Updated February 12, 2019

Perrysburg To Host Mr. Atomic Exhibit 

The Perrysburg Public Art Series is starting the new year debuting a collection of brand new paintings featuring Mr. Atomic’s signature “Narrative Pop Surrealism” style. Mr. Atomic: Brushes With Geniuswill be on view through Friday, February 22 at the Perrysburg Municipal Building, 201 W. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The exhibit is aptly named to reflect the ingenuity and artistic skills synonymous with Mr. Atomic’s original narrative work. Each painting holds a visual adventure, hidden tongue-in-cheek details and magnificent execution of color properties that become a part of the narrative.

All work in the exhibit is for sale and buyers will purchase directly from Mr. Atomic. For more information about the artist, visit www.mratomic.com.

Sheri Simons Takes Part In Art Residency 

Sheri Simons, a Detroit-native known for her large-scale installations related to sound and movement, will participate in the Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP) at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) from Wednesday, February 20 to Friday, March 1. She will give a free artist talk on Friday, February 22, at 7:00 p.m. in the GlasSalon.

During her GAPP residency, Simons will work with the Glass Studio team on how to incorporate active audience participation in experiencing her glass works, as well as techniques related to both casting and glassblowing.

 “We are going to be doing some experimental work with anti-fogging agents in the glass and how that can be used to create patterns or messages when the audience breathes into the object,” explained Alan Iwamura, the museum’s glass studio manager. “A lot of Simons’ work is interactive with sound and touch, so this idea is a new and interesting opportunity to engage the audience with the art.”

In addition to maintaining a studio practice, Simons is also a professor in the sculpture area of the Department of Art and Art History at California State University, Chico.

The Guest Artist Pavilion Project, or GAPP, brings in both glass artists and contemporary artists who are willing to explore the use of glass in their work and to be inspired—without restriction—by the TMA collection, studio facilities, and staff.

The Victory Center Hosts Cancer Survivor Art Show

TheVictory Center will present its seventh annual TVC Cancer Survivor Art Show on Friday, February 22 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 23 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. All types and varieties of art expression are included in this event, from fine art to folk arts and crafts. Many of the cancer survivors will be present to share the stories behind their artwork. Since art expression is an individual process, the scope of the collection includes a wide variety, with items such as glass mosaic, jewelry, knitting, collage, watercolor, ink and acrylics. Pieces range from contemplative to joyful and inspirational.

The Victory Center hosts a free art therapy program for area cancer patients and survivors. The program, Healthy Spirit Art Therapy, is led by local art therapist Areka Foster. The TVC Cancer Survivor Art Show will take place at The Victory Center, 5532 W. Central Ave., Suite B., Toledo.

The art show is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Call (419) 531-7600 for more information or to RSVP. Drop-ins are also welcome.

Student Focus Art Show On View At TMA 

The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) Student Focus Art Show, highlighting work from TMA’s fall semester, is on view until Thursday, April 11 in the Community Gallery.

This exhibition showcases some of the projects created in the museum’s youth and teen studio art classes. Students ages 3-18 produced the diverse and imaginative works of art through their own interpretations of objects in the TMA collection.

“It’s always such a pleasure to prepare and install art projects from our youth and teen classes in new, creative ways,” said Sara Daniels, studio programs manager. “From matting and framing paintings to finding the right hardware to hang intricate mobiles, it’s all about letting the students’ amazing work shine through.”

The show features more than 150 works from 15 different classes covering mixed media, sculpture, drawing, painting, glassblowing and digital photography.

“Once the show is open, I adore seeing students return with their families, watching their eyes light up with pride and excitement as they find their work,” Daniels said. “It brings them such joy to see their art on display in the museum and I see that same joy sparked in visitors and staff who pass through the Community Gallery halls. At surface level, it brings a smile to people’s faces, but underneath it all, it’s a reminder of the ongoing legacy of art classes at TMA, shared by students past and present, old and young.”

The museum offers studio art classes year-round for all ages and levels of experience in a wide variety of media. Learn more at www.toledomuseum.org.

