A workshop explaining how to submit proposals for public art projects will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in The Arts Commission office, 1838 Parkwood Ave. It's free but registration is required. The Arts Commission is seeking proposals on two projects. One is a large-scale mural on a building that will be visible to drivers on I-280. The other, also in a high-traffic area, is a redesign of a downtown gateway at the intersection of Erie Street, the Anthony Wayne Trail, and Lafayette Street. This project can include a variety of types of art including sculpture. Both projects have a March 28 deadline to submit qualifications. The workshop will explain how to apply, including requests for qualifications, requests for proposals, and the design-review board process.
"Given the increased activity surrounding mural projects in the community, we are taking the extra step to inform and educate local artists on these processes and increase the capacity for them to apply for these projects," said Marc Folk, executive director of The Arts Commission. Information: 419-254-2787 or theartscommission.org.
● HAIR, 40 works exploring hair as subject, medium, and substrate, will open with a 7-9 p.m. Friday reception in LeSo Gallery, 1527 Starr Ave. Twenty-four artists expressed their concepts of hair in printmaking, painting, drawing, sculpture, video, photography, cut paper, and collage. The opening will also feature live models exhibiting top-of-the-head creations by stylists and artists. "We cut, color, sculpt, and style it to suit our needs and define all things inherent within it, just as we do art," said Bradley Scherzer, the show's curator. A closing reception with artist talks will be 7 to 9 p.m. March 21. The gallery will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
● The Art Commission's big fundraiser, The Mix: Black + White, will be 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. March 15 in the lower concourse level of One Seagate, 550 N. Summit St. With several bands and food stations, The Mix is often held in unorthodox and cavernous spaces that invite wandering from room to room. Tickets are $75 (which can be purchased at the door) and for VIPs, $125 (advance purchases only). Information: 419-254-2787 and theartscommission.org.
● Eric Haskell will give a free, illustrated talk about the profound influence of landscape architect André Le Nôtre (1613-1700) at 6 p.m. March 13 in the Peristyle Theater adjacent to the Toledo Museum of Art. Gardening for Grandeur in 17th-Century France is the topic. A third-generation gardener to the blue bloods, Le Nôtre revolutionized formal gardens in France with his designs for Versailles, Vaux-le-Vicomte, and the Tuileries. Haskell is a professor of French at Scripps College, a women's school in southern California, and head of its Clark Humanities Museum. His talk is in conjunction with The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden, a ticketed show at the Toledo museum through May 11. This Masters Series program is sponsored by the TMA Ambassadors and the Country Garden Club of Perrysburg.
Also at the museum:
● A talk called Singers, Chantresses, and Ladies of the House: Examining the Roles and Status of Elite Women in Late Period Egypt, 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Little Theater, cosponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America - Toledo Society
● A tour for babies up to 18 months, 3:30 p.m. March 14. Meet in the Family Center
● A Brush with Art: Garden and Plant Works on Paper, is a program for people who have early-stage memory loss and their caregivers,1 p.m. March 14. To register, call 419-537-1999.
● A Brush with Art: Paper-making with seeds, is a hands-on session for people who have early-stage memory loss. It will be from 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. March 14 in Classroom 139. To register, call 419-537-1999.
● Spring Fever, paintings by Greg Justus, will open with a 1-3 p.m. meet-the-artist reception at Georgette's Grounds & Gifts, 311 Conant St., Maumee. Justus is showing 23 paintings ranging in size from 9-by-9-inches to 36-by-24 inches. It will be displayed through March 31. See his work at starvingartistgreg.com.
● Danielle Herrera will be at Downtown Latte, where she's showing her work, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. It will be displayed through March 28 in the shop at 44 S. St. Clair St.
● Shear Sensations, watercolor collages by Claire Wilson, is displayed through April 15 in the Perrysburg Municipal Building, 201 W. Indiana Ave. Wilson paints watercolors, then cuts them up and sets them in mosaic-like compositions.
● A free class on basic photo editing using FastStone Image Viewer will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Yager Building at Swan Creek Preserve. Teaching will be Bob Ellis. Information: 419-407-9700. Organized by the Naturalists Camera club of Toledo.
● Iconic Images opens with an 8 to 10 p.m. reception in Sam B's restaurant, 163 S. Main St., Bowling Green. Continuing through May 28, it's organized by Prizm Creative Community. Information: 419-931-8732 and myprizm.com.
● A reception for Dee Brown, whose photography and sculpture are featured at the Eberly Center through May 2, will be 5 to 6:30 p.m. March 13. The center is in Tucker Hall on the University of Toledo's campus. Information: 419-530-8570.
● Calls for artists:
● An ekphrastic-writing poetry contest seeks original poems inspired by a work of art in the Toledo Museum of Art. Deadline is March 27. In ekphrastic writing, an author vividly describes a piece of art. The museum will showcase notable entries with a reception in the spring. Entry form is at www.toledomuseum.org/learn/writingcontest
● Cleveland's 10th IngenuityFest, a celebration of art, music, and technology to be held in September, seeks large installations, gallery pieces, and technology demonstrations, as well as dance, sound, film, and theatrical performances. Deadline is March 29. Information: http://ingenuitycleveland.com/2014call. Bands should apply to www.ingenuitycleveland.com/bands
● Liturgical, spiritual, and religious works in all media, are sought for Visions 2014, an exhibit that will be on view April 26 to May 24 at Community of Christ Lutheran Church in Whitehouse. Deadline is March 30. Information: 419-877-1024 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
● Witness to Hunger, a photo show organized by ProMedica, is in the lobby gallery of the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts in Columbus through March 24. Nine area people who face hunger and food insecurity were given cameras and told to snap pictures that illustrated their lives. One in five Ohio families is said to live with food insecurity. Last summer, this show was in the Community Gallery at the Toledo Museum of Art. One photo, called Watching Over Khalil, was taken by his mother, Oni Parrish of Toledo. She said even before five-year-old Khalil opens his eyes in the morning, he asks about breakfast. The Columbus show was organized in conjunction with the Ohio Arts Council. Learn more about the Witness to Hunger exhibit at http://www.promedica.org/witnesstohunger.
● Meet artists Jim Andrews and Dave Riegel from 5 to 7 tonight at Art@106, 106 S. Sandusky St., in Bellvue, during First Thursday. Shops and cafes will be open.
● Andy Shannon's work can be seen, beginning with an 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday reception, in Grace Episcopal Church, 315 Wayne St., Sandusky. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9 through April 3, Mon.-Fri. Information: www.gracesandusky.org and 419-625-6919.
● Samurai: Beyond the Sword, 130 works depicting the gentle side of these leaders and soldiers, will open Sunday at the Detroit Institute of Arts and continue through June 1. In addition to being warriors, their ranks included artists and scholars. Samurai means one who serves and these objects reflect the principles of awareness and mindfulness they pursued. Among the works are helmets, face masks, and paintings of Buddhist and Chinese figures, scenes of epic battles, Noh theater costumes, and illustrated classical literature on screen and scroll paintings, most from 1603 to 1868. There is admission to the show in addition to the museum. Information: dia.org and 313-833-7900.
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