Kick Off the Holiday Season with the November Art Loop

Eye On Art  |  11/14/2017 2:00 pm

The Arts Commission is pleased to present the November 16 2017 Art Loop- Holiday Loop, 5:30-9PM. This month features local vendors, holiday-themed exhibitions, live music, and lots of family friendly festive fun. The Art Loop encourages everyone to explore downtown Toledo by shopping for unique handmade fine arts, crafts and one-of-a-kind gifts for friends and family.

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.

To build a map, find parking, see up-to-date gallery offerings, and more visit: 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 lowcost, convenient one-stop shop for a great night out!


Watch music happen as the University of Toledo Symphony Orchestra holds an open rehearsal to work on a piece by Dvorak and more with a special Q and A opportunity. Experience a special screener of The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick with Cathy Kamenca from WGTE join the conversation and a chance to win great door prizes. In the Children’s Library Creativity Lab, make an origami basket and a gift to go inside to share or keep for yourself! Pick up your Storycorps DIY Guide and be ready to collect the stories of family and friends shared at the Thanksgiving table. Take in one of our exhibits Black Age of Comics (Imani Lateef & Peep Game Comix), FINRA Thinking Money (an interactive and immersive expedition into the world of money management!), Gridiron and Grace (Toledo Troopers, the winningest pro football team ever by the Pro Football Hall of Fame), and Hot Glass and Cool Characters: Vitrolite Visions and self-guided audio tour. In the Classics Gift Shop, shop the Thankful Thursday Sale of 25% off all books/gifts (no further discounts apply) for the special Art Loop hours 5:30-8pm.

See WILD AESTHETIC, the creation of Detroit interdisciplinary artist Sean Hages. His huge inflatable “alien fruit” sculpture will fill the Central Court of the Main Library. The sculptures are created with the same rip-stop fabric used to make hot air balloons. What else is there to say? It’s a big, colorful, wonderful sculpture with otherworldly tentacles!

Stop by Market on the Green for their first beer sampling event! Offering four beers with complimentary food samples from local vendors for $5. Show up anytime between 6-8:30pm to participate and stay as long or a little as you like. The market will stay open until 9pm to give you a chance to purchase any of the beers you loved during the tasting. The Art Loop bus stops right outside the front doors!

Sofia Quintero Art & Cultural Center opens the Jose Martinez Memorial Gallery for its annual exhibition of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) alters. This stunning community cultural exhibition features traditional altars paying homage to loved ones who have passed away as a celebration of their memory. This year features an altar in honor of SQACC's program coordinator, David Cuatlacuatl, who was recently killed in a tragic car accident. Included in the exhibition is a Day of the Dead city featuring hundreds of skeletal figures in a town-centric landscape complete with a train car moving around the diorama. This will be the public's last chance to view this moving display of Latino heritage.

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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.