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Exhibit marks 115 years of Athena Society

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    'Providence,' an acrylic on canvas by Sue Ann Ladd, is part of 'Athena 115.' The exhibit displays 56 pieces in various media.

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    'Dreamscape' by Ellen Loeffler-Kalinoski is part of Athena 115 at 20 North Gallery in downtown Toledo.

    Ellen Loeffler-Kalinoski

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    'Spanish Swallows,' an acrylic on canvas by Carol Connolly Pletz, is included in 'Athena 115.' The exhibit at 20 North Gallery features works by 36 members of the women's art organization.

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    'Summer's Bounty,' a watercolor by Susan Horvath, is among the works set for 'Athena 115.' The Athena Art Society is on of the nation's oldest, continuous art organizations.

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    'The Snake Charmer,' a 1907 masterpiece by French artist Henri Rousseau, is on exhibit at the Toledo Museum of Art. It is on loan from the Musee d'Orsay in Paris.

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    Poppies, a ceramic piece by Martha Osnowitz, is on display in 'Athena 115.'


A juried exhibition of work by members of Toledo’s century-plus women’s art society opens Sunday at 20 North Gallery in downtown Toledo.

Athena 115 celebrates 115 years of the Athena Art Society with 54 exhibited pieces from 36 members of the women’s art organization in media that include paintings, drawings, fiber art, photography, glass, ceramics, and jewelry.

The free show opens with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the gallery and lounge, 18 N. St. Clair St. It closes Dec. 29.

The show follows a 100th anniversary exhibition at the same venue in 2003 hosted by then-20 North Gallery Director Emerita Peggy Grant. It was juried by 20 North Gallery director Eric Hillenbrand and gallery art director Condessa Croninger.

The Athena Art Society was formed in 1903, and is one of the nation’s oldest, continuous women’s art organizations.

For more information, go to, or call 419-241-2400.

■ An exhibition has opened at the Toledo Museum of Art that centers on a masterpiece by French artist Henri Rousseau.

The Snake Charmer (1907) is on loan here from the Musee d’Orsay in Paris as part of a reciprocal loan agreement between the two institutions, according to museum officials. The painting will be part of the show, The Snake Charmer and the French Avant-Garde at TMA through Dec. 31. The show is free.

The piece was commissioned by fellow French artist Robert Delaunay’s mother, Berthe “Comtesse” de Delaunay, and features a mysterious figure in a jungle, charming a snake.

The piece will be accompanied by related works of art from TMA’s collection that are influenced by Rousseau’s style and concerns, including a 1911 artwork, The City of Paris, by Robert Delaunay.

Rousseau (1844-1910) was a self-taught artist known for painting dreamlike jungles filled with plant and animal life that he researched through the local zoo, botanical gardens, and illustrations.

For more information, go to exhibitions at, or call 419-255-8000.

■ The Swanton Juried Fine Art Show will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13, and from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 14, at the Valleywood Golf Club, 13501 Airport Hwy., Swanton.

The show includes more than 200 works of art from 88 regional artists, as well as 35 pieces from students at nine schools. The show is hosted by the Swanton Chamber of Commerce and the Swanton Area Community Coalition, and is free.

For more information, go to the Swanton Chamber of Commerce Facebook page or call 419-826-1941.

■ The Red Bird Arts District in Sylvania is hosting its monthly downtown art walk from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Art organizers are partnering with Lourdes University students, staff, and alumni for the event, which will include more information on the school, along with the usual art displays and gallery shows, including Lingering Light, an exhibition of the artist work of Carol Imes-Luscombe, Kathryn Kain, and Tom Marino, at Hudson Gallery on Main Street, which opens that night and runs through Nov. 10.

For more information, go to the Red Bird Arts District Facebook page or to

■ The deadline is Oct. 22 for local artists to apply for the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo’s Merit Award program.

Those literary, visual, and performing artists who live or have a studio within 25 miles of downtown Toledo are eligible to apply for the monetary awards, which consist of one $2,500 award, two $1,000 awards, and one $500 prize.

Award winners will be chosen by a committee of regional artists and leaders.

For more information or to apply, go to

Send news of art items at least two weeks in advance to or call 419-724-6075.

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