Friday, 25 January 2013
Come out on Friday, February 1 from 5-9pm for one of the biggest nights of the year for local visual arts as The Toledo Area Artists Show and the Salon des Refusés Exhibition open!!
Celebrating it's 94th year, the juried Toledo Area Artists Show (TAA) is the crown jewel of local arts exhibitions, and one of the longest-running events of its kind in the country. The TAA opens at the Toledo Museum of Art (2445 Monroe Street) on Friday, February 1st. The Museum is open until 10pm every Friday night.
The Salon des Refusés Exhibition is a long-standing and well-loved Toledo tradition for exhibiting art not accepted into the TAA Exhibition. The exhibition is presented by PRIZM Creative Community, a well-loved local artist’s refuge for those who wish to enhance their lives by participating in events, activities and educational opportunities devoted to the arts and art culture. The Salon des Refusés Exhibition takes place in The Arts Commission's Parkwood Gallery (1838 Parkwood Ave.) across the street from The Toledo Museum of Art.
The Salon des Refusés tradition has a long and interesting history both locally and internationally. Visitors who attended the recent Manet exhibit at The Toledo Museum of Art, saw the importance of the Paris Salon in launching the artistic career of Manet and other Parisians of his day. The accepted look of art entrenched in years of tradition began to change as artists produced new styles of painting and portrayed new subject matter. As early as the 1830s, Paris galleries began to show small scale exhibitions from works of art rejected by the Salon jurors. However the glamorous event of 1863, credited to be the original Salon des Refusés Exhibition, was sponsored by The French Government at the decree of Napoleon the III, in response to artists outcry. That year the Salon rejected over 3,000 works, far more than usual. Wishing the public to judge the legitimacy of the complaints the government arranged for the rejected works to be shown in an annex to the regular Salon.
In the spirit of the original Salon des Refusés show in Paris, over twenty years ago a local Salon des Refusés Exhibition was created to showcase works not accepted into the annual TAA show. In today’s world, with eclectic taste in art appreciation there is no stigma to displaying in a refusal show. In fact, the local Salon des Refusés Exhibition remains one of the most revered art collections presented each year.
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