This weekend’s Swanton Juried Fine Art Exhibit and Sale will again feature works by artists from the Swanton area and beyond. The Swanton Area Chamber of Commerce will host the exhibit and sale Saturday and Sunday in the Valleywood Golf Club banquet room.
“This is the fifth year for the exhibit, and we will have 213 pieces of fine art on exhibit presented by 89 artists that includes 20 student artists,” said Neil Toeppe, Chamber of Commerce president and CEO. “The students are from nine different schools that include Swanton, Liberty Center, Maumee Valley Country Day School, Perrysburg, Oak Harbor, as well as home schoolers.”
The Swanton Juried Fine Art Exhibit and Sale is free to the public on Saturday and Sunday, and the art is all family friendly, Toeppe added.
“This exhibit brings in artists and visitors from over 25 cities in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, and presents Swanton in a very favorable light as a community that appreciates and supports the arts,” he said.
Artists will compete in eight adult categories and three student categories for approximately $5,000 in prizes and scholarships. Those attending will be encouraged to vote for The People’s Choice award.
The art will be judged by three highly qualified art jurists headed by Lisa Exner, past president of the Anthony Wayne Arts Commission.
Among the communities with artists represented will be Archbold, Delta, Genoa, Holland, Lambertville, Maumee, Napoleon, Paulding, Perrysburg, Sylvania, Toledo, Waterville, Whitehouse, and Wauseon.
“It is interesting to note that about one-third of the art that is in the exhibit has been submitted by Swanton area artists,” said Toeppe. “Many may be surprised to learn that Swanton is a very large and vibrant arts community.”
Toeppe added that he was contacted by an artist from Rudolph, Ohio, wondering if the exhibit was open to artists from outside Swanton.
“I told him it was and asked where he heard about the Swanton exhibit,” said Toeppe. “He told me he was exhibiting at the Ann Arbor Art Fair and was approached by an individual that asked him if he would be exhibiting at the Swanton Fine Art Exhibit. Nice to know that our exhibit has achieved a reputation as one of the finest exhibits in northwest Ohio.”
The exhibit will be open to the public Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m.
An artists reception will be held Friday, and all winners and other places will be selected. Tickets to the reception may be purchased for $15 from Toeppe by calling 419-826-1941.
Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010