Visual art

BG Arts Council seeks submissions for older artists for 50+ Shades of Grey show

From BOWLING GREEN ARTS COUNCIL Bowling Green Arts Council is proud to announce 50+ Shades of Grey, an exhibit that will feature the work of artists who are 50 years of age or older. The show will occur February 22rd through March 28th, 2019 at the Wood County Senior Center, 305 N. Main Street, BG. All artists may submit up to two original works of art in any two-dimensional medium.  Members of Bowling Green Arts Council may submit up to three works. The entry fee for the show is $20 and the deadline for submission is February 5, 2019.  For more information regarding this exhibit and the application and payment process, please consult the BG Arts Council website at, or you may obtain an entry form at the Senior Center. An opening reception at the Senior Center with refreshments and entertainment will be held from 5-7 pm on Friday, February 22. Guests will be able to vote for a People’s Choice Award to be announced at 6:30. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate courtesy of The Art Supply Depo.  50+ Shades of Grey is sponsored by the BG Arts Council and the Wood County Committee on Aging.

Painter Aaron Pickens’ Toy Stories opens at 20 North Gallery in Toledo

From 20 NORTH GALLERY On Friday, January 11, 20 North Gallery will open “Toy Stories,” an exhibition of captivating oil paintings by Toledo area artist Aaron Pickens. The exhibit will continue through March 30, 2019. A free public reception will be held Friday, Jan. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. The “Toy Stories” exhibit features joyful and insouciant paintings with a whimsical sense of playfulness that belies the serious narratives they symbolize. Pickens’ paintings are created through dedicated observation of toy tableaux that the artist has built. With an emphasis on light and materiality, he carefully constructs these still life compositions to captivate the viewer. Pickens weaves an additional layer of depth into these bright, bold paintings with the toys and their depicted actions symbolizing and commenting on social issues relevant to today. A motif in Pickens’ artwork is to critique from a self-effacing position. Pickens states, “One of the unifying themes in my artwork has always been the desire to quietly disrupt some form of artistic convention in a highly refined manner, often using humor to do so.” Activism, art criticism, gun rights and environmental issues are examples of topics addressed in these vibrant works that entice and encourage the viewer to look longer and discover the underlying commentary. 20 North Gallery art director Condessa Croninger remarks, “We are proud to ring in the New Year and an exciting twenty-sixth exhibition season with celebrated and rising talent, Aaron Pickens. An artist with local roots, Pickens has an admirable dedication to the arts, fostering new talent through his role as an adjunct instructor at Adrian College among other institutions of higher education. As he expands his artistic career, we are delighted to be a venue hosting his popular and thought-provoking paintings that exhibit a strong duality. The way each viewer may bring a new perspective to each artwork is a true testament to the artist’s innate ability to create multi-layered paintings that discuss matters of social justice, yet are accessible to the child within all of us.” Aaron Pickens (Toledo, Ohio) received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in digital arts from Bowling Green State University (Ohio) in 2011 and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania) in 2015. Aaron currently resides in Grand Rapids, Ohio and, in addition to his fine art painting, works as a studio assistant for a digital installation artist. Also, as an adjunct instructor, Pickens…

Owens exhibit casts light on teen years of celebrated NYC artist Basquiat

From CONTEMPORARY ART TOLEDO Contemporary Art Toledo and Owens Community College will present Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat. This extraordinary exhibition focuses on the creative community Jean-Michel Basquiat helped galvanize in gritty, pre-AIDS, downtown New York—A time when decay and dissolution fueled a boom in creativity and where the definition of fame, success, and power was not based on money, Facebook likes, or self-promotion. Zeitgeist complements and amplifies the film by Sara Driver, BOOM FOR REAL The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat  released from Magnolia Pictures last May.  Driver teamed with culture critic Carlo McCormick and Mary-Ann Monforton associate publisher of BOMB Magazine, along with the New York gallery Howl! Happening to curate this expansive exhibition which features works and ephemera by Basquiat himself and more than 3o friends and contemporaries, including Nan Goldin, Kenny Scharf, Al Diaz, and Lee Quiñones. Zeitgiest runs from January 25 through March 22. A public reception for the exhibition will be held on Feb. 9 from 5-7 p.m. followed by a public screening of the film BOOM FOR REAL The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat.  Special guest for both the exhibition reception and the film will be curator Carlo McCormick.   Known today for his outsized role in the rise of Neo Expressionism and recent record breaking auction sales, the late Jean-Michel Basquiat was first recognized for his graffiti work in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In the emerging artistic circles there, the focus was not on creating content the established art market could readily digest and profit from, but on creating a community that stood in opposition –  fostering unfiltered, uninhibited expression. Basquiat’s work illuminated the contradictions of society – its opposing realities, inequalities, injustices – through a mix of disparate artistic traditions and unrefined, raw emotion fueled by the punk and hip-hop movements of the time. In only a few years, he went from supporting himself through panhandling and selling painted t shirts and postcards while homeless, to being one of the most celebrated artists in New York, bringing the street level politics of what was an underground counter-culture collective with him into the spotlight. Zeitgeist offers a unique opportunity to revisit the explosive, pre-fame period of Basquiat and his contemporaries. For these creators, to be a penniless published poet or a musician gigging at a local club was the height of success. In the rawness of the work, the focus on street art and…

