BGSU artist's necklace now part of Toledo art museum collection
Masako Onodera models 'Substance.'
The Toledo Art Museum has recently purchased something of "Substance" for its permanent collection. BGSU artist Masako Onodera's oversized necklace of oblong glass globules strung on silk cord is part of the 92nd annual Toledo Area Artists Exhibition. It was selected to be part of the collection by Dr. Jutta-Annette Page, TMA curator of glass and decorative arts.
The museum does not often buy works from the annual show, Page said. "The stars have to be in alignment for an acquisition to happen," she explained. In this case, they fell exactly into place: Philanthropist Dorothy MacKenzie-Price of Maumee, who is a longtime supporter both of the arts and of BGSU, volunteered to donate the funds to purchase a piece for the collection. "She was delighted to be able to help the museum and a Bowling Green artist," said Susan Palmer, the museum's director of development.
Page said she had been tracking Onodera's work for some time. "Masako's work always stands out. 'Substance' is a perfect example of her unique approach to jewelry and the body and her ability to combine those worlds. She understands the body from a physiological and very tactile point of view."
Because of its imposing size and style, it is not something the wearer will forget she has on. "Wearing it reminds you of your body," said Onodera. The hundreds of rubber-coated glass beads have a softly rounded, organic feel, "and it makes a nice noise," she said. Though the materials are everyday, "it's precious because it's part of your body."
"Substance" is part of a series that includes jewelry made from felted wool and rubber grapes. Also oversized, the other pieces have a whimsical feel. Though the materials vary, the series is united by its color palette of soft roses, corals and creams.
The Toledo Area Artists Exhibition runs through Aug. 22.
Dave Maley, assistant director of facilities/planning for BGSU Dining, and Ryan Czech, food service coordinator, move a serving piece into a tractor-trailer for Lake Schools. BGSU donated the contents of Commons Dining Center to Lake after its high school was destroyed in a tornado.
Dismantling tables in the Commons Dining Center are Faith Olson (center), College of Education and Human Development, along with faculty and students.
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