About a year ago, representatives from museums and art galleries in Tiffin met to discuss the formation of a new organization, The Museum/Gallery Alliance. This partnership would help local residents and visitors "Discover Our Treasures" with various events. The first is the Tiffin Art Walk, set for 6-9 p.m. Friday.
"We had our first meeting in May 2013, and then we met monthly," said Mary Lewis, chairman of the art walk.
She read about art walks in other cities, so Lewis contacted organizers in Toledo to get suggestions for a similar event here. After presenting the idea to the alliance, the group chose a date and sent letters to invite local artists and businesses to participate. Lewis said local artists and businesses responded with enthusiasm.
The art walk is to include 22 stops. Many volunteers and friends have stepped forward to make this event possible.
"I am very pleased with the cooperation I've gotten from the community and the committee," Lewis said.
Free shuttles will be picking up participants in front of the Seneca County Museum, in the parking lots near Calvert High School and Ralph's Joy of Living, and in the public lots downtown. Guests can register at each of the seven museums and galleries listed to win door prizes.
The American Civil War Museum of Ohio, 217 S. Washington St.
The museum will host a reception for visitors, who can take self-guided tours. Docents will be available to answer questions about the displays.
Enchanted Moment Doll Museum & Gallery, 174 Jefferson St.
"Come Talk with the Dolls" is exhibited and visitors can enter a prize drawing.
Tiffin Glass Museum, 25 S. Washington St.
See a PowerPoint presentation, enjoy refreshments and get answers about Tiffin's historic glass industry and artistry from volunteers.
Seneca County Museum, 28 Clay St.
To celebrate the Easter holiday, the museum will provide an extensive display of items and memorabilia from The J.J. Fleck Easter Egg Dye Co. Visitors will receive plastic Easter eggs filled with candy and a chance to win door prizes such as vintage Fleck Dye packets, 1884 Courthouse tokens and other items. Refreshments also will be provided.
Tiffin Historic Trust Grammes-Brown House, 172 Jefferson St.
A 15-minute theatrical performance is to repeat every 30 minutes. "Rosina Brown's ill-fated romance during the Third Reich" is based on actual correspondence. Between performances, 1930s music will be played on the piano.
Tiffin Art Guild, 178 S. Washington St.
The gallery will host an exhibition of members' paintings and fused glass objects. Artists Roxanna King and Jon Adams will be painting. Refreshments are to be served.
Tiffin University's Diane Kidd Gallery, 155 Miami St.
The gallery will have a student art exhibition and workshop using recycled materials. Refreshments are to be available.
In addition to the museums and galleries, a number of businesses will be open for visitors with demonstrations, displays, music and refreshments.
Anya's Antiques & Oddities, 127 S. Washington St.
Bailiwicks Coffee Co., 62 S. Washington St.
Cabin Creations, 135 S. Washington St.
The Clover Club, 266 S. Washington St.
Crystal Traditions, 145 Madison St.
Croghan Colonial Bank, 48 E. Market St.
Elmwood at the Shawhan, 54 S. Washington St.
Frameworks LLC and Subtle Verse, 205 S. Washington St.
Phat Cakes & Cafe, 35 S. Washington St.
Phoebe's Healthier Options, 138 S. Washington St.
Ralph's Joy of Living, 33 N. Washington St.
Red Raven, 126 S. Washington St.
Reino's Pizza & Pasta, 73 E. Market St.
RoRo Design, 164 S. Washington St.
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, 77 Jefferson St.
For more information, call (888) 298-7236 or go to www.destinationsenecacounty.org.