Art Loop - December 20, 2018

Light Up! Toledo

December 20, 2018

Celebrate the Holidays with the final Art Loop of the 2018 season. This month features last minute gifts and shopping at local businesses and with local artist vendors, as well as holiday-themed exhibitions and light art and projection installations.


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UPDATE: New Main Hub Location at Imagination Station

1 Discovery Way | $5 After 5pm

The Main Library will be closing for the remainder of the 2018 Art Loop season as they embark on exciting new renovations. The Main Hub will now be located at the Imagination Station. ADMISSION IS $5 AFTER 5PM ON ART LOOP NIGHTS! You can take advantage of any available street parking or nearby parking garages. We suggest the Promedica Depo Parking Garage (corner of Summit & Jefferson - $5 fee). Relax at the pop-up bar or use magnets and LEDs at the Light Play activity to create light graffiti. See the Campanas Cristalis Handbell Ensemble perform in the lobby along with other surprises throughout the night!

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Getting Started

Need a Place to Start?

Come to the Imagination Station (1 Discovery Way). There you'll find an Information Station staffed with volunteers who can answer questions and help you select a route for the night based on your interests. You can take advantage of any available street parking or nearby parking garages. We suggest the Promedica Depo Parking Garage (corner of Summit & Jefferson - $5 fee). 

Catch the Bus

The bus is a great way to get around the Art Loop. Buses start running from the Imagination Station at 5:40pm. Check out the bus schedule below to best plan your Art Loop travels. Bus schedules can also be found at our three Information Stations. INBOUND is traveling toward the Imagination Station, OUTBOUND is traveling away. 

As our city works to improve infrastructure, construction may cause some delays. Our partners at TARTA are committed to providing quality service. Thank you for your support and patience!

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Light Up! Toledo

light art and projection installations

In 2018 Toledo literally lit up with two new light installations along with the Hensville lights! On the east facade of ProMedica’s parking garage is Tower of Light, a live installation that transforms, through light, all six stories of the garage’s stairwell. Each of the 147 glass panels has a layer of acrylic with dimples holding colored LED lights. Creator of the piece, Erwin Redl designed each of the panels to be individually programmable to make up thousands of different, abstract color patterns. At the Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel, Integrated Visions and First Hospitality Group present MindBlown, a 6,000-square-foot piece using a technique called projection mapping that shoots video, animation, and special effects 90 feet up on the structure, synced with music. The piece was a year in the making and was created from work with local glass artists. Back by popular demand, the Hensville Lights return for the 2018 holiday season. The Hensville Park Christmas tree stands 45 feet tall and will be on display along the Monroe Street side of the park.

Spirit & Song

Trinity Episcopal Church and St. Paul's Cathedral

Join us for a night of spirit and song in two of Toledo's most majestic spaces! Start at Trinity Episcopal Church (316 Adams ) to hear the Canterbury Choir, lead by the Director of Music & Arts, Nate Leonard, 6:30-7pm. Then follow the Belles of Christmas as they lead the Advent Walk at 7pm down a luminary lit Adams Street toward St Paul's Cathedral (corner of Adams & Erie) where Stateline Chorus barbershop quartet will perform, 7:30-8pm. Enjoy hot chocolate and kids crafts as well!

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Holiday Bazaar

Gathered Glassblowing Studio and Graphite Design + Build | N Huron

Join us for a Holiday Bazaar at Gathered Glassblowing Studio and Graphite Design + Build! Enjoy music by Ragtime Rick, local makers and artists, live glass blowing demonstrations, food trucks, outdoor fire pits, and a cash bar by Toledo Spirits Company with Christmas Ale on tap!

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Shop Local

The Light Up! Toledo Art Loop is the perfect for last minute shopping and taking in some holiday cheer! Pick up unique items made by local and regional independent designers, makers, and artisans from shops like Handmade Toledo, Devoon Jūpmode, House of Dow, Gathered Glassblowing Studio, and Art Supply Depō. To see more of Toledo's creative spaces, shops and more check out the Art Loop interactive map and start planning!

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Mini-Mart Artist Market

Handmade Toledo | 1717 Adams St

Make Handmade Toledo one of your holiday shopping stops! They've got a magical night planned including a Mini-Mart Artist Market with amazing makers, delicious food trucks, and their Maker Shop featuring original and unique gifts by more than 100 makers from around the region.

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Self-Guided Studio & Gallery Tour

Make your way around the Loop to check out the local studios, galleries and production spaces. Discover the sanctuaries where local art is created, mingle with the makers and gain a close-up view of the materials each artist employs at spaces like Gathered Glassblowing Studio, Paula Brown Gallery & Pub, Jupmode, Porter Gallery at Toledo School for the Arts, Ottawa Street Studios, 20 North Gallery, HeArt Gallery, Truth Gallery, Jack Wilson's Sculpture, Dream Louder Studios, and the Center for Visual Arts. Follow the link below and click on Show Me "Galleries & Studios" to see a map with the full listing. Place your cursor over the pin to see the name of the venue.

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Toledo Museum of Art

Community Exhibition FREE on Thursday’s from 5PM-9PM

The Toledo Museum of Art is proud to be a stop on the The Art Loop! TMA is offering free admission to view "Rebecca Louise Law: Community" on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitors may claim their free timed ticket (one per person) at the information desk upon arrival. Thursday evening tickets will not be available in advance or online. Surround yourself in both dried and fresh plant materials that forms an immersive visitor experience exploring the relationship between humanity and nature, FREE Thursday's 5-9pm. While you're there be sure to catch public Glassblowing demonstrations taking place in the Glass Pavilion Hot Shop. (Photos by Rob Wagner)

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