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Mural highlights plight of mentally ill, homeless

The Blade - 8/1/2018

Aug. 01--A dedication ceremony for a new mosaic mural dedicated to helping to eradicate the stigma behind mental health and homelessness has been scheduled for 12:30 p.m.Aug. 10.

The event will showcase Pieces to Peace, a 20-foot-by-20-foot glass mosaic that is being installed on the side of a building in downtown Toledo at 411 Michigan Ave., at the intersection of Michigan and Adams streets.

The project was a collaboration between artist Gail Christofferson of Animal House Glass studio in Bowling Green, and A Renewed Mind, a local nonprofit mental health care provider. It was funded by a $31,800 grant from the David C. and Lura M. Lovell Foundation through the Toledo Community Foundation, and a $1,000 grant from the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Lucas County.

Residents at Cherry Street Mission, Toledo Streets Newspaper, and other shelters and organizations, along with members of the public, helped assemble the glass pieces of the mosaic during community forums over the past year. The design depicts a homeless person with mental issues crouched in a structure with light coming through a window above a set of eyes.

The presentation will include food trucks on-site from noon to 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Christofferson at 419-356-2913 or email

--Another public ceremony will honor the creation of a second mural at Sylvania'sPlummer Pool, 6940 Maplewood Ave.

The free dedication is set for 5 p.m., Friday as part of the First Friday Art Walk, an arts event held the first Friday of every month in downtown Sylvania.

The mural, which includes a theme of water and nature with a focus on the scenery at Ten Mile Creek, was created by Northview High School art teacher Terri Seal Roth and five of her students: Brookelyn Duhamel, Sophia Muir, Lindsey Ingle, Luis Serve, and Dominic Ciucci.

The art walk is from 5 to 9 p.m. and includes gallery exhibitions, art demos and sales, and food and drink. For more information, go to or

--The Toledo Zoo's Wild About Art event takes place this weekend on zoo grounds.

The art fair is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and will feature the display and sale of artwork by more than 80 artists.

The weekend event includes a Kid's Art Zone, chalk art demos, painting presentations by various zoo animals, including African elephants, red pandas and penguins.

A new event this year is Art Road's Great Lakes Recycled Fish Sculptures, which are pieces created by elementary students and volunteers to raise awareness of plastic trash left on beaches and in waterways.

The event is included with zoo admission.

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--The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council has organized a "Movie Under the Stars" event this weekend that features the film Loving Vincent.

The movie will be shown at Water Works Park in downtown Port Clinton starting at 9 p.m. Friday. Guests are encouraged to bring their own refreshments, but popcorn and bottles of water will be handed out for free.

Loving Vincent, a movie that was released in 2017, tells the story of artist Vincent van Gogh's last days before his death through oil paintings created by 125 artists.

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--Three Wood or Lucas County artists received awards from the Ohio Arts Council at opening ceremonies of the 2018 Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition last week.

They were: Denise Declercq, Lucas County, professional division, for Layers of Life, graphite on paper; Rebecca Szparagowski, Wood County, professional division, for Memory, glass installation; and Zac Weinberg, Wood County, new artist award for Kitsch Alchemy, kinetic piece made of glass and found objects.

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Send news of art items at least two weeks in advance to or call 419-724-6075.

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