Pictures of the past being preserved for the future in the Wood County courthouse

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Stefan Dedecek is applying a mix of art, science, and craftsmanship to preserve a piece of Wood County history. For the past several weeks, Dedecek, a conservator with McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory in Oberlin, has been scaling a jungle gym of scaffolding to reach the mural depicting Fort Meigs that overlooks the third floor of the county courthouse.  As the wheels of justice spin on the floors below, he is painstakingly working to clean the mural’s surface.  In areas where the original painted image is gone, he will fill in the missing patches matching the style of the original artist, I.M. Taylor, a former mayor of Bowling Green. The murals * show the signs of age as well as a previous attempt to preserve them. “Somebody worked on it before me, and that’s the worst thing,” he said during a break from his work. That restorer some 40 or so years ago applied a thick layer of varnish over the painting. There’s dirt underneath that varnish, Dedecek said. Both need to come off. That was one of the surprises that a conservator finds, he said. Until the scaffolding had been erected, he hadn’t been able to get a close look at the mural, which depicts Fort Meigs in 1813. The mural was in worse shape than he anticipated. Still, he’s said he’s about half done removing the varnish. The mural was painted in oil, not a common medium, directly onto the wall. This contrasts with the way many famous murals such as those in the Sistine Chapel were done. Those had the pigment directly applied on wet surfaces so the paint suffuses the surface. Here the paint sits on top. As the building settles, and the temperature and humidity changes, the paint can flake off. Dedecek uses a syringe to inject adhesive directly into the concrete. He’ll use a variety of materials with pigment to fill in patches. Oil field mural He expects to finish the Fort Meigs mural later this month. Then the scaffolding will be moved to the other staircase, and he’ll work on the mural that depicts an oil field in 1904 during the county’s oil boom. He expects to have that completed by the end of February. The county commissioners have appropriated about $70,000 to the project — about $22,000 for the scaffolding and the $47,390 for McKay Lodge. When…

Family Reunion nearing end of run at Toledo Museum

From TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART There is less than a week left to see the internationally acclaimed exhibition, Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion, which closes Sunday, Jan. 6.  Following its time at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA), the exhibition will travel to the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and then to the Foundation Custodia Frits Lugt in Paris, France. Admission to Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion is for $10 for adults, $7 for senior/military/students, and $5 for youth ages 5-17. Children under 4 are free. Admission to the exhibition is free for Museum members. Admission to the exhibition is free this Thursday evening from 5 to 9 p.m. Frans Hals Portraits exhibition, which reunited three known sections of Hals Van Campen family portrait for the first time since the painting was separated over 200 years ago, also explores how the definition of family has changed over time and includes the photo contributions of hundreds of area families. “The reunion of these 17th-century masterworks served as the perfect platform to explore more broadly and deeply how family is defined and what the concept of family means to us in the 21st–century,” said Brian Kennedy, TMA’s Edward Drummond and Florence Scott Libbey director. “As part of the exploration, more than 500 families submitted photographs depicting their view of family. Some of those were included in the exhibition and others were used in a digital display in Libbey Court.” One of the greatest portraitists in the history of Western European painting, Frans Hals (1582/83-1666) is renowned for his revolutionary candid style of capturing sitters in seemingly

