News of Art: Mini-exhibit, 2 shows open at museum Friday

A photo by Michele Trombley will be among the works in a new show at the Toledo Museum of Art that opens Friday. Titled Naturally Toledo, the show features pieces inspired by the area’s natural beauty.
A photo by Michele Trombley will be among the works in a new show at the Toledo Museum of Art that opens Friday. Titled Naturally Toledo, the show features pieces inspired by the area’s natural beauty.

Three collections of works debut Friday at the Toledo Museum of Art:

● Love & Play: A Pair of Paintings by Fragonard, will open in Gallery 28. The works are The See-Saw, borrowed from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, and the Toledo museum’s Blind-Man's Buff, painted in the 1750s by Fragonard, known for pastoral, romantic themes. This mini-exhibit includes engravings and French decorative arts from the 1750s. They’ll remain on view through May 4.

● Opening with a 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. reception in the Community Gallery and continuing through April 25 are two shows. In Naturally Toledo, the museum challenged artists to create pieces inspired by the area’s natural beauty. It’s keyed to the upcoming show The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden that opens Feb. 13 in the Canaday Gallery. Also in the Community Gallery are works by ArtReach, a project for people who are facing challenges, and student creations from Art After School.

The $8,000 Palmer Scholarship, offered by the Toledo Museum of Art, is accepting applications through Feb. 25 to pay for investigation of the visual arts. Applicants must be residents of northwest Ohio and do not need to be students. The award can be used toward travel expenses and will be granted in March. Details and applications can be downloaded at​learn/​classes by clicking on the scholarships link. Suggested projects should focus on advancing one’s creative skills, conducting research, or studying educational techniques. Previous topics supported by the Palmer scholarship have included photography in Thailand, a painting conservation course in Florence, and a study of Egyptian coffins at the University of Pennsylvania. The museum also offers scholarships for many of its own classes. Contact Mike Deetsch at or 419-255-8000 ext. 7292.

Call for artists: Applications are due March 31 for the Maple and Main Art Fair in Sylvania May 31 and June 1. In its third year, the fair with live music, food, and drink is organized by the Sylvania Community Arts Commission and the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce. Top award is $1,000. The booth fee is $180; application fee is $25. To enter, search Maple and Main at Information: Jennifer Archer at 419-517-0118 or

Carve a cardinal from wood from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Providence Metropark’s Isaac Ludwig Mill. The fee is $25. Registration is required by Friday. Information: Jennifer Elsworth at 419-407-9704 and

Call for photographers: Entries for the Findlay Art League’s 32nd Juried Photography Show can be submitted from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 20 and 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 22 in the league’s gallery, 117 W. Crawford St. in Findlay. Entries must be original and never have been exhibited in a prior Findlay Art League show. Any photographic process is acceptable, but images must originate in a camera and have been taken by the photographer entering the work. The finished work must be framed and/​or wired, ready to be hung. The prospectus can be obtained at the FAL Gallery or downloaded at The “Photo 32” show will open with a 7 to 9 p.m. reception March 7. Gallery hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and the show will close March 28. Information: 419-477-5274 or

Hero’s offers Crazy Cool Art Classes for children from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight and on Thursdays through March. Sessions begin with bounce-house play followed by an hour of painting and then more active play. There will also be sessions April 10 and May 8. The fee is $35. Hero’s Toledo is at 9851 Meridian Ct., Rossford. Information: 419-873-9400 and

A free program geared toward artists and arts organizations, Working to Create a Business Plan that Works for You, will be presented from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 1 in the Sandusky State Theatre’s State Room, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. Bill Auxter, director of the Small Business Development Center, will speak about basic plans and how to grow what you do. It’s organized by the Northcoast Arts Alliance of Ohio. Reservations are appreciated at

An altered book contest is accepting entries through Feb. 22 at the Waterville Branch Library. Books may be rebound, painted, sculpted, cut, burned, folded, added to, collaged, rubber stamped, or otherwise adorned. Categories are for people 18 and older, and teens 13 to 17. Voting will be Feb. 24 to 28. Information: 419-878-3055.

Quilt National ’13, the 18th biennial juried exhibition of art quilts, will be Jan. 30 through April 13 in the Riffe Gallery in downtown Columbus. It is produced by the Dairy Barn Southeastern Ohio Cultural Arts Center. These innovative quilts by dozens of artists reflect the makers’ concern for world issues. The gallery is in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, 77 S. High St. Information: 614-728-4463 or

Sometimes it takes crisp mountain air and wilderness to get one’s creative juices flowing. Consider the Porcupine Mountains Artist-in-Residence Program, which is seeking entries for spring, summer, and fall as well as the winter of 2015. Desired are people whose work can be influenced by spending time in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Nicknamed The Porkies, it encompasses 25 miles of wave-washed shores, four inland lakes, entire river systems, waterfalls, wooded peaks, and an escarpment, which rises from the edge of Lake Superior and plummets into the Carp River valley. Its most impressive feature is the virgin forest of eastern hemlock and northern hardwoods, along with a variety of flora and fauna. Residencies last at least two weeks and artists stay in a rustic cabin. During the residency, artists share their experiences with the public through demonstrations or talks. In addition, they’re required to contribute an art piece representative of their stay. Individuals will be selected on the basis of artistic integrity, ability to reside in a wilderness environment, and ability to relate to and interpret the park through their art. The deadline is March 31, and winners will be notified by April 25. Applications are at​artist-in-residence.

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