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Block Party returns to Toledo Museum of Art

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    Crazy Craig performing one of his many acts on the Monroe Street Terrace at the Toledo Museum of Art.


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    Toledo Museum of Art Executive Chef Joe Felix grilling a variety of items for block party guests.


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    Bird’s Eye View Circus entertaining the crowd with an aerial silks act on the Toledo Museum of Art’s Monroe Street Terrace.


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    Man Overboard

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    The Bubble Sharks perform on the Glass Pavilion lawn.


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    Block Party guests fill the Toledo Museum of Art campus.


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    Children participate in hands-on art activities on the Glass Pavilion lawn.


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    Magician Dorian Strange engages block party guests with close-up magic on the Toledo Museum of Art’s Monroe Street Terrace.


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    Block Party guests fill the Toledo Museum of Art campus.


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    Toledo artist Ken Dushane, also known as Phybr, is wrapping up a vintage postcard mural on the side of Clinton House Restaurant in Port Clinton.

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This weekend is the Toledo Museum of Art’s annual Block Party, an indoor-outdoor arts and entertainment event in its fifth year.

The event from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday includes a scavenger hunt, performing arts and musical performances, food, drink, and access to the museum campus and its galleries and gardens.

The majority of the event’s activities are outside, stretching from the museum’s large terrace up and down the Monroe Street corridor and across on the lawn of the Glass Pavilion. Guests will have 12 food vendors, two beer trucks, and other drink stations from which they can purchase food and drink.

The party includes a scavenger hunt, this year called the Wild Art Chase, in which teams of two to five players solve a series of puzzles and challenges on campus. Participants can register for $5 and should download the Social Scavenger app to play.

The evening will also include glassblowing and flameworking demonstrations, hands-on children’s activities, and musical, dance, circus, and other live performances.

The new showing Community, an exhibition by British artist Rebecca Law of more than 500,000 plants and flora that hang from the ceiling, is inside the museum’s Canaday Gallery. Admission is $10 for those who aren’t members of the museum.

Parking at the museum is free for members and $7 for nonmembers.

For more information, or a schedule of events, go to

■ A Toledo artist has been commissioned by the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council to create a postcard mural in the downtown area.

Local artist Ken Dushane III, also known as Phybr, started the mural last month, and expects to be done within the next two weeks. The mural is on the side of Clinton House Restaurant on Perry Street, near the Jet Express ferry docks. It includes historical themes within its spray-painted letters, including images of the former Matthews Boat Co. and charter fishing.

Vintage postcard murals have become a trend in cities across the United States. The Glass City’s “Greetings from Toledo” mural was painted by Victor Ving and Lisa Beggs at the intersection of First and Main streets in 2015.

For more information on the arts council and its community projects and events, go to

■ A photography exhibit by a husband and wife studio team of the same name will be shown at the Perrysburg Municipal Building, 201 W. Indiana Ave., through Aug. 17.

Kelly and Kelly Chafant will have on display 28 pieces that they have taken in local communities and across the country. The exhibition, which opened Tuesday, includes Marblehead, chosen as the 2017 Photo of the Year in an annual contest by the Ohio State Parks System and Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The exhibition hall is available for view from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

For more information, go to

■ A juried exhibition featuring the work of community members from 12 Ohio counties opens July 13 at Bowling Green State University Art Galleries.

Now OH is in its 11th year and is a free show open from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays and from 1 to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, until July 28.

Artists from Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Sandusky, Seneca, Williams, and Wood counties were permitted to enter the show, which was juried by Michelle Carlson, artist and youth services coordinator for the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo. Carlson will give a gallery talk during the show’s opening, at 7 p.m. July 13.

For more information, go to, call 419-372-8525, or e-mail

■ The Detroit Institute of Arts has issued an open call for proposals for those who want to create altars for the museum’s annual show that honors the tradition of Dia de Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead.

Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos is a show synonymous with the tradition in Mexico and other Latin American countries of building altars to celebrate the lives of close relatives, friends, or community members who have died, with such things as photographs, mementos, favorite foods or drinks, sugar skulls, flowers, and candles.

Submission deadline is Aug. 10.

This year’s show is the sixth annual, and will be open from Oct. 12 to Nov. 11.

To submit a proposal, go to For more information, go to

Send news of art items at least two weeks in advance to or call 419-724-6075.

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