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News of Art: Holiday Art Trail returns to the Sylvania area

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The full installation of Philip Sugden's work is a 12-foot-diameter circle of 21 large, hanging pages, including the one at left.


The fourth annual Holiday Art Trail in the Sylvania area will be 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at 15 galleries, studios, and other venues. There’s a wide variety of art and prices, and most stops will offer light snacks and demonstrations. Included are the American and Hudson galleries, Lourdes University, Hickman Cancer Center at Flower Hospital, a pop-up gallery on Maplewood Avenue near Main Street, and more. It’s organized by the Sylvania Community Arts Commission. Information: 419-517-0118. A map is at


Philip Sugden depicts a small monastery in the Himalayas. The text is in Tibetan, and is a mantra used to help pull the individual into the moment. More of Sugden's work will be on view Saturday in a pop-up gallery at 317 S. Main St., Findlay.


Philip Sugden will display a new installation, Pages from the Manual on Dismantling God, from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday in a pop-up gallery at 317 S. Main St., Findlay. It’s a 12-foot- diameter circle of 21 large, hanging pages that can be entered and viewed by visitors. Sugden uses several languages including Hebrew, Sanskrit, Physic formula, and Vulcan, and has worked on the project for two years.

“The process of viewing these pages is a sort of pilgrimage in which the viewer’s mind is compelled to read the visual language in an intuitive manner. For me, as an artist, the journey has been a slow, subconscious transformation in the way I perceive myself and the universe — my sense of interconnection,” Sugden wrote. His art is inspired by 12 journeys he’s made to Tibet and the Himalayas and by the process of meditation. He will give away signed works of art to the first 73 visitors. Information: and 419-722-7810.

Several events are taking place at the Toledo Museum of Art this weekend.

A free presentation called Japanese Woodblock Printmaking with Paul Binnie will be at 7 tonight in the Little Theater. Scottish artist Binnie’s creativity is featured in the Ebb & Flow: Cross-Cultural Prints exhibition and he works in the Japanese tradition of woodblock printing. His art is reflective of the shin hanga artists of the early to mid-20th century, employing subjects such as landscapes, tattoos, and female beauties. He will present an illustrated talk about the historical and technical aspects of woodblock printmaking in Japan from the 7th century to the present day. He will discuss Ukiyo-e (floating world pictures) of the 17th to 19th centuries and 20th-century developments and will demonstrate Japanese printing methods.

A two-day workshop with Binnie will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. After viewing works in the Ebb & Flow exhibition, each participant will carve and print blocks over the two-day period. Workshop participants are encouraged to attend the artist’s presentation tonight. Registration for the workshop ($100 members/$120 nonmembers) is limited.

An exhibition titled Highs & Lows: Printmaking Processes opens at TMA Friday and runs until March 2 in the Hitchcock Gallery. The exhibition explores printmaking techniques used from the Renaissance to the present and includes a video presentation illustrating printmakers at work. Students from the University of Toledo Department of Art curated this show with works from the TMA collection.

Call for artists: LeSo Gallery seeks people who work with or would like to experiment with hair as a medium, a substrate, or a 2-D or 3-D subject. An exhibition featuring the work will be in March at the gallery, 1527 Starr Ave. Information:

Call for knitters and crocheters: Sylvania Community Arts Commission seeks people handy with yarn and needles to help cover 50 horse-head posts in downtown Sylvania. Wanted will be striped rectangles that will be sewn onto the posts for a February display. Information: 419-517-0118 and

Fragments from the Past: Islamic Art from the Collection of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology will open Nov. 30 at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Displayed will be furniture, vessels, building fragments, and other artifacts crafted by artisans from early Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Iraq, and Iran, that are part of the university’s Kelsey Museum. It will continue through April 14 in the art museum at 525 S. State St., Ann Arbor. Information: 734-764-0395 and



Contact Tahree Lane at: or 419-724-6075.

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