Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Eclectic Artist Cave featuring J.P. Dancing Bear

On Friday, June 3, 2011, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, J. P. Dancing Bear will be featured on "The Eclectic Artist Cave" show at http://www.fateradio.com/. The show, hosted by Joann Hamann-Buchanan for FateRadio.com, features publishers and writers.

You can also tune in by downloading the Tune In app on your phone and searching for Fate Radio. Make sure you check it out!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Shirin Neshat

Shirin Neshat is a Persian artist, living in the United States, who exiled herself from Iran...her artwork is riveting...

Monday, May 23, 2011

Call for Art – Theme “Abstracts” – Apply Now


Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces a Juried Competition with the theme “Abstracts” in which 2D artists (Including Photography & Excluding Video) from around the world are called upon to make online submissions for inclusion into the Gallery’s July 2011 online group exhibition.

Light Space & Time encourages entries from all 2D artists regardless of where they reside and regardless of their experience or education in the art field.

A group exhibition of the top five finalists will be held online at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery during the month of July 2011. Awards will be for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. In addition, 2 artists will be recognized with Honorable Mention awards. Depending on the amount and the quality of the entries there may also be Special Recognition awards posted as well. The theme for the June art competition is “Abstracts”. The submission process and the deadline end on June 28, 2011.

Winners of the Abstracts Exhibition will receive extensive publicity in the form of email marketing, 70+ press release announcements, social media marketing and website traffic in order to make the art world aware of the artist’s accomplishments.  There will also be links back to the artist’s website as part of this achievement.

All winners will be selected, announced and featured on the Light Space & Time website on July 1, 2011 and remain online in the gallery through July 31, 2011. Thereafter, the artworks will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives with links to the artist’s websites. 

Artists give us your best Abstract art now.  Submit Here:  http://www.lightspacetime.com/  Deadline June 28, 2011


About Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery  conducts monthly art competitions and monthly art exhibitions for new and emerging artists. It is Light Space & Time’s intention to showcase this incredible talent in a series of monthly themed art competitions and art exhibitions by marketing and displaying the exceptional abilities of these worldwide artists. The gallery website can be viewed here: http://www.lightspacetime.com/

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Jim Benton rocks!

Ok- so I have to check out what my daughters read to make sure it is appropriate material and my youngest got me into reading the Dear Dumb Diary series of books with her. Right now, I am reading "The Worst Things in Life Are Also Free" and it is hysterical. Jim Benton uses wonderful illustrations that enhance the humor in the story.

Global Sounds of DJ Amjad Doumani

Come out and enjoy delectable Italian, French, and American cuisine and cocktails while supporting local talent at The One2 Lounge at Treo, which is located at 5703 Main St., Sylvania, Ohio. Every Thursday, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, DJ Amjad Doumani will be spinning his extensive vinyl and CD library that is full of groovy jazz, funk, soul, and Brazilian beats.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Alina Cojocaru

Alina Cojocaru became the principal dancer for the Royal Ballet at the age of 19, in April 2001. Her form is incredible- she makes every move seem so effortless. Watching her makes me wish I had taken my years as a ballerina more seriously....sigh....

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Red Fez Publicatio​ns Releases 34th Issue Online


FEZLANDIA. Friday, May 13, 2011 — Red Fez Publications has just released Issue #34. Monthly issues are published on the 13th of each month and this month is no exception. Oh no, we’re not a-scared of Friday the 13th!

Back for Part II of “Drink with the Coyotes” is Paul Corman-Roberts’ column Dispatches from Atlantis. Migs makes it to Cali but you’ll have to read to find out what drives him to the edge… “Mission St – This is the wondrous alien nightmare the evening news sang of in my youth. A landscape belonging to pedigree uniforms by day, and the trolls I was warned about as a child by night.”

Ani Smith, Michael Filippone and Robert Kloss offer up thoughtful reviews on three small press books. A midget is on the loose in Margaret Ozemet’s non-fiction piece and you’ll find inspiration galore in Frankie Metro’s “excerpt from the professional donor”. There’s also a treat in the Articles and Reviews section– our very own Headitor Patrick Simonelli brings you a special report on Rammstein. Whether you do or don’t know what a Rammstein is, you’re sure to enjoy this article.