Art serves as bridge between generations at Otterbein Pemberville

From LAURA DREWES OTTERBEIN PEMBERVILLE Otterbein Pemberville received a grant through the state of Ohio to be a part of this project in 2018.    Opening Minds through Art was created at the Scripps Gerontology Center at the University of Miami and it focuses on the importance of intergenerational relationships and creating a safe space for persons living with memory loss to create art in a fail-proof environment.   Student Cordelia Howard and resident Mary S. Otterbein Pemberville partnered with Eastwood High School students and the art teacher, Jennifer Moorman.  The students came to OPV each week for eight weeks and worked with the same resident to create different works of abstract art with prompts from the OMA curriculum.  It was such a blessing to watch the eight students grow over their time working with their partners.  Their grades ranged from 7th grade to juniors in high school and for some of the students, it was their first time visiting a long term care community.   We concluded this session with an art show including the Eastwood Jazz Band. We look forward to starting our next session in February. 

Toledo Museum ends year with Great Art Escape

From TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ARTS Celebrate the season with a diverse array of activities, events, and performances during the Great Art Escape, which returns to the Museum Dec. 26 through 30, 2018 and Jan. 1, 2019. Activities include Peristyle performances, Dutch organ concerts, glassblowing demonstrations, glass art workshops, Family Center activities, drawing in the galleries, family studio workshops, and more. Peristyle performances include the infectious Southeast Asian experience provided by Aha! Indian Dance, El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folkorico, JP Dynasty, the Ardan Academy of Irish Dance, and the Greater Toledo International Youth Orchestra. Dutch organ concerts will take place at 1 p.m. in Gallery 24 each day. The Great Art Escape is sponsored in part by Taylor Cadillac.  Demos, Activities & Entertainment PERISTYLE PERFORMANCES: 2 p.m., Peristyle Stage Wednesday, Dec. 26: Ardan Academy of Irish DanceThursday, Dec. 27: JP DynastyFriday, Dec. 28: El Corazon de Mexico Ballet FolkloricoSaturday, Dec. 29: Dancers of Aha! Indian DanceSunday, Dec. 30: Greater Toledo International Youth Orchestra DUTCH ORGAN CONCERTS: 1 p.m., Gallery 24 Wednesday, Dec. 26, Dennis JohnsThursday, Dec. 27, Nancy RusselFriday, Dec. 28, Martha EsbinSaturday, Dec. 29, Pamela Stover,Sunday, Dec. 30, Dennis BlubaughTuesday, Jan. 1, Charlotte Mariasy MUSIC PERFORMANCES: Thursday, Dec. 27: Frans Hals Community Program: Family Band Showcase, 7-9 p.m., Levis Gallery SNOW GLOBE SOCIAL: Friday, Dec. 28, 7-10 p.m., GlasSalon Add the Museum’s Snow Globe Social to your holiday plans! Stay warm with seasonal drinks, test your knowledge at trivia, and shake off the winter blues with dancing and live music. Gather your friends for some holiday fun in the Glass Pavilion. Admission is free; cash bar available. (Re)New Year’s Day Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2-4 p.m., GlasSalon Celebrate (Re)New Year’s Day by participating in a one-of-a-kind experience inspired by art, yoga, movement, and meditation. Then, meet and mingle in the GlasSalon to enjoy refreshing, locally-sourced beverages and design your own Vision Board. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Registration is encouraged*. (Re)New Year’s Day is presented by Circle, the Toledo Museum of Art’s affinity group dedicated to inclusive and innovative programming that engages new audiences with the Museum. GLASSBLOWING DEMOS: Glass Pavilion Hot Shop Wednesday, Dec. 26: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 27: 1, 2, 3, and 8 p.m.Friday, Dec. 28: 1, 2, 3, 7 and 8 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 29: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 30: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.Tuesday, Jan. 1: 1, 2, and 3 p.m. GIANT CHESS, during Museum hours, Great Gallery Bring along family, friends and try to checkmate among the grandest works of art. Created in the Family Center by Justin Overholt with the help from Jones Leadership…

