The Art Supply Depo features significant gallery exhibit space in our shop, ready to showcase the finest artwork in a variety of media. Exhibits rotate at least six times per year and feature creative minds from across the nation. In addition to our rotating gallery exhibitions, we are also proud to feature a continuous display of handmade art items crafted by hands and hearts in Toledo and the surrounding area.
Our exhibitions are on view anytime during business hours, and we also stay open late for Art Loop. Running from 5:30 to 9pm on the 3rd Thursday of each month April through December, the Loop is Toledo’s signature monthly arts experience. Explore the downtown community through self-guided tours of 20+ venues hosting those creatives who make a splash in our vibrant city. The Loop is a program of The Arts Commission, presented in partnership with the artists and participating venues - like the Depo! - who make it possible.
If you would be interested in exhibiting at the Depo in the future (please note we schedule our exhibits at least 6 - 12 months out), please email firstname.lastname@example.org. In the email, be sure to include three to five images of the artwork you intend to show, as well as an artist's bio, your contact information, and website (or other promotional platform). The Depo exhibitions committee will contact you from there!
CURRENT & UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
NICK ORLOWSKI / BIG CATS: A WILD, WONDERFUL WATERCOLOR EXHIBITION
AUGUST + SEPTEMBER 2017
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT:
The Art Supply Depo is proud to present the artwork of Nick Orlowski in our Toledo shop gallery space for August & September of 2017. Nick brings to our store a wild, wonderful exhibit of nature's most majestic and powerful felines rendered in watercolor, gouache, graphite and more. The exhibit opens Monday, August 14th and runs through September 22nd. Guests are welcome anytime during business hours!
Please also consider joining us for the Art Loops on August 17th and September 21st for animal-themed fun for all ages! Those Thursday evenings we welcome you from 5:30 - 9pm.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
From Nick Orlowski...
"My work has been influenced by a combination of artists that I idolized as achild and my own life experiences. As a child, I grew up around the works of Wyland and Schim Schimmel, as well as the bright and colorful world of Lisa Frank. Comics and graphic novels also had a major impact on me with the way that they portrayed imaginary worlds realistically. I always wanted to be a part of them, or at least create my own world. But what had the biggest effect on my adolescence was getting a chance to volunteer at the zoo. At the time, I wanted to be a zookeeper and work with big cats. Eventually, I realized what I really wanted to do was save them and give a voice to the voiceless.
While I was volunteering at the zoo, I was struggling with my own identity as a gay teenager. I realized at this time that art was what really gave me the freedom to express myself and what I wanted to say without society's judgment. My time with the zoo and the LGBTQ community allowed me to see people and animals both as they really are: opposite counterparts. This concept plays a huge role in my work. Animals and the people I am close with are often recurring themes in my work. While people's motives aren’t always clear, and can sometimes be blurred behind a mask, like their features, animals are straight to the point. If they want to kill you, they will. Though the animals may seem to be random, upon closer inspection, you will see that some are the same. This is also because I have bonded with some of these animals, working with them for so long.
When I had first started making art, my works were often brightly colored, obnoxious, and usually focused more on technical skill, rather than concept. Because of these reasons, I disliked them. However, after the death of my father, one of my biggest supporters, I took a temporary hiatus. I now find myself coming back to the same ideas but with a different viewpoint. My work now is much darker in subject and visually focuses more on contrast - bringing light out of dark - to show that there is some light in dark places."
OCTOBER 2017 - NOVEMBER 2017
/ SARAH THOMAS
DECEMBER 2017 - JANUARY 2018
/ CARDINAL STRITCH: STUDENTS OF MRS. GOREY
BOWLING GREEN EXHIBITS:
/ STEVE MOCKENSTURM
JULY 2017 - AUGUST 2017
/ SWAMP THINGS
SEPTEMBER 2017 - OCTOBER 2017
/ BIANCA GARZA
JANUARY 2018 - FEBRUARY 2018