The Great Art Escape

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Great Art Escape 2013Enjoy live music performances in the galleries, participate in gallery hunts, and watch both professional and amateur ice sculptors craft impressive outdoor statues made of snow during the Toledo Museum of Art’s annual celebration The Great Art Escape. Every year, the Museum’s galleries are filled with free festivities during the winter break for visitors of all ages.

Winterfest 2014

This year, The Great Art Escape coincides with Toledo Walleye Winterfest, presented by ProMedica, which will take place Dec. 26 – Jan. 4. Toledo Walleye Winterfest is a community event benefiting the entire Toledo Region. Many organizations are planning to participate, including: the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, Imagination Station, The Toledo Symphony, The Toledo Zoo, the Toledo Museum of Art, the MetroParks, the Valentine Theater and area colleges and universities.

Professional Snow Sculpting and Local Design Competition

On Saturday, December 27 and Sunday, December 28 during regular Museum hours four professional snow sculptors will be at work on the Museum’s front terrace creating large scale sculptures inspired by the TMA collection.  Watch these icy masters turn 4′ x 4′ x 6′ blocks of snow into artistic masterpieces as they carve and shape the snow over the course of the weekend.  At 3 p.m. each afternoon enjoy a daily demonstration and Q&A session with the artists from Ice Creations.

The four featured professional snow sculptors are:

  • Greg Butowski (Sunbury, Ohio)
  • Chad Hartson (Ice Creations, Napoleon, Ohio, and event organizer)
  • Jon Michaels (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • Dean Murray (Kiel, Wisconsin)

The Great Art Escape Schedule

  • Storytelling: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
  • Dutch Organ Concert: 1 p.m.
  • Glassblowing Demonstrations: 1, 2, 3, 7 and 8 p.m.
  • Drawing in the Galleries: 1-3 p.m.
  • Professional Snow Sculptors Work on the Terrace: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Self-Guided Gallery Hunt: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Ardan Academy of Irish Dance: 2 p.m.
  • Storytelling: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.
  • Glassblowing Demonstrations: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
  • Dutch Organ Concert: 1 p.m.
  • Drawing in the Galleries: 1-3 p.m.
  • Snow Sculpting Demonstration: 3 p.m.
  • Professional Snow Sculptors Work on the Terrace: Noon to 5 p.m.
  • Storytelling: Noon-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.
  • Self-Guided Gallery Hunt: Noon-5 p.m.
  • Dutch Organ Concert: 1 p.m.
  • Glassblowing Demonstrations: 1 and 2 p.m.
  • Drawing in the Galleries: 1-3 p.m.
  • ALMA African Drum & Dance Performance: 2 p.m.
  • Snow Sculpting Demonstration: 3 p.m.

The Museum is closed on Mondays.

  • Self-Guided Gallery Hunt: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Storytelling: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.
  • Glassblowing Demonstrations: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
  • Drawing in the Galleries: 1-3 p.m.
  • Self-Guided Gallery Hunt: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Storytelling: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.
  • Drawing in the Galleries: 1-3 p.m.
  • Glassblowing Demonstrations: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
  • Self-Guided Gallery Hunt: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Storytelling: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
  • Drawing in the Galleries: 1-3 p.m.
  • Glassblowing Demonstrations: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
  • Toledo Sings Songs: 3 p.m.
  • Self-Guided Gallery Hunt: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Storytelling: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
  • Drawing in the Galleries: 1-3 p.m.
  • Dutch Organ Concert: 1 p.m.
  • Glassblowing Demonstrations: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
  • All Are One, performed by Toledo Ballet dancers: 2 and 4 p.m.
  • It’s Friday! Music: Matt Chambers Jazz Syndicate: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Self-Guided Gallery Hunt: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Children’s Book Reading with Author Jan Wahl: 11 a.m.
  • Storytelling: 2-4 p.m.
  • Dutch Organ Concert: 1 p.m.
  • Drawing in the Galleries: 1-3 p.m.
  • Glassblowing Demonstrations: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
  • Self-Guided Gallery Hunt: Noon-5 p.m.
  • Storytelling: Noon-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.
  • Dutch Organ Concert: 1 p.m.
  • Drawing in the Galleries: 1-3 p.m.
  • Glassblowing Demonstrations: 1 and 2 p.m.
  • Collection Highlights Tour: 2 p.m.
  • Film & Live Music by Little Bang Theory: 2 p.m.