Three Toledoans Featured in State Art Exhibition

Toledo Local Features  |  11/07/2011 7:00 am

The Ohio Arts Council awarded three Toledoans the honor of displaying their work at the Sixth Annual Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry Juried Art Show at the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

The Library, Ohio Arts Council and the Friends of the Library all work together to put this show on, which displays the talents of artists across the state. The show is a part of the Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry, which works to catalogue and showcase the works of more than 1,200 artists from Ohio and around the world. Entrants to the show had to first be registered on the database, then a panel of judges made their selections.

Among those receiving top honors was Clifton Harvey of Toledo, who won Juror’s Choice and a prize of $1,000. Harvey uses photography and illustrations to create surreal and sometimes startling landscapes with characters to match. This is his first time entering the exhibition.

“The OOVAR show is a great opportunity to share some of the creativity from our area, so I feel a tremendous sense of pride to be representing Toledo in this exhibit,” he said.

Also accepted was glass artist Matthew Paskiet of Firenation Glass Studio and Art Gallery in Holland. This is also Paskiet’s first time for the exhibition, who submitted swirls of multicolored ribbons of glass encased in a clear glass sculpture. A glass blower since 1993, he said life, love and the natural world often inspire him.

The third Toledoan is Mark Kersey, more popularly known around town as Mr. Atomic. Kersey’s pieces feature whimsical scenes, bright colors and exaggerated features. He and his twin brother, Michael, paint under the same “Mr. Atomic” name, and continually inspire each other’s works.

“Working in the same studio all these years is like a marriage, complete with the arguments that sometimes arise,” said Mark, who added his submitted piece “The Pearl Necklace” is a romantic departure from his usual subjects.

The Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry Juried Art Show runs now through Jan. 8, 2012 in the Carnegie Gallery of the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library. Visit to learn more about the exhibition. To learn more about the artists, visit, or