Arts Beat: Glass artist’s magic is turning kitsch into art

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Zachary Weinberg gave credit to his Bowling Green State University Alli Hoag for naming his exhibit, “Kitsch Alchemy,” at River House Arts in Toledo. She’s good with titles, he said.  Zachary Weinberg Their first stop was at the title piece of the exhibit.  Inspired by the “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” segment of Disney’s “Fantasia,” the piece includes a broom encased in glass. The glass, Weinberg said, was blown to accommodate what’s inside, in this case a broom and a lamp. Weinberg, a technician in the glass studio, and Hoag, director of the glass program, got together recently during the closing days of the exhibit for a public conversation about his art. As he and Hoag strolled through gallery at 425 Jefferson Street, it became clear just how apt the name was.  That’s not the easiest way to go about creating glass. Usually glass vessels are blown and then things fit into them. But, as Hoag noted, “you take the most difficult way to make something.” “Opuntia” Weinberg noted that in his piece, “Opuntia,” which serves as the home for a living prickly pear cactus, the joints could easily have been purchased. Instead he created them out of glass. “Completely inefficient,” he said. That’s part of the magic, the alchemy. Weinberg takes elements considered kitsch and through this technical alchemy turns them into art. “Kitsch,” he explained, “is art that’s been assimilated into the production economy and distributed to the masses.”  Alchemy, which is connected to early science, was “a noble pursuit,” said Weinberg, though driven by the fantasy of transforming lead into gold. For Weinberg that often means working with things cast off from society. “I love working with thrift store stuff,” he said. For one thing, it’s cheap. But it’s also free from the whole cycle of production and consumption. Looking at the broom encased in glass, he reflected, that at one time these had to be hand crafted. “We have factories that just crank this stuff out,” he said. The broom is suspended, not touching the ground, so not functional. Weinberg also turns to pop culture in, “The Final Gesture,” a neon piece that has a thumb’s up gesture rising from waves. It is an evocation of “Terminator II.” But it also echoes the image of the Lady of the Lake in the King Arthur legends. The red neon casts an almost menacing glow. A…

Visitors see arts in action at annual BGSU showcase & sale

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Song and dance  and more spilled into the corridors, classrooms, corners and stages of the Fine Arts Center and the Wolfe Center for the Arts Saturday during the 14th ArtsX. The gala showcases the creativity of all the arts on campus. This year ArtsX invited special guests Verb Ballets, a Cleveland-based company. The company adopted the name Verb Ballets because it evoked action, said Richard Dickinson, associate artistic director. The company’s performances at ArtsX showed how fitting that name was. In the second of the Verb’s two performances Saturday evening, it blended humor and sensuality to the music of Mozart in K281. That sensuality was evident throughout, whether on the contemporary “Between the Machine” with a pulsating score that mixed jazz with industrial sounds, to the climatic setting of Ravel’s “Bolero,” where European and Indian classical dance moves blended with flamenco. Verb didn’t restrict its action to the stage. It also presented classes for community and university dance students earlier in the day and performed and worked with middle and high school students on Friday. Dickinson said the company particularly enjoyed the middle school, where a two-hour delay on a Friday meant the energy level was particularly high. The company’s performances Saturday had people buzzing in the halls of the Wolfe Center and Fine Arts Center as they perused the jewelry, ceramics, glass, prints, and more on sale.  Artists also demonstrated their techniques. Music suffused the event from traditional sounds from Beethoven to taiko drums to the experimental work of doctoral students. As usual there was far more going on than any one visitor could take in. While the crowd attending seemed smaller than in the past, the energy of the participants was still high.        

Winners selected in Artists 4 Animals exhibit

From BOWLING GREEN ARTS COUNCIL The Bowling Green Arts Council has announced the prize winning art in the Artists 4 Animals 5 now on exhibit at the Four Corners Center, 130 S. Main Street, Thirty-six artists of all ages, kindergarten through adult contributed the exhibit. Winners are: Kindergarten through  fourth Grade: Kiera Novinsky, first, Spider Web; Alyssa Lenix, second, Bird in the Clouds; Eva Olivarez, third, Blue Dog with Color; and Griffin Fulford and Madelaine McAfee, honorable mention. Fifth through eighth grade: Quentin Trevino, first, Begging; Ty Strickland, second, Alone in the Woods; Ian Jones, third, Rabbit in Daisy Field; and Penelope Giammarco, Tyler Smith; Serenity Shimatzki, Logan Campbell, and Jansen DeMond, honorable mention. High school: Sydney Henninger, first, Buddy Boy;  2nd Olivia Sexton, second, Wisdom in the Darkness, and Marisa Gilbert, Dog News. Adults: Candace J. Hardy, first, Horse’s Eye; Derek Frey, second, Nelson; Jean Gidich-Holbrook, third, Pretty Girl, and Sarah Gorges, honorable mention, Winter. The show continues through Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Quilts memorialize migrants who die seeking refuge in the United States

