LINCOLN CITY- Opening Feb. 13 at the Chessman Gallery in the Lincoln City Cultural Center, “By the River” will be a showcase of work by members of the Toledo Arts Guild.
The variety of medium and the special quality of work from these Guild members is sure to inspire. Many of these artists will be at the opening reception, from 5 to 7 pm on Friday, Feb. 13, at the gallery, 540 NE Hwy. 101. The public is invited to enjoy refreshments and wine, and learn more about this creative group from Toledo. The show will remain up until Monday, March 9.
For more information on this or other shows, call 541-994-9994, head to lincolncity-culturalcenter.org, or become a friend on Facebook.
ABOUT THE TOLEDO ART GUILD
Toledo, a small town of 3200, has had the reputation as a coastal arts mecca for many years. Thanks to the efforts, in the early 1990s, of three well-known landscape artists — Michael Gibbons, Ivan Kelly, and Doug Haga — the mill town started attracting visitors interested in art. Other artists started moving into the community, and now there are five galleries in the four blocks of Main Street, and a thriving Arts District that is home to a number of additional artists who regularly open their studios. Formerly a bustling lumber mill town, Toledo today has a vibrant arts community and an annual Labor Day Art Walk.
“The town often uses the motto ‘Where art and industry meet’ because we also have a large working mill, a boat repair yard (we are a coastal port) and several other industries,” said artist Becky Miller.
“It is a mecca for visual artists of all stripes, from fine art to metal sculpture to paper arts and photography. We have a four-block walkable Main Street, a novelty since most coastal towns have Highway 101 passing through. There are public art installations of mosaic and ironwork. Galleries and studios dot the hilly streets. A clayworks sits across from City Hall.
“This is a great place for art. … There is the abundance of natural subjects, the special light created when water, sun and mist meet, the striking tall trees, the green and hidden meadows, the lazy estuaries. Time passes more slowly here. One can take a breath, relax and take it all in.” — Deborah Trusty, Head Librarian, Toledo Library.