Toledo Museum of Art’s 2445 Artoberfest set for Oct. 18Written by Jay Hathaway | | firstname.lastname@example.org
A group of young Toledo art lovers will host a glass-themed special event at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) on Oct. 18.
Circle 2445, a membership-only group of young adults that works with the museum for special events, will host the third annual “Artoberfest” from 7-10 p.m. Oct. 18 at TMA’s Glass Pavilion. Admission for Circle 2445 members is $25 in advance, $30 at the door and $35 in advance and $40 at the door for nonmembers.
Oktoberfest-themed hors d’oeuvres will be served, paired with six different beers and wines. Music will be provided by Nathan Roberts and the New Birds. Proceeds from the event will benefit the museum.
Jackie Tussing, development officer for TMA and coordinator for Circle 2445, said this year’s glass theme was inspired by the city’s rich history in glassmaking and glass art. Toledo glass pioneer Edward Drummond Libbey founded the museum in 1901 and served as its first president.
To highlight TMA’s glass collection, which Tussing described as “one of the finest in the world,” Artoberfest will feature live glass blowing demos in the “hot shop” by master glass artist Jeff Mack and additional artists making wine goblets and beer steins. Mack will make a wine pitcher and wine goblets inspired by the painting, “Still Life,” by impressionist Camille Pissarro.
Circle 2445’s name originated from the museum’s address on Monroe Street and reflects the approximate age group of its membership, 24-45, Tussing said.
“Circle 2445 brings people here to the museum, particularly as young adults,” Tussing said. “They really develop new and interesting programming designed to engage their peers in the museum.”
The group conducts various tours and special events throughout the year, such as Art in the Dark, which features flashlight tours of the museum.
Circle 2445 also hosts behind-the-scenes tours, which gives members the opportunity not only to get a glimpse of the museum from a different angle, but also to mingle and network with other members. Tussing said anyone can get involved with Circle 2445, provided he or she has any level of membership with TMA. Circle members pay an additional $25 annual fee, which grants access to all of the group’s activities, as well as discounted tickets to other museum events.
For more information, visit the web site www.toledomuseum.org/join-give/become-a-member/circle-2445/circle-2445-events/.