If you are trying to learn about art in Toledo you are definitely in the right place and our first section will fully cover the best art galleries and museums near you.
After that we will get into a variety of other topics like art supply stores, events, festivals, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, local sculptures and statues, art classes, studios for rent, and the top frame shops in your area.
You can jump straight to any section that interests you most by using the table of contents on the left and we are also including a Toledo art map with all of the spots we mention throughout the post pinned on it.
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Best Art Galleries & Museums In Toledo
The best art galleries and museums in Toledo are:
- Toledo Museum of Art at 2445 Monroe St
- Utoledo Center for the Visual Arts at 620 Art Museum Dr
- 20 North Gallery at 18 N St Clair St
- Heart Gallery & Studios at 428 N Erie St
- Collingwood Arts Center at 2413 Collingwood Blvd
- Jose Martinez Memorial Galeria at 1222 Broadway St
- Mr Atomic Studio Gallery at 1700 N Reynolds Rd
- River House Art at 425 Jefferson Ave
- Shawn Messenger Fine Art Glass at 340 Morris St
- Studio Eleven Eleven at 1111 Adams St
- The Toledo Artists Club Gallery at 5403 Elmer Dr
- The Truth Art Gallery at 1811 Adams St
There are over 30,000 works on display in all kinds of mediums at The Toledo Museum of Art where they open at 11am Wednesday through Sunday and admission is free plus they can do group tours and have art classes for all ages throughout the year.
The oldest independent art gallery in the city would be 20 North Gallery which is open from noon to 4pm Wednesday through Saturday. They focus on traditional and contemporary art plus they can provide consultations for acquisitions, placements, and installations.
You will find numerous exhibitions, events, and programs at The Collingwood Arts Center and you can even rent out studio space there. They host popular kids are nights, put on live theater performances, and you can go on a ghost hunt as the place is rumored to be haunted.
Head to the Secor Building located downtown to visit the local River House Arts from 11am to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday. Not only are their exhibits free to the public but you can also buy or rent their artwork and they can help with delivery, installation, and upkeep.
Any fans of nature and flowers will love the works on display at the Shawn Messenger Fine Art Glass who creates beautiful natural pieces of glass blown artwork in your area like vases, vessels, bowls, and more.
All throughout the year you can head to The Toledo Artists’ Club from 1pm to 4pm on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday to see exhibitions, take a workshop, or check out one of their art classes for kids and adults.
Materials & Supplies Near You
When you want to buy art supplies and materials head to stores like:
- The Art Supply Depo at 29 S Saint Clair St
- For the Love of Art at 4027 N Holland Sylvania Rd
- Warehouse Craft Supplies at 1028 W Central Ave
- Joann at 4948 Monroe St
- Michaels at 4622 Talmadge Rd
- Hobby Lobby at 5329 Monroe St
There are classes for all ages and skill levels going down at The Art Supply Depo on the regular who also hosts meetups for artist trading card swaps.
You can get custom framing from over 700 samples at For the Love of Art while restoration services and lessons by instructors for kids to adults are also available on site.
Michaels, Joann, and Hobby Lobby can all do custom framing.
Shows & Events
Some of the best art shows and events in your area would be:
Every June the Crosby Festival of the Arts goes down at the Toledo Botanical Gardens which is believed to be the oldest outdoor juried art festival in Ohio and it gets over 15,000 visitors each year during the 3 days the event takes place. Enjoy live music, local food, drinks, activities for kids as well as exhibitions of beautiful artwork.
The Zoo is the home of the two day art fair Wild About Art each August when there will be creative works on display and for sale made by local and regional artists.
Art on the Mall is an outdoor juried art show hosted by the University of Toledo’s Alumni Association that gathers over a hundred national artists each July.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
Whether you want to add a new piece to your collection or find out how much a piece is worth you can go to art dealers and appraisers near you like:
For beautiful original artworks and custom frames check out Fenwick Gallery of Fine Art which has been in business since 1979.
You can get private workshops or even enjoy a date night at Gathered Glassblowing Studio.
