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 email@example.com. 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
CURRENT EXHIBITION: PHYBR / INTO PIECES: A SOLO EXHIBITION
OCTOBER + NOBEMBER 2017
PHYBR // INTO PIECES
A Solo Exhibition @ Art Supply Depo
Artwork based off glitchy VHS cassette tapes, scientific diagrams of the human skeleton, and over all intriguing graphical elements - INTO PIECES at The Art Supply Depo Toledo is described by artist Phybr as his "most intimate body of work to date”.
Phybr has expressed attaching significantly increased levels of emotion and thought into the process, and aesthetic quality, of the pieces for this new solo exhibition. Many of his new works explore imaginative scapes, realms, and planes in an abstract way, creating a compelling play of color and imagery never before emerging from the artist’s wheelhouse of traditionally creepy low-brow art. This body of work represents a marriage between fine art elements and the artist’s overarching raw style.
View the Exhibit:
Phybr's show will be available to view anytime during business hours from Friday, October 6th through Friday, November 17th, 2017. We also encourage you to join us for an Artist's Reception on October 19th during the Art Loop, for which we'll be open until 9:30pm. Into Pieces will also be part of the November 16th Loop. More info on these events is available here:
About the Artist:
Visual artist Phybr, originally a byproduct of the Detroit art scene, is constantly evolving into a finer artist. His passion for illustrative styles began as an adolescent infatuated with creating a skate brand. There he developed a passion for design, color theory, and illustration. After apprenticing under an old hot rod airbrush artist, young Phybr’s fascination with custom culture began. While learning how to pinstripe, airbrush, and custom paint he learned the history of custom culture; there he discovered the likes of Ed Roth and Frank Frazzela. After formal study toward a Bachelor's in Graphic Design, Phybr dove back into the craft, this time bridging street and fine art. From there he has proliferated across Detroit, Chicago, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Toledo, Miami, Kansas City and St. Petersburg. With his murals and work spreading like a virus, Phybr has created a following spanning state lines that says this artist has just begun showing what he has to offer.
UPCOMING EXHIBITION: SARAH THOMAS / FRAMEWORK WITH PANE, A SOLO EXHIBITION
NOVEMBER 24, 2017 - JANUARY 31, 2018
PUBLIC RECEPTION // FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24TH FROM 4:00-6:00 PM // REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED
Amid the whirlwind of emotion and experience that accompanies moving to a new city, I’ve sought discomfort and novelty. I’ve tried to embrace that feeling and incorporate it into my recent work, charting new territory in terms of influences and material. Leaving the Midwest has helped me understand how it shaped me, and more broadly, the way in which everything and everyone I’ve worked with has formed the framework for my photography. It’s these layers, which add to and compound upon rather than replace each other, that I’ve recently attempted to explore.
Windows became a fascination during this process: the openings and closings and flashes between opacity and transparency led in alternating fashion to disappointment and exuberance. I looked for familiarity and found none, but as soon as I realized the source of the let down, I stopped comparing what used to be to what is in front of me, and I started seeing new environs in new light. It was through the process of acceptance that I could finally open my mind to a new light, even a new familiarity. I discovered windows represent the presentation of ourselves: we are only as transparent as we want to be, and the differences – closed, open, with or without curtains, with broken or thick panes – can be changed or reinvented through emotional struggle and honesty. But without the sturdy framework of my past, there wouldn’t be a place for new panes of experiences and images to fill the void. I think these photographs make the framework stronger. In my case, making this series in a new city challenged me to figure out how transparent I wanted to be and what this transformation would mean.
About the Artist:
Sarah Thomas is a Washington D.C. based artist born and raised in the Toledo area. She received her undergraduate degree in Photography from the acclaimed Bowling Green State University, where she had the privilege of studying with some of the most contemporary and challenging faculty in the Midwest. She has taken her Midwest sensibilities with her to D.C., where she explores through her camera lens what it means to come of age in a (formerly) fading Rustbelt city juxtaposed with the intensity and vibrancy of an East Coast city.
Join us for the Celebration of her work:
A free, family friendly public reception will be held with the artist on Friday, November 24th from 4:00-6:00 pm. We invite you to join us to celebrate Sarah's new work and the beauty of her spirit. Her art will be available to view anytime during regular business hours Friday, November 24th 2017 through January 31, 2018. If you can not attend during regular business hours, we encourage you to join us for the Art Loop December 21st, when we will be open until 9:00 pm.
/CARDINAL STRITCH: STUDENTS OF MRS. GOREY
BOWLING GREEN EXHIBITS:
/ BIANCA GARZA
JANUARY 2018 - FEBRUARY 2018