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On Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4, Toledo artists will open their studios and galleries to the public for special First Weekend shows focusing on Nature’s “Wild Garden.” Featured this month is the work of Michael Gibbons. In cooperation with the Yaquina River Museum of Art, Gibbons will be displaying a portion of a traveling exhibition called “Yaquina,” a collection of oil paintings he made in Nature’s “Wild Garden,” in the nearby estuaries along Yaquina Bay.
Michael Gibbons selected a tiny estuary on the south side of Yaquina Bay and only a few miles from his studio to begin a series of 14 variously shaped small sized painting studies in 1987. Some 40 paintings are now included in this traveling exhibition with a single subject as inspiration. The artist’s Signature Gallery will show four of the paintings from the collection, while several others will be displayed across the street at the Yaquina River Museum of Art’s (YRMA) 1880s School House exhibit space. Gibbons envisions that he will continue to paint in the estuaries and add to the exhibit indefinitely. “Nature’s wild gardens have been and are my primary focus for life.” Complimentary Oregon wine and cheese refreshments will be served. Gallery Michael Gibbons will be open 11-5 Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is located at 140 NE Alder Street, Toledo. For more information, see www.MichaelGibbons.net or call (541) 336-2797.
The remainder of the “Yaquina” collection of 25 paintings of the Arnold Creek Estuary and surrounding Bay collection Traveling Exhibition by Michael Gibbons will be showing at YRMA’s exhibit space at 151 NE Alder St. The original 14 paintings (which will all be on display) were shown at the National Art Club in New York City in 2009. This exhibit will be shown through July, 2014. Gibbons was commissioned to complete a large painting (62”x 42”), “Arnold Creek Estuary,” for the dining room of Mahonia Hall, the official Residence of the Governor of Oregon. All other paintings were done in support and as specific subject work in preparation for that commission. Refreshments served by Friends of the Museum. The show will be open from 11-5 pm Saturday and Sunday of First Weekend. Additionally, visitors are welcome during its regular weekly hours from noon to 4:00 pm Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, see www.michaelgibbons.net/museum or call (541) 336-1907.
Head first into May with Ivan Kelly’s “Head First,” a 12”x 9” oil vignette of a mountain lion, along with new Rocky Mountain big game oil paintings on display at Ivan Kelly Gallery-Studio. The gallery will be open from 11 to 5 on Saturday and noon to 5 on Sunday 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’s oil paintings focus on the “Wild Garden” of the ocean, with paintings of colorful kelp. She is pleased to also have a variety of work on display by Toledo artists Alice Haga, Caroll Loomis, and Karen Fitzgibbon, including colorful fused glass pieces, encaustic paintings, gourds, and mixed media soft sculpture. Enjoy a glass of wine or a glass of Twisted Snout ale and visit with the artist. Becky Miller Studio is located at 167 NE 1st Street, half a block above Main St. and will be open from 10 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call (503) 504-7289, email email@example.com, or see www.beckymillerartist.com.
Heather Fortner of Sea Fern Studio (321 SE 3rd St in the old Mary Harrison School) will celebrate “Wild Garden” with images of wild underwater gardens, both fresh and salt water kinds. She will be demonstrating gyotaku-fish printing with a piranha brought back from her recent nature printing trip to the Amazon River in Peru on both Saturday and Sunday from 11-2.
Impressions Pacific is featuring a natural edge vessel made of exotic wood (Amboynia) from Africa, turned by Master Woodturner Rodney Lehrbass. Stop by and see Rodney’s assortment of handcrafted art made from exotic and local woods. He has decorative pieces, as well as a collection of bowls made from Myrtlewood, Maple and Walnut, as well as various creations from Oregon Coast driftwood. In addition to the handcrafted wooden items, we also have a large selection of local photography. While you’re looking through our Gallery, you’re welcome to see what we have available for custom picture framing. Our full range of custom picture framing services includes over a thousand corner samples to choose from and excellent quality work at affordable prices. We are also very excited to be hosting our event in our NEW location at the top of Main street, right next door to Gallery Briseño, at 359 N. Main! Refreshments will be served. Our hours for First Weekend are 10-6 on Saturday and 11-5 on Sunday. Visit us on the web at www.ImpressionsPacific.com or on facebook at www.facebook.com/ImpressionsPacific or call (541) 336-2207.
For more information on First Weekend and art events throughout Toledo, see www.ToledoArts.info.