Several days ago I attended the opening reception for the 91st Annual Toledo Area Artists Exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art . I thoroughly enjoyed the quality and diversity of the art in the exhibition, as well as what I saw of other galleries at the museum.
The Toledo Museum of Art features 35 galleries and over 30,000 works of art. This includes pieces by Cezanne, Degas, VanGogh, Rubens, Rembrandt, Picasso, and Monet. In addition they offer various art classes, and programs for families and children.
The Toledo Area Artists Exhibition will be on display until August 23, 2009, and features 119 works by 96 artists. The show was organized by the Toledo Museum of Art and the Toledo Federation of Art Societies, and was juried by Cleveland artist Ruth Bercaw and Jessica Flores, curator of contemporary art at the Cincinnati Art Museum. It is open to Ohio artists, as well as those from two Michigan counties. "Hasn't Scratched Yet", (above) a colored pencil work by Tecumseh, Michigan artist Bonnie Auten, was juried into the exhibition.
If you are in the Toledo area, the museum itself and the exhibit are well worth the visit. Museum and visitor information can be obtained at http://www.toledomuseum.org/ .