Speaking of Headitors – Michael Grover delivers a fine intro for this issue and along with our other hard-working fezitors, a great line-up of poetry. Julie Valin, Matt Amott, Melanie Browne, Nathan Savin Scott, ML Heath, Sheri L. Wright, Ben Bartman, Clara Hope Mitchell, William John Watkins, David Cicerone, Changming Yuan and Cassandra Dallett make their first appearance in the Fez along with returning contributors Melissa Hansen, John Grochalski, Jack Varnell, Dan Provost, Craig Fishbane, Marc Pietrzykowski, Alan Catlin, Luis Rivas, M.P. Powers, Jessica McHugh and Justin Hyde.

Cecelia Chapman along with collaborators Jeff Crouch and Steve Johnson bring you another great video from the Danger Archive. Our favorite Red Fez Radio guest F.N. Wright is back with some amazing artwork along with photography from Eleanor Leonne Bennett.

Tom Andrews returns to the stories section with a hilarious flash fiction piece called “At The Hors d’oeuvre Convention” and Bill McLaughlin is back with the third installment in the six-part series, “Breakfast and a Cigarette, A Novella in Four Directions”. The other talented authors included in this section are Timothy Gager, Bill Ectric, Cindy M. Kelly, Patricia Carragon, Donald O’Donovan, Forrest Aguirre, George Sparling, Fawzy Zablah, Jeff Chon and Jason Lancaster Cooney.

Submissions are currently open until May 31st for the next issue due online June 13, 2011. Guidelines can be found at http://www.redfez.net/.

About Red Fez Publications:

Established in 2002 and founded by Leopold McGinnis, Red Fez Publications is an Independent publisher committed to bringing recognition to underground and under-recognized writers and artists. Red Fez publishes an online literary journal featuring literature and art and has published over 400 authors from around the world. Poems and short stories that have first appeared on Red Fez have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, storySouth Million Writers Award, Sundress Publications Best of the Net and Dzanc Books Best of the Web.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Arts Commission of Greater Toledo Announces the 2011 Art Walk Series May Kick-off Event


The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo (ACGT) is pleased to announce that its popular Art Walk series will continue again in 2011, kicking off on Thursday, May 19. Art Walk is held each summer, on the third Thursday of each month, May through September. This is the Art Walk’s fourth season.

The 2011 Art Walk dates are May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, and September 15.
Hours are 6 – 9 p.m.

The program is presented as part of the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo’s Live Work Create Toledo initiative, embracing economic development and revitalization through the arts. Under this umbrella, Art Walk is the sister program of Artomatic 419! and The Gallery Loop.

The Art Walk has grown exponentially in its previous three short years, growing from featuring less than 10 venues in its first year and a slim attendance, to finishing the 2010 season with a peak attendance of over 700, and featuring an average of 20 venues each month.

The Art Walk offers Toledoans an opportunity to come out and explore their Downtown, visiting great locally-owned galleries, businesses, artist studios and other venues while perusing and purchasing unique, locally-crafted one-of-a-kind art work and gifts – all while enjoying the fresh summer air and getting a little exercise, be it walking, biking, or otherwise.

This year, ACGT will continue the 2010 implementation of sponsoring local performers with “busking” (a.k.a. street performing) licenses from the City of Toledo, allowing them to perform legally on city sidewalks during the event while collecting tips.

May’s sponsored street performers will be musicians Meaghan Roberts and Lucian Townes (both solo acoustic guitar players) and performance artist Katie Komuniecki.

Also up-coming this season will be the installation of nearly 20 more “Art Benches” installed in the Arts Zone/Warehouse District. Ten of these colorful benches were installed during the 2010 season to help spruce up the streets of the neighborhood and increase its identity and visibility as an arts district. The benches were painted by youth apprentices in the award-winning Young Artists at Work program, which employs diverse and at-risk teens for six weeks in the summer, exposing them to an intensive multi-media arts training and long-lasting job training skills.

