Toledo Artists’ Club launches new exhibitionWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
For the members of the Toledo Artists’ Club, fostering creativity is more than just a time-honored tradition — it’s a way of life. The club’s latest exhibition, on display at the Toledo Botanical Garden through May 27, is no exception.
Prizewinning artists include Thomas Thiery, Renee Brand, Judy Carmona, Paul Brand, Gloria Adams, Sharon Rapp, Anthony Carmona, Sandra Belkofer, Norma Thomas Herr, Robert Martin and Best of Show winner Ellie Miller. The juried exhibit examines the theme of “porches.” The pieces were judged by Bob Schira.
“Porches are the places where a home welcomes visitors, a place where families gather to share their lives, and a place to view the passing world,” said Club President Thomas Sorrell. “The artwork interprets this theme in a variety of ways by presenting images described by adjectives such as nostalgic, homey, classical and even gritty. We host independently juried shows in various media; our gallery tends to draw mostly two-dimensional submissions with an emphasis on representational art, although abstract work is accepted. Juried competitions make for high-quality work.”
The club’s current membership stands at nearly 300 artists, according to Sorrell, who focus on providing creative fellowship, arts education, work space and exhibition opportunities.
Submission dates for the next exhibition will be May 19-20.
“I would say that you shouldn’t miss this show because of the combination of juried quality and the style of the work, which most people can relate to,” Sorrell said. “Many of the people who are members of the Toledo Artists’ Club create their artwork for relaxation or as a hobby. Viewing such work can be inspirational to those who might want to begin painting or photographing the world around them but can be intimidated by the pieces they see in commercial galleries. Even though many of the works in this show are painted by nonprofessionals, the caliber of the pieces is still very high.”
The Toledo Botanical Garden is located at 5403 Elmer Drive. For more information, call (419) 531-4079 or visit the website www.toledoartistclub.com.