Toledo First Weekend Features Sarah Gayle Show “The Key to Everything”
Join Sarah Gayle at SolaLuna Studios this weekend, March 7 and 8, as she celebrates First Weekend Art with the theme, “The Key to it all.” Sarah is offering two special activities and invites the public to participate either day for a great opportunity to get inspired.
The first is a key exchange. Bring a key you no longer use and label it with your answer to the phrase, “The Key to it all is…” Sarah will be creating an art display of these in the gallery and will use them in a future post about creativity on the SolaLuna website. If you don’t have a key to bring, she have some extras for you to create with right there in the gallery. In exchange for your keys and ideas, she will share some fascinating facts about an ancient Roman tradition involving keys that you can practice yourself.
“As a Creative (artist and designer) I play with and experience color in a variety of ways,” she says, “In all its forms it fascinates me! From the transparent interactions with watercolors and inks, the opaque blending of oils and gouache, to the pairing of colors next to each other in textile design, and the blues of a sun shadow on a white wall, it is the interplay and reactions that are beautiful and captivating to me. As the spotlight artist for Toledo’s First Weekend, I want to share what is my key to it all, Fletcher Color!”
At 2:00 both days, Sarah Gayle will be hosting an introduction talk on Fletcher Color Control and the historical trail it has left, particularly in impressionist art. Sarah will also share how she has used it to study van Gogh and how the information had a huge impact on her own work and understanding of color. This color management idea is applicable for all kinds of creativity that use color, not just painting. If you struggle to know how to put colors together harmoniously then join Sarah at SolaLuna Studios for First Weekend March 7 and 8 from 11-5 daily and get an introduction to Fletcher. Light refreshments provided. SolaLuna’s new address 179 N Main St in Toledo.
Also open for First Weekend is The Yaquina River Museum of Art, located at 151 NE Alder. By popular public choice, “On a Summer Morning” from the “Yaquina” Traveling Exhibit was selected for publication and is being featured in the March First Weekend show. This original painting and eight others from the Yaquina watershed group of 42 are on display at the School House along with information from the Land Conservancy that owns land near Arnold Creek where much of the art was painted. As a “Traveling Exhibit” slated to be shown in regional museums, none of the work is for sale. This exhibit also presents mugs and note cards with various images from the Exhibit that can be purchased in the Museum Gift Shop along with Art books, Jewelry, and Original silk scarves by Paulette Hanson. For more information, call 541-336-1907 or email email@example.com.
“Willamette Valley View,” an oil painting by Michael Gibbons, has been chosen by Dick Cutler, owner of Flying Dutchman Winery, as a feature art label. This will soon be available as a limited edition of Flying Dutchman wine. The original art work will be on view at the artist’s signature gallery during First Weekend, along with Gibbons’ working sketches of the label. The art was Painted en plein air in an inland valley and Gibbons found the dominating tree and typical Northwest cloudy skies irresistible, working to show the plants growing in this site with color and vigorous bush strokes. “I was striving to show the relationship of a sloping land to upright bushes”, comments the artist. Gallery Michael Gibbons will be open from 11-5 Saturday and Sunday. The artist invites visitors to join him for wine, cheese and conversation while enjoying the art. Michael Gibbons’ 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.
For Becky Miller, the “Key to it All” is the vigor of living things. She has several new paintings on display in her studio, as well as a large new colorful painting of kelp that is in progress. Also showing will be a wide variety of works by Alice Haga, Caroll Loomis, and Karen Fitzgibbon – all fellow members with Becky of the four woman art group known by the acronym B*A*C*K. Becky Miller Studio is located half a block above Main St. at 167 NE 1st St. in Toledo and will be open from 11-5 pm Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy a glass of wine and talk art! For more information, see www.BeckyMillerArtist.com, www.Facebook.com/Becky Miller, Artist, email email@example.com, or call 503-504-7289.Impressions Pacific will be featuring the photography of Angela Lehrbass for First Weekend in March. The specific piece she is showcasing is called “Tall Ship Rigging on Yellow”. In addition to the many photographs – primarily of local scenery and sights, and some from around the country – Impressions Pacific also is showing beautiful pottery, glass, stained glass, wood, paintings, and some other handcrafted items. They have something for everyone! You are invited to stop in and see the ever-evolving gallery and studio! Angela’s portrait studio is available for orders for family portraits, senior pictures, bridal/engagements, weddings, etc. Additionally, she photographs artists’ work for reproduction or catalogs.
Angela and her husband, Rodney, also do custom picture framing. They have over a fifteen hundred corner samples to choose from, and do excellent quality work at affordable prices. There will a woodturning demonstration all weekend by Master Woodturner, Rodney Lehrbass, as well as refreshments. 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