Many of our favorite characters in beloved children’s books are animals. Think Clifford the Red Dog, Peter Rabbit, and Wilbur from Charlotte’s Web. Since 1982, the Mazza Gallery at the University of Findlay has displayed the original artwork from the pages of children’s literature. The Toledo Museum of Art will be displaying 50 of those pieces of animal art until July 5. The show, sponsored by the Marathon Petroleum Company, includes early drawings of Disney’s Pluto among the works from the 1930’s to the present. There are coordinating activities for kids and their parents, and some of the long-loved books featuring the show artwork are on sale in the Museum store.
Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. toledomuseum.org Free