A diverse and entertaining exhibit drawn from Shakespearean characters and events is expressed in 68 works by 46 artists, As They Like It: Chicago Artists Interpret Shakespeare, opening Saturday with a 7 to 9 p.m. reception in the Willard Wankelman Gallery at the Fine Arts Center at Bowling Green State University. Stephannie Gearhart, BGSU Shakespeare scholar, will speak, actors will give pop-up performances of the Bard’s works, and the refreshments will have a Shakespearean theme. The exhibit will continue through Nov. 22. Information: 419-372-8525 and www.gallery.bgsu.edu.
Two new exhibits at the University of Toledo opened this week. In the Canaday Center on the fifth floor of the Carlson Library is Letters of Luminaries: Notable Correspondence in the Collections of the Ward M. Canaday Center. The center's staff spent a year going through its holdings to find letters signed by important and everyday people, finding signatures by Martin Luther King, Jr., from a 1967 visit to UT, Charles Darwin, Maya Angelou, J. Edgar Hoover, Margaret Mead, T.S. Eliot, and Katherine Hepburn. Nikita Krushchev and his wife, Andrei Gromyko, and other leaders signed the December, 1963 guest book at the American Embassy in Moscow, many of whom came to pay their respects on the death of President John F. Kennedy. And there are letters by ordinary folk such as a woman identified only as Belle, who wrote an 1862 letter about a friend named George who’d just left to join Union forces during the Civil War. Information: 419-530-4480 and email@example.com. Special and group showings can be arranged. The exhibit will continue through July 31. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
A 5 to 7 p.m. reception will be today for Tammy Duvall at the Catherine S. Eberly Center for Women in Room 0168 of Tucker Hall. Duvall utilizes wood with paint, pen, and paper. Coming from a long line of woodworkers, her family owns Duvall Woodworking Inc. of Waterville. She is a 2013 UT graduate. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and the show will continue through fall semester. Information: 419-530-8570.
Also at UT, a new sculpture, Portal, has been installed at the traffic circle east of Stranahan Hall on the Main Campus. Fifteen feet in diameter and made of aluminum tubing accented by blue and gold glass, it’s the work of Gordon Huether of Napa Valley, Calif. Huether, whose proposal was selected from more than 50 applicants, said Portal's shape was determined by its location on a roundabout. Funding came from the Ohio Percent for Art Program and was related to campus construction and renovation projects.
Members of the Healing Art Program will gather at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Community Gallery at the Toledo Museum of Art, where 18 of their Japanese paintings on rice paper are displayed. The public is welcome to attend. The paintings can be seen in the gallery through year’s end.
The Healing Art Program, sponsored by Cancer Connection of Northwest Ohio, Inc., holds a free art program for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Davis College, 4747 Monroe St. The next session, Nov. 12, will be led by Dani Herrera, an artist who will demonstrate and lead a workshop on combining denim with paper. Information: 419-356-2006.
Also at the museum will be a presentation on Underwater Archaeology: The New Holy Grails Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theater. Bridget Buxton, assistant professor of archaeology at the University of Rhode Island, will share research and techniques that have led to her own underwater discoveries, as well as hopes and expectations for the future of the discipline. Illustrated with images and video of ongoing projects in the Mediterranean region, the presentation explores the pursuit of archaeology’s most coveted and elusive discoveries and considers how such quests intersect with the primary obligation to be patient and thorough researchers of the cultural landscape.
Call for artists: People are invited to submit 8-inch-by-8-inch works of art suitable for being hung on a wall, to a fund-raiser for Launch Pad Cooperative, an artist-owned and operated gallery. Works will be sold anonymously for $20 each at a 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 14 exhibition. The small artworks will receive exposure on Launch Pad's Web site and artists should sign or affix a business card to the back of their piece. Send work to Launch Pad Cooperative 8x8 show, 911 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, OH 43604. More information is at launchpadcooperative.com.
A Tribute to Jose Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913), Mexican cartoonist, illustrator, and printmaker, is at the Sandusky Cultural Center, 2130 Hayes Ave. in Sandusky, through Nov. 24. Posada created work that influenced generations of Latin American artists. His best-known engravings were calaveras (skulls) which often are costumed and making political statements. Eighteen artists were invited to submit work inspired by Posada on the centennial of his death. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday through Friday. Information: 419-625-1188 and sanduskyculturalcenter.org.
LEGO lovers, gas up the car and head for the Mansfield Art Center, hosting the Art of the Brick exhibit of large-scale sculptures created with LEGOS by Nathan Sawaya of New York. Continuing through Nov. 16, it may be best known for Sawaya's centerpiece, Yellow, a LEGO torso of a man ripping open his chest while yellow plastic bricks cascade out of the chest cavity. Sawaya also has created exacting replicas of the human form in various states of emotion, including anger, love, depression, and joy. Also at the center is In Pieces, Sawaya's multimedia collaboration with award-winning Australian photographer Dean West. The two men spent years traveling and working together, and blended their crafts in a collection of stunning hyper-realistic images that are displayed with corresponding and complimentary 3-D LEGO sculptures. Admission is $10 for ages 16 and older; $5 for younger people. The center is at 700 Marion Ave., Mansfield. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Information: 419-756-1700 and mansfieldartcenter.org.
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