Bob Horner, the late stepfather of local artist Adrian Toto, was a man of complexity, who lent Toto many insights on life. A 40-year veteran of Ohio's steel mills with a suitably tough exterior, in his personal life, Horner was also a poet who was deeply interested in mysticism and philosophy. “I wasn't prepared to understand the deeper parts of him when he was still alive, but I'm finally at a point where I'm ready to look at those things,” Toto said. And so, in a solo exhibition, what one dwells upon, at Small Engine Gallery (1413 Fourth Street SW) he explores the life of his stepfather through installation work. The exhibition opens Friday, Feb. 9, with a reception running between 6 and 10pm.
Just next door to Small Engine Gallery at GRAFT Gallery (1415 Fourth Street SW) everyone's favorite (mostly) annual show returns—the opening of Fun-A-Day. Fun-A-Day is an exhibition of various community members who committed, for the month of January, to create every single day. The fruits of their daily practice are on display at GRAFT for the month of February. The reception for this year's Fun-A-Day, which features more than 20 local creatives, is happening this Friday, Feb. 9. Stop in anytime between 6 and 10pm to get in on the fun.
To Love and be Loved …
If you've got a beloved, you might want to make time in your weekend to drop by the Valentine's Day Local Love Bazaar, hosted by Kei & Molly Textiles at their shop (4400 Silver SE). In addition to the beautiful printed fabrics Kei & Molly design and print, a host of local artisans are setting up shop for the one-day-only affair. Makers with their wares on display include Maude Andrade, Danny Hart, Chela Gurnee and Lauren Tobey. And whether you're shopping for yourself or for someone you love—there are local chocolatiers and beer to be had. Bask in the love from noon to 5pm this Saturday, Feb. 10.
The Peking Acrobats—a crew of gymnasts, jugglers, contortionists, cyclists and body artists of all kinds—visits Popejoy Hall (203 Cornell Dr. SE) with a whole orchestra with traditional Chinese instruments in tow. From plate spinning to human pyramids like you've never seen before, this talented company is set to amaze local artists on this one-day stopover on their tour. Tickets for the afternoon show—at 3pm, this Sunday, Feb. 11, start at just $20. Find more information and tickets at popejoypresents.com.