Best of Toledo 2017 – Art

. February 28, 2018.


Visual Artist

Dani Herrera

See “paperDENIMart” on Facebook.

One of Toledo’s most unique artists, Dani Herrera, the mind behind paperDENIMart, has become well-known for her distinct style. Her playful pop portraits— made with recycled materials, like old clothes, newspapers, dryer lint, and whatever else she can find— can be seen around town at art events, in galleries, and, of course, in admiring social media posts shared by your friends.

RUNNER-UP: Greg Justus

Literary Open Mic Night

Art and Performance Center of West Toledo

2702 W. Sylvania Ave. | 419-913-9010

Last March, Toledoan Miriam Wagoner opened the doors to the APCWT, providing the creative community with a space for artistic collaboration. Offering a one-stop shop for all of the Glass City’s creative needs, our readers agree that this is the best place to feel comfortable and confident sharing your work during an open mic night. Whether you’re sharing literary works or catching concerts, theater performances, art exhibits or a combination of creative endeavors, you can rely on the folks at APCWT to provide a safe and constructive environment where you can hone your craft.

RUNNER-UP: Love Jones & SOUL (Our Brothers Place)

Local Theater Group

The Toledo Repertoire Theatre

RUNNER-UP: The Village Players Theatre

Dance Company/Studio

Toledo Ballet

RUNNER-UP: Daryl Jervis Dance Studio

Art Classes

Pop It Paint It

RUNNER-UP: Uncork the Artist

Art Event

Black Swamp Arts Festival

RUNNER-UP: Maker’s Mart (Handmade Toledo)

Place to Buy Local Art

Handmade Toledo

RUNNER-UP: Shared Lives Studio & Gallery

Supporter of Local Arts

Toledo School for the Arts

RUNNER-UP: Handmade Toledo

Independent Gallery

Firenation Glass Studio & Gallery

RUNNER-UP: Garden Smiles (Carruth Studio)

Favorite Mural/Piece of Public Art

The Love Wall (Adams and 13th Streets)

RUNNER-UP: Greetings from Toledo Mural (Corner of Main and First Streets)

Visual Artist (Sculpture & Installation)

George Carruth (Carruth Studio)

RUNNER-UP: Tom Lingeman (Professor of Art, 3D Studies and Sculpture at the University of Toledo School of Visual and Performing Arts)

Visual Artist (Glass)

Matt Paskiet (Firenation Glass Studio and Gallery)

RUNNER-UP: Adam Goldberg (Gathered Glassblowing Studio)

Art Photographer

Eric Ward (@littlecoal on Instagram)

RUNNER-UP: Lindsay Nicole (Lindsay Nicole Studio)


Michael DeSanto (Bad Atom Studios)

RUNNER-UP: Dustin Wayde Mills

Literary Artist

Justin Longacre (Creative writing and English teacher at Toledo School for the Arts)

RUNNER-UP: Timothy Geiger (Professor of English at the University of Toledo)