An original Paint by Number design by late Toledo artist Adam Grant has been chosen to be part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.
The Last Supper was designed and painted by Grant in 1964, during his time as a Paint By Number artist for the Craft Master company. Until it travels to the Smithsonian, the piece will remain on view in downtown Toledo as part of an exhibition of Grant’s work and work by local and national artists collected by his wife, Peggy Grant, at 20 North Gallery, 18 N. St. Clair St. Peggy Grant also worked at Craft Master and met her husband there.
“Ever since Peggy Grant served as a consultant to the 2001 Smithsonian Paint by Number exhibit, she hoped that the artist proof of The Last Supper would find a permanent home in their collection. But on a larger scale, the fulfillment of this plan is recognition of the indelible impact that Peggy and Adam Grant have had on popular culture in our nation,” said gallery owner Eric Hillenbrand.
The show at 20 North, which remains open through March 31, is a collection of pieces in a wide variety of media that Peggy Grant acquired during her time as a corporate curator and national consultant. The collection also contains pieces by her late husband that she kept over the years.
All of the pieces in the show are for sale. For more information on the show, the gallery, or to view an online catalog of Grant’s pieces, go to 20northgallery.com or call 419-241-2400.
■ A talk and book signing by former White House photographer Amanda Lucidon originally scheduled for Thursday has been rescheduled for Feb. 28 because of illness, according to the Toledo Lucas County Public Library.
Lucidon worked for the Barack Obama Administration from 2013 until President Obama left office. Her primary responsibility was to photograph former First Lady Michelle Obama, and her book, Chasing Light: Michelle Obama Through the Lens of a White House Photographer, is being featured as part of a Black History Month special event at the library. The venue will also host an exhibition of her work throughout the month of February.
Those who previously RSVP’d for the free event are asked to resubmit a reservation for the new date. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 in the McMaster Center of the Toledo Lucas County Main Library, 325 N. Michigan St.
For more information, go to toledolibrary.org/black-history-month.
■ American Frame, 400 Tomahawk Dr., Maumee, will host two shows in its galleries, both starting Monday and running through Feb. 28.
Artist Yusuf Lateef will have a show of his paintings and wearable art, in collaboration with Chris and Elliot Rogers. There will be a reception for the show from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22.
A second show will be in the Solo Gallery, that of artist Stephanie Prechter. She will showcase her Great Lakes Project. A closing reception and artist talk will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 28.
For more information, call 419-887-8030 or go to americanframe.com.
■ The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums will host a photography exhibition featuring the work of two of its staffers.
The Art of Photography opens Thursday with the photography of Gil Gonzalez, who is head of photographic resources at the center. On May 1, the work of Kristina Smith, Hayes spokesman, will be added to the show.
Gonzalez’ work covers a few different topics, including shots of the Spiegel Grove grounds and the Hayes home. Smith concentrates on nature photography.
The Museum Store will sell both of the artists’ work. For more information, call 419-332-2081 or go to rbhayes.org.
■ The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo has announced its nine-month art loop lineup for 2018.
The season runs for nine months of the year, and kicks off on 419 day, April 19, with the theme Art & Ingenuity, described as a celebration of creativity and innovation from the area’s young leaders and student communities.
The art loops are self-guided art tours in downtown Toledo, complete with bus loops that take participants to different districts, where artists, local eateries, and other venues offer wares and entertainment. Loops are held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. every third Thursday of the month through December.
For more information, go to theartscommission.org.
■ The Sylvania Red Bird Arts District walk from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday celebrates the winter season.
More than 20 venues will offer art, sales, and specials on craft beer, tea, coffee, and wine.
The art walks are held monthly. For more information, go to redbirdarts.org.
■ The Bedford Artists Club will have an exhibition of members’ work now through Feb. 28 at Monroe Community College, Whitman Center, 7777 Lewis Ave.
The show will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information on the show or how to become a member, call Kathy Skaff at 419-346-8307.
Send news of art items at least two weeks in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 419-724-6075.
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