Winter Surf II, Michael Gibbons
Latin Christmas, Judy Gibbons collection
Close Encounter, Grizzly, Ivan Kelly
Puffin, Karisma Goodell, Photographer
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Toledo First Weekend Art Features “The Close and Holy Darkness” Show for December
Passport holders to collect hand-carved stamp by Michael Gibbons
On December 1 and 2, the arts community of Toledo will be opening galleries and studios to celebrate “The Close and Holy Darkness” during First Weekend. This month the public will have the opportunity to collect, in the free Passport to Toledo Arts, a unique hand-carved stamp by Toledo artist Michael Gibbons. A different stamp is available each month during First Weekend and Passports may be picked up at the feature events or any time at any of the participating galleries and studios. More information is available online at www.toledoarts.info.
First Weekend receptions at participating galleries and studios throughout Toledo will be held on Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Michael Gibbons invites you to celebrate Christmas at the 1926 Vicarage House Museum during an Open House for First Weekend, Dec. 1 & 2, from 11 to 5:00 pm each day. Enter at the ground floor level in the Gallery to see art by Michael and enjoy the lighted Christmas tree; wend your way upstairs to the main floor to look at more art and enjoy hearty refreshments in the dining room under a Tiffany style chandelier by Waldport artist Howard Rubin; wander through the holiday decorated living room to the jewel of the house, “the Music Room,” to hear live Christmas music on the baby grand piano under another jewel-like lamp; and sign up to win free art door prizes and collect your original free art stamp with “The Close and Holy Darkness” theme of the month carved by Michael Gibbons, who wishes you a very Merry Christmas! The Signature Gallery of Michael Gibbons is located one block above Main St. in the Uptown Arts District, 140 NE Alder Street, Toledo. For more information, call (541)336-2797 or see www.michaelgibbons.net.
The following galleries and studios are also participating in First Weekend this month:
The Yaquina River Museum of Art presents the 2nd Annual Show of artisan work from Latin America and Europe with a focus on Christmas. Meticulously crafted carved wood, molded items, embroidery and painted art from Guatemala, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile and Spain are displayed throughout the 1887 Old School House museum exhibit space. All of these exquisite items are on loan to the museum from the collection of Judith Gibbons. Light refreshments will be served by the Friends of the Museum, which will be open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm each day of First weekend and noon to 4:00 pm Wednesday through Sunday. Please call the office for more information at (541) 336-1907. The museum is located in the Uptown Arts District, one block above Main Street in the “School House Exhibit Building” at 151 NE Alder Street, Toledo.
Ivan Kelly Gallery-Studio will be showcasing new NW Rocky big game paintings inspired from his recent Fall painting tour trip through Glacier Park in Canada and Yellowstone/Grand Tetons National Park. In abundance were elk, bison, mountain sheep and pronghorns; and following longer hikes, mountain goats and moose. Included will be oil painting “Close Encounter, Grizzly.” Another bear oil painting, “Berry Picker,” is currently featured in the international Wildlife Art Journal magazine. Open Saturday, Dec. 1st 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday, Dec. 2nd, 12:30 – 5:00 pm. Also available will be Oregon coastal landscape oils. Enjoy art talk and light refreshments with Ivan, whose oil painting, “Sculptured by Pacific Storms,” is currently exhibited in a Texas national public art museum exhibit tour. Ivan Kelly Gallery-Studio is located in the Uptown Fine Art District at 207 East Graham Street. For more information, call 541-336 1124 or see www.ivankelly.com / email@example.com.
Karisma Goodell, a 19-year-old graduate of Eddyville Charter School and up-and-coming photographer, will be Becky Miller’s guest for her first solo photography show during First Weekend and continuing through Hometown Holiday Saturday, December 8. The show will be open to the public from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm both weekends. Refreshments will be served, and all are welcome. Both artists will be selling gift items, including prints, portrait sittings, mugs, paintings, and cards and urge you to buy local this year. Becky Miller Studio is located in Toledo’s Arts District at 167 NE 1st St. For more information, call 503-504-7289 or see www.BeckyMillerArtist.com.
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