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Bring on the beads!
The Toledo Museum of Art is collecting handmade beads from artists, enthusiasts and community members as part of “The Bead Goes On,” a project culminating with the installation of a 10,000-bead curtain at the Museum. Contributors are invited to give as many as five original beads made of glass, metal, felt, kiln-dried wood or other non-organic materials. The completed work of art will be unveiled at the Museum’s Starting Place Gallery, and later permanently installed in the museum’s Glass Pavilion.

“I wanted to find a way to show off even the smallest forms of art,” says glass artist Robin Schultes, who teaches at the museum and who came up with the idea for the community art project. According to Schultes, bead-making is not only one of the oldest art forms known to man, but also a popular hobby for people of all ages.

“The ideal beadmaker is anyone and everyone,” says Schultes. “It doesn’t have to take a lot of time and effort, only as much as one wants to put into it.”


Luke Shaffer, known as Luke James, has moved one step closer to a big break in

Luke Shaffer, known as Luke James

the music industry.

The 2003 graduate of Eastwood H.S. has made it to the Hollywood round of American Idol, and he hopes the honor gains him more exposure and experience.

“If I do well, that would be awesome, but if I don’t, I know that I will have an amazing life experience under my belt that I hope to learn something from,” Shaffer said.

Shaffer got his first guitar when he was 16, but he didn’t start playing it until he was 18. His brother John sparked him to become better.

“I set out to play it better,” he said. “I just wanted to be better than him.”

Shaffer said his mom forced him to join choir class around his sophomore year at Eastwood. He also performed in a few musicals.

“Nothing too involved, though, honestly,” he said about his time at Eastwood.

At around 19 or 20 years old, Shaffer started performing in bars and at friends’ homes. It was at that time he began recording songs on MySpace.


Through Jan. 31: Greater Toledo Auto Show, SeaGate Convention Centre, 401 Jefferson Ave. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 419-255-3300.

Through Feb. 7: Chihuly Toledo! Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Glass Pavilion. Famed glass artist Dale Chihuly is a favorite of TMA visitors and private collectors across the region. A free exhibition of rarely seen Chihuly works from the TMA collection and on loan from private holdings. 419-255-8000 or

Through Feb. 7: Word Play, Toledo Museum of Art, Gallery 18. We are all familiar with the way words can transport us to fanciful places, flesh out fictional characters or even bring long-ago historical events to life. Word Play draws from the Toledo Museum of Art’s permanent collection—focusing on works produced in the last 50 years—to examine the stimulating linkage between text and contemporary art. Free admission. 419-255-8000 or

Through March 14: Paris: City of Art, Toledo Museum of Art, Hitchcock and Stevens Galleries. Art history students at the University of Toledo selected objects from TMA’s collection depicting Paris and the work of Parisian artists. Free admission. 419-255-8000 or


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