Warehouse District "Art Walk"

inToledo  |  05/14/2009 7:00 am


Thursday, May 21, from 6-9 pm, the Arts Zone and Warehouse District in downtown Toledo will come alive as its galleries and artist studios open to the public. The Arts Zone/Warehouse District Third Thursday Art Walk is a great opportunity to browse and purchase affordable local art, while getting to know the artists and galleries of the Arts Zone, the Warehouse District, and the surrounding area. The Art Walk, presented by the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo (ACGT) and artists, galleries, and arts enthusiasts of the Arts Zone and Warehouse District, will continue on Third Thursdays through September.

Participants for the May 21 event include: Secor Studios, MMK Gallery, 20 North Gallery, Sur St. Clair, the studio of Jack Wilson, the Little Gallery, South Wing Gallery, Olive Street Studios, Studio 356, and the new Ford Gallery. Maps with information about each venue will be available at each of the stops along the walk.

The Secor Studio Artists will host Open Studio Night at the Secor Building during the Art Walk through out the summer. You are encouraged to roam through the studios of over 20 artists located on the 5th, 6th, and 7th floors. You are also invited to visit the Gallery On Six (6th floor) to view recent works by the Secor artists and other local artists. Artists will have art works of various styles, media, and genre available for purchase. The Secor Building is located at 425 Jefferson in downtown Toledo. Contact 419-514-7496.

From May 18 to June 12, the MMK Gallery presents its 2nd Annual Student Advance Placement (AP) Art Exhibit, featuring artwork by the Seniors in the AP Art programs at Ottawa Hills High School and St Francis de Sales High School. The AP Art programs require the highest level of craftsmanship and creativity in order to earn college credit. The opening gala will take place on Thursday, May 21 from 6-9pm at the MMK Gallery, 20 N. St. Clair, Toledo. Light refreshment will be served, and entertainment will be provided by the students of OHHS and SFS. MMK Gallery is located at 20 N. St. Clair.

20 North Gallery presents the 9th Annual Derby Days exhibition, featuring the best in equine art by twelve local, regional and national artists: John Dooner, Patrick Dubreuil, Carol Gorney, Scott Heacock, Jeri Hollister, Joyce Lister, Matthew S. Mickel, Baker O'Brien, Robert Rice, Merv Russell, Kevin M. Shaner and Robert Shorter. Horse-themed artwork in a variety of media- paintings, photography, prints, glass and sculpture will be displayed. 20 North Gallery is located at 18 N. St Clair.

Sur St. Clair is showcasing an exhibition of works by Douglas R. Fiely. Though educated as a printmaker and holding an MFA in the medium, Fiely is also an avid painter. "Recently, I've witnessed a personal renaissance in painting - a medium in which I struggled as a student. It's now become as natural as breathing." Fiely has won numerous local, regional, and national awards dating back to his first juried show in 1969 when he took second place for an intaglio print @ Bowling Green University. He has exhibited his slipped carved ceramic work @ Wooster's Functional Ceramics Invitational International Workshop. He is represented in Florida, Ohio, and Connecticut galleries and he has sold works from New York 's Fifth Ave. to the mountains of Aspen, Colorado. Operating a home studio and gallery in northwestern Ohio, Fiely remains prolific in a variety of art mediums. His style is spontaneous. He likes relying on chance accidents that open up new doors in the working process. Visit his website at www.fielyarts.com. Sur St. Clair is located at 1 S. St. Clair.

The featured artist for May in the gallery above Jack Wilson's sculpture studio is Red Stanley. Red has studied pottery at the Toledo Museum of Art, at the University of Toledo, and at Eastern Michigan University where he spent two years in the classes of Diana Pancioli. Red has a full pottery studio -the Yellow House Studio- at 2238 Scottwood in Toledo 's Old West End. Also on display in May will be the photography of Lois Anne Bowlus, Fabrics by Anna Singer, and some new sculpture by Jack Wilson. Gallery is located at 19 S. St. Clair. Enter at back and take stairs to second floor.

The Little Gallery will be featuring "pop-expressionist" artist Matt Wolcott in May. We will also have on display the glass works of KC St. John and live demonstrations of Keith Marok's glass pendant work. The Little Gallery is located at 48 S. St. Clair.

The South Wing Gallery formerly the Blue Heron Gallery presents Fiber Art by L. Leslie Design (artist Lynn Leslie Saad) and brief excerpt of North Coast Theatre's new comedy, "Terror at Tea Time" by Christine Child. The South Wing Gallery is located at 27 Broadway.

Olive Street Studios will be open during the May Art Walk. Olive Street Studios is home to artists Brad Bechtel, Brian Juchartz, Carl Porecca, Christoffer Montz, Doug Kampfer, Jessica Besterman, Jodie Peace, Nad Iksodas, Renee Spillis, Richard Reed, and Will McCullough. The Olive Street Studios is located at 252 Ottawa Street.

Studio 356 presents exploYt movement...7:22 an all-new experience series. Come see what it's all about. Live music will be provided. Artists displaying work will include Katina Zilcomo, Marcia Brown, and Veronica Englert. Please feel free to check out our website at: www.exploytmovement.com. Studio 356 is located at 356 Morris. For more information conatct [email protected] or 419.297.3398.

A brand new gallery to downtown, the Ford Gallery, will hold its grand opening for the public during the May 21 Art Walk. Emerging artists, age 16 through adult, and their mentors will supply Ford's gallery with original paintings, drawings, sculptures, digital art, jewelry, clothing designs, photography and glass creations in exchange for exhibit space and help around the gallery. "It's a rather sassy and sophisticated co-op," says founder, former first lady of Toledo, Cynthia Ford. All creations will be available for sale, at very affordable prices, at the grand opening reception on Thursday, May 21, 2009 between 6:00 - 11:00 pm - DJ starts at 7:30 pm and during the daily Ford Gallery hours of Noon to 5:00 pm including weekends. The artists, the Toledo born entrepreneurs, or Ford will greet you at the door. The Ford Gallery is located at 222 N. Erie . Contact the Ford Gallery at: www.thefordgalleryllc.com or 419-283-7300.

Check the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo website at: acgt.org and www.acgt.org/programs/liveworkcreatetoledo/ for further details and updates on newly added participating galleries, creative activity and other event offerings.

The Arts Zone/Warehouse District Third Thursday Art Walk is a project organized as a collaboration with neighborhood artists and arts enthusiasts by the ACGT's Live Work Create Toledo (LWCT) program. LWCT aims to identify, promote, and strengthen the arts, artist community, and cultural assets of Toledo. In August 2007, an "Arts Zone" was identified as a geographic point of focus because of the many existing galleries and art studios in the neighborhood.

The next Arts Zone/Warehouse District Third Thursday Art Walk will take place on Thursday, June18. The other Art Walk dates for this season are Thursday, July 16, Thursday, August 20 and Thursday, September 17, 2009.