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It’s an all-inclusive, month-long, “by-artists, for-artists” multimedia arts extravaganza.

On April 2, 9 and 16, more than 300 area artists will take over two vacant buildings in Toledo’s Arts Zone/Warehouse District, transforming them into the largest, most comprehensive and eccentric multi-media galleries in Northwest Ohio as part of Artomatic 419!

The event is a program of the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, presented through the Live Work Create Toledo initiative, embracing economic development and revitalization through the arts.

Held every-other year, Artomatic 419! is one of ACGT’s most popular programs, and is Northwest Ohio’s largest non-juried, multi-media arts showcase, according to Ryan Bunch, Performing & Literary Arts Coordinator at the Arts Commission.IMAG1124

“With painting and sculpture to photography and jewelry, and live music to dance, poetry readings, theatre, and more, Artomatic 419! will offer something for everyone,” Bunch said.

Among visual artists who will be exhibiting their work are Amy Beeler, Bill Hass, Laura Norden, Lorrie Armstrong, Neal Harmon, Preston Stevenson and Marissa Stevenson, of Oregon; Nicole Bergman, of Genoa; Sue Stewart, of Woodville; Carrie Lee, of Oak Harbor;  and Julie Webster, Clifton Harvey, Chris Curran, Betsy Ujvagi and Salvador Pezzino, of East Toledo.

Local performers include Sangsara, a rock band from East Toledo; writer/actor Silvester Rodriguez IV, of Walbridge; and A-Laz, a hip-hop artist from East Toledo.

This year’s Artomatic will take place at 407 Washington St. (behind Jed’s) and at 25 S. St. Clair St., with space made available through partnerships with STS Management and Martin & Wood Appraisals, respectively.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For a complete schedule of performances by time, date and location, visit www.artomatic419.org or www.acgt.org.

An additional venue, The Event Center (23 N. Summit St.), will be open for an after-party from 9 p.m. to midnight each Saturday, featuring live local and regional entertainment.

Those looking for parking during the event may check Parksmart’s interactive parking locator map at www.parksmart.org/2007map.htm

Volunteers are needed to help make the event a success. “This free and open to the public event takes a large community effort to make it happen and keep it running smoothly,” Bunch said. “There are lots of jobs to do, from helping carry performance equipment and keeping an eye on trash bins to simply greeting visitors at the door.”

Those interested in volunteering should email mcarlson@acgt.org.

Artomatic 419! – which will run for three consecutive weekends in downtown Toledo – will showcase Toledo’s art scene in action.

 

 

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