Bozarts to celebrate first-year anniversary with open houseWritten by Jerry Gray | | firstname.lastname@example.org
So far I’ve managed to not mention Bozarts very much and I have been able to portray ideas, concerns and desires from and for the creative community. However, this week I’m feeling a bit proud and very excited about July 3 and the festivities and celebrations to occur.
The gist … This Saturday July 3, Bozarts will turn 1-year-old with all kinds of friends, food, music, art and contests for the young and old to come down and enjoy. Along with the anniversary celebration there will be three birthdays being celebrated, a bicycle wedding ride, an artist moving sale, a potluck dinner and six CD releases and performances from Old West End Records (OWE).
Not to mention July 3 is also the coloring contest submission day as well as the petition kick-off for a public art wall for Downtown Toledo.
The overwhelming, open-armed and warm reception Bozarts Fine Art and Music Gallery has received has been unbelievable. Toledo has shown me there are a lot of people who want to support a place that believes in them as a community of like-minded, forward-thinking individuals rather than a customer base. I also believe there has been an incredible amount of extreme and thoughtful talent showcased at Bozarts during the past year which has led to legitimizing our place and stance in our community.
In many ways, this anniversary party is for those of you who understand my sincerity and have been out to enjoy these evenings as well as for those of you who have wanted to but haven’t been able to make it down yet. Scoffers, please continue … maybe we’ll see you next year.
My friend Heather Helwig, my pooch (Jobo) and I are celebrating our birthdays on July 3. Plus, my friends Toby Fey and Anneliese Gryta are getting married and having a bicycle crawl which will swing through with the wedding party as they venture over to the Sofia Quintero Art & Cultural Center for their reception.
What would Bozarts be without the arts? This Saturday will be sure to satisfy your aesthetic palette. UT professor Dustin Bork and Carly Dahl will display a moving sale of sorts. Their works will be featured at the one-night event in an effort to lighten the proverbial load and sell some works to help finance their transplant to Arkansas where
Dustin will be professing the good word (of art) at Lyon College.
Along with Dustin and Carly’s work we will also offer a preview of one of Toledo’s artistic gems, Yusuf Lateef. Yusuf has been utilizing the gallery as a studio over the last month and will continue to through out the summer until his solo exhibition in September.
Oooh … Yeah … and the music, can’t forget about the music. All the music on Saturday will be performed by OWE Records musicians and DJs who you have probably relaxed or danced to whether at Wesley’s on a Friday night or at the Glass City Cafe’s Bluegrass Breakfasts which are two of Downtown Toledo’s staples.
A great circle of friends has been brought together through their love for music by Ben Langlios. You may want to take a breath before reading this list … ready? The Fairly Handsome Band, Blowing Grains, Alana Pop, Quick & Sneider, The Dub Starlings along with DJs N Mattimoe, Alan Leizerman, Ortho and Damon Sturdivant. All of them will perform between 4 p.m. and 1 a.m. thoughout the evening.
Along with performing, OWE Records will release six different CDs for purchase or to win by raffle on Saturday night.
Did I mention the coloring contest? Saturday is the submission day for the coloring contest, available at the Ottawa Tavern, Home Slice Pizza or Downtown Latte (three of my favs). There are no rules regarding the contest; all ages are welcome as well as any form of manipulation. The entries will be put on display as they are received and the winner will earn an evening at Bozarts to do with what they will on a Friday in November or December. An exhibition, performance, dance party, poetry reading, movie showcase … whatever they like.
OK. That is about all the room I have, but by no means is the complete list of fun things going on Saturday. You can see more under my events on Facebook (under Jerry Gray).
Bozarts is located at 151 S St Clair St.
Jerry Gray is an artist, writer, vocalist, bartender, gallery owner and advocate of the Toledo Potential, which promotes the retaining and featuring of artistic talent and culture in our city.