Levis Commons Fine Art Fair to showcase area artists for 10th yearWritten by Matt Liasse | | email@example.com
For the tenth year, artists from across the country will showcase art at the Levis Commons Fine Art Fair.
Levis Commons and the juried fair, sponsored by The Guild of Artists & Artisans, have had a partnership since the outdoor Perrysburg mall’s opening. This year, the two-day event takes place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 16 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 17.
“The Perrysburg community has really embraced this event,” Marketing Director Karen Delhey said. “There’s a very loyal audience that comes back and it continues to grow. They appreciate it and they engage with the artists, which is wonderful. It’s not like that everywhere.”
Delhey added that the fair is giving exposure to artists that previously wouldn’t have any. At the fair, browsers can meet and talk with each artist.
Plenty of mediums will be featured at the fair, including: photography, jewelry, ceramics, glass, drawing, multimedia, sculpture, fiber, leather, wood, paintings and more. Delhey said it’s hard to view it all.
Close to 140 artists are included in the fair, many from Toledo and the surrounding cities. Many have even participated in the show previously.
Toledo painter Mary Jane Erard has participated in the fair for the past four years. This year, she said, people may notice some differences in her work.
“I think people who know my work best notice that my use of color has become more sophisticated,” she said in an email. “It seems to really resonate with my collectors.”
Last year, Erard told Toledo Free Press her father was an inspiration behind her work.
“[He] was a huge part of my artwork growing up and, now that he has passed, I’d like to imagine how much he would enjoy how much my artwork has evolved,” she said. “I think he, like my mother today, would be very proud to know how many collectors now own my work and look forward to purchasing new work from me at shows like [at] Levis Commons.”
Toledo’s Carolyn Newell will present her glass work at the festival for the first time this year. She will have work ranging in price from $30 to $300.
Some of Newell’s work is inspired by the coral she used to see when she was a diver.
“My pieces are made of hundreds of pieces of glass to give it the movement and depth and to really bring out the colors,” she said. “I dream it at night and I have to wake up in the morning and figure out how to do it.”
Other Toledo area artists in the fair include paintings by Paul Brand and Meredith Wenzel and mixed media projects by Nancy Shufritz.
The Guild of Artists & Artisans is a non-profit organization of artists promoting “community awareness, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts,” according to a news release.
The fair will also feature a free children’s activity center presented by the Toledo School for the Arts. For more information, visit leviscommonsfineartfair.com.
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