254-5080.
Artist registration for the upcoming Artomatic 419! in downtown will begin Monday at theartscommission.org. The nonjuried show, operated by participating artists who serve volunteer hours, drew 10,000 visitors when last held in 2011. Dates will be April 13, 20, and 27. Organized every other year by the Arts Commission, Artomatic has received a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for diversity programming and community outreach. Information from Ryan Bunch at 419-254-2787.
Janelle Lorenzen's striking photographs of area city and landscapes are on view through Jan. 31 at Starbucks at Levis Commons, 3145 Levis Commons Blvd. in Perrysburg. Images include Toledo's skyline, Wildwood Metropark, Maumee Bay State Park, Toledo Botanical Garden, the High-Level Bridge, and the Docks. Lorenzen, of Holland, alters natural colors by using techniques such as attaching an infrared filter on the front lens to achieve longer exposure and merging a number of bracketed exposures into one image. The show was organized by Prizm Creative Community. Information: 419-931-8732 and myprizm.com.
A dozen watercolors by Betty Jean Jacobson, most done out of doors, are displayed at Georgette's Fair Trade Grounds & Gifts through the end of the month. The coffee shop is at 311 Conant St. in Maumee. Information: georgettes.org.
Using Art to Reduce Stress and Anxiety, a free workshop, will be noon to 2 p.m. today in Room 120B of College Hall at Owens Community College on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township. The session includes breathing, stretching, and relaxation techniques as well as a simple art exercise in still-life drawing. Information: 567-661-2351.
Call for artists: A portrait show is open to people 17 and older living in northwest Ohio, who may enter up to three pieces ($15 per piece for non-members). The juried exhibit will run Jan. 18 through Feb. 9 in the Findlay Art League, 117 W. Crawford St., Findlay. Prospectus is at www.findlayartleague.com. Information: 419-306-5720 and email@example.com.
Showing at the University of Michigan Museum of Art at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 will be Cultures of Resistance, exploring how creativity is ammunition in the battle for peace and justice in places such as Iran, Burma, Brazil, and Lebanon's Palestinian refugee camps. The museum is at 525 S. State St. in Ann Arbor. Information: 734-763-8662 and umma.umich.edu.
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