The Game of Life Cannot Be Played Alone - Art of Amanda Gargac

Category: Arts - Visual

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Friday, August 24 - September 2, 2018


11:00 am - 6:00 pm


Handmade Toledo
1717 Adams Street
Toledo, OH 43604

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From the artist:
Much like the board game “Life”, living is like a multiplayer game; it cannot be played alone. We have to depend on others for different things in our lives no matter how independent and closed off we may seem. We need support in times of need, teachers and mentors to look up to, friends who will make sure you laugh when they’re around, and family who’ve been there from the start. This series of paintings illustrates the influential people in my life. They’ve all listened to my stories and life’s journeys; now it’s time for them to get the chance to speak. Look closely and listen to what they have to say.

Artist bio:
Amanda Gargac is a 19-year-old visual artist from Northwood Ohio. She graduated from Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School in 2017 and will be a sophomore studying studio art at The University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Amanda took an interest into art at a young age which soon became her life’s passion. This love for art led to her taking art seriously at the end of middle school, with the help of opening an Instagram account to showcase her work. She used the social media platform to not only share her artwork, but also to became an advocate for mental health issues and suicide prevention. Her body of work now mainly consists of acrylic paintings, many of which are portraits. Amanda’s goal with this work is to act as a visual storyteller and give a voice to the voiceless.

Amanda has received several notable awards and achievements for her paintings. Just a few of these achievements include a Scholastic Art Awards National Gold Medal (2017) and National Silver Medal (2016) which gave her the opportunity to travel to New York City for an awards ceremony at the historic Carnegie Hall and an exhibition at Parsons School of Design. She also received a National Merit Award through the National YoungArts Foundation (2018) granting her a trip again to New York City for an exhibition at the prestigious MoMA PS1 Gallery and a week of workshops with world renown artists. Amanda also won the Congressional Art Competition (2017) giving her the great pleasure of exhibiting her winning painting in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. for 1 year.

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