Also continuing this year will be the use of ACGT’s teal Live Work Create Toledo flags, which Art Walk-goers can use to identify participating venues during the event, and creative-based businesses throughout the season.

August Art Walk Venues:

Maps and venue/artist details are available for download from www.acgt.org. Maps will also be available at participating venues the day of the event.


1. Shared Lives Studios
20 N. St. Clair St.
Shared Lives Studios, a division of Lott Industries that provides a creative outlet for its employees with developmental disabilities, features its spring show, “What's Blooming: A celebration of Flowers,” featuring two and three dimensional work.

2. 20 North Gallery
18 N. St. Clair St.  419.241.2400
20 North Gallery presents the latest incarnation of their Emerging Artist Exhibition, ARTOLEDO 2011, the commercial gallery debut of three rising regional artists: Molly Corfman; Daniel Steck, Jr. and Guy Sutherland. The show features a dynamic combination of mixed media, pop art, sculpture and digital photography. The exhibit will continue through June 3, 2011.

ARTOLEDO 2011 gives 20 North Gallery the opportunity to promote the professional development of promising new talent in the Toledo art landscape.  All three of the artists selected for the show have been establishing their artistic identities in the community, but have not yet been featured in a major commercial gallery setting.

3. Sur Saint Clair
1 S. St. Clair St. 419.241.7100
Sur Saint Clair Gallery will be featuring Jelise A. Roberts.  She comes from a family full of musicians.  At an early age she realized she had another passion besides music and that is ART!  Jelise decided to pursue her passion and received a scholarship and earned her degree at Columbus College of Art and Design.  She has started a movement called “My Music is Major”.  This movement was put together to help raise awareness about the importance of music and music education.  Today the arts are in danger of being stripped from our schools which would leave our children without a way to express themselves creatively.  Jelise is preparing to showcase her love of art and music.

Mindy Czech is a musician from Toledo, Ohio who has been creating jewelry on a loom.  Her unique bracelets come in many different designs, colors and sizes.

4. Jack Wilson Gallery
19 S. St. Clair St.
Gallery entrance is up the stairs in the rear of the building. 
The gallery above metal-worker Jack Wilson’s first-floor work space displays his unique, and often droll metal art, along with pottery by Red Stanley.

5. The Office of Paul R. Sullivan
23 S. St. Clair St.
The Office of Paul R. Sullivan is pleased to feature functional and decorative pottery by Shine Ceramics and unique steel sculptures by H & H Metalsmiths.

6. Homeslice Pizza
28 N. St. Clair St.  419.724.7437
Homeslice features work by Quest for Fire Studios Artists Jerry Gray and Kerry Krow, as well as pieces by Jason Vahle, Yusuf Lateef, Nathan Masternak and Helen Grubb.

7. Downtown Latte
44 S. St. Clair St.  419.243.6032
The current exhibition, Easel & Tripod: Interacting Paintings and Photographs by Jim Seaman & Don Cellini explores the relationship of two different types of media interacting with one another.

8. Swank Gifts
48 S. St. Clair St.  419.241.9340
Swank Gifts boutique shop specializes in unique, affordable gifts. View a large selection of one-of-a-kind jewelry, and an array of products from talented local artists.

9. Bozarts Fine Art & Music Gallery
151 S. St. Clair St.  419.464.5785
Exhibition will feature Note Books & Sketches. ALL ARTISTS ARE WELCOME TO BRING WORK for "pin up" display or passing around. Bring it with you OR make it there and be part of the show (some tables and materials will be supplied). Free gifts for all currently and previously licensed buskers (license required). Live Painting. Live Music & Performances, and a movie following the Art Walk (visit Bozarts on Facebook for details).

10. Secor Studios
425 Jefferson Ave.  419.514.7496
The Secor Artists host Open Studio Night. Visitors are encouraged to roam the studios of more than 15 artists located on the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th floors.


