'Tis the Secor offers music, art & creative gifts for the HolidaysPublished: 11/29/2011 7:00 am By: Ryan A. Bunch
For five years now, the annual 'Tis the Secor event has provided a gathering place for local artists for the holidays, and offered a sanctuary for local shoppers seeking unique holiday gifts.
Located in the former, historic Secor Hotel, the Secor Studios are home to a number of local artists representing a wide range of media, from painters, sculptors and photographers to musicians, filmmakers, and fashion designers. For this event, the building's resident artists open the doors to their creative habitats and let the outside world in to see the fruits of their labor, experience their process, and to offer opportunity to pick up original, handmade work made by local creative entrepreneurs.
This year, the Glass City Rollers -- Toledo's premier women's roller derby team -- are the hosts of this artistic tradition, which features a wide mixture or art, entertainment, and more.
On the entertainment roster for the evening is everyone's favorite funny girl power duo, the Dirty Damn Band (pictured above), playing irresistibly catchy indie pop that'll make you pee your pants, as well as the danceable DJ skills of DJs Casey 3PM Clark and Nathan Mattimoe.
Featured in the Secor's Main Gallery (1st floor) is the opening reception for the Reclaiming Toledo exhibition. Here, local artists explore Toledo's changing landscape in a show curated by University of Toledo students enrolled in the Gallery Practices course.
In the ARTon6 Gallery (6th floor), student work from the fall semester is featured in the UT 3D + 2D exhibition.
The Ballroom Gallery (1st floor) features the exhibition The Life Photogenic, a display from UT's photography department.
Also featured during the event will be a special, unique installation entitled GO tiny OR GO HOME, in which seven UT students have opted to "zoom-in" on small, surprising and unused spaces throughout the building. The artists have created tiny works that nestle into their surroundings and need to be sought out by art enthusiasts.