‘Strawberries in the Sink’ is the work of Candace Hardy, whose ‘American Sampler’ show opens this weekend at Downtown Latte, 44 S. St. Clair St. A reception will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Artomatic 419!, Toledo’s big showcase of visual and performing arts, opens from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday as well as April 18 and 25, in One Lake Erie Center, 600 Jefferson Ave. at Huron Street. It will also be open noon to 5 p.m. April 16 and 19. On three floors, 300 people will show and discuss their work, do demonstrations, display interactive arts, and perform on three stages. Food trucks will be parked outside the building. For a schedule of events and information, check theartscommission.org and 419-254-2787.
● Vincent van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing is a documentary produced by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam on the occasion of reinstalling its collection in 2013, the museum’s 40th anniversary. It will be screened locally at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Franklin Park 16 on Monroe Street and Fallen Timbers 14 in Maumee, and theaters around the country. Tickets are $12.50. Curators, conservators, and van Gogh researchers discuss the evolution of his painting style and his struggles. The Van Gogh Museum has 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and 900 letters spanning the artist’s career as well as work by some of his contemporaries: Gauguin, Monet, Manet, and Toulouse-Lautrec. A preview of the film is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Met4y2WgwG0.
● Charles Mintz, creator of the Precious Objects: Photography and Storytelling exhibit, will speak at 6 p.m. Monday at the Main Library, 325 Michigan St. For Precious Objects, Mintz, of Cleveland, asked 172 people in eight U.S. locations to bring objects they cherished to have a photograph taken and to write a bit about the object. He selected a group of them for this show, which will be in the Main Library’s upstairs gallery through May 30.
● Photographer Sam Abell and singer/teacher Jean Holden are the 2015 inductees to Sylvania’s Distinguished Artist Hall of Fame. It’s the third year for the award and presentations will be at 6 p.m. May 29 at the Sylvania Historical Village Train Barn. It’s the third year for the award. Information: email@example.com and 419-882-2135.
● The assignment was to create a wearable work of art that was conceptualized from a disease, virus, or disorder, using equipment such as CNC routers, laser cutters, and 3-D printers. The result is Wearable Conditions, a fashion show, that begins at 7 tonight in the Green Room at the Toledo Museum of Art. It’s the result of the Concepts in 3-D class taught by Brian Carpenter at the University of Toledo. It can also be seen at Artomatic 419!
● An 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. reception will be Saturday for Candace Hardy, showing An American Sampler, narrative colored pencil, in Downtown Latte, 44. S. St. Clair St. through April 29. Hardy says she loves sharing stories of her own past as well as U.S. history. “I am never happier than when creating a piece which evokes emotion from a bygone era, my favorites being the 1930s and ’40s, particularly wartime America.” See her work at candacejhardy.com.
● At the Toledo Museum of Art, a 7:30 to 9 p.m. talk Friday will be Dionysos Meets Hades in Toledo, in the Little Theater.
● A mosaic glass class at which participants will make a 5-by-7-inch “window” will be 10 a.m. to noon April 25 in the Waterville Library, 800 Michigan Ave., Waterville. Cost: $30. Registration is required by April 20, and registration forms are at the library, the Silver Lining Gallery, or by calling 419-441-0025.
● Kazuri ceramic beads, handmade in Nairobi, Kenya, will be on sale Saturday through April 25 at Bonita Bead Boutique, 215 Conant St., Maumee. Information: 419-887-4000.
● A reception from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Joenstas Gallery, 18 N. St. Clair St., will be for Organized Chaos: A Salon of Perspectives. It’s work by Amy Pollman, who uses materials such as Twinkies, Play-Doh, and Care Bears in assemblages, collages, and sculptures. It continues through April 30. A 1995 graduate of Southview High School, Pollman earned a degree from Columbus College of Art and Design and a master’s in fine art from Syracuse University.
See her work at amypollman.com. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Information: 419-265-7150.
● First Encounters Art Gallery for Babies has been established at the Collingwood Art Center. Geared toward little ones from 6 to 18 months, there are 45-minute morning classes Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, says Kathy Danko-McGhee, who established the program.
Showing bright, bold, and colorful works of art to babies can be a launchpad for developing receptive language, which they learn before they can express language, she says. Fee is $15 per session. Information: http://www.firstencounters4babies.com.
● Elaine’s Little Picassos Children’s Art Camp for ages 6 to 11 will be 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 6 to 10 at the Toledo Artists’ Club in Toledo Botanical Garden. Information: Elaine Scarvelis at 419-841-8153.
● A reception for a Vermilion Art Guild exhibit will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, following the Sandusky Choral Society’s spring concert, in Grace Episcopal Church. The show will be on view through April. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The church is at 315 Wayne St., Sandusky. Information: 419-625-6924.
● The 40th Fine Arts Show & Festival of Firelands Area Art League will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center, 350 Shady Lane Dr., Norwalk. Information: 419-660-6511 and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
● The Genesis of Chinese Writing and the Art of Calligraphy is 12 large panels that trace the evolution of Chinese writing from its ancient origins to the present. Created by SuiWah Chan, the panels explain how the characters are constructed syntactically and how their meanings are developed semantically.
It is in the Center for Lifelong Learning at Northwest State Community College in Archbold through April 20. Chan, who teaches Chinese cultural history at the University of Michigan, will speak at the college Friday. Information: crohrs@NorthwestState.edu and 419-267-5502.
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