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Migrants searching for a better life in the United States, a life free from violence and poverty, sometimes find a lonely death in the wastelands along the border. The Tucson Sector is the most deadly. And just as American economic and political policies have left many in Central America with little recourse but to flee, so American border policies have funneled them into the most deadly terrain. Since the late 1990s, an average of 150 migrants a year died in the area. Jody Ipsen, a quilter and writer, was backpacking in the area when she came upon what had been a camp for migrants. They’d left behind clothes and embroidered towels that are used to wrap tortillas. She found these traces of their passage through the area touching. That inspired the Migrant Quilt Project. Ipsen and curator and quilter Peggy Hazard visited Bowling Green State University this week as part of the annual Immigrant Ohio seminar. The quilts that have been produced by the project are on display through Dec. 7 on the fourth and fifth floors of Jerome Library on campus. Ipsen collects what the migrants throw away and then with the help of quilters, creates memorials to those who have died. Ipsen said she never  uses material from a site where someone has died out of respect and so as not to interfere with the medical examination of the site. As barriers have been put in place at the locations that are easier to cross, migrants have shifted into the harsher areas. This is part of US policy, she said. Officials say they hope the difficulty will deter migrants. That has not been the case. Thousands have died. “Death by deterrence,” Ipsen called it. The quilts serve as a reminder of their deaths, she said. Each quilt has an inscription for each person who has died, whether the person’s name or simply as unknown, or “desconocido,” for the many whose remains have not been identified. This is a reminder, Ipsen said, that these were people with families and friends. Ipsen told the story of three women whose stories she researched. Prudencia Martin Gomez headed north to find her boyfriend Ismael. He’d had to flee Guatemala because of lingering resentment over his father’s involvement in Army atrocities during the country’s 30-year-long civil war.  Prudencia was hoping to surprise him on his birthday. “She…

BGSU Arts Events through Nov. 28

At the galleries – “The Shodo Way of Writing: Calligraphy Scrolls from the BGSU Asian Studies Collection” exhibition continues through Nov. 18 in the Willard Wankelman Gallery at the Fine Arts Center. Presented by the BGSU Galleries, the exhibition includes 30 calligraphy scrolls by contemporary Japanese masters of these traditional arts.  Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Free Nov. 7 – Award-winning documentary filmmaker Dr. Matthew Donahue, a lecturer in popular culture, will present and screen “The Amsterdam T-Shirt Project,” highlighting the artists, vendors and creators of souvenir T-shirts in Amsterdam, Netherlands, the souvenir T-shirt capital of the world. The presentation and screening will begin at 1 p.m. in the Pallister Conference Room, Jerome Library. Nov. 7 – The Faculty Artist Series presents Caroline Chin on violin. She is an assistant professor and has been described by the Chicago Sun Times as “riveting and insightful, who lights up in passages of violin pyrotechnics.” She has performed throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. The recital will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Nov. 8 – The Prout Reading Series presents readings by MFA students Erin Carlyle and Katy Cesarotti. Carlyle, a poet, and Cesarotti, a fiction writer, are MFA students in the creative writing program. The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free Nov. 8 – The BGSU Early Music Ensemble and Graduate String Quartet will present a recital at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Nov. 8 – The College of Musical Arts hosts the SPLICE Festival 2018, featuring music written for instruments and electronics. The first concert is at 8 p.m. in the Cla-zel Theatre, 127 N. Main St., Bowling Green. The festival runs through Nov. 10. For a complete listing of events, visit Nov. 9 – The SPLICE Festival 2018 continues with a concert at 10:30 a.m. and a talk at 1:30 p.m., both in Bryan Recital Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center; a workshop at 3:30 p.m. in 0108 Moore Center, and a concert at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall. Free Nov. 10 – The SPLICE Festival will present its final day of events in Moore Musical Arts Center starting with a concert at 10:30 a.m. and a talk at 1:30 p.m., both in Bryan Recital…

Visiting master demonstrates how art & words come together in Japanese calligraphy

