Toledo Artists to Hold Christmas Open House for First Weekend
During Toledo First Weekend, Michael Gibbons, Becky Miller, and the Yaquina River Museum of Art invite you to a gala holiday Open House to enjoy their art on Saturday and Sunday, December 6 & 7 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Afterwards walk down to Main Street to enjoy Toledo’s second annual Dickens Christmas Celebration on Saturday. Costumes are encouraged.
At The Yaquina River Museum of Art (YRMA), enjoy “Promise,” the Latin American Christmas Craft Collection of Judith Gibbons, shown annually in the YRMA School House. The collection includes a hand loomed Christmas tree skirt from Colombia; a Guatemalan nativity; figurines from Ecuador; a Retablo from Peru; weavings and paintings from Chile, and more.
Judy Gibbons lived for a period spanning 18 years in the five countries of Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Chile. She began collecting the work of artisans who made items especially of the Christmas tradition. She visited many of the artists’ homes, where the artists created their artwork. The Colombian Christmas tree skirt was made by a mother and daughter team. The mother hand wove the wool fabric and the daughter embroidered three separate Christmas tree celebrations around the skirt: a typical North American Christmas with Santa Claus in a sleigh; a Colombian Christmas with globos (paper tissue round balloons) in the sky; and the Nativity of Jesus Christ in a manger scene.
Judy will be at the School House from 11:00-5:00 during First Weekend to talk about the Latin American collection and all are invited to view the exhibit. Entrance is free, though donations are always welcome. The School House Exhibit space is located at 151 NE Alder Street. Holiday refreshments served. The exhibit will remain open through January, 2015 every Wednesday-Sunday from noon until 4:00 pm. For more information, call (541) 336-1907 or email email@example.com.
Gallery Michael Gibbons, is featuring his 12″ x 16″ oil painting, “Brothers,” which he painted at Tumacacori Mission National Park in Carmen, Arizona just 14 miles north of the border town of Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, in Mexico. “Brothers” is a scene in the graveyard of the former Catholic Mission outpost at Tumacacori.
“Brothers” depicts the stark gravesites marked with iron crosses of two Jesuit monks, surrounded by adobe walls with several empty niches that held religious objects at one time. The rich colors of the desert soil in that area are particularly noticeable as the artist has made several strong shadows to accentuate them. The Apache attacked, burned and pillaged Tumacacori many times until President Theodore Roosevelt declared it would become a National Park, which eventually was opened to the public.
Gallery Michael Gibbons is located at 140 NE Alder Street. For more information, call (541) 336-2797 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Open 11-5 Saturday and 12-5 Sunday. Oregon wines and cheese served each day. Please join Michael Gibbons who will be at the gallery to discuss his work.
Becky Miller is joined by Caroll Loomis, Karen Fitzgibbon, and Alice Haga at her studio. On display will be new artistry as well as artistry in progress by Becky Miller, along with a fabulous display of fused glass and mixed media works. The colorful display highlights the artists’ joyful interpretations of life and nature. Enjoy wine and refreshments. Becky Miller Studio is located at 167 NE 1st Street, half a block above Main. For more information, call (503) 504-7289 or email email@example.com.
While you’re out and about, don’t forget to stop by Impressions Pacific, which is featuring the paintings of Mary Madewell – the newest gallery addition. The featured piece is called “Rise.” As part of Toledo’s “Dickens Christmas” celebration, Santa will be visiting the gallery from 4:30-6:30. Bring your kids and grandkids for pictures with Santa. While you’re there, take advantage of the locally handcrafted and painted items that would make beautiful and unique Christmas gifts. You will also find a lovely assortment of locally handcrafted ornaments. The gallery includes some fantastic pottery, glassware, woodcraft, paintings, and photography. Refreshments will be served.
Impressions Pacific is located at 333 N. Main St., between Gallery Briseño and Toledo Clayworks. Hours for First Weekend are 10-6 on Saturday and 11-5 on Sunday. For more information, see www.ImpressionsPacific.com or, on Facebook, www.facebook.com/ImpressionsPacific, or call (541) 336-2207.