Updated September 11, 2023

Roche De Boeuf Seeks Artist Participants

The annual Waterville Roche de Boeuf Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This is the 50th anniversary of the festival, so it will be an extra exciting event. The Roche de Boeuf Festival, sponsored by the Waterville Chamber of Commerce, is held in downtown Waterville and attracts thousands of visitors.

The Anthony Wayne Area Arts Commission is sponsoring the artists’ section again this year. The artists’ section always receives very positive feedback from festivalgoers. The commission is working to organize and promote a very successful Rue des Artistes (Street of Artists) again this year.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of this amazing festival. To reserve an artist booth, visit https://watervillechamber.com/roche-de-boeuf-parade-and-festival.

For more information, email lisaexner23@gmail.com.

Impossible Perfection Coming To Hudson Gallery

Hudson Gallery announces the opening of a new exhibition Impossible Perfection for the month of October. The gallery will be filled with all new work by local artist Jules Webster. Bright, lush colors are the hallmark of this exquisite new work.

An artist reception will be held on Friday, October 6 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.hudsongallery.net.

Plein Air In The Park Planned At Oak Openings

The Anthony Wayne Area Arts Commission is hosting a special opportunity to paint “en plein air” outdoors at Oak Openings Metropark on Friday and Saturday, October 20 and 21. Delight in the autumn scenes, visit with fellow artists and enjoy a delicious soup lunch. Participate on one or both days.

All artists are invited to this new plein air experience with no cost to participate. The check-in location is Cannaley Treehouse Village (Beach Ridge area), 3520 Waterville Swanton Rd., Swanton.

The Anthony Wayne Area Arts Commission will be on hand from 9:00 a.m. to noon both days to greet participants with a welcome packet. The packet will include a map of possible painting locations. These are merely suggestions and artists can choose their own painting locations.

A lunch of homemade soups will be provided compliments of the Anthony Wayne Area Arts Commission. Artists will have the chance to visit with other artists as they enjoy lunch together.

No awards will be given; however, if artists are interested, their completed paintings can be displayed in the winery area at the Fallen Timbers Art Festival to be held at The Shops at Fallen Timbers on November 4 and 5. Artists do not have to be present at the festival to have their work displayed. More details about this will follow once you register.

Artists must register in advance for Plein Air in the Park. Email name and contact information to backtothestart1430@hotmail.com or text it to (419) 290-6140 by Tuesday, October 10. Preregistration helps AWAAC to have adequate welcome packets and refreshments.

TMA To Feature ’60s Artist Marisol In 2024 Exhibit

The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) will explore the life’s work of an artist who helped define the 1960s with Marisol: A Retrospective, on view March 2-June 2, 2024. The exhibition, organized by Buffalo AKG Art Museum, will chronicle the full arc of the artist’s practice with 244 works that address several themes, including politics, gender norms and ecological and societal concerns. Her recognizable sculptures and self-portraits will appear alongside lesser-known works, source materials, sketches, studies and personal photographs to offer visitors an insightful look into the artist’s life and working methods and the social climate that influenced her work.

“Marisol’s work is well-represented in the Toledo Museum of Art collection, and it is exciting to be able to participate in this major retrospective to give our audience a fuller understanding of her practice and its significance,” said Adam Levine, Edward Drummond and Florence Scott Libbey director and CEO. “We seek through our acquisitions and exhibitions to contribute to expanding the canon, and this exhibition centers Marisol’s significant contributions appropriately within post-war art history in the fullest way yet.”

Marisol: A Retrospective will introduce visitors to the multiplicity of her practice. Although portraiture and self-portraiture anchor many of her most recognizable works, her contributions in the 1960s and 1970s were vast and varied. The exhibition will explore the breadth of her work, including her underwater films and photographs and her public art practice, which are often overlooked.

“The Party” (1965-66), an installation-based work in TMA’s collection, features prominently in the exhibition. The assemblage of 15 wooden figures depicts guests at, in Marisol’s words, “a very elegant ball.” All of the sculptures bear Marisol’s face. Many hold drinkware and other party accessories and are dressed in attire from Marisol’s personal wardrobe. Ballgowns, aprons and other clothing choices denote each character’s social status. While these guests are in physical proximity and attending this gathering together, they seem psychologically distant from one another. Marisol, widely known for her reclusive nature, often added her persona to her work as a strategy to be present and part of a larger social fabric.

Marisol (born María Sol Escobar, 1930, Paris) achieved renowned acclaim in the 1960s when thousands would line up to see her often life-size artworks. When she retreated from the art world and shifted her artistic focus in the late 1960s and 1970s, her fame waned despite continuing to practice.

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