Posters promoting art festivals are usually appealing, but the 2013 poster for the Black Swamp Arts Festival was a cut above. Designed by Amy and Matt Karlovec, it beat out 61 posters from 24 states to be named most creative concept by Sunshine Artist, a magazine catering to the art and craft-show business. The Karlovecs both earned bachelors’ degrees in fine arts from Bowling Green State University and live in Bowling Green with their children. They donated their work to the volunteer-run festival. It shows five wooden paint brushes on which different types of amphibians curve around to form five musical g-clefs.
● Ode to Oak Openings, with about 60 paintings, sculptures, and clay pieces, opens Friday and continues through May 31 at American Gallery, 6600 Sylvania Rd., Sylvania. A reception for the public and artists will be 5 to 7 p.m. May 10. Gallery owner Toni Andrews plans to close or sell the gallery at the end of June. Information: 419-882-8949.
● With the same theme is Ohio’s Sand Country: We Call It the Oak Openings, today through June 29 in the McMaster Gallery at Main Library. It features 25 photographs by Art Weber, a 42-year veteran of the Metroparks, Toledo Area. In the fall, the show will move to the National Center for Nature Photography in Secor Metropark.
● The Greenhouse Effect: Janet Ritter Davies’ solo exhibit opens today and continues through June 15 in Perrysburg Municipal Building, 201 W. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg. It includes 35 watercolor paintings, most inspired from her job in a greenhouse. To see her work, check daviesgardenofart.com.
● process(ing) recall, new art by Jefferson Nelson and Ben Lock, will open with a 7 to 9 p.m. reception Friday in Launch Pad Cooperative, 911 Jefferson Ave. Nelson says, “I am compelled to work in ways that cannot be replicated using machines.” Inspiring Lock are time, manufacturing, American culture, and particular objects. Information: launchpadcooperative.com.
● A reception for Kristen Dukat will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Downtown Latte, 44 S. St. Clair St. For more than three years, she has painted nearly every day in an effort to develop her own style. Her work will continue at the shop through May 29.
Calls for artists:
● The Wood County Invitational Art Show, with 50 booths to fill, will be Sept. 6 and 7 in the Huntington parking lot in Bowling Green during the Black Swamp Arts Festival. Booth fee is $130. Deadline is June 15. Information: www.blackswamparts.org.
● Wassenberg Art Center will accept work for its 58th June Art Exhibit, open June 14 through July 6. Take-in will be 1 to 5 p.m. May 17 and 18. Original work will be accepted except photography and digital art. The center is at 214 S. Washington St., Van Wert. See the prospectus at www.wassenbergartcenter.org. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org and 419-238-6837.
● Artists and scribes may enter their writing and/or art work in the Beyond Words contest and exhibit organized by Prizm and the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library. Participants’ work will be commented on or interpreted by someone else with the goal of crafting a two-part piece that has visual and linguistic interplay and appeal. These pairings will be displayed side by side in a September show. Deadline is May 30; however, collaborations can continue until Aug. 27 or when the online gallery reaches capacity. Information: myprizm.com.
Kentucky Derby parties:
● Derby Days, a 20 North Gallery Reunion, will be 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday in Manhattan’s Restaurant, 1516 Adams St. The former gallery, which hosted a Derby party for years, closed in 2013. Derby attire, including hats, are suggested, and equine art by several artists will be featured in the pub through May 17. Admission: $5. Reservations are encouraged at 419-243-6675 and enjoymanhattanstoledo.com.
● A Derby party will begin at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the Wassenberg Art Center, 214 S. Washington St., Van Wert. Kentucky-style food, a crazy hat contest, and the Reese Dailey Band will be featured. Nonmember admission is $25 per person; $30 per couple.
● The Swan Creek Potters’ annual sale will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 5737 Weckerly Rd. between Stitt and Eber roads in Whitehouse. Functional and fanciful pieces were created by Julie A. Beutler, Susan Clark, Joyce Donahue, Kathleen Gill-Slee, Fran Kline, Nadia Packard, Maggie Trzcinski, and the late Rita Malkin.
At the Toledo Museum of Art:
● Abstract painter Sean Scully will speak at 6 p.m. today in the Peristyle.
● Katrina Hude will discuss her glass creations at 7 p.m. Friday in the GlasSalon.
● People who have mild memory loss and their companions are invited to meet at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Herrick Lobby to tour Spanish art. Information about Meet Me at TMA is at 1-800-272-3900.
● The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden, a ticketed show, will end May 11. Several related events, including a talk and flower-arranging demo by James Farmer are planned before then. Farmer, editor-at-large of Southern Living magazine, will speak at 10 a.m. May 9; tickets are $30. At 2 p.m. that day, he’ll teach a wreath-making workshop ($90). Reservations: 419-255-8000 ext. 7469.
● Winning the museum’s 2014 Palmer Scholarship are Wesley Brown and Jennifer Giovanucci. They’ll share the $8,000 prize, using it to pay for travel expenses. Brown, a ceramics student at Bowling Green State University, will visit museums and attend a pottery workshop in China. Giovannucci, of Waterville, will study anatomical paintings in Italy at the Marciana Library, and wax models in La Specola Museum. The scholarship is given to northwest Ohio residents who want to travel to experience art.
● Opening Saturday is a show of 90 pieces of contemporary and early 20th century art by members of the Detroit Society of Women Painters & Sculptors. Formed in 1903 when women were rarely considered to be fine artists, the group’s members created art and were instrumental in forming many of the city’s long-standing art institutions. Continuing through July 6, it will be at the Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodwood Ave. Information: 313-833-1805 and detroithistorical.org.
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