Art Toledo is gearing up for its third round of Phantom Galleries along Toledo’s Main Street, and they are looking for people who are interested in putting their artwork on display.
Toledo’s Main Street 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 not only enliven Toledo’s Main Street but showcase available street-level storefronts that are ripe for new business development.
Artists are encouraged to apply at https://tinyurl.com/toledophantom3. The application is open to all artists from around the region. The application will remain open until Nov. 8, and selected artists will be notified by Nov. 15. Public viewing of this third round of Phantom Galleries will begin in mid-November and will last three months.
“Phantom Galleries are a great intersection between art and business development,” Paul Schuytema, executive director of the Economic Development Alliance of Lincoln County, said. “Utilizing empty storefronts to showcase and sell an artist’s work helps these regional solopreneurs, while showcasing the great potential business spaces helps to launch new ventures downtown, and Toledo is already seeing the benefit.”
Each gallery has 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 or learn more about the potential of the commercial spaces.
Phantom Galleries are a part of the city’s new Art Revitalization of Toledo (ART) initiative, which includes the summer Arts, Oysters and Brews event series, grants for downtown beautification and outdoor dining, as well as a soon-to-be-launched mural program.
ART is overseen by a dedicated ART Committee of residents, local businesses, and nonprofits. 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, Michael Gibbons Gallery, Yaquina River Museum of Art, Oregon Coast Visitors Association, local artists, Toledo High School, Toledo Chamber of Commerce, local artists, members of the community and more. The ART Committee selects artists for the Phantom Galleries.
Toledo is also looking for more volunteers to join the ART Committee. Anyone interested in volunteering can go to https://tinyurl.com/arttoledovolunteer. This is a group of area residents that is helping to build Toledo’s future. Volunteers will get to help choose the artists for the Phantom Galleries as well as help select artists and designs for the new mural program.
For more information on how to get involved in Toledo ART, contact Rachael Maddock-Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
People can follow ART Toledo online at:
· Web: ARTToledo.com
· Facebook: facebook.com/ArtToledoOR
· Instagram: instagram.com/art_toledoor/