Main Library Gallery & Exhibits
A Public Tête-à-Tête
Sept. 28 - Dec. 31 | Main Library Gallery
Jessica Frelinghuysen holds a bachelor’s degree in printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design and a master’s degree in architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art, in Michigan. Her work has been shown at the International Print Center in New York, The Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art and The Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. She has been awarded artist residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts in California, Sculpture Space in New York, Anderson Ranch Center for the Arts in Colorado and Santa Fe Art Institute. Frelinghuysen is also a recipient of a 2016 Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant.
A Public Tête-à-Tête
Frelinghuysen pushes the boundaries of communication through playful interactive artworks that delight our visual, auditory and kinaesthetic senses. Her works highlight the absurdity of human interactions by surpassing the thresholds of verbal and nonverbal communication. By tracing auditory and visual pathways Frelinghuysen translates daily behavioral dialogue into physical, wearable, and structural opportunities to engage and reflect.
Silent Witness Project Exhibit
Oct. 7 – Nov. 8 | Main Library
The Silent Witness Project shares the stories of girls and women murdered by their intimate partners and brings an increased awareness about the deadly consequences of domestic violence. The Northwest Ohio chapter of the Silent Witness Project memorializes more than 50 such victims--all from our local community and is housed and maintained by Bethany House. Image from Bethany House Toledo.
Maumee Branch Exhibits
Topix Camera Club Group Show
Aug. 15 - Sept. 30 | Maumee
The purpose of Topix Camera Club is to promote the photography of the amateur and advanced photographer and provide the opportunity to improve through a variety of avenues.
Bittersweet Farms Art Showcase
Oct. 1 – Nov. 14 | Maumee
Bittersweet Creative Arts is a division of Bittersweet Inc. that currently serves over 100 adults and adolescents who experience life on the Autism Spectrum. Bittersweet Creative Arts provides art education, art as vocation, art as therapy and art enrichment at our locations in Whitehouse, Lima and Pemberville, Ohio.
All of Bittersweet's displayed art is created by artists who experience Autism that have been inspired by the sunflowers planted annually in front of its art studio in Whitehouse.
The Art of Amy Renee: Abstract Painting/Mixed Media
Nov. 15 – Dec. 31 | Maumee
Amy Renee has been painting since she received her first easel and paint set at age 6. She did not seriously experiment with abstract images until high school, where she was given a class project to paint something, so long as it was not abstract. Renee struggled with this assignment – and one evening in frustration - she threw her unfinished painting onto the basement floor, grabbed her stepfather's carpenter brush, and started flinging paint onto the canvas. The freedom she felt as the paint flew was unlike anything she had experienced. She brought her finished abstract piece into the classroom the next day, very excited about her creation, even though it did not fit the guidelines of the assignment (she received a D) – and has been creating abstract images ever since.
Sanger Branch Exhibits
Jewelry by Pam Lemons
Sept. 1 – 30 | Sanger
Pam Lemons began her career in chainmaille jewelry after she came upon and made a simple chainmaille bracelet from a beading magazine. She was captivated by the technique of linking small jump rings into pendants, bracelets and earrings. Lemons’ chainmaille and fused silver jewelry is made with primarily Argentium® silver and may also include gold fill, rose gold fill, and pure copper. She designs her own weaves and patterns into contemporary and classic jewelry designs that jewelry can be worn for years to come. Image from Lemons’ Mostly Maille.
Watercolor Paintings by Liga Daiga
Sept. 1 - 30
Liga Daiga finds painting with watercolors fascinating. She shares that it encourages her to give up some control so that she can blend abstract qualities with representational realism in her work.
Halloween Postcards Collected by Frank Merritt
Oct. 1 – 31 | Sanger
Frank Merritt is an avid collector of Halloween Postcards, all over 100 years old. This display of art associated with Halloween, reminds us of how it was appreciated in small town rural Ohio.
The Photography of Bill Horvath
Oct. 1 – 31 | Sanger
As a retired oncologist, Bill Horvath has melded his passion for work with photography. Many patients enjoy and take comfort in that work as they embark on their cancer journey. His present interest focuses on highly-manipulated and abstracted photos.
Jewelry by Jaci Riley
Nov. 1 – 30 | Sanger
Jaci Riley is passionate about creating jewelry that is subtle and modern, but still makes a statement and draws a smile. She finds inspiration through nature and life in the Midwest. Much of her focus is on metal etching and metalsmithing. Riley has been making jewelry for over 10 years in her studio just outside of Toledo, Ohio. Image from Jaci Riley Jewelry.
The Art of Anne Abate
Nov. 1 – 30 | Sanger
Anne Abate says that she paints to escape and engage, but mostly so that her head doesn't explode. During her career in journalism, with its crises, inhumanities and yes, politics, she turned to oil painting to find a quiet, happier place, far from capsizing ferries and wars. Once retired, Abate set out on an exploration of different media and began creating more abstract work. Image from Paintings by Anne.
The Art of Steven Athanas
Dec. 1 – 31 | Sanger
Steven Athanas has been making music and art professionally for over five decades now. He has self-published several books of his drawings and "pomes," as well as released three CDs and a couple of cassettes of original songs. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in art education in 2000, taught a few years, and when the jobs dried up, focused on his visual art. He performed in several well-known local bands from the '70s until his "retirement" in 2015. Athanas’ work is a conglomerate of 2D and 3D, utilizing refurbished, found and unique items in his work, as well as his drawings, paintings and writings. His work has shown in New York City, Baltimore, Northwest Ohio, Michigan, Chicago and West Palm Beach. Image from the Hudson Gallery.