 11. Space 237
237 N. Michigan  419.255.5117  www.space237.com
“Flamingos, Dust Bunnies & Decay”, Space 237’s current art exhibit features 14 national & regional artists exploring contemporary social problems & ominous natural disasters. The range of media and technical styles are unique and runs the gamut from charmingly sweet to seriously dark. The art is in the 1st & 4th floor galleries. Show runs through June 24th.

12. Zyndorf Glass & Arts
320 N. Michigan St., 2nd Floor (across from library)
Presents unique and creative expressions in glass, chic and unique women's clothing as well as many other art forms from an array of talented artists. Wearable, functional and decorative art at affordable prices.

13. Toledo City Paper Offices
1120 Adams St.  419.244.9859  www.toledocitypaper.com
The City Paper is opening the doors of its fun and funky offices. Stop by to view unique, vibrant paintings from Mr. Atomic and stick around to check out a few acoustic acts. Drinks and light refreshments will be provided.

14. Glass City Café
1107 Jackson  419.241.4519  www.glasscitycafe.com
The Café stays open late with live music, great, homemade food and its amazing collection of historic Toledo memorabilia on display, along with the best collection of locally-based merchandise, including Toledo-themed T-shirts and hoodies.

15. Truth Gallery
1811 Adams St.  www.thetruthtoledo.com
The Truth Gallery features a fine collection of African art works in its latest exhibition, “Art of Ghana.”  The exhibit features striking wood carvings, traditional masks, wall profiles, shadow statues, and more. This evening also features a live jazz band.

16. Collingwood Arts Center
2413 Collingwood Blvd.  419.244.ARTS www.cactoledo.org
John Walz Photography: If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the Collingwood Arts Center’s latest exhibition is sure to have local shutterbugs lined up around the block. The solo exhibition by renowned photographer John Walz is currently on display now through the end of May. There will be a free public recption on Friday, May 13, from 7-10pm.

CAC Resident Artists Exhibition: If you’ve ever been to a local arts event in the city of Toledo, then chances are you’ve seen work by a Collingwood Arts Center resident, either past, present, or future. The Center’s latest exhibition is a celebration of some of best work its current residents have to offer.
The CAC Resident Artists Exhibition is set to open on May 6, at 7pm and will be showcased throughout the building’s many gallery spaces. The reception is free and open to the public and will feature both visual artwork and live performances until 10pm. Light refreshments will be available. The show will remain on display throughout the month.

The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo is the longest standing arts commission in the state of Ohio that develops and promotes the arts in the community, serving Northwest Ohio since 1959.
www.acgt.org. 419-254-ARTS

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Alvin Ailey

Ok- if Ellen can teach the Alvin Ailey dance troupe some moves anything is possible- LOL!

Let Go of Toxic Things!!! The Conclusion

On Thursday, May 12, 2011, from 10:00 pm to 11:30 pm, there will be an opportunity to listen and participate in the "Letting Go of TOXIC Things" topic of conversation at the "Yes, You Do Matter" blog talk radio show. This online forum is being hosted by Ms. Computer Lady and the Platinum Queens West.

Guests on the panel will include Aunt Ms. Sarah Stanton from Platinum Queens West. You can access the show online at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/platinum-queens-west/2011/05/13/let-go-of-toxic-things-the-conclusion.

The call-in number is (347) 884-8239.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Billy Collins

Billy Collins is a wonderful contemporary poet that sprinkles humor throughout his readings...

Open Mic at Bridget's

On Thursday, May 12, 2011, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, there will be an open mic at Bridget's. The poetry event is being hosted by Melvin Johnson and Vocal INKorporated.

There is a $2.00 cover charge which will go towards a donation to local youth programs. Food specials include Catfish Nuggets with Fries ($3.00), Catfish Sandwich ($5.00), 3 Wings ($2.50) and 5 WingDings with Fries ($3.00).

Bridget's is located at 12 Hillwyck Drive (which is off of Hill Ave. just west of Reynolds). Come on out and support local spoken word artists!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Arts Commission of Greater Toledo Announces Hammersmith, Nunn, Tayui Exhibition

Ink Blot Ring (bronze and sterling silver) by Chelsey Hammersmith


The Hammersmith, Nunn, Tayui Exhibition will be on display May 2 thru June 17, 2011 in the Parkwood Gallery.  The public is invited to join us for a reception for the exhibition on Friday, May 13 from 6 to 8 pm.

