Toledo Museum of Art

PlayTime at Toledo Musuem of Art

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When was the last time you went outside and played? The contemporary show Play Time poses a serious question about a seemingly unserious topic: Is play—the spontaneous, unstructured time found to foster creativity and problem-solving skills—strictly for kids?

“As we grow up we tend to trivialize play and relegate it to childhood, but it’s an important element of life that we wanted to explore in this exhibition,” said Halona Norton-Westbrook, the Museum’s Mellon fellow and associate curator of contemporary art. “This show is not only about play in the traditional sense, but also the idea of being in the moment, of inspiring wonder, of invoking your natural curiosity.”

Here are some favorite images from the Play Time exhibit at the Toledo Musuem of Art. If you haven’t seen it, please go check it out. My images don’t do justice with how much fun you can actually have!

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World Famous Glass Blower: Lino Tagliapietra

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Italian master glassblower Lino Tagliapietra has spent his 70-year career creating magnificent glass works, raising the international standards of glass craftsmanship in the process. The Maestro was in residence at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Studio from May 2 to 10, showcasing his technical expertise and glass craftsmanship to sold out crowds.

I got the opportunity to photograph Lino working in the Toledo Musuem of Art Glass Studio making some beautiful piece of glass. He makes it looks so easy, as he is molding play dough.

Getting the opportunity to work with the Toledo Musuem is amazing I get to spend time with internationally known artists and get photography and amazing exhibits. I am super excited to photograph Play Time which opens on May 22nd.

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Werner Pfeiffer for Toledo Musuem of Art

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Werner Pfeiffer (pronounced Verner) is a book artist, he writes and builds 3D books. I had the opportunity to spend some time with him getting some detailed view of his book and his as he works alot of his hands building the books.

Watch this video to see how detailed his books are.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iNGajj3lns

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Manet at Toledo Musuem of Art

The Toledo Musuem of Art is currently showing off the acclaimed French artist Edouard Manet, sometimes referred to as “the father of Impressionism.”

The exhibition is co-organized by TMA and the Royal Academy of Arts, London, where the show will open in late January after its run in the U.S.

A contemporary of the Impressionists, Manet (1832–1883) was the most stylish of the 19th–century French painters and a major recorder of Parisian life at that time. The exhibition is the first in depth examination of his considerable talents as a portraitist. Manet painted his family, friends and the literary, political and artistic figures of his day, often in casual settings rather than traditionally posed portraits. His subjects come to life on canvas, making the viewer curious to know more about these people and their lives.

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Color Ignited

Last week I got the opportunity to photograph the Color Ignited gallery at the Toledo Museum of Art which show cases glass artwork created  from 1962-2012. Toledo has a large glass presence with large corporations like, Owens Corning and Libbey Glass. Toledo is known as the “Glass City.” The gallery opening worked in conjunction with the 2012 Glass Art Society Conference that is being held in Toledo for the 50th anniversary of studio glass.

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Andrew Weber is a professional sports photographer based in Toledo, OH. He was a place kicker for The University of Toledo football team for four years. Andrew's primary focus is capturing important events on film. He was a staff photographer for the Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune covering a wide variety of events ranging from high school athletics and late-breaking stories to local county fairs.

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