Art Supply Depo exhibition explores coronavirus

By Roberta Gedert / The Blade
Thu, 21 May 2020 11:00:00 GMT


The Art Supply Depo has posted a virtual exhibition of work by area artists that speaks to ourselves and our relationship to others during the pandemic.

Closer includes a dozen pieces by as many artists in a variety of mediums, including oils, graphite an ink, digital work, and poetry.

“All strong pieces in their own right, the work comes together to create a compelling reflection of the time in which we live: We struggle, yet our natural environment flourishes; We find ourselves connected more so to ourselves than to our local communities. We begin to examine our immediate surrounds in a completely different light,” writes curator Leeann Ream.

The show can be found on the art shop’s website at

■ River House Arts has installed an online glass exhibition titled The Golden Thread, featuring pieces by artist Joanna Manousis, who also created a complex piece that can be seen onsite by appointment.

Morpho Eugenia spans 16 feet and includes 178 individual units of blown and press-molded glass mirrored with silver that is mounted on the wall in a butterfly print configuration.

The massive piece took Manousis eight months to complete from conception to its final form.

The eight additional works by Manousis can be found online at To view Morpho Eugenia, call gallery owner Paula Baldoni at 419-494-6536.

■ Glenwood Lutheran Church, 2545 Monroe St., next to the Toledo Museum of Art, is inviting people to come help draw messages of hope and inspiration at either 9 or 11 a.m., Saturday, at the church.

Creatives who reserve 9 a.m. slots will create art with chalk in every other parking spot in the front lot of the church. The 11 a.m. artists will fill in the spots in between.

Families are encouraged to participate, and individuals should bring extra chalk if they have any.

To reserve a spot or for more information, call or text Brian Miller at 419-270-3939 or email at

■ Several local awards were handed out recently by the Ohio Museum Association.

The 2019 awards from the organization included two awards to Toledo Museum of Art: Maria Iafelice, TMA’s youth & family programs manager, was named Emerging Professional of the Year, and the museum catalog for last year’s exhibition Life Is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture was chosen as Best Exhibition Catalog.

The National Museum of the Great Lakes received a Gold Award for its 2019 Annual Fund Campaign and a Silver Award for Shipwrecks of Lake Ontario: A Journey of Discovery by Jim Kennard.

Also among the winners was the Wood County Museum, which received the Award of Achievement for Best Exhibition for its exhibit For Comfort & Convenience: Public Charity in Ohio By Way of the Poor Farm, a look at public charity in Ohio dating back to 1816.

The Wood County Museum was also recognized for the exhibit by the Ohio Local History Alliance and the Ohio State Historic Preservation Office.

For more information, go to

■ The Toledo Museum of Art is hosting a virtual talent show for Toledo-area teen creators.

Interested individuals should submit a photo or video (two-minute max) of their talent in music, spoken word, dance, visual art, fashion, comedy or other creative outlets, to Instagram or using the hashtag #TMATeens.

Deadline is May 31. The show is organized by TMA’s Teen Leaders program. The talent show will be on the Museum’s Instagram account, @toledomuseum, on June 6.

For more information, go to

■ The Detroit Institute of Arts has moved its popular Thursdays at the Museum programs for adults over 55 online during the pandemic.

The interactive program that takes a behind the scenes look at the DIA collection will be online at 1 p.m., every Thursday.

Interested individuals can sign up for the weekly program at

'Acquittal' by Bradley Piri is a digital piece in the virtual exhibition Closer at Art Supply Depo.

'We Are In the Same World,' by Xuanyi Wang, is part of the virtual exhibition Closer at Art Supply Depo.

'8th St Jacobs Place 'by Michelle Whitmer is part of the virtual exhibition Closer at Art Supply Depo.

'Power' by Ellen Mensch is part of the virtual exhibition Closer at Art Supply Depo. The show is curated by Leeann Ream.

'Morpho Eugenia' is a 16-foot blown and press-molded glass piece by artist Joanna Manousis that can be seen by appointment currently at River House Arts in downtown Toledo.

'Hex 1,' part of the online exhibition The Golden Thread, was created by artists Joanna Manousis.