Popnology Extended At Imagination Station

Imagination Station announces the extension of the current temporary exhibition, Popnology, sponsored by Pepsi Beverages Company. Guests who have yet to visit this exhibit can discover how science fiction elements from popular culture have become reality – from looking into a room representing a time capsule of 1983 to coming face to face with the world’s first 3-D-printed car.

Popnologytakes us from fantasy to the reality of driverless cars, robots, drones and into the future. For movie fans, there are references to E.T.to The Rocketeerto 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The exhibit will be open until Sunday, April 28.

Multimedia Masterpiece Different Trains At TMA 

An important reminder of one of the greatest tragedies in human history, Different Trains, a large-scale video installation spanning nearly 25 feet, will occupy the Toledo Museum of Art’s Canaday Galley through to May 5.

The profoundly moving work about the Holocaust is both historically important and aesthetically impressive. The 29-minute film will run on a continuous loop and features the 1988 musical score by American composer Steve Reich, recorded by the Kronos Quartet and visually reinterpreted by Spanish filmmaker Beatriz Caravaggio.

Reich’s 1988 score is a beautiful and emotionally charged rumination on the train journeys of his youth and of the horrific deportation trains of the Holocaust. As a child, from 1939 to 1942, Reich made numerous cross-country train trips from New York to Los Angeles to visit his divorced parents. As an adult, Reich pondered what would have happened to him, a young Jewish boy, during that same period in Europe; as Reich safely traveled by train to his family, European trains were simultaneously deporting Jewish children to concentration camps. Spurred by this concept, he composed Different Trainsin 1988, a work for string quartet and sampled recorded voices. The work was awarded the 1989 Grammy for the Best Contemporary Classical Composition.

Created in 2016, Caravaggio’s Different Trainssets Reich’s score to an archival film montage that lends new depths and insights to the original musical composition. Both the music and videos are beautifully composed; Reich’s score is fragmented and modern, while Caravaggio’s editing swiftly leads the audience through the work. Installed in three screens mimicking the three-part structure of the music, the film has a cut-up, collage-like quality. The first movement, “America — Before the Wars,” incudes images of wonder, idyllic countryside and city skylines seen flitting through passenger windows. The second movement stands in stark contrast; “Europe — During the War” shows footage of Jewish people forced aboard Nazi deportation trains. The third movement connects the moods of the first two: “After the War” is hopeful, but cautiously so. Now part of the museum’s permanent collection, Different Trainshas received widespread acclaim and was featured in a special presentation at the Museo Bilbao in 2017.

In conjunction with TMA’s presentation of Different Trains, visitors will also have the opportunity to view Bearing Witness: The Voices of Our Survivors,presented in the Little Theater twice daily. This documentary unites the oldest and youngest generations of the Jewish community in Toledo. In the film, six Holocaust survivors from five different countries share their experiences with teens. These survivors’ individual stories tell the Holocaust’s collective history. Their personal memories, will to survive and messages of hope inspire, sharing the truth of the Holocaust so that future generations never forget.

Multisensory Installation Immerses Visitors

A new exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art will provide visitors with an introduction to glassmaking that involves multiple senses and experiences beyond the visual. Located in Gallery 18, Katherine Gray: (Being) in a Hotshopand runs through May 12.

Based in Los Angeles, Gray is inspired by historic glassmaking methods and forms, especially traditional 19th- and 20th-century American and European vessels.

(Being) in a Hotshop invites visitors to listen to the sounds of the artist blowing glass through a hand-blown cup attached to the wall; to experience the smells particular to the hotshop in an installation titled Paper Sleeve Wax Block; to touch actual glassblowing tools; and to see video of Gray at work in a hotshop, creating some of the finished glass works now on display at TMA. She has also created a literal rainbow of inspired vessels in the visually stunning installation, A Rainbow Like You.

For general information, visitors can call (419) 255-8000 or (800) 644-6862, or visit toledomuseum.org.

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