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    River Centre Foundation is purchasing the American Gallery at 6600 Sylvania Ave. in Sylvania from Toni Andrews, who owned and ran it for 19 years.

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River Centre Foundation is purchasing the American Gallery at 6600 Sylvania Ave. in Sylvania from Toni Andrews, who owned and ran it for 19 years.

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American Gallery has a new owner. River Centre Foundation, a nonprofit organization, is purchasing the business at 6600 Sylvania Ave. in Sylvania from Toni Andrews, who owned and ran it for 19 years.

David Garner, president of the foundation and owner/​administrator of the River Centre Clinic for eating disorders in Sylvania, said Andrews will continue part-time for the next few months along with other gallery staff.

It will continue selling work by regional artists and will add some new ones, he said, adding that the manager will be painter Dani Fuller, who is creative art director of the foundation’s Healing Arts program.

Garner said people who complete talk-therapy for emotional issues such as eating disorders often benefit from a positive activity such as creating art. The gallery will be an outgrowth for that effort, he added.

“Initially, there will be very little difference in the American Gallery. We don’t want to disappoint American Gallery customers. We’re going to proceed slowly,” he said. “Over time, we’ll develop our own style.”

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Aaron S. Coleman’s ‘‍The Flight of A Torn Kite’ is one of the works in a show of contemporary prints that opens with a reception from 7 to 9 pm. July 11 at LeSo Gallery, 1527 Starr Ave.

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PRESSURE, a show of contemporary prints, opens with a reception from 7 to 9 pm. July 11 at LeSo Gallery, 1527 Starr Ave. Work by several artists including Aaron S. Coleman, Michael Barnes, and Janet Ballweg will be featured. Artists were selected from a national pool by printmakers Michael Weigman and Ian Welch, who wrote: “Those in our community take joy in traveling from print shop to print shop, keeping the faith and spreading the knowledge of these old traditions, while pushing them forward to be reborn in today’s contemporary art world. Each artist in this exhibition has used a form of traditional printmaking, such as intaglio, lithography, and screen-printing, yet experiments with them in a personal way that uniquely fits them into this diverse and exciting community.”

A closing reception with talks by the artists will be 7 to 9 p.m. July 25. 

Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Information: contact@lesogallery.com and www.LeSoGallery.com.

Calls for artists:

● Deadline is July 29 for short poems that will be cast into cement sidewalk squares in the Collingwood Boulevard area. Poems should provide an enjoyable or inspirational reading. It’s the second phase of the Toledo Poetry Sidewalks project. Apply to the Arts Commission, theartscommission.org, or call 419-254-2787 ext. 11.

● Interrupt, an advertising agency in downtown Sylvania, seeks artists to display their work in the firm’s gallery space. The agency will promote exhibits, and if work is sold, it asks that a portion of sales be donated to a charity of its choice. Contact Brandy Wimberly, brandy@interruptdelivers.com or 419-724-9900, ext. 246.

Three adult workshops, $18 each, are open at Lourdes University. 

Kiln-formed glass (pendants, magnets, suncatchers), taught by Ann Hymel, will be 9 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday; concrete sculpture (planters, rocks, garden hands), also with Hymel, will be 9 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. July 14, and painting on a silk scarf will be taught by Sr. Sharon Havelak on July 23 in sessions starting at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. 

Information: 419-824-3685 and eszavuly@lourdes.edu.

An artsy stay-cation, with a naturalist-led tour and three workshops, will begin at 9:45 a.m. July 11 at Sidecut Metropark in Maumee.

Park in the River Road lot and gather at the Lamb Center. At 10 a.m., a one-hour tour will be led by a Metropark naturalist. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., three workshops will be offered: Digital Photography Essentials with Timothy Hacker, Poetry inspired by Nature, with Frank Daniel Rzicznek of Bowling Green State University, and the Art of Zentangles, an art demo/​collaborative project. 

A brown bag lunch will be at 1, and from 2 to 5 p.m., people can paint outdoors, write poetry, watch wildlife, and more. The air-conditioned Lamb Center can be used until 3 p.m.

The fee is $20. Register at www.myprizm.com. Information: 419-345-7188.

Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards applications, a $5,000 grant, are being accepted. The contest has a Sept. 2 deadline. Invited to apply are people who work in crafts, design arts/​illustration, interdisciplinary/​performance art, media arts, photography, and visual arts. Information: www.oac.state.oh.us/​grantsprogs/​IndividualCreativity.asp.

A Brush With Art, a 90-minute program designed for people with mild memory loss and their companions, will be at 1 p.m. July 11 in the Toledo Museum of Art. It includes a tour of American art and a hands-on art activity. Registration is required by calling 1-800-272-3900.

Also for people who have mild memory loss is a 1-2 p.m. museum tour July 12.

Send items for News of Art two weeks before the event to tlane@theblade.com.

Contact Tahree Lane at: tlane@theblade.com or 419-724-6075.

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