The Toledo ART (the Arts Revitalization of Toledo) initiative is now seeking submissions from local and regional artists who are interested in displaying their works in the new “Phantom Galleries” that will be installed on Toledo’s Main Street. Submissions are open until March 8, 2021 and the application can be found online at: tinyurl.com/ToledoARTApplication.
Phantom Galleries are small, temporary art galleries created in vacant storefronts to allow visitors to enjoy the works of local and regional artists in a COVID-safe environment. The galleries will not only enliven Toledo’s Main Street but will also showcase available street-level storefronts that are ripe for new business development.
“The Phantom Gallery project is a great synergy between Toledo’s creative ecosystem and downtown economic development,” said Paul Schuytema, the Executive Director of the Economic Development Alliance of Lincoln County. “It’s proven that the arts drive dollars into a community, and Toledo’s Main Street is a perfect showcase for some amazing artists.”
The galleries will feature works of local and regional artists. Each gallery will have information about the artist, their displayed work and how it can be purchased as well as the commercial space and its amenities. QR codes will allow visitors to scan and then visit the artist’s page on ARTToledo.com, a website under development by students in the Digital Media CTE class at Toledo High School. The gallery backdrops were made possible by a generous donation from the Visual Arts Center of Newport.
“This project has energized an already enthusiastic class and has given the students the opportunity to work on a real-world project that will help their community,” said Rachael Wallace, Digital media instructor. “We could not have asked for a better project to partner on.”
Artists are encouraged to apply to display their work, which will be selected by the Toledo ART committee. The galleries will officially launch this Spring with several events to follow in the Spring and the Summer. The initial round of artists will be on display for 90 days in the galleries.
Future Toledo ART projects include art events, Main Street beautification work and a new mural program. If you would like to learn how to get involved in Toledo ART, please contact Rachael Maddock-Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This project is the beginning of a vision that Toledo artist Michael Gibbons and I shared with each other back in 2008,” said Toledo’s Mayor Rod Cross. “I am excited for the future of where ART can go in our town. Toledo truly is where Art and Industry meet!”
The Arts Revitalization of Toledo (ART) is a project launched by the City of Toledo and supported by local businesses, non-profits, the County and other stakeholders who are dedicated to revitalizing downtown to serve the needs of current residents and to breathe new life into Toledo’s Main Street.
ART Committee members include: the Timbers Restaurant and Lounge; Crow’s Nest Gallery; Port of Toledo; the Economic Development Alliance of Lincoln County; Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society; Yaquina River Museum of Art; Oregon Coast Visitors Association, local artists; Toledo High School; Toledo Chamber of Commerce, Bank of the West, members of the community, and more.
You can follow ART Toledo online at:
- Web: ARTToledo.com
- Facebook: facebook.com/ArtToledoOR
- Instagram: instagram.com/art_toledoor/