Bozarts Fine Art & Music Gallery celebrates 4th birthdayWritten by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Community members and local businesses will celebrate Bozarts Fine Art & Music Gallery turning 4 years old with a July 6 event.
“The gallery’s been extremely well-received,” owner Jerry Gray said. “There’s a lot of people that have been supporters or have been involved all over the past four years, even prior when I was getting the space ready. A lot of those folks are still around town and doing some really great things and some of the artists are pretty well-known.”
Gray said the event is not celebrating a milestone as much as a turning point for the gallery. Bozarts will switch up how it runs things soon.
“We’re going to be setting it up more as a seasonal artist residency program with free studio space and professional development,” Gray said.
The gallery, located at 151 S. St. Clair St., opened July 3, 2009 and has featured more than 70 exhibitions since the opening. The celebration will include a retrospective of Anthony McCarty’s work. Gray said the retrospective may span from McCarty’s high school and college career to today.
Activities are planned for the event, including a 100-foot mural painted outside on the wall. The RA (Rise Above) Crew will produce the mural at the event. Gray said he left what the mural will look like up to the artists.
“They are exceptional artists in their own right,” Gray said. “I’ve got faith and trust in what they create and what they’ve done in their careers.”
The exterior of the gallery has been painted over a couple of times, Gray said.
“It’s to make it something that’s cohesive, sharp and appealing,” Gray said. “If there were any type of theme to it, it would be something that is positive and uplifting to people that see it.”
Gray’s friend Jefferson Nelson will attend the event to showcase his 35-foot-plus sculpture.
“It’s a sculpture he made in college,” Gray said. “He hasn’t shown it for about 10 years.”
Twelve to 15 vendors will attend the event , which will be catered by Swig Restaurant and Bar in Perrysburg.
Handmade Toledo, a group of “urban craftsmen and artisans” will set up tables to sell their work at the event.
The event will be a fundraiser for Art Corner Toledo (ACT).
“I try to help the folks that I believe are doing positive things in the community as often as possible,” Gray said.
The 12-hour event will start at noon July 6.