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Downtown Toledo art gallery to close after 20 years

Other art gallery owners credit 20 North Gallery for helping cultivate a thriving downtown arts scene, but after 20 years, owner Eric Hillenbrand has decided to close it. Other art gallery owners credit 20 North Gallery for helping cultivate a thriving downtown arts scene, but after 20 years, owner Eric Hillenbrand has decided to close it.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

It's Toledo's oldest-established fine arts gallery, and owner Eric Hillenbrand is getting 20 North Gallery ready for its farewell party Friday, to fondly look back at the past 20 years of art exhibitions.

"It always seemed like we were like an oasis. There really was not a lot around us in this area. Last year, there were probably 30 venues on the art walk, artist studios, other galleries and places that were exhibiting art," said Hillenbrand.

Just a block away from that gallery, the Art Supply Depo has been operating for the past two years.

"Artists need a place to work, but they also need a place to show their arts. The fact there's so many galleries in the area is a draw for artists, and also a draw for an arts supply store," said owner Jules Webster, who credits 20 North Gallery for helping cultivate a thriving downtown arts scene. "I'm a little sad to see them go, but I'm very thankful for the 20 years they gave the downtown community."

The diversity of art-driven businesses in the Glass City includes glass-making, which has been heating up for the past year at Gathered Art Gallery.

"We built the gallery where we can showcase our work here, have other shows of artists that make glass or make other things," explained owner Adam Goldberg. "Because of the community that already existed, we're able to work with that and build off it."

As the doors are about to close at 20 North Gallery, it's not being viewed there as a sad occasion, but rather a proud accomplishment.

"I think our 20th birthday seems like an appropriate time to just move onto something new," said Hillenbrand.

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