Our Emerging Artists exhibit returns!
The exhibit continues through September 29, 2018.
20 North Gallery and the artists will be welcoming friends and collectors at the free Public Reception for ARToledo 2018: Chrysalis on Friday, July 13, from 6 – 9 p.m.
Since its founding in 1993, 20 North Gallery has periodically hosted emerging artists exhibits, promoting the development of promising new talent in the Toledo art landscape. ARToledo is a small group exhibition artists which provides the opportunity to nurture and retain Toledo’s rising artistic talent, giving new artists a chance to enter the commercial art market in their home community—while providing Toledo collectors the opportunity for a first view of the future of Toledo’s rich, continuing art legacy.
Designed as a competitive show, the 2018 ARToledo exhibition was open to Ohio and Toledo-area artists who have prepared a body of work, but who have not yet been a featured artist in any commercial gallery venues prior to the ARToledo exhibit. The 2018 exhibition juror is Maralee Hope. Ms. Hope’s professional career in the arts began in 2009, as 20 North Gallery’s first academic intern. She received her B.A. in Art History from the University of Toledo (Ohio) and her M.A. in Contemporary Art and Sales from Sotheby’s Institute of Art (New York). She currently works as the Presale Shipping Coordinator at Christie’s auction house in New York City.
Ms. Hope has curated an engaging exhibit of beautiful and vivid paintings by three talented women in our community. Although each artist works in a different style and medium of paint, their work contains interlocking narratives of life, mortality and our relationship to the natural world.
Samantha Bell-Koch and Kerry Kirkpatrick are recent graduates from The University of Toledo (Ohio) and Bowling Green State University (Ohio), respectively. Martha Evans received her degree in art from The University of Toledo more than two decades ago, but has worked professionally outside the arts since then. All three have enjoyed regional community exhibitions, yet still identify as ‘emerging.’ Their common pursuit of commercial representation in ARToledo, marking a transition in their careers—paired with their combined themes of nature and rebirth—has inspired the subtitle for this exhibit, ‘Chrysalis.’