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Toledo Museum exhibit ‘Everything is Rhythm,’ April 6

From TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART “Everything is Rhythm”: Mid-Century Art & Music” opens in the New Media Gallery at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) April 6. In this multisensory exhibition, which runs through Nov. 3, music and art are brought together as 14 visual art masterpieces are paired with carefully selected musical accompaniments.  “Everything is Rhythm” is jointly curated by Halona Norton-Westbrook, director of curatorial affairs, and Scott Boberg, manager of programs and audience engagement.  “The Toledo Museum of Art has long celebrated the promotion of both the visual and musical arts,” explained Norton-Westbrook. “’Everything is Rhythm’ seeks to engage visitors by prompting close looking, contemplation and consideration of the connection between visual and auditory forms.” The pairings of the visual and musical works in the exhibition, which includes both the historical and contemporary, have been purposefully combined for a variety of reasons.  “In some instances, the composer and artist were known to one another and shared a direct connection, while in other instances, the selected musical composition and art work share ideas, approaches or aspects such as rhythm, texture or basic structure. In some instances, the art work and music paired with it are separated by decades,” Boberg explained.  For example, “And Then There Were Three” by Julian Stanczak (American, born Poland, 1928-2017) is paired with “Metamorphosis III,” by composer Philip Glass. The cinematic scale and proportion of Stanczak’s painting is matched by the lush repetition of this solo piano work, performed by Lisa Moore, whose in-gallery concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 3 will conclude this exhibition.   The title of the exhibition, “Everything is Rhythm,” takes its inspiration from a quote by the painter Larry Poons, whose work is prominently featured in the final section of this exhibition. “Everything is Rhythm” will be accompanied by a series of in-gallery concerts. 

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Glass artist promotes understanding of mental illness through work

From RIVER HOUSE ARTS River House Arts is pleased to present INFINITE SPECTRUM, an exhibition of works in glass by the Los Angeles-based, Japanese artist Kazuki Takizawa. The exhibition opens with a public reception on March 15, from 6-8 pm and runs through April 13.  As an artist who lives with bipolar disorder, Takizawa has been using glass to investigate his inner reality, to give shape to the invisible, and help destigmatize mental illness for nearly a decade.  Through finely crafted, elaborate vessels and installations, the artist aims to create objects and opportunities for honest dialogue around mental health.  INFINITE SPECTRUM is a continuation of several series Takizawa has been exploring since 2009, as well as an introduction to two new bodies of work he is currently discovering.   In his ongoing series Containers, Minimalist ,Guardian, and Breaking the Silence II , Takizawa attempts to create an inclusive space for increasing awareness and conversation around mental illness while the two developing series focus more directly on uncovering bipolar disorder.  Two Words, addresses established themes with a more pointed and personal perspective while also examining the space in which binary topics merge in the physical world. In contrast, his newest work from a currently Untitled series delves into the singularity of mania and what that world may encompass.  Kazuki Takizama was born and raised in Hong Kong, attended high school in Bangkok, Thailand, and now lives and works in Los Angeles where he runs his glassblowing studio, KT Glassworks. Since graduating from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2010, Takizawa has taught at Pilchuck Glass School and Public Glass and has lectured at institutions such as the Tokyo Glass Art Institute, Craft in America Center, the Museum of Fine Arts, and Bowling Green State University, among others.  His work has been exhibited nationally at numerous museums and art centers including Craft in America, STARworks, and Museum of Contemporary Craft and has been featured in New Glass Review and American Craft.  His work around mental illness has been highlighted on NBC and many publications. _ Located in the historic Secor Hotel in downtown Toledo, Ohio, River House Arts has been presenting works by contemporary artists since 2009.  Exhibitions are free and open to the public. 


