Picturing Thailand, images from a two-month exploration of Thailand by Elliot Charney, will open with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 7 in LeSo Gallery, 1527 Starr Ave. Charney went to Thailand on the 2013 Toledo Museum of Art’s Palmer Scholarship. He’ll give a talk at a closing reception, 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 21. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Parking is in the Toledo Sports Center lot (across the street from the red LeSo building) and on Starr Avenue. Information: LeSoGallery.com.
Opening today in the lobby of One SeaGate on Summit Street is the annual show of high school art, the Ninth Congressional District Art Competition, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo).
At 3 p.m. Feb. 9, an educational program with designers speaking about careers in art will be held, followed by a 4 to 6 p.m. reception. The exhibit will continue through Feb. 19. The winning piece will be displayed in the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. for a year. Another piece will be selected and its design will be imprinted on Libbey glassware by Libbey Inc. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The opening reception for a mixed-media exhibit of paintings, masks, ceramics, and stencil drawings by African-American artists Novarro Gibson, Alice Grace, Ameldia Mays, and Ron Jamison, will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Kent Branch Library, 3101 Collingwood Blvd. The reception is cohosted by the Tatum Center. At 2 p.m. Saturday, a presentation on genealogy, From Whence We Came ... Again, will be given by Donna Christian, a librarian who specializes in genealogical research. Information: 419-259-5340.
Painting at parties, brush in one hand, wine in the other, is a happy trend. A new fund-raiser, Paint it Forward, picks up that theme Saturday. Participants (beginners welcome) will complete a painting between 5 and 9:30 p.m. in Forrester’s on the River, 26 Main St., at The Docks in International Park. Money raised will go to Relay for Life of Oregon and the American Cancer Society. The $55 ticket includes supplies and instruction from an Uncork the Artist leader, hors d’oeuvres, and a wine ticket. Advance tickets are required from firstname.lastname@example.org. Information: theanswerforcancer.com and 419-261-2559.
The Hudson Gallery continues its Winter Warmth show, works on paper and canvas, through Feb. 15, featuring art by Conner Everts, Karen Kunc, Jan Dyer, John McLaughlin, Scott Horn, Susan Morosky, Jane Goldman, Sally Thompson, and Candra Boggs. The gallery is at 5645 N. Main St., Sylvania. Information: 419-885-8381 and hudsongallery.net.
At the Toledo Museum of Art:
● For the short ones in your life, consider ToddlerTime Tours, a multisensory experience that aims to bring books and art to tykes aged 18 to 36 months. “Children read stories through images before they learn the words, and often those illustrations and pictures are the key to them developing an interest in books and language,” said Mary Rava Miller, children’s library manager at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library. “ToddlerTime story hours at the library have successfully introduced children to textual literacy. This is a way to expand upon that experience by introducing children to great works of art in the process.”
There are two parts: story time at the library’s Maumee or its Main branch followed by a museum visit. The first session will be either 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Maumee branch or 10:30 a.m. Feb. 6 in the Main library.
Part Two will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 13 in the museum where children will experience a fun hands-on tour related to the book. Registration is required. Call the museum at 419-255-8000, the Main library at 419-259-5200, or check their Web sites: toledomuseum.org/learn or catalog.toledolibrary.org/programs.
● After-hours flashlight tours of the museum with the theme Love, Lust, and Scandal, will be at 9 p.m. Feb. 6, 7, and 14. Tickets, $10, must be purchased 24 hours ahead of time. Information: 419-255-8000 ext. 7448.
● At 7 p.m. Feb. 7, curator Lawrence W. Nichols will speak about Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s companion paintings, The See-Saw and Blind Man’s Buff, both dating to the 1750s. Meet in Libbey Court.
● Meet Me at TMA, a 1 p.m. program Saturday (and the first Saturday of each month), will look at the way music is expressed in works of art. The free program is for people who have mild memory loss and their caregivers. The group will meet in Herrick Lobby. Information: 419-537-1999.
● Another program for people with memory loss will be at 1:45 p.m. Feb. 14. A Brush with Art will discuss ballroom dancing and the visual arts. Registration required at 419-537-1999.
The Arts Commission is developing a long-term strategic plan about how to develop art and culture along with the economy in the coming years, and invites the public to meetings at 6 p.m. Feb. 5 in Pickett Academy, 1144 Blum St., and at 6 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Sophia Quintero Art & Culture Center, 1225 Broadway.
Beginning watercolor painting will be taught from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 27 through April 3, in the Whitehouse Village Hall. Taught by Harry Daugherty, sessions will include a short lecture, demo, painting, and handout. Cost is $90 or $15 per class. It’s organized by the Whitehouse Arts Advisory Board. Advance registration is required at www.whitehouseoh.gov. Information: 419-877-5383.
Craft demonstrations by experts will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sauder Village in Archbold in a program called Discover Handmade, beginning Saturday and continuing through April 12.
Demonstrations include weaving, spinning, basket making, rug hooking, and broom making. Also on Saturdays, “how to” projects will be demonstrated such as crayon rubbing, green cleaning, and floral arranging.
A complete schedule is at saudervillage.org. Information: 1-800-590-9755.
A Chinese New Year Lion Dance, complemented by gongs, drums, and cymbals, and followed by a demo of Kung Fu forms will be at noon and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Detroit Institute of Arts. There is an admission.
Also at the Detroit museum, a demonstration of traditional Japanese woodblock prints will be 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 9. Artist Kyoko Hirai will demonstrate printmaking techniques, while Yukiko Takahashi, current president of Sato Mokuhanga Studio, narrates. It’s sponsored by the Japanese Consulate of Detroit. Information: 313-833-7900 and dia.org.
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