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Kyoko Fujii started studying calligraphy when she was 6 growing up in Hiroshima, Japan. It was a popular after school activity, she said. Most students after a few years move onto other hobbies. Fujii however continued to study. For her doing calligraphy was like eating or breathing. She took weekly lessons for many years with a master calligrapher. Despite her abiding interest, she didn’t reflect on her art much. It was only when she was 24 and her employer, a securities and banking firm, sent her abroad to the southern United States that she realized that what she did was something special, something beautiful, a way to reach out and connect with people. Now a master instructor herself, Fujii visited Bowling Green State University on Saturday to teach the art as part of the opening of an exhibit of calligraphy scrolls given to the Asian Studies Program by the Japanese counsel general in Detroit. “Shodo Way of Writing: Calligraphy Scrolls from the BGSU Asian Studies Collection” will be on display in the Willard Wankelman Gallery in the Fine Arts Center through Nov. 18.  Fujii, who now lives in Novi, Michigan, said it was an honor to demonstrate her art amidst so many fine examples of both traditional and contemporary calligraphy. She has mastered both kohitsu (pen writing) and mohitsu (brush writing) techniques,and demonstrated both. She started by writing out the lyrics of a popular children’s song about maple trees in fall. She had painted yellow and red maple leaves in the margins of her paper beforehand. Then as the song played on her iPod, the Japanese characters appeared. More than a simple letter, each character is a combination of images that together create the meaning of the word. And the character is executed with a flourish that’s a visual representation of the meaning. Fujii said her American husband always wants to know what the words and meanings are of her paintings, she said. This came through in the second part of Fujii’s presentation. Taking individual words, she painted them, and explained how they are constructed. The word “work” included symbols for human, heart, and power. When writing the word for wind or breeze, the way the character is drawn shows the kind of wind it is. She concluded her demonstration by switching to a gold pen to write out a Buddhist prayer. The entire…

Female figure at center of Martha Gaustad’s art

“Liberated Figuratively,” art by Martha Gonter Gaustad, is now on exhibit through  Nov. 9 in the  Fisher/Wall Gallery of the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St. Findlay. This show contains 15 works across the spectrum of 2D media including paintings, drawings and photography. At the heart of Gaustad’s art is the female figure, its beautiful forms, tones, and textures revealed by the light cast in both contrived and natural settings. The work evokes the viewer’s appreciation for the visual subtlety and complexity of the human form as well as a psychological response to the posture, expression and narrative composition of each piece. Since 2013, Martha has received varied recognitions and awards for her participation in international, national and regional juried gallery and museum shows. In addition to exhibition catalogs, her work has been published in surveys of contemporary painting. A native of Buffalo NY, “Marti” has lived and worked in the Toledo area for over 30 years. After retiring as a professor and administrator from Bowling Green State University, she returned there as an art student for five years; also traveling to study art conservation and painting techniques in Florence, Italy. She currently maintains a studio in downtown Toledo.

Toledo Museum of Art is in a family way

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The Van Campen Family is having a reunion at the Toledo Museum of Art. Other 17th Century Dutch families have joined as well as families, biological and social, from across time and the globe. That includes the museum’s neighbors. Even I’m invited. The international exhibit “Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion” is now at the Toledo Museum of Art.  The centerpiece is a reunification of three parts of the “Van Campen Family Portrait in a Landscape,” a painting from around 1623-25. Over the years this family portrait of the Van Campens and their 14 children has been cut apart. Two parts, the larger portrait and a smaller fragment “Children of the Van Campen Family with a Goat-Cart” first appeared on an auction list in 1810 as separate works. In 2011 the Toledo Museum acquired the main section, knowing there was another part to the painting owned by the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels.   It has since been discovered that there was indeed a third part, and when set side by side there is likely at least one more fragment.  Lawrence Nichols, the senior curator at the Toledo Museum who oversaw the exhibit, holds out faint hope that remainder may be discovered. He speculates that the painting probably was damaged, maybe in a fire, and that was the reason it was disassembled. Other theories are posited, including it no longer fit in a smaller house. None will likely ever be proven. The exhibit also brings together the four other family portraits by Hals, who was known mostly as a portrait painter of individuals.  That and other related works form the core of the exhibit. That’s what will travel to Brussels and then Paris after the exhibit closes Jan. 6 in Toledo. The Toledo Museum, though, is using these works to reflect on the meaning of family as an ever changing concept.  So the viewer will find in the first of the exhibit’s four galleries  a Yoruba mask, “The Mother of Twins,” next to a Albrecht Durer’s 15th century print of Adam and Eve. The definition is stretched to include sub-cultures including portraits of “Ghoullies” taken by contemporary Dutch photographers. Even before arriving in that gallery, the visitor sees a mural made up of 75 photos of area families, some submitted to the museum and some taken by a museum photographer during the…