TMA Family Center to Host Pin Striping Artist Michael Murray

Eye On Art  |  06/25/2019 2:00 pm

Pin striping artist Michael Murray will share how he turned his passion for art into a career during the Visiting Artist series at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) Family Center Friday, June 28 at 6 p.m. The free event, held the last Friday of the month, offers families the opportunity to hear directly from artists and musicians.

If you lived in Murray’s south Toledo neighborhood in the late 1950s or early 1960s, chances are he pin striped your bicycle. At age 15, Michael went work in a sign shop and started learning the art of hand lettering. Upon graduating from high school, he was presented his journeyman's card.

He turned that passion into a career, and today he has five cars that are in museums, including the oldest known Ford (1903) known to exist.

“It will be a fun evening of sharing how I turned my passion into a career,” Murray said. “I know parents always worry about starving artists, but I have had a wonderful life pursing my interest in art.”

The Visiting Artist series offers an opportunity for both children and parents to see the importance of art at a young age and how they can nurture the talent of their young children, explained Regina Jankowski, Family Center Manager.

“And perhaps as their children become adults, they can be successful artists and musicians, too,” she said.

The Family Center is a free drop-in, hands-on art studio and play space for families with young children. Families work together to create works of art using a wide variety of medium. The Family Center is open on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fridays from 3:30 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.