‘Poster Show’ showcases graphic design talent

Compilation of more than 50 pieces from 10 local graphic designers

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  • Event promotion materials that showcase Toledo’s graphic design talent dating back to the 1980s is the focus of an exhibition that opened this week at the Paula Brown Shop’s gallery.

    The Poster Show is a compilation of more than 50 pieces from 10 local graphic designers who were commissioned by charitable organizations, corporations, or individuals to create art that helped announce a concert, show, or other event, shop co-owner Peter Brown said.

    “They were real silk screens, but it’s kind of died, so we brought back some of the old ones, and mixed them with some contemporary ones as well,” he said. “It’s really going to be a cool thing ...”

    The show, which runs through July 7, represents work by artists Bob Cairl, Jeff Kimble, Terry Lesniewicz, Ellen Loeffler, Steve Mockensturm, Al Navarre, Joe Pinciotti, Gene Powell, Martin Treu, and Dan Weeks.

    Examples of the work include posters that announce a jazz concert during Citifest; another that markets a squash competition in 1988, a ceremony at the Historic Church of St. Patrick, and art that promotes an antique boat show in 1989.

    The attached Pub at the Paula Brown Shop offers drinks, light fare, and live music. 

    Gallery and shop hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. It is closed Sunday and Monday. The pub is open until 9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

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    ■ Art students from the University of Toledo’s School of Visual Arts are again hosting their Wearable Conditions exhibition and runway show that analyzes disease through art.

    Art and Disease: An Unlikely Partnership starts at 6 p.m. April 27, at the Glass Pavilion across from the Toledo Museum of Art on Monroe Street. Participating students worked with health-care professionals and studied a disease and its conditions to assist them in creating a wearable sculpture that speaks to the disease and its components.

    Some of the diseases depicted this year include Type 1 diabetes, delusional disorder, and neuroblastoma. Art museum Director Brian Kennedy and UT art faculty member Mysoon Rizk will give talks about the art and disease.

    Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The art department will also live stream the event from 6 to 7 p.m., in the Haigh Auditorium at the Center for Visual Arts, for those who are unable to get seats to the show. There will be an opening reception for the bachelor of fine arts thesis Exhibition in the CVA gallery after the Wearable Conditions event is over.

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    ■ The Bedford Art Club is hosting a Spring Art Show that opens Saturday at the Bedford Branch Library, 8575 Jackman Rd., Temperance.

    The artists, who have done work in a variety of media, will offer their work for sale after the show closes on May 16.

    The exhibit will run on the same hours as the library: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

    For more information, visit Bedford Art Club on Facebook.

    Contact Roberta Gedert at: or 419-724-6075 or on Twitter @RoGedert.