The artists in this exhibition are united in their bold visions that are both introspective and cultural.

Chelsey Hammersmith transforms cold metal and hard plastic into flowing forms that allude to beauty and dignity from past and present cultures and from natural phenomenon.  The abstract forms of her jewelry may conjure the ceremony of a goddess’s headdress and the gracefulness of the morning dew in the forest.  The artist enjoys how artwork reveals the subconscious mind in her audience.

The amazing color sense of Marcus Nunn veils digital photographs of Toledo landmarks with uniqueness and fresh vision.  He challenges the viewer to expand his or her reality of our city and its culture and reputation.

Finally, the paintings of Nishiki Tayui explore dichotomous cultural identity through screens of texture, veils of transparency, and bold color.  A Japanese- born artist, Tayui jumps between her native culture and her assimilated culture on a daily basis.  Her daily cultural reality is the inspiration for her work.  Tayui is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Toledo Department of Art. The Parkwood Gallery is open Monday thru Friday 8:30 am – 4:30pm and is located at 1838 Parkwood Avenue, Suite 120 off of Monroe Street in Downtown Toledo.

The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo is the longest standing arts commission in the state of Ohio that develops and promotes the arts in the community, serving Northwest Ohio since 1959. http://www.acgt.org/. 419-254-ARTS
                   Trespassing Prohibited? (digital photograph) by Marcus Nunn

Yes, We Are Here (oil on panel) by Nishiki Tayui  

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Rita Dove

Rita Dove, who is one of three African- American women that have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, is extremely talented- she can dance, sing and write poetry. She is truly inspirational!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Call For Entries At ArtSceneToday.com


THEME:  "Coloring Outside the Lines" 
DEADLINE:  Monday, June 20, 2011

ArtSceneToday.com, the online destination for emerging artists, is seeking artwork in any medium for its online competition, Coloring Outside the Lines… outsider art that goes beyond the mainstream art culture, explores issues in today's world from a different perspective or reveals what is possibile when you just don't stay inside the lines. Winners awarded ongoing artists profile pages and inclusion in the printed ArtSceneToday Exhibition Catalogue - 1st Place Winner is featured on cover - plus extensive publicity. Winners and finalists featured in online Exhibition July 4 - September 30, 2011 and in catalogue. Open to all artists 18+ around the world with original works in any medium that addresses the theme. All entries will be exhibited on the homepage slideshow throughout the duration of the competition (the sooner you enter the sooner your artwork is shown). Deadline: June 20, 2011. $15 for 1 entry, $5 each additional entry. Visit website for details.  Questions to info@artscenetoday.com.


ArtSceneToday.com was created to give emerging artists around the globe a needed forum for exposure through themed online juried competitions and exhibitions and to provide information and resources to help them succeed in artistic careers.

It's for artists, art buyers and galleries to  use as a networking venue, a marketing tool, a forum for the exchange of ideas and a showcase for contemporary art. It's a gallery for the best work of emerging artists. It's a destination for art makers and art lovers around the world. 

Art Scene Today is the new site to see and be seen in.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Martin Sexton & Sarah Lee and Johnny performing at Headliners

On Thursday, May 5, 2011 there will be performances by Martin Sexton and also Sarah Lee and Johnny at Headliners. According to the Headliners web site, Martin Sexton has songs "featured in film and television including recent placements on NBC's Scrubs and Showtime's hit series Brotherhood." The site also mentions that his  "latest studio release, Sugarcoating, finds this one-of-a-kind-troubadour doing what he does best: locating larger truths within the specific details of the life he's living."

The show starts at 7:00 pm and tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door. If you want to get advanced tickets they can be purchased at Culture Clash Records, Rama Lama Records and all Ticketmaster locations.

Headliners is located at 4500 N. Detroit Avenue, Toledo, Ohio 43612.