BGSU Undergrad Art Show is a launching pad for young talent

By DAVID DUPONT  BG Independent News The opening of the annual Undergraduate Exhibition is one of the busiest days for the galleries at Bowling Green State University. The annual exhibit features work by 100 artists, and the awards ceremony draws a large contingent of family, friends, fellow artists, faculty, and staff. Sunday’s opening was no exception. For Charles Kanwischer, the director of the School of Art, the turnout is fitting. Harking back to the first time his work was shown, he said, this is a milestone in these young creators’ careers. “To win a prize, to be acknowledged some way, is to start believing in yourself, and that’s the most important function of this show,” Kanwischer said. Work exhibited in the Bryan Gallery There were many awards — some determined by faculty, and five determined by the panel of three outside jurors. Yuna Ahn, a junior from Perrysburg, won the Medici Circle Best of Show Award  for her painting “I Swallowed the Red Pill,” which was also selected for first place in painting. Also honored by the jurors were: Jacob Church, Main Street Photo and Portrait Studio Award, for his photo “Slide.”Trent Clayton, Marietta Kirschner Wigg Print Award, for his print “South Michigan Ave.”Chloe Arch, Ringholz Art Supply Award 2D, for her drawing “Autism 6-8th.”Hannah Zitzelberger, Ringholz Art Supply Award 3D, for her jewelry “Cicadas.” (Click to see a full listing of awards.) Best of Show honoree, Ahn said she relies on art to tell her story. A native of South Korea, her family moved to Perrysburg seven years ago. Her English isn’t fluid enough to convey her ideas. “I’m always struggling to communicate. I can express myself truly through my art.” Her painting speaks volumes. “I Swallowed the Red Pill” has layers of imagery. The painting employs a popular ancient Korean painting as the background to the scene, just as the painting appears in many restaurants in Korea. That traditional painting, she explained, shows two men spying on a woman bathing outdoors. Ahn connects that to the problem prevalent in Korean of social media voyeurism using spy cams.  The title of her painting is a reference to the “Matrix” movies. The red pill makes you see the truth, Ahn said, and that’s not always pleasant. “It’s going to be something you don’t want to know, but it’ll be the truth.” In the foreground is a double self-portrait of the artist. In one, the figure is staring at her cell phone. Is the truth there? Maybe, the artist answered. But there’s also fake news. One…


BGSU Arts Events through March 6

Feb. 16 – The Bowling Green Philharmonia will present its 52nd annual Concerto Concert. Winners of the Competitions in Music Performance will perform concertos with the Philharmonia. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Advance tickets for the event are $7 for adults, $3 for children and students. All tickets are $10 on the day of the performance. Tickets are available at bgsu.edu/arts or by calling the box office at 419-372-8171. Feb. 17 – The Annual Undergraduate Art and Design Exhibition opens its two-week run with a reception from 2-4 p.m. A juried selection of art in all media by students in the BGSU School of Art will be displayed in the Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankelman galleries in the Fine Arts Center. The exhibition runs through March 3. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Free Feb. 17 – Members of the BGSU College of Musical Arts faculty will perform at the Great Gallery of the Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. The chamber music concert will begin at 3 p.m. The performance is free; onsite parking is $7 for nonmembers of the museum. Feb. 18 – The BGSU College of Musical Arts welcomes guest artist Robert Weirich on piano. Weirich, who recently retired from university teaching, has performed at venues including Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Tanglewood, Ravinia and Marlboro. He is a past president of the College Music Society and twice received the Educational Press Achievement Award for his writing. His piano recital will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. FreeFeb. 18 – The BGSU School of Art welcomes photographer Tim Archibald for a lecture about his book “Echolilia,” a collection of photographs that share the relationship between him and his son, who is on the autism spectrum. He will speak at 5 p.m. in 204 Fine Arts Center. Free Feb. 19 – Director Jordan Peele’s 2017 debut film “Get Out” is the featured screening at the Department of Theatre and Film’s Tuesdays at the Gish series. The 103-minute film is a jump-scare thriller and a masterpiece of social analysis. The screening will start at 7:30 p.m. in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Free Feb. 19 – The student Chamber Jazz Ensembles will perform at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Feb. 20 – Compositions by BGSU faculty members will be performed as part of…


Toledo Museum to host National Geographic Live speaker series

From TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART National Geographic Live, National Geographic’s touring speaker series, and the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) are proud to announce an inaugural three-part speaker series that will take place the Peristyle Theater throughout 2019.   “We are excited to see the Peristyle stage come alive through a combination of first-hand accounts from National Geographic Explorers and their amazing imagery,” said Brian Kennedy, the Museum’s Edward Drummond and Florence Scott Libbey director. “We believe the National Geographic Live series provides an engaging format for the community to learn about the world around them.” The three events for the inaugural series are: Birds of Paradise Revealed Saturday, April 27: 7 p.m., Peristyle Tim Laman, a renowned photographer and forest canopy researcher, and ornithologist Ed Scholes, authors of the major National Geographic book, “Birds of Paradise Revealed,” will take visitors deep into New Guinea to observe these astonishing avian creatures. Evolved to attract mates with their extraordinarily colorful feathers, which they display in dances executed with ballerina-like grace, these birds are a living laboratory of evolution. Meet all 39 species and enjoy their secret lives, bizarre displays, and dazzling courtship antics in breathtaking visuals. When Women Ruled the World Thursday, May 30: 7 p.m., Peristyle Dr. Kara Cooney, professor of Egyptology, explores the reigns of powerful ancient queens to illuminate a time when women ruled the world. Often neglected in the history books, these strong female leaders were considered exceptions to the rule, but their power and influence is undeniable. Standing at Water’s Edge Saturday, July 27: 7 p.m., Peristyle Cristina Mittermeier learned the concept of responsible earth stewardship from her indigenous nanny as a child growing up in Mexico, and she explores that calling through the ways of life of four communities and their individual relationships with water—the Kayapó in the Amazon, the Inuit of Greenland, the First Nations people of British Columbia, and native Hawaiians. “We are thrilled to be bringing some of National Geographic’s most dynamic and entertaining explorers to TMA,” said Yulia Petrossian Boyle, Senior Vice President for Global Media and Experiences at National Geographic. “National Geographic Live events are a unique opportunity for people in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan to meet these visionary individuals in person, and to be inspired by the fascinating stories and breathtaking images they will share from their expeditions to the far corners of our planet.” The National Geographic Live series appearance at the Toledo Museum of Art is sponsored in part by The Boeschenstein Family Foundation and Kingston HealthCare with additional support from…


