Michelle Carlson & William Horvath at 20 North Gallery

Category: Arts - Visual

Event Date:

Friday, October 11 - December 28, 2019


12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


20 North Gallery
18 N. St. Clair Street
OH - Ohio

Toledo, OH 43604

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Condessa Croninger





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Event Details:

20 North Gallery opens “Falling Into Place”
Exhibition of mixed media and ink drawings by Michelle Carlson and Bill Horvath

Toledo, OH—October 4, 2019.        On Friday, October 11, 20 North Gallery will open “Falling Into Place,” an exhibition of mesmeric mixed media works on paper by Michelle Carlson and ink drawings by Bill Horvath. The exhibit will continue through December 28, 2019.

The “Falling Into Place” exhibit pairs the considered, layered processes of two artists working primarily in traditional media: Michelle Carlson’s mixed media works on paper utilize deliberate color choices, negative space and the texture of her mediums to communicate a child’s desire for exploration and discovery, balanced by a mother’s drive to protect and empower. Inspired by spiritual iconography, Carlson employs a use of color symbolism and motifs from art history and pop culture. Drawing upon these influences and personal observation, Carlson’s playful figurative works combine screen printing, colored pencil and imitation gold leaf techniques to explore the vastness of childhood imagination.

In a similar exploration of balance, Bill Horvath’s ink drawings on paper employ a layered process and a premeditated utilization of negative space to explore the nuances of life's trade-offs and how they are reflected and magnified by current events. The patterns of form, light and texture supply both the balance and depth of the visual forms he depicts, mixing abstraction with both thematic and arbitrary realism in puzzle-like arrangements. Further exploring this sense of balance, Horvath’s drawings are composed in such a way that they are “gravity-abstract,” wherein the orientation of the image is free of constraint—the artwork may be viewed and interpreted from any angle.

20 North Gallery art director Condessa Croninger remarks, “Falling Into Place creates a delightful intersection of two separate and distinct, intricate narratives—very dissimilar in subject manner, yet complementary to one another in addressing the process of how one’s own reality comes to be. 20 North Gallery is proud to celebrate returning established artist Michelle Carlson and welcomes emerging artist Bill Horvath to our fold.”

Michelle Carlson (Chicago, Illinois) received her BFA in Printmaking and Photography from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois and her MFA specializing in Printmaking at Bowling Green State University. Her personal artwork primarily uses the media of printmaking, photography, bookmaking and drawing and explores human interaction and relationships through various imagery. During her former role as Programs Coordinator and then Artist and Youth Services Coordinator at The Arts Commission in Toledo, Michelle’s passion for making a difference in the lives of youth deepened. She is grateful to have had community teaching opportunities as a result of separate partnerships with Toledo's YWCA, the Juvenile Court, the Toledo Museum of Art, Handmade Toledo and Art Supply Depo in the form of hands-on workshops. These sessions aimed to introduce the media of screen printing while providing an outlet for personal self-expression for all ages. Michelle is currently exploring career options in Special Education as she holds positions as a paraprofessional in the public school setting.

Bill Horvath (Sylvania, Ohio) is an emerging artist who began pursuing a professional career in the arts in 2015, following a history of personal interest in and exposure to the arts including courses through the Toledo Museum of Art (Ohio). Better known as Bill Horvath, his given name is William L. Horvath II, utilizing an artist signature of BHII. He is the son of two Toledo area artists, photographer William Horvath, Sr. and painter Sue Horvath. With a professional background in computer programming and an expansive artistic experience in woodworking, metal, fiber arts, ceramics and drawing, Horvath applies the similar processes of planning and perfecting involved in both digital programming and traditional art-making. In his ink on paper works, each mark is built upon to improve the overall piece, while carefully conforming to the shape, size and context of previous marks, a process that Horvath finds is both a choice and an opportunity in the artwork. Horvath’s work has been juried into numerous shows and exhibitions across Ohio and has participated in annual group exhibitions including Art on the Mall at the University of Toledo (Ohio). Horvath currently maintains studios in Sylvania, Ohio and Jerome, Michigan.

In addition to the “Falling Into Place” exhibit, 20 North Gallery displays through stable representation glass, paintings, jewelry and artists’ cards by noted artists of the region. Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from noon to 4p.m.

20 North Gallery and the exhibiting artists will be welcoming friends and collectors at the free Public Opening Reception for “Falling Into Place” on Friday, October 11, from 6 - 9p.m. The event features a free appetizer buffet and cash bar.

On November 2, 2019, 20 North Gallery will host an Artists’ Talk and Demo including an interactive screen printing workshop led by exhibiting artist Michelle Carlson.

The 2nd edition of the online exhibition catalogue for “Falling Into Place,” containing art images of the full exhibit and artist information, is posted on the 20 North Gallery website at: 20northgallery.com

What:Falling Into Place” art exhibit
Where: 20 North Gallery, 18 N. St. Clair Street, (Downtown) Toledo, Ohio  43604, 419-241-2400

When:   October 11 – December 28, 2019

Gallery Hours
Wednesday – Saturday:
Noon – 4 p.m.
and By Appointment

Free Public Reception — Friday, October 11, 2019, 6 – 9 p.m.

For More Information Contact: Condessa Croninger (Art Director) or visit 20northgallery.com
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