Toledo First Weekend Features Karen Fitzgibbon Show “You Are My…” February 7&8
Karen Fitzgibbon chose the theme “You Are My…” for her show this month because even though February is known for Valentine’s Day, the day for love, there are numerous people throughout our lives we love for a variety of reasons. They are not always the “love of our lives,” but have received our love through teaching, respect, friendship, inspiration, etc. She decided to leave the ending of this statement open for interpretation, so each individual could inject the thoughts of those whom they have loved and their own reasons why.
Karen, of Fikaa Designs, is a self taught artist who was raised in an artistic family. She learned at an early age to create in fiber arts, moved into fabric, sculpture, claywork and woodworking, and recently began basket coiling and weaving. Mainly working with polymer clay, Karen creates multi-media, three dimensional soft sculpture figures ranging in size from 6″ tall to over 3′ tall. These figures range from whimsical to spiritual, tribal to exotic. Most are of the female persuasion, though a few male pieces are included along the way. An assortment of re-used and recycled materials is used in each piece. Karen’ intrigue of polymer has stepped up a notch for Karen with the treat of learning millifiori, which will be included as some of the featured items at the show.
“I feel part of being an artist and creating is learning new processes, which may or may not become an integral part of the on-going development,” Karen explains. “This learning aspect is the work that calls to us, that keeps us involved and intrigued, along with keeping us growing artists. Even though I mainly work with polymer clay, I will continue to explore other mediums, as they too may become a part of my work. It is embracing the new that I find exciting, and not knowing where it may lead keeps things fresh for me.”
“You Are My…” will be featured at Becky Miller Studio, located half a block above Main St. at 167 NE 1st St. in Toledo. Also showing will be works by Becky Miller, Caroll Loomis, and Alice Haga. The show will be open from 11-5 pm Saturday and Sunday. For more information, see www.BeckyMillerArtist.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or
Also open for First Weekend is The Yaquina River Museum of Art, located at 151 NE Alder. This month, the Museum is showing the work of John Hewitt, who lived in Toledo for several years and who now calls the Fort Bragg, CA area his home. John is the Artist in Residence at the Justice of the Peace Artists studio this month, with his living space sponsored by the YRMA for the month of February, 2015. Beginning with First Weekend he will show watercolors from a variety of locations including those that he will work on during his residency here. On both Saturday and Sunday, John will give a demonstration of his painting in the Justice of the Peace artist’s studio and living space, which is located a stone’s throw from the School House Exhibit space in the Legacy Art Terrace. The public is cordially invited to view and purchase his art work and enjoy the demonstration. Light refreshments will be served by the Friends of the Museum.
Born into a 100 year family tradition of artists beginning with his great-grandmother, John began teaching art 30 years ago by invitation of the College of the Redwoods in Fortuna, CA and continues now with several workshops yearly. John studied with Vernon Nye, Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA and other leading watercolorists of the California School of painting. Teachers and mentors include Millard Sheets and George Post. John has exhibited in over 130 juried national shows in the past 20 years with over 30 awards to his credit. His accolades include Signature Membership in Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Watercolor West, Texas Watercolor Society, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Kentucky Watercolor Society and others. To obtain Signature status one must be accepted into three years of juried competitions. John will teach several workshops in 2015 including one in Italy in the Fall and another in Yosemite October 19-24. For more information about his art and workshops email email@example.com.
Michael Gibbons this month is featuring his painting, “Iris and Roses,” a 15″x 15″ oil painting. The desert is miraculous and this painting shows what water and fertilizer can do to bring life to the dry soil. Gibbons found this beauty in the Sonoran Desert 14 miles north of the Arizona and Mexico border town of Nogales. Painted en plein air (on site), the depiction on a ranch where horses are boarded shows the artist’s intent to show the rich vibrant colors of the flowers in contrast to the architectural details and property divisions of textured adobe walls. Michael Gibbons’ work done in the Southwest has been shown in the Tucson Art Museum, Tucson; the Desert Museum, Tucson; and the Phippen Museum, Prescott, AZ. Gallery Michael Gibbons will be open from 11-5 Saturday and Sunday. Complimentary wine and cheese refreshments will be served. The artist’s Signature Gallery is located in the Uptown Arts District at 140 NE Alder Street. For more information, see www.michaelgibbons.net; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or call (541) 336-2797.
Ivan Kelly’s love of painting on location is apparent in his new coastal beaches oils depicting both the dunes and the ocean, utilizing his 40 years of expertise with light and shadows. Ivan is an American Society of Marine Artists “Signature Member” since 2000. Enjoy art talk and light refreshments with Ivan. His gallery will be open from 11 to 5 on Saturday and noon to 5 on Sunday and is located at 207 East Graham Street, one block above Main Street. For more information, call (541) 336-1124, email email@example.com, or see www.ivankelly.com.
SolaLuna is holding its official grand reopening during First Weekend. Wayne and Sarah Gayle Plourde are launching new digital design services and more, and will have two short presentations on Sunday. At 2:00, Sarah will give a talk, “Illustration Inspiration,” about how she made her first book. At 3:00, Wayne will give a presentation on digital animation. SolaLuna recently relocated to 179 N. Main St. For more information, see www.SolaLunaStudios.com
Come see what’s new at Impressions Pacific! Owners Rodney and Angela Lehrbass hvae added some new artists to their gallery, as well as some new products. For February’s First Weekend, they are featuring a beautiful new stained glass piece by Carol Willey. The couple is always adding new things to their ever-evolving gallery and studio and has something for everyone. Their new portrait studio is available for orders for family portraits, senior pictures, bridal/engagements, weddings, etc. Additionally, they photograph artists’ work for reproduction or catalogs. Don’t forget that Impressions Pacific also does custom picture framing. They have over a fifteen hundred corner samples to choose from, and do excellent quality work at affordable prices. All weekend, Master Woodturner Rodney Lehrbass will be giving a woodturning demonstration. Refreshments will be served.
Impressions Pacific is located at 333 N. Main St., between “Gallery Briseño” and “Clayworks.” Hours for First Weekend are 10-6 on Saturday, and 11-5 on Sunday. Visit them on the web at www.ImpressionsPacific.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ImpressionsPacific, or call (541) 336-2207.