Save the date! The Holiday Loop takes place Saturday, November 22, 2014. 3-8pm
Just as the Gallery Loop is held in the spring, The Holiday Loop is held annually in the winter to celebrate our local arts community in advance of the holiday season. Following the Holiday Parade in Downtown Toledo, come explore a wide variety of galleries, artist studios, local retailers, and other local arts groups and events while you enjoy free bus rides to more than 30 venues featuring unique fine art and handmade gifts for the holidays. Holiday Loop is free and open to the public. Additional information, maps, and detailed exhibition and featured artist information will be available on this page in advance of the event.
The Gallery Loop took place this year on Saturday, April 19th along with numerous coordinated events for the annual celebration of (419) Day (held on 4/19 in homage to our regional telephone area code) taking place in the UpTown neighborhood and throughout Toledo. The Gallery Loop featured more than 30 local galleries, studios, and local businesses showing and selling artwork by more than 100 local, regional, national and international artists. See the link above to dowload and print the event map from this past spring's event.
The Gallery Loop is the kick off to The Arts Commission's summer programming, join us beginning May 22 for the monthly Art Walk series (4th Thursday each month, May - September, 6-9pm) and for the SoundTrek Live Music Experience on July 19, 7:30-12am.
About The Gallery Loop & Holiday Loop Series:
Twice a year, The Arts Commission hosts a gallery hop in Downtown Toledo, with The Holiday Loop taking place each winter following the Thanksgiving Day Parade, and The Gallery Loop taking place in the spring (except in odd-numbered years when the Artomatic 419! program takes place). Complimentary bus rides take visitors to a variety of galleries and studios featuring an even more varied collective body of work and creative gifts. All media is typically represented in the galleries, which curate their own shows to be featured on the Loop. The event is free and open to the public, including bus rides.
This biannual event is a favorite among Toledoans. Nearly 2,500 people come out in the spring and winter to be ushered around Downtown. More than 30 galleries and studios participate in this event. In 2012, The Arts Commission moved its fall loop into early winter to help promote and connect the many art and craft-based holiday-related events that have been taking place in recent years. Dubbed The Holiday Loop, the inaugural event featured more than 40 participating venues and nearly 100 participating artists. The event was geared around encouraging people to shop local, from local retailers, businesses, and artists, for the holidays.
The Gallery Loop is a program of The Arts Commission's Live Work Create Toledo initiative, which helps drive cultural tourism in Toledo while fostering economic development and revitalization through the arts. Additional Live Work Create Toledo programs include the Thursday Art Walk series, Artomatic 419!, and the SoundTrek Live Music Experience.
* NOTE: The spring Gallery Loop does not take place in odd numbered calendar years (2013, 2015, etc.) when the Artomatic 419! program is presented.
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