Art Loop - August 16, 2018

Dog Days of Summer + Cats

August 16, 2018, 5:30-9pm

Behind many artists is a furry friend that supports and inspires creativity. This month, the Art Loop celebrates our pets with special exhibitions of pet-themed art, pet portraits and characters, and special activities. Pets welcome!

For the safety of event-goers and our furry friends

All pets must be on a regulation leash (no retractable leashes) or in a secure pet stroller/carrier.

Waste baggies are required and the owner's responsibility. Pet waste must be disposed of in a waste bag prior to putting into the waste receptacles available.

Please make sure your pet is properly fed prior to the event. There will be water stations available at Hensville. 

Pet owners are solely responsible for their pet(s) behavior and physical control and must carefully monitor and control it at all times. Please check with individual venues to see their policy on pets. 

Please join us in keeping the Art Loop safe, welcoming, and comfortable for all. The Art Loop allows our city to come together and celebrate its diverse creative community. The Arts Commission reserves the right to ask anyone who is not complying with general practices of good conduct that prohibits the enjoyment and safety of other event goers to leave the event.

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Getting Started

June 21, 2018

Need a Place to Start?

Come to the Main Library Hub (325 N. Michigan St). 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. Complimentary parking is available in the Library garage until 9:00 pm.

Catch the Bus

The bus is a great way to get around the Art Loop. Buses start running from the Main Library HUB at 5:30pm. Check out the bus schedule below to best plan your Art Loop travels. Bus schedules can also be found at our four Information Stations. INBOUND is traveling toward the Main Library, 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!

Bus Schedule

Main Library

Find convenient parking, Info Table, and hop on any bus from one location

Enjoy free, family-friendly Art Loop activities throughout Main Library. Come and take selfies with Bella the Pig, who will be hanging out on the North Lawn by the fountain, snacking on cherry tomatoes from 5:30-7:30 pm! Only service animals are permitted in the library and on the Art Loop buses, so plan your Art Loop adventures accordingly!

Dog Days of Summer + Cats!

Warehouse District

We're excited to include our furry friends in the Art Loop this month! Final plans are falling into place. Bring your pooch to Hensville for artist vendors, caricatures, pet goodies by Three Dog Bakery, and more! Stroll down our Adoption Row to add another four legged member to your family. Information on support, adoption and rescue will be provided by local organizations; Humane Ohio, Toledo Animal Shelter, Animal House Rescue, Wood County Humane Society, Friends of Lucas County Dogs, Natures Nursery, Paws & Whiskers, Toledo's PET Bull Project, Planned Pethood Inc., and Lucas County Canine Care & Control. Looking for a custom portrait of you and your furry friend? Schedule an appointment with local artist, Harry Terrell at Hensville. Sessions are 30 minutes, 5:30-8:30pm. $35 for one image $50 for two. To book your session call Myrtle Sparks at (419) 810-8848. Get a caricature of your pet by artist and illustrator, Isaac Klunk at Art Supply Depo for $10 on a first come, first serve basis, 6:30 to 8:30pm. Come by rain or shine!


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Everybody loves their pets! In this three-hour class, pastel instructor extraordinaire Mary Jane Erard will lead you through the process of sketching and drawing your pet's portrait in soft pastel. Most materials provided. Students are welcome to bring their own pastel supplies if they have some on hand, and would like MJ to teach them how to better use what they own.

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Handmade Toledo | 1717 Adams

The Art Loop and Handmade Toledo are proud to present "Meowledo" a mini catvention pop-up. Come see cats of different breeds such as Oriental Shorthairs, the curly coated Selkirk Rex, and the beautifully unique wavy coats of Cornish Rex cats. Talk with exhibitors that travel showing their felines at cat shows across the United States and learn about what it takes to make a show cat! Did you know that household pets are also a category at cat shows? Your own feline at home could be a star! Meet Beatrice Ticketyboo, Toledo's own Instagram famous cat that likes to dress up and wear clothes for photoshoots. This talented cat also knows how to sit, walk on a leash, and high five! Beatrice's "mom" will be there to answer questions and give tips on leash training cats and teaching tricks. Also at the event enjoy a Q&A with Chris Unangst from The International Cat Association that has traveled the world from Toledo to China to judge cats of all types at shows. Meet Cassandra Morgan, author of many feline-centric books, and Charissa and Barry Ebersole of Faeryfire Orientals with their unique feline breed of Oriental shorthairs, and more!

Shop Local

The Art Loop is the perfect time to stock up on your pet inspired art. Pick up unique items made by local and regional independent designers, makers, and artisans from shops like Handmade Toledo, Jūpmode and Art Supply Depō along with artist vendors throughout the Warehouse District and Uptown. In addition, Handmade Toledo hosts an opening reception for a local 19 year old hyper realist painter, Amanda Gargac. Michelle Duni and friends are also going to be having their fancy cats in the big room. To see more of Toledo's creative spaces, shops and more check out the Art Loop interactive map and start planning!

Imagination Station

1 Discovery Way | $5 After 5pm

Imagination Station is going to the dogs! Outside of the front entrance, meet trainers from Glass City K9 for tips and tricks to improve your dog's behavior. Make your own dog toy out of a t-shirt, perfect for a round of tug-o-war with your favorite four-legged friend! (Also makes a great teaser wand for cats!) Plus, bring dog or cat food to donate to the Toledo Area Humane Society. This is also the LAST MONTH to visit BODY WORLDS Rx during the Art Loop. Take advantage of the discounted admission and extended hours to check out this incredible exhibition before it leaves! $5 after 5pm.

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Scene on the Green

1904 Madison

Stop by Scene on the Green to enjoy pony rides, carnival games, bubbles, a petting zoo including a yak, camel, calf, zebu, wallaby, Artic fox, miniature donkey, alpaca, llama, guinea pigs, giant horses, hedgehog, tortoise, and bunnies compliments of Chamberlin Pony Rides & Mobile Petting Zoo. While you're there take in some live music, face painting by Glitter Dragon, food trucks, and hands-on art activities.

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