Updated January 13, 2022

20 North Gallery Hosts Dan Hernandez Exhibit

20 North Gallery, 18 N. St. Clair St., Toledo, welcomes back local artist Dan Hernandez on Friday, January 14 with Dan Hernandez: New Work, a new exhibition including his paintings and screenprints created during the turbulent, previous year.

Featuring three series – two of which are making their Toledo debut – the exhibit will include all-new paintings that combine new media and traditional painting techniques, while synthesizing video game design and the influences of art history to explore the visual dialogue between religion, mythology and pop culture.

The exhibit will open with a free, public reception on Friday, January 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., featuring a light tapas buffet and cash bar. The exhibition will continue through Saturday, March 26.

The mixed-media artworks of Dan Hernandez create a captivating intersection between art styles of the past and present. Having identified similarities between the narrative styles of medieval, Renaissance and 8- and 16-bit video game art, Hernandez takes elements of digital design and then draws, paints and screenprints engrossing works that connect cultures hundreds of years apart. Longtime fans of Hernandez’s work will be delighted to see new pieces of his Genesis series, as well as to view the debut of his new Reset and Los Santos series. These new series draw inspiration and source material from a variety of consoles and games including Nintendo, Sega Genesis and Grand Theft Auto V.

Dan Hernandez was born in San Diego, Calif., in 1977. He received his bachelor of fine arts in 2000 from Northwest Missouri State (Maryville) and a master of fine arts in 2002 from American University (Washington, D.C.). He currently serves as an associate professor in the department of art at The University of Toledo.

In addition to the featured exhibition, 20 North Gallery continues to display glass, paintings, jewelry and artists’ cards by noted artists of the region. Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from noon to 4:00 p.m.

Animal-Themed Show Featured In Bowling Green

Athena’s Bowling Green Arts Council announces Artists 4 Animals 8, an animal-themed juried art show on display through Sunday, January 23 at the Beer Works Gallery, 322 N. Grove St. in Bowling Green.

Works from artists of all ages will be featured in the show, with prizes awarded in age categories (grades K-4, grades 5-8, grades 9-12 and adults), as well as for Best Domestic Animal and Best Wild Animal. This year, there are 17 adult and high school artists exhibiting nearly 30 works of art, as well as 40 student works in a virtual exhibit. The works of artist-winners will be featured on notecards for sale at the reception and at the Art Supply Depot in Bowling Green.

Artists 4 Animals 8 is sponsored by the Bowling Green Arts Council and The Copy Shop. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Wood County Humane Society.

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