The Arts Commission Features Dance at September Art Loop

Eye On Art  |  09/11/2017 9:00 am

The Arts Commission is pleased to present the September 21, 2017 Art Loop- Dancin’ in the Streets. One of the Art Loop’s most popular annual events returns as Toledo’s dance community takes to the streets! Enjoy a wide array of contemporary, ethnic, traditional, and interactive dance performances throughout downtown, along with an interactive art project and the return of Battle of the Hands.

Art Loop is free and open to all. Wristbands are $1.25 and include unlimited bus rides all evening. Find the 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!


Catch swing fever with BGSU's Falcon Swing Society as the jive around the hot rods of the Lucky Aces Car Club.

In this second installment of Battle of the Hands, ten local artists will create individual paintings on identical wooden art panels using provided ink, acrylic paint and/or spray paint. Their work will be inspired by the established Art Loop theme “Dancin' in the Streets” over a two-and-a-half-hour time period. The public will be encouraged to view the process and vote for their favorite piece during the competition and those votes will help crown the battle champion at the end of the night. In addition, all completed pieces will be for sale at the conclusion of the event. Partial proceeds from the event will benefit The Arts Commission’s existing public programs. Confirmed artists include: Ken Dushane, Bradley Scherzer, Yusuf Lateef, Daniel Mauk, Merce Culp, Dominique Lloyd, Matt Taylor, Caroline Jardine and John Cooper. Battle of the Hands II is coordinated by Ken Dushane, Bradley Scherzer and John Eikost. Additional support is provided by Handmade Toledo, The Fowler Company, The Art Supply Depo and The Arts Commission. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Local artist Maura Amato will lead Toledoans in a fun, participatory display celebrating Toledo's history in the invention of Paint-by-Numbers. Art Loop guests are invited to lend a hand to help color in a life-size image of downtown's beloved Sandpiper cruise boat. The outline will be displayed on several large-sized panels with colors and numbers ready to go! Right next to the large-scale version, find a coloring station with selections from Amato's You Will Do Better in Toledo Coloring Book featuring iconic landmarks throughout the city. Jump in and make Toledo brighter! Free for all, kids and families welcome!

Toledo’s downtown home for arts and culture comes alive with movement as FAMED Studios, Rocket Dhamaka Bollywood-Fusion, Paulette's Argentinian Tango, Ardan and Molly's Irish Dancers, and local breakdancers from WE R HIP HOP take to St. Clair Street at Hensville along with high energy performances from the Bavarian Sports Club at Packo's at the Park and Dance Factory Toledo at Maddie & Bella Coffee Roasters. Energetic in-the-street Latin dance class will be offered at Hensville by Michal T. Promotions, followed by an open dance session. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes!

AIGA, 705 Monroe St
Hot Shots aims to bring awareness of local glass artists and Toledo's historic glass connection to a broad audience. This year, glass artists partnered with advertising/design agencies to create one-of-a-kind glass pieces inspired by each agency's mission. Stop by AIGA to view these artworks in person and vote for your favorite!
2017 Hot Shots Participants:
Randy Phipps of Hart with Glass Artist Matt Paskiet
Terry Lesniewicz of Madison Avenue with Glass Artist Mike Stevens
Sara Blease of North Design and Black Swan Interactive with Glass Artist RyanThompson
Charles Ryder of Hansen with Glass Artist Steve Cothern
Dave Gawron of Madhouse with Glass Artist Chris DeMuro
Alex Hall of RP Marketing Public Relations with Glass Artist Brien Strancar
Jessica Lashley of RP Marketing Public Relations with Glass Artist Eli Lipman
Brent Lohmann of B-Creative Studio with Glass Artist Eamon King
Joe Pinciotti of UP Design Group with Glass Artist Alan Iwamura
Dan Weeks of Dan Weeks Design with Glass Artist Joel O’Dorisio
Sarah Yacko of Concentrek Group with Glass Artist Sten Neuber

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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.