The imaginative Dewey Blocksma will give a public talk and teach at the University of Toledo next week, beginning with a found-object workshop for 60 students and faculty.
The sculptures they create will be displayed beginning with a public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 17 and continuing through Jan. 25 in UT’s Center for Visual Arts adjacent to the Toledo Museum of Art.
Blocksma, who lives in Benzie County, Michigan, and was an emergency room physician for 10 years before turning full-time to art, will give a free, public talk at noon Jan. 15 on UT’s main campus in Carlson Library’s fifth floor Canaday Center. Blocksma has asked UT staff to gather all kinds of supplies for the workshop, ranging from pipe cleaners to tinker toys, said Barbara Miner, who’s coordinating the event.
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● A reception for Maumee painter Greg Justus will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Downtown Latte, 44 S. St. Clair St. With 39 pieces ranging from 36-by-24-inch acrylic paintings to small ceramic tiles brushed with vibrant alcohol ink, the show is called Modern Impressionism: An Exploration of Color. A 1997 Kent State University grad, his works are priced between $25 and $365. Says Justus of acrylic paint, “I can paint thick and not worry about it cracking years down the road.” The show continues through January. To see his work, check starvingartistgreg.com and on Facebook, starvingartistgreg.
● In the process of becoming a volunteer docent at the Toledo Museum of Art, people learn a tremendous amount about art history, visual literacy, and public speaking. The museum seeks people for its upcoming class of volunteer docents, and will explain the program at two informational sessions: 1:30 p.m. Jan. 16 and 6 p.m. Jan. 17 in the museum’s Little Theater. The museum has more than 100 docents who lead tours. The training requires about 10 hours a week, lasts 18 months, and includes noon to 2 p.m. classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, plus out-of-class work. Participants must pay for their books and be a museum member. Information: 419-255-8000 ext. 7514 and email@example.com.
● Animations in 16 mm film and digital video by Jo Dery, who experiments with visual story telling, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Lab Theatre, Room 1039 at the University of Toledo’s Center for Performing Arts. Following the screening, Dery will discuss her work. Tickets are $5; $3 for students and people 60 and older. In addition, she’ll teach a free animation workshop in Room 1039 of the arts center from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 18. Dery is an assistant professor of animation at DePaul University’s School of Cinema and Interactive Media. To see her work, check http://jodery.com.
● Rules Rebels, a free photography class taught by Art Weber, will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Secor Room at Secor Metropark. Weber is the retired Metroparks public information manager. The workshop is organized by the Naturalist Camera Club of Toledo. Information: 419-407-9700.
● Call for sculptors: Sculptures are sought by the Midwest Sculpture Initiative for 13 outdoor exhibits in Michigan and Ohio cities. Sculptures will be installed on concrete pads in high-visibility locales and be on view from about May 1 to April 15, 2015. Artists will receive a stipend. Information: msisculpture.com and 517-486-4591.
● Eighty photographs were chosen from 200 for the annual ArtSpace/Lima Photography Club show that opens with a 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. reception and awards presentation Friday in ArtSpace/Lima, 65-67 Town Square in Lima. Information: 419-222-1721 and artspacelima.com.
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