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Sylvania's First Friday Art Walks celebrates 24th edition

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    The First Friday Art Walks evolved about two years ago out of the Red Bird Arts District. The group is hosting its 24th walk on Friday.

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The creative community of Sylvania is celebrating its 24th art walk Friday that will include 24 stops featuring local artist demos, exhibitions and artwork sales.

The First Friday Art Walks evolved about two years ago out of the Red Bird Arts District, a branch of the Sylvania Community Arts Commission that seeks to foster the creative community in downtown Sylvania. The art walk runs from 5 to 8 p.m. along the corridor surrounding Main Street.

The centerpiece of this month’s art walk is an exhibition, Colourfall, at River Centre Gallery featuring the glass work of artist Matt Paskiet.

Paskiet is the owner of Firenation glass studio in Holland, Ohio. Firenation will also have a mobile hot shop in the back parking lot of the gallery, where glass artists will be creating and selling beer mugs and tumblers and selling them, along with cold beer on tap, said Red Bird Arts District chair Rae Betz.

A second show, a black-and-white photography exhibition, will be at Sylvania’s other main art venue, Hudson Gallery, featuring artists Deborah Orloff, Kendra Hudson, Jan Bell, Travis Taylor, and Penny Gentieu.

“Some of our smaller spaces, Spacebar, V Collection and Interrupt, will each have a featured artist for the evening,” Betz said of artists Elizabeth Sieminski, Joshua Klein, and Michelle Arnold Paine. “Their work will be displayed and then typically those pieces will be up for a month. Artists will also be selling their work and be present at the art walk.”

Local artist Cody Winters will also have a one-day show of his oil painting work at Reve Salon and Spa, and Bowinkles will host a craft night for kids. One of the stops will feature a “ArtCream Social and Shirt Sale” to benefit the Sylvania Community Arts Commission. For $5, visitors will receive a handmade pottery bowl created by the arts commission’s director, Jennifer Archer, and ice cream. Old event T-shirts will also be sold for a donation.

Additional stops will feature more art, live entertainment, food, and specialty drinks.

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■ The University of Toledo Department of Art is offering four kids’ workshops this fall, for area students ages 9 through high school. Each class is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and costs $25; fee is $90 for all four workshops.

The classes are:

Sept. 16, Learn to Crochet: “This workshop will focus on crocheting classic granny squares which can be used for blankets, bags, scarves, and more.”

Sept. 30, Learn to Sew: “Students will learn the basics of hand sewing by making their own superhero mask and matching power cuffs.”

Oct. 14, Build a Birdhouse: “Using pre-cut materials, students will learn how to use the basic tools needed to build a birdhouse; then they will paint and decorate it.

Oct. 28, Create a Treasure Box and Puzzle Map: “Students get to paint their own pirate treasure chest and design a puzzle piece map to go with it.”

For more information and to register, go to

■ A solo exhibit of a local mixed media artist opens Friday at the Perrysburg Municipal Building, 201 W. Indiana Ave.

The work of Sue Stewart can be seen at the venue through Oct. 13, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Stewart of Woodville works with acrylic inks with water and color pencil.

The show is curated by Main ART-ery. For more information on the artist, go to

■ An exhibition has opened at Bowling Green State University that features the textile work of seven artists.

FABRICation runs through Sept. 14 at the university art department’s Willard Wankelman Gallery. It features the work of artists Erin Castellan, Kristy Deetz, Virginia Derryberry, Reni Gower, Rachel Hayes, Susan Iverson, and Natalie Smith, who have combined elements of fabric and fabrication to create multi-part textile works that include painting, tapestry and construct.

The show includes two discussions. At 6 p.m., Sept. 11, Kristy Deetz, an arts and visual design professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, is the speaker at ArtTalk: Strings, Folds and Rabbit Holes, in Room 204 of the Fine Arts Center. At 5:30 p.m., Sept. 12, Deetz will give a second talk, Gallery Talk: FABRICation: The Curators’ Process, in the Willard Wankelman Gallery.

The BGSU art department next month is also hosting Focus: Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan Juried High School Art Show in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery. The show feaures the work of local high school students and runs through Sept. 16.

For more information on both shows, go to

Contact Roberta Gedert at, 419-724-6075 or on Twitter @RoGedert.

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