Artists are squirreling away treasures for others to find

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Local artists have a gift for you. It’s up to you, though, to find it.  In January Kathy Pereira De Almeida hid five of her small paintings in locations around town and then posted enigmatic clues on social media. Kathy Pereira De Almeida hid these works for the first art drop. The first read: “Tucked away on a former pig farm is where you will find the first @artdropbg.” Within a day the package was found in Wintergarden Park near the pond in Tucker Woods. Art Drop BG was launched.  The project introduces people to local artists, and also gives them a chance to explore the community.  Early Saturday morning potter Mary Dennis will be out and about stashing five treasures in secret spots around town. “I was looking for something fun to connect the arts in our community with people,” Pereira De Almeida said. “I thought it was nice way to promote the arts, promote individual artists, and I love treasure hunts.” The idea for art drops was originated by Jake Parker, a comics writer and illustrator, who does it as he travels around the world. Pereira De Almeida also discovered that Arvada, Colorado, holds a monthly art drop, so she decided to give it a try here. “We hide original pieces of artwork,” she said. “It could be 3D. It could be 2D. It could be a poem, or a story … as long as it’s original.” The art is in clearly marked packages. Then they provide clues on the artdropbg Facebook and Instagram accounts. Whoever finds the item can then share their discovery on social media as well. They ask the people only keep one piece a month. “Don’t take all the treasure,” she said. Pereira De Almeida said four of the five pieces she hid were reported discovered. The fifth just disappeared. Work by Mary Dennis The first three months are lined up. Dennis said she’ll have some Valentine-themed work. “I wanted to include things that would be small and less likely to be broken, but also representative of things I make,” Dennis said. The art may be small, but still good quality. The artist’s contact information will be included. After Dennis in February, painter Kim Sockman will be featured. One piece is a drawing she did with glitter pen that she created while on a car trip. She’s already thinking of places to squirrel away her work. The pieces will probably not be postcard size, but rather something larger that would fit into a…


Family of artist who painted courthouse murals still treasures his private creations

By DAVID DUPONT  BG Independent News The murals on the second floor of the Wood County Courthouse are public treasures. For Cheryl Windisch, of Bowling Green, they are family history. The murals that are undergoing preservation work were painted by her great-grandfather Isaac Moore Taylor.  Oil field mural Taylor, who was born 175 years ago on Feb. 5, 1844 in western New York close by the Pennsylvania oil fields, was an oil man drawn in middle age to Wood County, where he got involved in local politics, including a single term as mayor of Bowling Green. But his passion was painting.  “He loved doing that more than he enjoyed having real jobs,” his great-granddaughter said. “He was really kind of a wanderlust guy.” That wanderlust took him out west on oil business, before he settled in Bowling Green where he and his wife, Adella, raised their four daughters, including Windisch’s grandmother Mildred. His interest in art started when he was a child, and he studied with two master teachers in his youth. When he was 15 the Drake oil strike in Oil Creek, Pennsylvania, occurred, and that sparked his interest in the oil business. He became a leading authority whose advice was sought nationwide, according to a biographical sketch written by the family. The first Ohio well he drilled was in what is now the middle of Findlay. Then he started to explore in the Sand Ridge area of Bowling Green. All the while, his great-granddaughter said, he continued painting. His family settled in town in a home at 249 S. Church St. The house is still standing. The place where he painted, an old barn in the rear, was torn down when the post office was expanded and the drive-through added. That “paint shop,” both Windsich and her brother Scott Cunningham, the family historian, recall, was mostly off-limits for children. Their mother was allowed in a few times. “Usually kids weren’t allowed to go in there because there was too much stuff for them to get into,” Windisch said. Taylor created art in a variety styles and for a variety reasons. He did designs for business signs. He painted pictures with calendars attached as Christmas presents for his grandchildren. And he used whatever material scraps of paper, bed ticking, cardboard, and door panels was at hand. But he also did finely executed drawings and oil paintings including landscapes and portraits. Windisch said he created a large portrait of his parents. A Washington D.C. curator once told her aunt that the painting was worthy of…