20 North Gallery and River House Art from our best Toledo museums list also sell art.
If you are reading this on a sunny day why not go on a local art walking tour at:
- Art Loop at 1838 Parkwood Ave
- Point Place Art Walk at 4230 N Summit St
- Labor Day Weekend Art Walk at the Arts District
- 1st Weekend Toledo Art at the Arts District
Every Third Thursday of the month from 5:30pm to 9pm you can try the Art Loop which is free of charge and will take you through galleries, studios, and public art spaces.
The Point Place Art Walk is only held in September along Pinkley Memorial Trail where there will be local artists displaying and selling their most recent pieces.
Every Labor Day Weekend the Toledo Art District is home to the Labor Day Weekend Art Walk where you can find open studios, galleries, demonstrations, lectures, food, drinks, and more from 10am to 5pm each day.
1st Weekend Toledo Art goes down the first weekend of each month if you couldn’t figure that out on your own. The event roams around to different galleries and studios near you.
Sculptures & Statues
You can also find some really cool sculptures and statues in your area like:
- Art Tatum Celebration Column at 499 Madison Ave
- Tragic Mask at 426 N Superior St
- The Family at 408 N Summit St
- Echo at 400 Water St
- Radiance at 2 Maritime Plaza
Cork Marcheschi created the The Art Tatum Celebration Column in 2009.
The Tragic Mask went up in 1999 after being created by Anne and Patrick Poirier.
Penelope Jencks sculpted The Family back in 1984.
Echo was created by Kristine Rumman and Dane Turpening in 2017.
Will Clay and Constancia Gaffeney combined to make Radiance in the late 1980’s.
Toledo Art Classes
We are all at different levels and sometimes a lesson or two can give us the boost that we need. Some of the best Toledo art schools and classes can be found at:
- University of Toledo Center for the Visual Arts at 620 Art Museum Dr
- Toledo School For the Arts at 333 14th St
- F.a.m.e.d Studios at 2610 Central Ave
- Art and Performance Center at 2702 W Sylvania Ave
- Board & Brush Creative Studio at 6725 Central Ave
Anyone that is really serious about this can try the undergraduate, major, and graduate programs at the University of Toledo Center for the Visual Arts. On Saturdays from 9am to 12pm they have art workshops for kids ages 8-13 and they have other workshops throughout the week.
There are a diverse mix of instructors teaching visual, musical, theater, and literary arts at The Art and Performance Center.
You can find everything from night classes to wine and sip parties to DIY wood sign workshops at Board & Brush.
Other places we have mentioned throughout the post that also have local art classes, lessons, or workshops are The Art Supply Depo, For the Love of Art, Toledo Museum of Art, Jose Martinez Memorial Galeria, and The Toledo Artists Club Gallery.
Studios For Rent Near You
If you need a place to work on your next project try out this art studio in your area at 210 Elm Street.
You might also be able to rent studio space at the Toledo Museum of Art, Collingwood Arts Center, The Truth Art Gallery, Gathered Glassblowing Studio, and The Art and Performance Center if any is available.
Some of our favorite spots for quality art framing in Toledo are:
When you need custom framing, matting, conservation framing, glass replacement, jersey framing, or canvas stretching Devaul’s Fine Framing can help you out.
Other places we have mentioned that do custom framing near you are For the Love of Art, Joann, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and the Fenwick Gallery of Fine Art.
You may also want to learn about:
- Art Galleries & Lessons in Cleveland
- Art Galleries & Lessons in Detroit
- Art Galleries & Lessons in Columbus
- Art Galleries & Lessons in Indianapolis
Have Fun Enjoying The Toledo Art Scene
We just did as well as we could covering the full art scene near you. We listed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in your area.
If you made it all the way to the end then you probably love the local art as much as we do. You can let us know about any of your own tips and tricks in the comments at the end of the post, or please also let us know if we got anything wrong or if anything we posted is no longer true.
Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies, or doing anything that has to do with art in Toledo!