On Saturday and Sunday, March 1 and 2, Toledo artists will open their studios and galleries to the public for special First Weekend shows celebrating “Wonder.” Featured this month is the work of Sarah Gayle and SolaLuna Gallery at 147 N. Main Street in Toledo. SolaLuna will be presenting two new things to wonder about.
First, SolaLuna will present the beginning of a new clothing line for Sarah Gayle called Troublemakers Trousseau. While many of you have come to know and love her up-cycled sweaters, this is a new twist by her. This new collection is still delightfully up-cycled couture for your romantic heart but includes jackets, dresses, skirts, scarves etc. with a nod to the past and a somewhat edgier look forward. Imagine lace, old linens, leather, corsets, mens-wear revisited and more, all created completely from second hand materials, all presented in artistic tableaus. After all, her clothing is wearable art and there is a little troublemaker in every artist! Sarah Gayle says, “We want people to wonder at the lovely things that can be made when you take perceived restrictions (such as something being second hand) and make them your opportunities to be creative.”
As part of this Wonder weekend, the gallery will also present a collection of poetry by Wayne Plourde full of ideas to wonder about, and will be hosting an open mic opportunity Sunday from 1:00 to 3:00 at the gallery. Come early and sign up to read something that makes you wonder or just come and be entertained. Call (541) 632-3236 for more information.
The Yaquina River Museum of Art this month is showing work from the private collections of the members of its Board of Directors. Additionally, Bill Shumway, artist and owner of Pegasus Gallery in Corvallis, will give an informal talk about his art at 2:00 pm Saturday, March 1 at the School House exhibit space. Shumway is a featured artist in the present Board Members Collect exhibit and his painting, “Metolius,” is on loan to the Museum by Richard Nichols, YRMA Past Chair and current Board member. Shumway works primarily in acrylic and interference pigments, transparent glass impregnated acrylics which refract separate prism colors. He employs them in almost all of his acrylic works. He enjoys experimenting with all kinds of media, however, including sculpture, drawing, and painting with heated copy toner and teas and he also works with oils, watercolor and printmaking. He has taught art in a variety of venues and enjoys talking with people. The public is cordially invited to join him at YRMA. Refreshments will be served.
During First Weekend Toledo, YRMA will be open to the public both Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. The show will be up through March 30 and can be viewed every Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 4 pm. YRMA’s exhibit space is located in the Old School House at 151 NE Alder St.. For more information, call (541) 336-1907 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fascinated by Mother Nature’s ability to renew each year, Michael Gibbons has painted the first fresh Spring blossoms of his neighbor’s trees where he has lived for 33 years in Toledo. A harsh winter has made the wonder of flower growth even more distinct in this en plein air painting. Solitude and focusing on a limited geographical area have fostered his very personal intimate portrayals of the land. “My most powerful work comes from here where I live,” Gibbons said on his return from working abroad. For more information about the Oregon series work especially created with homeland focus, please call (541) 336-2797, email email@example.com, or see www.michaelgibbons.net. Gallery Michael Gibbons is located in the 1926 Vicarage at 140 NE Alder Street and will be open 11 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday.
For this month’s “Wonder” theme, Ivan Kelly will be showing his painting “Miss Curosity, Summer Doe.” Unbeknowst to Kelly, while he was painting the local Toledo landscape “en plein air,” he had a curious watching audience. Ivan Kelly Gallery-Studio will be open from 11 to 5 on Saturday the 1st, and noon to 5 on Sunday the 2nd and is located one block above Main Street at 207 East Graham Street, Toledo. For more information, call (541) 336-1124, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or see www.ivankelly.com.
Becky Miller invites the public to share her wonder at Nature’s beauty in her studio, located at 167 NE 1st St., half a block up from Main Street in Toledo. Miller invites the viewer to peer closely at the amazing life along the Oregon coast with her paintings of close up views of kelp, tidepools, and sea birds. Becky Miller Studio will be open from 10 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy a glass of wine with the artist and see her latest works-in-progress. For more information, call (503) 504-7289, email email@example.com, or see www.beckymillerartist.com.
At Sea Fern Nature Printing Studio, Heather Fortner will be celebrating the wondrous and weird world of ocean creatures, featuring recent strange prints such as a coelacanth from an actual fish, dragon and viper fish and the strange looking chimera. Sea Fern Studio is located in the Floweree Community Center at 321 SE 3rd St. For more information, call (541) 270-9697 or see www.heatherfortner.com.
Come see what’s new at Impressions Pacific! “We have some beautiful and unique handcrafted items made from exotic woods, myrtlewood, and other local woods,” says owner and artist Angela Lehrbass. “They include woodturnings by Master Woodturner, Rodney Lehrbass. We also have local photography – various sizes, framed and not framed. All items are original works of art and made in Toledo, Oregon!” Gift certificates are also available, and can be applied to any of products or services offered by the business, including custom picture framing and professional family portrait sessions, as well as Wedding Photography. Impressions Pacific is located in “The Leader Building” at the corner of Hwy. 20 and Main St. (at the top of Main), and will be open from 10-6 on Saturday, and 11-5 on Sunday. Normal shop hours are Monday 10-6, Wednesday 12-6, Thursday-Saturday 10-6, and Sunday 1-5. Visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ImpressionsPacific, or on the web at www.impressionspacific.com. For more information, call (541) 336-2207 or email info@ImpressionsPacific.com.
Jim and Sandy Bruster invite you to visit them at The Gallery, located at 109 Main Street. The couple converted this historic Toledo downtown building into a live/work artist space. The large open loft styled space mixes well traditional living space, art studio and displayed art. The Gallery, which will be open from 10-4 on Saturday, is at a great downtown location and can be easily found by discovering the hand carved sea captain, giant metal flower sculpture and a garden of lovely plants and flowers lining the gallery windows. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on First Weekend and art events throughout Toledo, see www.ToledoArts.info