The Arts Commission Salutes Creativity with July Art Loop

Eye On Art  |  07/13/2017 9:00 am

The Arts Commission is pleased to present the July 20 Art Loop- Support Your Local Artist to salute Toledo’s creative community. Enjoy special installations and exhibitions, live art, handmade gifts for sale by local artists and vendors, plus select live action artworks from The Arts Commission’s Art in Public Places Inter/Active program. Art Loop is free and open to all. Wristbands are $1.25 and include unlimited bus rides all evening. Find Info Booth and Parking at the Art Loop Hub at the Main Library, 325 N.
Michigan St.

The Art Loop is Toledo’s signature monthly arts experience. Explore the downtown creative community through self-guided tours of the art, artists, and spaces that inspire a vibrant Toledo. The Loop is a program of The Arts Commission, presented in partnership with the artists and participating venues who make it possible. Art Loop takes place each third Thursday of the month April-December, 5:30-9pm.

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Be sure to bring $1.25 EXACT CHANGE if planning to ride the Art Loop bus.

Find convenient parking, info table, and hop on any bus from one location The 2017 Art Loop Hub takes place at the Toledo-Lucas County Main Public Library (325 N. Michigan St). Parking is available in the Library garage (enter off Adams St) until 9:00 pm. Stop by and visit the library for dynamic programming, chat with Art Loop staff and volunteers at the Art Loop Info Table to plan your trip, and climb aboard a Loop bus to explore Toledo's arts scene downtown. All buses and all routes stop at the Library, making it a low cost, convenient one-stop shop for a great night out!


Main Library
This July Support Your Local Author! with over 30 authors, poets, and illustrators; Create Your Masterpiece based on the works of Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, and Georgia O’Keefe in the Creativity Lab; Test yourself with a Scavenger Hunt of Local Artist’s paintings in Local History; Learn to use TinkerCad in the Pop Library with the Art of 3D Printing; Improve your business strategy with Business Boost. Register for Business Boost at

Make JUPMODE a stop on your Loop travels and learn how to screen your very own Support Your Local Artist t-shirt! As our new neighbor on Adams Street, Jupmode's goal is to create and foster a sense of pride in the city of Toledo. Printing will take place from 5:30 to 8pm and costs $24. Try your hand at the trade and get a new t-shirt that lets everyone know you support local artists!

Pop Up Exhibition: Places to Play
1301 Adams Street
Places to Play, curated by Ian Welch, explores the potential of giving serious studio artists working in the Toledo area an opportunity to utilize a specifically designated space in their own way. Taking the idea behind the successful Artomatic 419 format of years past, Places to Play encourages nontraditional methods of hanging traditional work, exploration in site-specific opportunities, and other display options which present the artists the ability to truly explore or enliven the location of the exhibition. This exhibition also represents some of the best younger artists working in the Toledo area - many who have exhibited nationally and are displaying their work locally for the first time outside of an academic setting. Featured Artists Include: Brandon Briggs, Catherine Clements, Chris Hecht, Kayla Kirk, Aaron Pickens, Kelsey Scharf, and Bradley Scherzer. This Art Loop Pop-up Exhibition is presented by Ian Welch, owner and operator of Toledo's Pegboard Press printmaking studio.

Join us in the Warehouse District for Hot Glass, Cold Beer, Cool Music at Gathered Glassblowing Studio with Local Artists selling works along Packo's At The Park, Ye Olde Durty Bird and Fleetwood's Tap Room. Toledo illustrator, Chloe Rose will be creating complimentary caricatures outside Packo's. Be sure to stop by our Kids Zone at Hensville to try your hand at a life-sized street chalk mural with artist Caroline Jardine. Hop down the street and take a whirl on a Toledo Bikes 'mutant bike,' a freaky, silly take on everyday cycling! Move to the rhythm from Drums of Thunder as they uplift, encourage and educate people on African American experiences. Express yourself at the INTER/ACTIVE Story Nook and Community Sandbox. Jump in the magical bubbles created by the Art Loop favorite Bubble Sharks!

Presented by The City of Toledo's 1% for Art Program and Art In Public Places 2017 will see the roll out of Toledo's first Inter/Active projects. These projects were funded by the City of Toledo's 1% for Art initiative through The Arts Commission's Art in Public Places program. Inter/Active was an open call competitive grant challenging local artists to create public art projects that encouraged public and community interaction. Five projects were selected and will roll out throughout the 2017 program year. On July 20th, you can find and participate in two Inter/Active projects during the Art Loop | Support Your Local Artist celebration!

Peter Koelsch, Cameron McLeod, J.C. Christy: Community Sandbox
“The Community Sandbox” is a self-contained, pedal-powered, mobile metal casting facility that is designed and engineered to facilitate a communal, hands-on experience in the process of creating a cast metal sculpture. Anyone may participate, regardless of age, ability, experience, or degree of familiarity with the process. The project is transported by a 2-3-person cargo tricycle, identical in scale and configuration with a street vendor’s hotdog cart, complete with umbrella and signage relevant to the interactive event. Guests will be invited to help use pedal power to generate heat for
casting, as well as to 'play' in the sand and create their own unique, oneof- a-kind metal molds to keep. Look for the Community Sandbox at Hensville, near Hensville Park before the Mud Hens game!

Lindsay Williams: Story Nook
The Story Nook" is a GIANT storybook concept by Lindsay Williams and built, authored, edited, illustrated, brought-to-life by a super fun cast of creative characters. At the June Art Loop, adults and kids of all ages filled-in-the-blanks to co-author the story. It has been illustrated by local artists and will appear in its final form at Hensville on St. Clair Street just outside the MudHens Stadium from 5:30 - 9:00 pm.

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The 2017 Art Loop is presented by ProMedica with support and sponsorship from TARTA, Toledo Blade,, and the Ohio Arts Council.