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You & #ToledoME: Maple and Main Art Festival to honor local legacy

By Madison Humphrey |

SYLVANIA, Ohio (WTVG) – The streets of Downtown Sylvania will be alive with creativity for the Maple and Main Art Festival this weekend.

“It allows the community to come out and experience a lot of local, regional and even national artists who come into town,” Scott Hudson said, board member of the Sylvania Community Arts Commission.

This year, it’s a little more special. The arts commission is honoring the late Dan Robbins, a Sylvania native who spearheaded the idea of paint-by-numbers.

“Dan made painting and art much more accessible to people all across America and all across the world,” Jackie Tussing said, Executive Director of the arts commission. “He really touched a lot of people and brought art closer to them.”

To honor him, what’s more fitting than a larger than life paint-by-numbers project? The best part? They need YOUR help!

“It will be a fun community event,” Hudson said. “We’ll have people of all ages dipping a brush into some paint and going to town and seeing what we create.”

Here’s how it works: all you have to do is make a dollar or more donation, and you’ll be able to paint a portion of the canvas. The donations will support the art commission’s outreach programs, which includes sending local Sylvania students to the Toledo Museum of Art and then bringing the Toledo Opera’s “Opera on Wheels” to schools in Sylvania.

“We think that this is something that would just make Dan Robbins very happy, making art more accessible to students here in Sylvania.”

This year’s Maple and Main Arts Festival takes place Saturday from 11:00 a.m to 7:30 p.m with a special musical performance at 8:00 p.m and on Sunday from 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.