Pop-Up Art gallery sprouts in Toledo storefrontWritten by Amy Biolchini | | ABiolchini@toledofreepress.com
With 18 professional artists and counting, the Pop-Up Art Gallery will reopen in time for the Christmas shopping season. The monthlong gallery is making its second appearance in Toledo. Works in a variety of media will be for sale, including ceramics, glass, mixed media, fiber arts, photography, jewelry and more.
Mary Pat Peltier, Annette Moriarty and Nancy Beeman are coordinating the artists, and said their goal is to showcase local professional works and promote business through the spontaneous gallery.
“It pops up out of nowhere,” Peltier said.
The three artists met through shows and will each have their artwork in the gallery. Knit and crocheted pieces by Peltier, felted wraps and scarves by Moriarty and functional ceramic pieces by Beeman. The three women are looking to add artists to the event, which is an all-volunteer effort, and emphasized that it was a group production to bring the show to life.
“We try to keep it broad and keep the quality high. Many of the artists are well-known to the area,” Beeman said.
Toledo area artists featured in the gallery include Steven Athanas, Suzanne Beavis, Amy Beeler, Michelle Carlson, Laurie Dembicki, Anne French, Ann Hymel, Mary Lane, Ellen Loeffler-Kalinoski, Jennifer Marcson, Leonard Marty, Lois Morgan, Lynne Saad, Jan Thomas and Mary Weiss.
The Pop-Up Art Gallery will open with a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 26 with live music and refreshments. Located in a former kitchen showroom in the Davis Building on the corner of Jefferson Avenue and North Michigan Street, the space lends itself well to display the multitude of artwork.
“I like it when people are looking at artwork and smiling and laughing,” Beeman said. “I hope they take away a really great impression from looking at high-quality artwork in a fun space with a well thought out show.”
The gallery is open through Dec. 23 to facilitate shopping. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Beeman said she hopes the gallery will “pop-up” in various locations throughout the year if the success continues.