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Heralding the Holidays at Toledo Botanical Garden will be Friday through Sunday, with plenty of arts and crafts, entertainment, food, horse-drawn wagon rides, and Santa.
The Toledo Artists’ Club, which has a building in the garden, will sell 100 5-inch-by-7-inch paintings for $20 each. Cottages in Artists Village will be open, along with Seasons Gift Shop, and the conference center will be full of jewelry, pottery, glass, textiles, paintings, photography, lawn art, housewares, fairy gardens, soaps, lotions, honey, mustards, jams, herbs, and baked goods.
Free wagon rides will be given Friday, when there will be children’s crafts and activities, and storytellers in the Navarre Cabin. People can sign up to make a hand-blown glass ornament with the Toledo Glass Guild for $20.
And the Lithophane Museum will be open. Admission is free. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
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● Dozens of creatives will sell their work in the Holiday Art Trail in Sylvania, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, at 13 galleries, studios, and other venues.
Included are the American and Hudson galleries, Lourdes University, and a pop-up gallery on Maplewood Avenue near Main Street. It’s organized by the Sylvania Community Arts Commission. Information: 419-517-0118. A map is at SylvaniaArts.org.
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● Waterville hosts its downtown Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
The largest shops are Silver Lining Gallery and Garden Smiles by Carruth, where George Carruth will sign his work; both shops are on Mechanic Street. Avancer Studio in Peddler’s Alley on Farnsworth Street will take free portraits with Santa from 1 to 3 that will be posted on Facebook, and some restaurants are offering free meals for kids under 12.
● A Holiday Cafe and Craft Show in Metroparks Hall at Wildwood Preserve Metropark will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday through Dec. 15. Goods by 18 vendors include knitted and textile items, roasted nuts, pet gifts, jewelry, glass and stained glass, wood, dip makers, and more. Snacks will be sold. Proceeds benefit the Metroparks.
● The annual ’Tis the Secor will be 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday at 425 Jefferson Ave. The Secor Gallery will be filled with an unusual group of portraits in Yours Truly: An Exploration of Self, by advanced art students at the University of Toledo. Other galleries and studios will be open on the fifth, sixth, and seventh floors of this venerable building.
● Launch Pad Cooperative’s 8x8 Exhibit and Sale, where each eight-inch-painting is priced at $20, will be 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 14 at 911 Jefferson. It’s a fund-raiser for this co-op gallery.
● Making a glass ornament can be done Saturdays at Firenation Glass Studio & Gallery, 7166 Front St., Holland, 419-866-6288, and at Copper Moon Studio Gallery by appointment. Copper Moon is at 8007 Airport Hwy., Holland, 419-867-0683.
ArtsX, the popular, family-friendly performance extravaganza at Bowling Green State University, will be 6 to 10 p.m. Friday.
All events except the big concert are free, as is parking. It’s reminiscent of the old First Night Toledo that was held on New Year’s Eve.
There will be nonstop music of many genres, steel-pan drums, improv, aerial acts, jugglers, fantastical costumed characters, and frilled dragons.
Also filling lobbies and rooms will be the dramatic taiko (large Japanese drums), theatrical readings, architectural installations, an aluminum pour, glass blowing, and a premier of the movie Hacked.
The annual exhibit of high-quality art by faculty and staff will be in the Bryan Gallery through Jan. 19 but closed Dec. 22 through Jan. 12.
Events will be in the Wolfe Center for the Arts, Fine Arts Center, and Moore Musical Arts Center. Student art will be sold throughout the buildings. For maps and more information, go to bgsu.edu/artsx.
AIGA Toledo, a group of professional designers, will gather 20 artists, Web developers, and writers Saturday to develop a complete identity system for a nonprofit group.
They’ll meet at Seed Coworking, 25 S. St. Clair St., roll up their sleeves, and by the end of the day, will have produced a Web site, business cards, a brochure, letterhead stationery, and envelopes. The selected nonprofit will be announced at 9 a.m. Saturday. All work and materials are donated.
Previous recipients have been MLK Kitchen for the Poor, Self Expression Teen Theater, Claire’s Day, and Family House. Information: 419-244-7766.
A 6 to 9 p.m. reception Friday will open a month-long exhibit of Helen Kutscher’s paintings in the Gaslight Gallery, 117 E. Crawford St., Findlay. She was formerly a commercial artist at Marathon Petroleum Corp.
Art of the Winter Solstice, a show of work by the members of the Firelands Area Art League, continues at Grace Episcopal Church, 315 Wayne St., Sandusky. Information: 419-625-6919 and www.gracesandusky.org.
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