The Toledo Museum of Art has a collection hardly imaginable in such a small city. Edward Drummond Libbey and Florence Scott Libbey left a large collection of art, as well as a fortune to build and endow the museum and its magnificent concert hall, the Peristyle. The endowment has underwritten a century of ongoing acquisitions, art education at every level, and free entrance for all. Mr. Libbey's business was glass, and appropriately there is a Glass Pavilion for the display of the Museum's huge glass collection, ranging from ancient Mesopotamian to contemporary local glass makers. In fact the whole Studio Glass Movement began in a garage at the Museum, when then-director Otto Wittman encouraged a ceramicist named Harvey Littleton to explore ways artists might create works from molten glass in their own studios, rather than in factories. If you are in Toledo on a Friday evening, it's hard to beat It's Friday, an eventful evening for adults and families including free tours, activities, live music, glassblowing demonstrations, wine tastings, and more. And check out the Museum's cafeteria: really good! For more information, key in http://www.toledomuseum.org.
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