Chasing Rainbows by Timothy Gaewsky continues through Feb. 8 at Launch Pad Cooperative, 911 Jefferson Ave. In installations and assemblages, paintings on walls, and on sizable cutouts, Gaewsky uses bold primary colors and simple shapes to examine the dicey relationship between desire and materialism. He includes carnival games, scratch-off lottery tickets, toy-packaging designs, pinball and slot machine graphics, and 8-bit video games. He'll release a catalog at the closing reception, 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 8. Information: launchpadcooperative.com.
Opening Jan. 25 with a 6 to 9 p.m. reception and continuing through March 2 is Black History Month 2013: The American Experience in 20 North Gallery. Work by Larenza Arnold, Aaron S. Bivins, Charles T. Gabriel, Jr., Elizabeth V. Jordan, Ahavalyn Pitts, Brenda Price, Robert E. Shorter, Mack Walton, and John Wade III will be displayed. Featured will be the gorgeous landscape paintings of Steven S. Walker of Westerville. An online catalog will be posted Jan. 25 at 20northgallery.net. The gallery is at 18 N. St. Clair St. Information: 419-241-2400.
The Hudson Gallery's newest Group of 9 show features the creations of Mark and Michael Kersey, Deborah Orloff, Leonard Marty, Yusuf Lateef, L. Sue Szabo, Jake Lee, Terry Teufel, Pi Benio, and Linda Ziemke. It opens with a 6 to 8 p.m. reception Jan. 25 in the store at 5645 N. Main St., Sylvania, and continues through Feb. 23.
A free workshop for artists about how to get an Ohio vendor's license (required for participants at the upcoming Artomatic 419 and any artists who sell their work), will be 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Professional Building, 1838 Parkwood Ave. across from the Toledo Museum of Art. Reservations are required: 419-254-2787 and email@example.com.
At the Toledo Museum of Art:
● Vinilla "Vin" Burnham, award-winning costume designer and creator of Lady Gaga's Living Dress, will speak about her work for films, stage, and television during a free presentation at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Peristyle. (See The Blade's Sunday Arts section for a story about Burnham). The talent behind the Batsuit, the Penguin and Catwoman costumes for Batman Returns, Burnham also has made creations for Jim Henson's Creature Shop in London and the BBC production of The Chronicles of Narnia.
● Ending Sunday are Made in Hollywood: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation (admission now reduced to $4) and Museum People: Faces of TMA.
Members of the Toledo Artists' Club are showing their work in an exhibit judged by Jules Webster through Jan. 31. The gallery, at the front of Toledo Botanical Garden, is open 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Information: 419-531-4079 and toledoartistclub.com.
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