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Museum show explores war’s impact on artists

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‘‍The Parents from Krieg (War),’‍ a woodcut, 1922–1923, by Käthe Kollwitz (German, 1876–1945). The work is one of 40 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper from the Toledo museum’s collection in a show opening Friday in Gallery 18.

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The Great War: Art on the Front Line shows the reactions of artists to World War I in 40 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper from the Toledo Museum of Art’s collection. Artists such as Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, and Käthe Kollwitz expressed their personal experiences in art. It opens Friday in Gallery 18 and runs through Oct. 19.

Nabbing best of show of 210 artists at the Crosby Festival of the Arts was Alan LaMont of the Rochester, N.Y., area. His subjects are often comic-book and pop-culture inspired, and either linocuts that may be painted, or watercolor and acrylic paintings. He wins $500 and a pass on 2015’s entry fee.

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This month’s third Thursday Art Walk is 6 to 9 tonight.

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Art Walk is 6 to 9 tonight in the Warehouse and Uptown districts. About 30 galleries, shops, and restaurants will be open. Information and maps: theartscommission.org and 419-254-2787.

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Works in the new show at the Toledo Museum of Art include ‘‍Trapeze,’ oil on canvas, 1923, by Max Beckmann (German, 1884–1950).

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Our World, watercolor and pastel paintings by Betsy Ford, will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Inside Angles Custom Framing Gallery, 6831 Angola Rd., Holland. Well-known among the city’s artists, Ford has taken her paint box on trips to Switzerland, England, and the Galapagos Islands, as well as to numerous local spots.

The show continues through Aug. 30. Information: 419-867-3533.

Twenty-eight of 462 people who entered the Toledo Area Artists’ exhibition have been selected for the 95th show in the Toledo Museum of Art.

The show’s rules were changed substantially this year by museum staff with hopes the exhibit, Nov. 21 to Jan. 3, will have an overall higher quality.

With eligibility extended to a 150-mile radius, the Greater Toledo area has only nine men and two women represented: Michael Arrigo, David Eichenberg, Timothy Gaewsky, Ben Grazzini, Natalie Lanese, Zak Lyons, and Michael Sheets of Toledo; Sandra Jane Heard of Perrysburg; Dennis Wojtkiewicz of Bowling Green, and Ken Thompson of Blissfield, Mich.

Another 17 are from Indiana, Michigan, and elsewhere in Ohio, including Akron, Cleveland, and Columbus.

In the past, people submitted up to three individual pieces; this year, they were told to submit portfolios showing years of work that were reviewed by Amy Gilman, the museum’s associate director and a curator, and Halona Norton-Westbrook, who’s serving a two-year fellowship at the museum.

“We asked for works completed in the last 10 years,” said Norton-Westbrook. As the show’s curator, her first such experience, she’ll visit studios of the 28 artists and decide which pieces to include.

“We’ve been working toward a show that will be of the high curatorial quality that people expect when they come to the Toledo Museum of Art,” she said. “There were many artists of great quality that did not make the cut.”

At the museum since September, the California native said her doctoral dissertation was about how art museums and their collections have developed.

Of $10,000 in awards, $5,000 will go to best of show, with the balance divided among first, second, and third places.

Bring a camera and learn how to take better nature photographs, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday in Oak Openings Preserve Metropark’s Mallard Lake parking lot. Fee: $12.

Preregistration for the workshop is required at metroparkstoledo.com. Information: 419-407-9701.

Send items for News of Art two weeks before the event to tlane@theblade.com or 419-724-6075.

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