How to Digitally Document Art for exhibitions and portfolios will be the topic of a free workshop, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 2 in Room 111 of the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at Owens Community College. Having good digital photos of one's art is the first step in creating a professional portfolio online and is necessary for obtaining exhibitions and entering contests.
A demonstration in Owens' photo studio will show how to light reflective and difficult objects. In addition, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 233, attendees can have professional photos taken of their work. Cost is $25 for the first piece and $20 for additional pieces that use the same lighting set-up. There will be stations for various types of objects, such as 2-D (paintings, prints and textiles); tabletop-sized 3-D; larger 3-D floor objects; glass and metal objects, and small items such as jewelry. Participants will receive digital files on a CD, as an electronic transmission, or, if provided by the artist, on a flash drive.
Presenting will be Margaret Lockwood-Lass of OCC's photography program. The workshop is sponsored by the Toledo Federation of Art Societies and Owens' photography program. Information: Eszavuly@lourdes.edu and 419-824-3685.
The Nexus: Exploring the Link between Science and Art is a series of free lectures and exhibits by the departments of art, and physics and astronomy at the University of Toledo.
In UT's Center for Visual Arts gallery through Feb. 3 is what's described as "an organic, evolving happening." Similar to field scientists, art students collected, tagged, photographed, and categorized items on a particular topic, then searched for patterns and meaning, and presented their findings in a medium of their choice. The display will change weekly. A public reception will be 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 1 in the gallery.
And on the first floor of Carlson Library will be three groups of student work: digitally created faux galaxies, 3-D chimera works made into plastic with a MakerBot, and print works that explore cellular form.
Also, the photography of Tyler Nordgren -- a California astronomer/artist known for a poster series he created for the National Park Service as well as award-winning images of earthly and astronomical phenomenon -- will be exhibited in CVA's Clement Gallery Feb. 15 through March 15. In addition, Nordgren will present a lecture in Ritter Planetarium at 7 p.m. Feb. 13, called Capturing Natural Night, in which he'll discuss photography after dark in the national parks. Information: 419-530-8348 and utoledo.edu/cvpa/art.
Call for sculpture: The Midwest Sculpture Initiative seeks sculptures for 13 outdoor exhibits that will run from May 1 to April 15, 2014 in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. Selected artists will receive stipends. Deadline for entries is Feb. 28. Details are at msisculpture.com. Information: 517-486-4591.
Bowling Green's First Friday Gallery Hop will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 1. The public is invited to visit the participating venues on Main and Wooster streets for art exhibits, artist demonstrations, and live music. Information: 419-806-9116.
At the Toledo Museum of Art:
● Talks this weekend are at 7 p.m. Friday, when Ed Hill discusses art showing how people have chased away the cold over the years. And at 2 p.m. Sunday, Carolyn Putney will speak on the Gods of the North in Asian Art. Meet in Libbey Court for both.
● The numbers are in and attendance at Manet: Portraying Life, a 12-week ticketed show, was just shy of 47,000, 73 percent of whom were from Ohio and 19 percent from Michigan. The museum had anticipated 50,000 visitors for the show. Almost 20 percent (9,400) people came in the last seven days of the show that ended Jan. 1.
● The museum's December attendance of 37,757 was the highest since the Glass Pavilion opened in 2006.
Meet the Mosaic in the Waterville branch of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the library at 800 Michigan Ave., Waterville. People of all ages helped create a 13-by-6-foot glass mural on permanent display. Mosaic artist Gail Christofferson of Animal House Glass led the project and many community art sessions through the year. The design represents how reading opens up the world to readers. It was created by Alison Quinn of Waterville. The project was coordinated by the Waterville Area Arts Council.
Music Mania, featuring art and writing inspired by music, will be displayed Saturday through March 27 at the Way Library in Perrysburg. In conjunction with a photo/performance/film series at Owens Community College, a half-hour jazz performance at 7 p.m. Tuesday by Jodie Jobuck and Linda Dunn will be followed by the film Broadway: The American Musical in the library. The exhibit is organized by Prizm Creative Community. Information: myprizm.com and 419-931-8732.
Paintings produced in a day by Erika Clark, Kristen Dukat, employees, students, and children attending the Child Care Center of Owens Community College's Findlay campus, continues in the Library Gallery on Bright Road through Feb. 7. Clark and Dukat are members of the Daily Painters of Northwest Ohio, an international movement that's been gaining steam in the last several years.
Findlay Art League's PHOTO 31 juried show is accepting entries from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 21 and 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 23 in its gallery, 117 W. Crawford St. in Findlay. Entries must be original and have never been exhibited in a prior Findlay Art League show. All photographic processes are acceptable; however, images must originate in a camera and have been taken by the person entering the work. The finished image must be framed and/or wired and ready to be hung. Details are at findlayartleague.com. Information: 419-424-1301 and email@example.com.
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